MI vs CSK LIVE, IPL 2019 Qualifier 1: Suryakumar Yadav’s unbeaten 71 helps MI beat CSK by 6 wickets

11.30 pm: That’s a wrap for now, folks. Was this the El Clasico you were expecting? You decide that. We move now to Hyderabad for the Eliminator – it’s Delhi Capitals up against Sunrisers Hyderabad on May 8 (Wednesday). Don’t forget to tune in to our LIVE coverage. From all of us here, it’s goodbye! Cheers!

11.28 pm: As expected, Suryakumar Yadav picks up the Man of the Match award.

“Was very important for someone in the top three or four to bat till the end because the wicket was slow and turning. After first innings I saw what happened, not too many players were able to hit the shots in the air. So I wanted to play down the ground, pick singles and doubles. Had the chat after first innings that someone from the top-order will have to play towards the end because it won’t be easy for players coming in later.”

11.26 pm: The winning captain, Rohit Sharma is elated with his team’s performance.

“Was a great effort. Great feeling to know that we’ll be playing the finals. Three days now in which we can switch off before the final. Much needed break. I knew we have the bowlers to restrict them. Have the confidence in our batters as well. Was important to restrict them to as little as possible, because it can get tricky against their quality spinners. Was a call we had to make, knowing they have quite a few right-handers in their squad. Jayant is a quality bowler. Thought that a finger-spinner can be more effective than a wristie. Knew MS was going to be crucial towards the end. We had plans laid out.

“When you restrict a team like that under 140, it looks very good. Credit to our bowlers for executing that. He’s probably one of our best batsmen against spin. We knew the spin threat they possess will be a huge factor. Surya plays spin very well. I’ve seen him at close quarters. The shots he plays behind the wicket, those are not easy shots. Always knew he was going to come good at some stage. We’ve got a balanced squad. Whatever the conditions are, we’ve got the squad for them. Have the balance we need on that kind of pitch. Even the batters are confident in what they want to execute. That’s probably one of the reasons we’ve had some success in Chennai because we play the conditions well and understand the conditions well.”

11.20 pm: Here’s Ishan Kishan reflecting on tonight’s match:

“My plan was to rotate strike as Surya was batting well. Wasn’t an easy track for a new batsman to start on, especially with Jaddu bhai bowling well. We had got depth in the batting and so we knew that it was all about taking the game as deep as possible. We don’t play here much as it’s not our home and with the ball turning, wasn’t easy to bat in a T20 game. However, me and Surya have some experience of these surfaces due to the domestic games. We were looking to be positive as we couldn’t allow the bowlers to settle. (On making the final) It’s a good feeling, we have a couple of days to rest. Need to back our strengths like the earlier games, need to believe in ourselves and give our best.”

11.08 pm: Here’s the losing captain MS Dhoni reflecting on today’s match:

“Somebody has to lose, things really didn’t go our way, especially batting. At home, we had to assess the conditions, we have played 6 to 7 games already, that’s the home advantage.. We needed to know how the pitch behaves, would it be tacky? Those were the things we didn’t do well. These are the best batsmen we have got, it looks like we are are batting well, but at times, they pull off shots that shouldn’t be played. These are the players who we have banked on, they have the experience and they should know to assess the conditions better. I think we were a bit unlucky at times, some balls dropped right in the middle, we perhaps had to bowl slightly away from the batsmen. It isn’t good to lose games at such times, but it is good that we finished in the top-two, that gives us another chance in Vizag.”

11.05 pm: Three out of three for Mumbai Indians over the Chennai Super Kings this season, and they’ve booked their tickets for Hyderabad for Sunday’s finale. A comprehensive win for Rohit Sharma and Co, one on which Suryakumar Yadav displayed batting of a different class specially on a pitch which other batsmen struggled. 

Mumbai Indians innings (TARGET: 132)

19th over: IT’S ALL OVER! Deepak Chahar comes back into the attack and Suryakumar Yadav guides it to the BOUNDARY. MI need 1 to win. Suryakumar Yadav’s brilliant 71* helps MI defeat CSK by 6 wickets. Mumbai Indians now enter the final.

