Rahul Chahar scalped two wickets as Mumbai Indians restricted Chennai Super Kings to 131/4 in the Qualifier 1 of IPL 2019. @BCCI

The spin-bowling trio of Rahul Chahar, Krunal Pandya and Jayant Yadav starred with the ball as Mumbai Indians (MI) restricted Chennai Super Kings (CSK) to 131/4 in the Qualifier 1 of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2019 at the MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai on Tuesday.

While Murali Vijay was brought into the team, replacing the injured Kedar Jadhav, the Tamil Nadu batsman, who otherwise opens the innings, did not open the innings this time around as CSK chose to stick with Shane Watson and Faf du Plessis, who scored 96 in CSK’s final league stage match against Kings XI Punjab.

Lasith Malinga opened the bowling for MI and conceded just one run in the first over as Faf opened his and team’s account on the final delivery of the over. MI, in the second over, had their first chance, a really difficult one though, to scalp their first wicket as leaping Jasprit Bumrah did his best to pull off a stunner to dismiss Faf off Krunal Pandya.

However, MI though did not have to wait for too long as Rahul Chahar struck on the first ball of the third over to send the South African packing.

Then, Jayant Yadav, who replaced Mitchell McClenaghan in the playing XI, gave MI a big breakthrough, removing Suresh Raina in the fourth over. The left-hander, who has an impressive record in the IPL playoffs, perished for five as MI dismissed two batsmen, who had registered fifty-plus scores in the last game, in the powerplay.

While CSK scored 19 runs in the last two overs of the powerplay, Krunal struck on the final ball of the powerplay as Yadav took a fine catch, running backwards, to get Watson out for 10 and reduced CSK to 32/3. Murali Vijay, who replaced injured Kedar Jadhav in the playing XI, and Ambati Rayudu then added 31 runs together. However, Chahar struck for the second time in the match as Vijay got stumped for 26 in the 13th over.

Dhoni then joined Rayudu in the middle and despite some nervous moments during the running between the wickets in the 14th over, provided some much needed pace to CSK innings, hitting Jayant Yadav for two sixes. However, MI did not let CSK to cut loose till the 18th over.

While Dhoni did hit Malinga for two sixes in the penultimate over and survived in the final over, courtesy a Bumrah no-ball in the final over, CSK could only score 131 runs after electing to bat.

Brief scores: Chennai Super Kings 131/4  (Ambati Rayudu 42*, MS Dhoni 37*; Rahul Chahar 2/14) vs Mumbai Indians