CSK vs MI LIVE: Powerplay update – Chennai Super Kings slump to 40/3 in six chasing 156 to win

In chase of what seemed like a below par target of 156, Chennai Super Kings found themselves in all sorts of trouble losing three wickets in the Powerplay overs against Mumbai Indians in Match 44 of IPL 2019 at the MA Chidambaram Stadium, Chennai, Cheapuk on Friday.

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.