18th over: Ravindra Jadeja will continue. Excellent over by Jadeja, just 1 run. MI 126/4 (Suryakumar 66, Hardik 12)

17th over: Dwayne Bravo comes back into the attack. 9 runs from the over, MI edge closer. MI 125/4 (Suryakumar Yadav 66, Hardik Pandya 11)

Strategic timeout!

16th over: Imran Tahir will continue. No wicket this time for the leggie, 8 runs from the over, MI 116/4 (Suryakumar 63, Hardik 5)

15th over: Ravindra Jadeja to continue and he concedes 7 runs in this over, MI 108/4 (Suryakumar 60, Hardik Pandya 0)

14th over: WICKETS! Imran Tahir back into the attack and he’s conceded 4 wides, that’s just bonus runs right now, but he has come back well with the wicket of Ishan Kishan, who missed it completely only to see his stumps ripped. Ishan departs for 28. Krunal Pandya has joined Suryakumar in the middle. While Suryakumar has scored his 7th IPL fifty, wickets keep tumbling at the other end, Tahir has taken the second of this over to send Krunal back for a DUCK, Hardik Pandya is the new batsman in the middle, MI 101/4 (Suryakumar 53) 

13th over: Ravindra Jadeja’s back into the attack. Suryakumar finishes the over off with a BOUNDARY! 7 runs from the over. Excellent batting from Surya and Ishan, both are putting up a match-winning partnership here. MI 92/2 (Suryakumar 48, Ishan 28)

12th over: Harbhajan Singh back to bowl his final over now. Looks like the humidity’s taken its toll on Ishan Kishan, who seems to have been hit by cramps on his right leg. 5 runs from the over, MI 85/2 (Suryakumar 43, Ishan 27)

11th over: Tahir continues! 11 runs off the over as MI have now scored 21 runs in the last two overs. Surya is not missing out any opportunity to hit a four. He has hit two in this over. MI 80/2 (Suryakumar 42, Ishan 23)

10th over: Bravo into his second over! Suryakumar Yadav and Ishan Kishan keep the scoreboard ticking as the two score 10 runs from the 10th over. MI need 63 runs in last 10 overs. MI 69/2 (Suryakumar 33, Ishan 21)

9th over: Imran Tahir into the attack now! 5 singles of Tahir’s first over of the night as MI move to 59 before the strategic time-out. MI 59/2 (Suryakumar 25, Ishan 19)

8th over: Dwayne Bravo to bowl his first over! Six runs from the eighth over and MI have move past fifty. CSK will need a couple of wickets to pull back the things. Will they get one soon or will MI have it easy? MI 54/2 (Suryakumar 22, Ishan 17)

7th over: BOWLING CHANGE: Ravindra Jadeja comes into the attack. Not a bad way to start the proceedings. Just four runs from his first over. MI move closer to fifty. MI 48/2 (Suryakumar 20, Ishan 13)

6th over: Harbhajan Singh will continue. 11 runs from the over that includes a confident SIX and an edgy BOUNDARY, both by Ishan Kishan. MI 44/2 (Suryakumar 17, Ishan 12)

5th over: Deepak Chahar will continue. DROPPED! Murali Vijay puts down an easy on at mid-on after Suryakumar whacks consecutive BOUNDARIES. 11 runs from the over, MI 33/2 (Suryakumar 16, Ishan 2)

4th over: WICKET! De Kock couldn’t have placed it any better and Faf takes a smart catch at long-off, he departs for 8, Harbhajan strikes. 2 runs from the over, MI 22/2 (Suryakumar Yadav 7, Ishan Kishan 0)

3rd over: Deepak Chahar will continue. FOUR! Wonderful adjustment by De Kock, guides this one for a well-time BOUNDARY. 5 runs from the over, MI 20/1 (De Kock 8, Suryakumar 5)

2nd over: CSK following the same template, SPIN INTRODUCED! Harbhajan Singh comes into the attack. 7 runs from the over. There’s a lot of turn on offer there. MI 15/1 (Suryakumar 4, De Kock 4)

