Mumbai Indians fly high at Super Kings’ home
Having gained a psychological edge over the opponents by restricting them to 158/3, Mumbai Indians convincigly won the match by six wickets against Chennai Super Kings in Chennai on Friday. Mumbai started their run-chase campaign steadily with opening pair of in-form Parthiv Patel (45) and Lendl Simmons (38) took their team closer to the total and well-concluded by Rayudu (34) and Pandya (21) in 19.2 overs.
Mahendra Singh Dhoni and Pawan Negi gave a late surge to Chennai Super Kings’ innings that ended at 158 for five against Mumbai Indians in the Indian Premier League here on Friday.
Dhoni (39 not out off 32 balls) and Negi (36 off 17) shared a 54-run stand and smashed 53 off the last five overs to push Super Kings to a fighting total after the hosts struggled for runs in major part of the innings.
The home team a had a rather a quiet start by the standard of their explosive openers as they reached 44 for one in the first six overs.
Brendon McCullum (23 off 11) was given a life early on with Harbhajan Singh dropping a simple catch at backward square leg off left-arm spinner J Suchith.
It seemed the New Zealander will make Mumbai pay for their mistake when he hit three successive fours off medium pacer Vinay Kumar. However, much to the relief of the visitors, the dangerous batsman was caught at deep mid-wicket the next ball after he mistimed another hit off the Karnataka bowler.
His opening partner Smith too was holed out at deep-midwicket, as well as Suresh Raina, who was sent back with a brilliant running catch by Hardik Pandya, leaving Super Kings at 67/3 in 10 overs. Pandya was the catcher in all three dismissals.
Faf du Plessis (17) and Dhoni then gathered 39 runs for the fourth wicket just but just when they looked ready for the death overs onslaught, the South African fell to a leaping catch by Lendl Simmons off pacer Mitchell McClenaghan.
Dhoni now had Negi by his side and the Delhi based cricketer, coming ahead of Ravindra Jadeja, did not disappoint his skipper, smashing four fours and a six in quick time.
The captain too got into the groove late into his innings, collecting two sixes and as many boundaries to the delight of his fans at Chepauk.
Chennai Super Kings innings: Dwayne Smith c Pandya b Harbhajan 27 Brendon McCullum c Pandya b Vinay Kumar 23 Suresh Raina c Pandya b Suchith 10 Faf du Plessis c Simmons b McClenaghan 17 Mahendra Singh Dhoni not out 39 Pawan Negi run out 36 Extras: (W-6) 6 Total: (For 5 wkts in 20 overs) 158 Fall of wickets: 1/44 2/64 3/65 4/104 5/158 Bowling: Mitchell McClenaghan 4-0-34-1, Marchant de Lange 4-1-30-0, Jagadeesha Suchith 4-0-21-1, Vinay Kumar 3-0-33-1, Harbhajan Singh 4-0-36-1, Hardik Pandya 1-0-4-0.
Simmons c Smith b Ashwin 38 Patel† c du Plessis b Ashwin 45 Rohit out 18 Pollard run out (Bravo) 1 Rayudu not out 34 Pandya 21 Extras (w 1 b1) 2 Total (4 wickets; 19.2 overs) 159
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