CSK vs MI LIVE: 2nd Strategic time-out update – Chennai Super Kings slump to 99/7 in chase of 156 to win

Mumbai Indians bowlers made most of the slowness of the MA Chidambaran track in Match 44 of IPL 2019 against Chennai Super Kings on Friday as they reduced the hosts to 99/7 in defence of a total of 155/4.

In chase of what seemed like a below par target of 156, CSK found themselves in all sorts of trouble losing three wickets in the Powerplay overs and things continued to go downward for the table toppers as they lost four more wickets in 10 overs, adding just 49 runs from overs six to 16, when the second strategic time-out was taken.

Mumbai Indians had earlier rode on skipper Rohit Sharma‘s 48-ball 67 but and Hardik Pandya’s 18-ball 23 to post 155/4 with Chennai bowlers putting in a disciplined bowling effort led by spinners Mitchell Santner (2/13) and Harbhajan Singh.

And that effort from the spinners gave the blueprint for Mumbai on defending the total and after Shane Watson gifted his wicket away – with a legside whip to a Lasith Malinga delivery caught at short third man, caught by Deepak Chahar  – Rohit Sharma introduced spin in the second over in the form of Krunal Pandya, who send down a tidy over of just two runs. Murali Vijay, playing his first game of the season got a four off Malinga past point, but was in the same over in the same region by MI debutant Ankul Roy.

Stand-in skipper Suresh Raina then tried to take on Hardik Pandya and perished first skying one to point where Suryakumar Yadav took an easy catch. Senior Pandya then got one to go straight as Ambati Rayudu played for spin and was castled for a three-ball duck. CSK found themsleves tottering at 34/3.

The final over of the powerplay was bowled by Jasprit Bumrah a Vijay once again survived with Krunal Pabndya failing to make his ground running in from the deep. He got a boundary as CSK reached 40/3 in six over, chasing 156 to win.

but the senior Pandya had his second when he castled Kedar Jadhav for 6 when the middl-order bat tried to play a cut to a ball close to his body, eventually chopping it on to the stumps. Two overs later, young Dhruv Shorey succumbed to the pressure and mistimed one towards long-on to hand debutant allrounder Ankul Roy his first wicket for MI.

Jasprit Bumrah then added the scalp of CSK’s best batsman on the night – Murali Vijay – for 38 off 35 balls, under controversial circumstances when Vijay’s cut was taken low by Suryakumar Yadav at point. The Umpires wen upstairs to verify the legitimacy of the catch with the sfot signal being out and with no conclusive evidence for the third umpire to overturn the decision, Vijay had to depart, much to the dismay of Csk dug out.

With No Dhoni for CSK to come, trey slumped further when Dwayne Bravo was uneon by a slower one from Lasith Malinga in the 15th over.