1st over:  We’re back with the MI run-chase, and Rohit Sharma begins with a BOUNDARY off Deepak Chahar, glorious shot by the captain. WICKET! After smashing a BOUNDARY, Rohit falls the next delivery, departs for 4, Deepak Chahar has the last laugh. Suryakumar Yadav is the new batsman in the middle. 8 runs from the over, MI 8/1 (Suryakumar Yadav 4, Quinton de Kock 0)

Chennai Super Kings innings

9.16 pm: 9 runs from the final over by Jasprit Bumrah despite an unusual no-ball delivery, but a 132-run target looks to be a par score on a vicious Chepauk surface. Barring those two consecutive sixes in the penultimate over bowled by Lasith Malinga, MI have done really well to restrict the opposition. Can CSK defend this target, remember, they too have 3 frontline spinners in their ranks in Harbhajan, Tahir and Jadeja. If Raina bowls, that’s 16 overs. Mumbai should bat well for a spot in the final. An exciting run-chase up ahead. Stay tuned…

20th over: BIG WICKET and THAT’S IT! Bumrah strikes first blood in the final over, Dhoni perishes for 31, #CSK 122/5 with 5 balls to go. OH WAIT, Bumrah has overstepped! It’s been given a no-ball. Dhoni survives! Brilliant over by Bumrah despite that no-ball, 9 runs from it, CSK finish at 131/4 (Rayudu 42, Dhoni 37)

19th over: Slinga time again! Here’s Lasith Malinga…BOOM! Monster blows from Dhoni, consecutive SIXES. 15 runs from this over, CSK 122/4 (Rayudu 40, Dhoni 31)

18th over: Jasprit Bumrah into the attack and Rayudu welcomes him with a BOUNDARY! And that’s 100 up for CSK in 17.1 overs. 8 from the over, CSK 107/4 (Rayudu 40, Dhoni 17)

17th over: 4 more overs to go, here’s Rahul Chahar into the attack, golden over, just 3 runs from it. CSK 99/4 (Rayudu 34, Dhoni 15)

16th over: Krunal Pandya bowling from the other end. Top class bowling by Krunal, 5 from the over. CSK 96/4 (Rayudu 32, Dhoni 14)

15th over: Hardik Pandya comes back into the attack. Rohit Sharma has not allowed the batsmen to settle down with one bowler, no bowler has bowled consecutive overs till now. Very impressive. 8 runs from the over that included a BOUNDARY by Rayudu, CSK 91/4 (Rayudu 28, Dhoni 13)

14th over: Jayant Yadav comes back into the attack and Dhoni welcomes him with a MASSIVE SIX over the long-on fence. Another massive SIX, this time from Rayudu, 15 runs from it. CSK 83/4 (Rayudu 22, Dhoni 11)

Strategic timeout!

13th over: Rahul Chahar comes back into the attack and again he has STRUCK in his first delivery, Vijay has been stumped, departs for 26. This is absolutely incredible by Chahar. MS Dhoni has come out in the middle. Excellent over by Rahul Chahar, 3 runs and the wicket, CSK struggling in their own den, 68/4 (Rayudu 16, MS Dhoni 2)

12th over: Jasprit Bumrah comes back into the attack. 4 runs from it, CSK 65/3 (Vijay 26, Rayudu 15)

11th over: Lasith Malinga has come back into the attack now. 46 is the fourth lowest total CSK have reached at the end of 9th over in this IPL. That’s the end of a very dramatic over, 11 runs from it, that included a no-ball, boundary from a free-hit by Rayudu, CSK 61/3 (Vijay 23, Rayudu 14)

10th over: Jayant Yadav comes back into the attack. He removed the God of IPL — Suresh Raina — in his first over. 4 runs from this over, CSK 50/3 (Vijay 21, Rayudu 7)

Strategic timeout!

