Chennai, April 26: Mumbai Indians completed the double in the season as they defeated table-toppers Chennai Super Kings by 46 runs in the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2019 match here on Friday (April 26).
Rohit Sharma led his team from the front as Mumbai brought CSK's winning run at impregnable fortress at Chepauk to an end on a sluggish pitch where batting didn't look easy. With this win, Mumbai have displaced Delhi Capitals at second spot in the points table with 14 points. CSK, however, still remain at the top with 16 points but a win here would have made them the first team to qualify for the playoffs.
CSK once again missed their charismatic skipper MS Dhoni into the middle both with the bat, behind the stumps and also Dhoni the finisher while chasing the target of 156. Their middle-order has been vulnerable all through this season and Mumbai bowlers made most of Dhoni's absence on the sluggish track. This was Mumbai's fifth consecutive win against CSK at Chepauk. Last time Dhoni's Yellow Army prevailed over the Men In Gold and Blue was way back in 2010 in the IPL final.
In their last 19 games at home (at Chepauk) from 22 Apr 2013, Chennai Super Kings #CSK has lost just two matches and on both occasions it was to Mumbai Indians #MI- on 8 May 2015 and now one tonight!#CSKvMI #IPL2019— Mohandas Menon (@mohanstatsman) April 26, 2019
Having been invited to bat first by CSK's stand-in captain Suresh Raina, Rohit batted brilliantly and notched up his first half-century of the season. The Hitman played some of his trademark shots enroute his fifty. His innings comprised six fours and three stylish sixes.
While rest of the batsmen couldn't do much damage to the Chennai bowlers in the middle overs as the placid track made it tougher for them to score runs as the match progressed but Hardik Pandya (23* off 18) and Kieron Pollard (13* off 12) scored quickly in the death overs. Their partnership of 33 runs from 22 deliveries took the visitors to a par total off 155/4 in the stipulated 20 overs.
Mitchell Santner (2/13) was the pick of the bowlers for Chennai and Harbhajan Singh (4-0-23-0) was also pretty economical. But rest of the bowlers were pretty expensive as stand-in captain Raina used just five bowlers.
In response, the hosts lost their hero of the previous game Shane Watson (8) in the first over itself off Malinga (4/37). The Sri Lanka pacer set the former Australia cricketer and got him caught at short-fine leg by Rahul Chahar after getting for a boundary in the same area a couple of balls before.
Murali Vijay, who was playing in place of Faf du Plessis, scored 38 off 35 and was looking the only Chennai batsman who was showing some resistance. But he was caught at point by Suryakumar Yadav off Jasprit Bumrah (3-0-10-2). Even as the catch didn't look pretty clean the TV umpire didn't find an conclusive evidence to overturn the on-field umpire's soft-signal as out.
While Vijay was putting up a resistance the rest of Chennai batters were falling like nine pins. Finally, Malinga got his fourth wicket of the night in Mitchell Santner (22) and the Mumbai dugout broke into celebration.
Here's how the match between CSK and MI panned out:
Rohit Sharma, Mumbai Indians captain and man of the match: It was better to lose the toss, we were going to chase as well. We knew whether we bat or bowl first, we still had to play good cricket. We can't control the toss. It was a great effort from the boys. Coming out here and playing here is never easy. We had to scrape every run and every wicket. We were right there in the game. He's (Rahul Chahar) a confident young man. His execution skills are very clear and it makes my job easier. He knows what he needs to do and what the team wants from him. He's got variations and skills. He's a good prospect not just for us, but for India as well. I was hitting well, wasn't converting into big scores. At no point, I was worried. I just kept backing myself. I knew the day will come, today was the day. It's a massive boost to any opposition if he's (Dhoni) not around. His presence does a lot for their team. When you don't have him when you're chasing, it becomes slightly difficult. They must have felt his absence. He was sick, uncontrollable. It was a great effort from us. We played some excellent cricket. We are not yet there (playoffs). We have to be at it. Next three - two against KKR and one against SRH. As a team when we go forward, we are clear what to do. We want more good days than bad days. We have learnt from our losses.
