Mumbai (Maharashtra): Mumbai Indians defeated Chennai Super Kings by 37 runs in the 12th edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) at the Wankhede stadium in Mumbai on Wednesday.
Chasing a score of 171, CSK got off to the worst start possible as they lost both their openers in the first two overs of the innings. Ambati Rayudu (0) was dismissed by Jason Behrendorff and Shane Watson (5) was sent back to the pavilion by Lasith Malinga.
Suresh Raina and Kedhar Jadhav put up a quickfire stand of 27 runs before Raina (16) was sent back to the pavilion by Behrendorff, Keiron Pollard took a stunning catch to dismiss the batsmen.
MS Dhoni came out to bat at number five, and he along with Jadhav bought some calmness to the proceedings. Jadhav was the one to do the big hitting, as Dhoni looked to settle in the middle and take the game deep.
The duo put up a 54-run stand before Hardik Pandya provided Mumbai with the big wicket of Dhoni (12). In order to look for big strikes, the CSK skipper perished. Ravindra Jadeja (1) also failed to leave a mark as he was sent back to the dugout in the very same over by Hardik.
Jadhav brought up his fifty in the 16th over of the innings, fighting a lone battle at the crease. Fighting an uphill battle, Jadhav (58) also departed as he was dismissed by Malinga.
Malinga and Jasprit Bumrah delivered their trademark yorkers, dismissing the lower-order batsmen which ensured Mumbai’s victory by 37 runs.
Earlier, Suryakumar Yadav and Krunal Pandya’s knocks of 59 and 42 respectively enabled Mumbai Indians to post 170 runs for the loss of five wickets in the allotted 20 overs after they were asked to bat first.
Mumbai Indians got off a bad start as they lost their in-form opener Quinton de Knock (4), Deepak Chahar had him caught at square leg. Yadav, who came out to bat at number three provided the much-needed momentum to Mumbai in the first six overs, and he along with the skipper Rohit Sharma allowed the team to post 40 runs in the first six overs.
Jadeja got the big breakthrough for CSK as he dismissed Sharma (13) pegging Mumbai back. Yuvraj Singh (4) also failed to leave a mark as his innings was cut short by Imran Tahir.
Yadav and Krunal Pandya in the middle retrieved the innings for Mumbai as they stitched a 62-run partnership which saw Krunal smashing one six and five fours. Mohit Sharma finally dismissed Krunal for 42.
Yadav brought up his half-century in the 17th over of the innings. But his innings was cut short by Dwayne Bravo as he dismissed him for 59.
Hardik and Pollard provided the team with some lusty blows in the final two overs, enabling the team to post 170 runs on the board. Hardik and Pollard remained unbeaten on 25 and 17 respectively. Mumbai was able to score 45 runs off the final two overs of the innings.
Chennai Super Kings next take on Kings XI Punjab on April 06 at 4 pm whereas Mumbai Indians will face Sunrisers Hyderabad on April 06 at 8 pm.
Brief Scores: Mumbai Indians 170/5 (SA Yadav 59, KH Pandya 42, RA Jadeja 1-10) defeat Chennai Super Kings 133/8 (KM Jadhav 59, SK Raina 16, HH Pandya 3-20) by 37 runs.