9th over: Krunal Pandya comes back into the attack. Excellent over, just 2 runs from it, CSK 46/3 (Vijay 19, Rayudu 5)

8th over: BOWLING CHANGE: Hardik Pandya has been introduced into the attack. CSK in slight trouble here. 29 wkts lost by CSK in the PP this IPL – most by any team. Tidy over this by Hardik, 5 runs from it. CSK 44/3 (Vijay 18, Rayudu 4)

7th over: Rahul Chahar is back into the attack and he concedes 7 runs which includes a BOUNDARY by Vijay. CSK 39/3 (Vijay 15, Rayudu 2)

6th over: WICKET! Krunal Pandya back into the attack and he’s welcomed with a couple of BOUNDARIES from Murali Vijay, who is looking to up the ante here. WATSON perishes! Poor shot selection sees Watson depart for 10, his terrible form in the IPL continues. Pressure mounts on CSK. Ambati Rayudu has joined Murali Vijay in the middle. 9 runs from the over. CSK 32/3 (Vijay 10)

5th over: BOWLING CHANGE: Jasprit Bumrah has been introduced into the attack. FOUR! Some respite for CSK fans as they get a much-needed boundary by Shane Watson, who helps it wide of short fine leg with a neat glance. Watson smashes another BOUNDARY, this time over mid-wicket. 10 from the over. CSK 23/2 (Watson 10, Vijay 1) 

4th over: ANOTHER SPIN option: BIG WICKET! Jayant Yadav has been introduced into the attack and he starts off with a no-ball. After being smashed for a BOUNDARY by Raina, the bowler has the last laugh, Raina goes against the turn, but could only sky it high in the air. Jayant himself called for it and takes it. Raina departs for 5 in what is a massive dent for CSK. Murali Vijay is the new batsman in. 6 runs and the huge wicket in this over, CSK 13/2 (Watson 1, Murali Vijay 0)

3rd over: SPIN from both ends, Rahul Chahar comes into the attack to bowl his legspinners and he STRIKES in the first delivery to remove Faf du Plessis for just 6. This is a massive strike for the Mumbai Indians as CSK’s last match hero du Plessis goes. Suresh Raina has joined Watson in the middle. Excellent over by Chahar, just the one run and the wicket. CSK 7/1 (Suresh Raina 1, Watson 0)

2nd over: SPIN from the other end! Krunal Pandya has been introduced into the attack. Not very surprising considering this is the Chepauk. BOUNDARY! Lucky is  du Plessis, who went hard, but was never in control and ended up slicing it short third man, but Jasprit Bumrah despite a great leap could barely get his fingertips on it. 5 runs from the over. CSK 6/0 (Du Plessis 6, Watson 0)

1st over: Chepauk’s buzzing and we’re almost ready to go! Faf du Plessis and Shane Watson will open the batting for #CSK. No Murali Vijay at the top, Lasith Malinga with the new ball, IT’S SHOWTIME! Brilliant opening over, just 1 run from it. CSK 1/0 (Faf du Plessis 1, Shane Watson 0)

7.11 pm: Here are what the captains had to say at the toss:

MS Dhoni: “We will bat first. I’m more of a process guy, like to break it down to simple things and focus on whoever we have to play. We don’t think too much about the opposition, we rather would like to focus on our preparation. (Whether CSK have extra respect for MI) It would be a mistake if I say that we focus only on Mumbai Indians. This is the IPL and the competition is huge. If you have to do well in the IPL, we have to respect every opposition. Mumbai are a balanced side. One change for us too – Vijay in for Kedar.”

Rohit Sharma: “Yea, we would have batted first as well. Considering the nature of the surfaces of late, that’s what we would have liked. We now have to prepare well for this. We do have a good record here but that doesn’t matter much. Got to focus on our strengths and play good cricket tonight to come out on top. One change – Jayant Yadav in for McClenaghan.”

7.03 pm: Here are the playing XIs:

CSK make one change, a forced one that is with Murali Vijay coming in place of the injured Kedar Jadhav.

CSK XI: Shane Watson, Murali Vijay, Faf du Plessis, Suresh Raina, MS Dhoni(w/c), Ambati Rayudu, Dwayne Bravo, Ravindra Jadeja, Harbhajan Singh, Deepak Chahar, Imran Tahir

MI too make one change with Jayant Yadav replacing Mitchell McClenaghan.

