Mumbai Indians thrashed Chennai Super Kings by 60 runs in the 49th match of the Indian Premier League (IPL) at the Wankhede Stadium. The win takes Mumbai Indians to the third spot in the points table with 12 points while Chennai Super Kings retained their top spot.
Chennai were dismissed for 79, which was this year’s lowest total in the IPL, so far and lowest ever for Chennai.
The first over of Mumbai’s innings was quite uncanny. Micheal Hussey was dropped thrice by Kieron Pollard at backward point. The ball went over Pollard’s head a boundary. The Mumbai Indians all-rounder did not time his jump to perfection. Hussey cut Mitchell Johnson’s fifth delivery straight to Pollard. The ball popped out of his hand. The last ball of the over came at a good height to Pollard; the ball went past his hands and hit his nose.
Johnson’s second over was eventful. Out-of-form Murali Vijay dragged the wide delivery on to his stumps. Off the next ball, finally, the combination ‘caught Pollard bowled Johnson’ made an entry into the scoresheet. Suresh Raina, the centurion off the previous game got a golden duck when he attempted to work Johnson square on the leg-side and got a leading edge. Pollard caught the ball inches off the ground. Subramaniam Badrinath was out in the same over when he was trapped leg before. Johnson swung the ball back in and Badrinath failed to gauge the inward movement. At 9/3, Chennai needed stability.
Dwayne Bravo, the new captain of West Indies ODI team, counterattacked debutant Pawan Suyal. He got two boundaries courtesy of a flick that went past square-leg and then a hit over point. Bravo fell trying to force one past extra covers; an uppish back foot drive was caught by Ambati Rayudu.
At No. 6, Ravichandran Ashwin walked in possibly to shield MS Dhoni and Ravindra Jadeja. But the move proved counterproductive. Ashwin got out playing a cheeky cut shot against Harbhajan. After seven overs Chennai were reeling at 34/5.
Pragyan Ojha got Hussey in his first over when a loopy delivery was slog-swept in the hands of deep mid-wicket.
MS Dhoni was caught at long-off when the required rate was getting exponential. Malinga picked up tailenders Mohit Sharma and Chris Morris.
The highest partnership of the innings was the tenth wicket alliance between Ravindra Jadeja and Ben Laughlin.
Earlier, Mumbai Indians won the toss and elected to bat. Chennai put a stranglehold on Mumbai’s batting. The late order surge from Rohit Sharma and Harbhajan helped Mumbai reach a total of 139 in 20 overs. For Chennai, Jadeja picked up three wickets for 29 runs.
It was a game where Chennai were playing the catch-up game after the early loss of wickets.
Mumbai Indians 139 for 5 in 20 overs (Rohit Sharma 39*, Harbhajan Singh 25*; Ravindra Jadeja 3 for 29) beat Chennai Super Kings 79 in 15.2 overs (Michael Hussey 22, Ravindra Jadeja 20; Pragyan Ojha 3 for 11, Mitchell Johnson 3 for 27) by 60 runs.
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