Chennai set competitive target against Mumbai Indians in IPL T20 tie

Murali Vijay returned to form with a 29-ball 41, which included four boundaries and three sixes AFP

Mumbai: May 6, 2012

Chennai Super Kings batsmen fired in unison to rattle up a challenging 173 for eight against Mumbai Indians in an Indian Premier League match on Sunday.

The visitors were given a flying start by a struggling Murali Vijay, who made a quick-fire 41 in 29 balls with four fours and three sixes, and the in-form Francois du Plessis (9). The duo put on 47 in 32 balls before falling in quick succession.

Suresh Raina, who made a belligerent 21-ball 36 with three fours and two sixes, and Dwayne Bravo (40 off 33 balls) built on the fine foundation in the middle overs.

Later Bravo, who hit four fours and a six, and skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni (25 in 15 balls) added a breezy 44 runs in 22 balls for the fourth wicket to put the Super Kings on the way to a good score.

Chennai added 50 runs in the last five overs, but also lost wickets regularly that helped hosts curtail the run-rate.

Lasith Malinga (3/25) and R P Singh (3/28), included in place of Pragyan Ojha, were the most successful bowlers for Mumbai with three wickets each.

Skipper Harbhajan Singh was economical but did not get wickets even as most of the other bowlers, especially Munaf Patel, were very expensive.

Vijay, a total flop this season with just 45 runs, finanlly found form as he tore into Patel in the his second over, slamming him for 24 runs with successive hits for three sixes and a four.

Vijay hooked Munaf when the bowler pitched it short for a six over square leg. He later smote the bowler for a lofted four and then two successive sixes over the mid-wicket region with utter disdain.

His belligerence helped the visitors race to 46 in five overs with Plessis playing second fiddle.

A terrible piece of misunderstanding between the Chennai openers helped Mumbai dismiss Plessis when he was sent back by Vijay following a push to mid-on but was beaten by RP Singh’s direct hit at the bowler end stumps.

Singh thus made amends for a terrible piece of fielding earlier when he dropped a sitter off Plessis off Munaf Patel.

Chennai then lost Vijay to a piece of indiscreet shot-making. The opener tried a heave Singh when he came back for a second spell and was bowled comprehensively off the fourth ball after the end of power play.

Harbhajan brought himself on into the attack soon after the fall of these two wickets in the space of 9 balls and restricted the run-scoring along with R P Singh.

Super Kings could add only 30 runs between the sixth and tenth overs to be 72 for 2 after ten.

Raina ran quick singles with his partner Bravo during the 62-run partnership for the third wicket, and also struck a few lusty hits to pep up the scoring rate. He slammed West Indian Dwayne Smith for two sixes over the long on region.

But the left-handed batsman departed to a poor shot, slashing the first ball bowled by left-arm James Franklin to backward point where Singh took a splendid catch.

At the end of the 15th over the Super Kings were 123 for 3 before Dhoni took 15 runs off the next over from Peterson, that included a six over long on which struck the glass pane of the press enclosure and a four.

Bravo carted Munaf for a huge straight-field six into the packed stands before losing his stump to a Malinga swinging Yorker in the 18th over.

Dhoni was dismissed via a catch just inside the rope by Rohit Sharma off R P Singh in the penultimate over and Albie Morkel too fell to the left-arm pacer off the last ball of the same over.

Malinga then applied further brakes with the wickets of Ravindra Jadeja and R Ashwin in the last over of the innings. (PTI)

Brief Scores: CSK 173 for 8 from 20 overs (Murali Vijay 41, Dwayne Bravo 40, Suresh Raina 36, MS Dhoni 25; Lasith Malinga 3 for 25, RP Singh 3 for 28) vs MI


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