MI XI: Quinton de Kock(w), Rohit Sharma(c), Suryakumar Yadav, Ishan Kishan, Hardik Pandya, Krunal Pandya, Kieron Pollard, Jayant Yadav, Rahul Chahar, Jasprit Bumrah, Lasith Malinga

7 pm: TOSS: MS Dhioni has won the toss and CSK have opted to bat.

6.56 pm: PITCH REPORT: “Doesn’t look too different from the Chepauk surfaces that we’ve seen so far. However, there is a bit of sheen on it which could mean that the pitch is smoother than usual. With the amount of time available to groundsmen since the last home game, they might have managed to produce a better playing surface. But again, I don’t think it’s a track where 200 can be scored,” says Sanjay Manjrekar after inspecting the 22 yards.

6.48 pm: Here’s a stat to get you in the mood: If CSK win tonight’s high-octane clash, it will be their 100th win in the IPL. It will also be Ravindra Jadeja’s 100th IPL match for Chennai Super Kings.

6.45 pm: Team news: For Mumbai Indians, Mitchell McClenaghan was impressive at the Wankhede Stadium against Kolkata Knight Riders, but on a slow Chepauk strip, the New Zealander might have to make way for a spin option in legspinner Mayank Markande, if he’s fit or or left-arm spinner Anukul Roy.

6.42 pm: Just a little bit of team news before the toss and line-ups come out. Kedar Jadhav has hurt his shoulder and he being a ICC World Cup 2019 bound member for India, has been ruled out of the remainder of the IPL season. With Jadhav not being used as a bowling option all season, CSK can turn to specialist batsman in Dhruv Shorey to fill in the gap.

6.39 pm: It’s 2-0 in favor of Mumbai Indians this season, both one-sided affairs, but there’s something about this match that will certainly be a real cliffhanger. Both teams have arrived and have begun their warm ups.

6.22 pm: Mumbai Indians are the only side that have defeated Chennai Super Kings this season and as such have the advantage specially after this stat: 3 of CSK’s last 4 defeats at the MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai have come against Rohit Sharma’s side. In fact, CSK haven’t beaten MI at home since 2010! How about that as a statement, but don’t discount ‘Thala’ Dhoni and CSK at home. The home side can take solace from the fact that they have performed better in the playoffs. From the seven times these two teams have met in a playoffs, CSK have won 4 to Mumbai’s 3. It’s going to be a high-octane thriller — this Qualifier 1 in Chennai. Stick around as we build up to this one.

Mumbai Indians and Chennai Super Kings are the two most successful IPL franchises in history, and the magnitude of their rivalry makes it, quite simply, the El Clasico of Indian cricket. Put these two winners together and you have all the ingredients of a mouth-watering fixture. The rivalry dates back to 2010, where in the final, CSK trumped MI to lift their maiden IPL title, only to have the tables reversed three years later. If you’ve followed Netflix’s documentary on MI, you’d realise just the kind of odds that are on stake. And for those who haven’t, a cursory glance at the head-to-head record will sum it up. It doesn’t get bigger than this. (READ: MI vs CSK in IPL playoffs over the years)

Also check, Dream11 Prediction: CSK vs MI Team Best Players to Pick for Today’s IPL T20 Playoff Match between Super Kings and Indians at 8PM

Dream 11 Tips and Predictions

Defending champions Chennai Super Kings play league leaders Mumbai Indians in Qualifier 1 of IPL 2019 at the MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai today.

Since 2013, at home, CSK have lost only four matches – and three of them have been to Mumbai Indians. (READ: IPL 2019: Will Suresh Raina deliver play-offs blockbuster?)

My Dream XI Team

MS Dhoni (wk), Suryakumar Yadav, Suresh Raina, Shane Watson, Faf du Plessis (CAPTAIN), Ravindra Jadeja, Hardik Pandya (VICE-CAPTAIN), Lasith Malinga, Jasprit Bumrah, Imran Tahir, Harbhajan Singh