Raina, losing captain: We didn't bat really well and kept losing wickets every 2-3 overs, that cost us the game. We need to take responsibility as a batting unit. Our bowling has been amazing throughout the tournament. 155 was still chaseable. We lost a lot of wickets; in the powerplay and the middle overs. Mumbai played really well. You still need to go out there and take a few balls, need to plan which bowler you are going to attack. We have been losing lot of wickets in the powerplay. We need to sit and decide what to do. Still a long way to go, two games, one or two wins and we go top of the table. We haven't done well as a batting unit, need to regroup with the team. We have the power-hitters and experience, need to relax as a batting unit and hopefully things fall in place.
CSK once again missed their charismatic skipper MS Dhoni into the middle both with the bat as well as behind the stumps. Their middle-order has been vulnerable all through this season and Mumbai bowlers kept pressing the gas right from the beginning.
Wicket! It's all over!! Santner tries to hit Malinga for another maximum but finds Hardik in the deep. Mumbai Indians have restricted CSK to 109 and beaten Chennai Super Kings by 46 runs. With this defeat, CSK's winning streak at home.
Wicket! Harbhajan Singh (1) holes out Malinga and Hardik takes a simple catch near the boundary. CSK - 103/9 after 17.2 overs.
After 17 overs and CSK are 103/8. They need 53 from 18 deliveries. MI need two wickets to register a convincing win at Chepauk.
This was the same wicket as the last match where 175 wasn't enough. But it has become slower and slower. Afraid not a great track for such a big game.— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) April 26, 2019
Wicket! Deepak Chahar departs for duck and Krunal Pandya takes a stunning catch off Bumrah's bowling. CSK - 101/8 in 16.3 overs. Are they going to last full 20 overs?
Wicket! Dwayne Bravo (20) gives a simple return catch to Malinga. CSK - 99/7, they are falling like ninepins. Bravo was perhaps the last hope for the hosts in this tricky run chase. 57 needed from 24 balls.
SIX!! Mitchell Santner pulls Malinga for a maximum over mid-wicket. They need more such shots against a quality bowling attack.
Four! Dwayne Bravo gets a boundary towards deep mid-wicket off Rahul Chahar. They need more such shots because the asking has climbed to nearly 14 runs per over.
10 runs conceded by Hardik Pandya from that over and CSK reach 80/6 after 14 overs. They have a mountain to climb now in this run chase.
Four! Uppercut from Bravo on the free-hit delivery from Hardik.
CSK 70/6 after 13 overs. They need 86 from 42 deliveries.
Wicket! Suryakumar Yadav takes a stunning catch at point and Murali Vijay's defiant knock comes to an end on 38 and Jasprit Bumrah gets a wicket. Tight call but the TV umpire has no conclusive evidence to overturn umpire's soft signal that was OUT. CSK - 66/6 in 11.4 overs.
Wicket! Dhruv Shorey (5) holes out Anukul Roy but it wasn't timed well. CSK - 60/5 after 10 overs.
After 9 overs, Chennai are 53/4. They need 103 runs from 66 balls. It is going to be slightly tough for the hosts as the pitch is on the slower side and MI bowlers are doing well.
Bowled! Kedar Jadhav (6) chops it on to the stumps as Krunal Pandya gets the second wicket of the innings. CSK are 45/4 in 7.2 overs. They are in neck deep trouble in the run chase.
Brilliant start! Just three runs came from Rahul Chahar's first over. CSK - 43/3 after 7 overs.
Bowled him! Krunal Pandya has breached the defence of Ambati Rayudu and ends his innings of naught. The batsman was looking for a drive but missed it completely. CSK 34/3 in 4.3 overs and they are in deep trouble.
Wicket! Suresh Raina (2) throws his wicket away as he plays a reckless shot and Suryakumar Yadav takes a simple catch at point. Hardik Pandya strikes on the very first ball of his over. CKS - 22/2 in 3.1 overs.
Dropped! Anukul Roy puts down a sitter at point region and Murali Vijay gets a breather. CSK - 22/1 after 3 overs.
1,1,0,0,0,0! Just 2 runs came from te first over bowled by Krunal. MI - 11/1 after 2 overs.
Big Wicket! Watson (8) flicks Malinga towards fine leg and Rahul Chahar catches it at short fine-leg. It had boundary written all over but went straight into the fielder's hand. Brilliant captaincy from Rohit. CSK - 9/1 after 0.5 overs
Four! Malinga bowls it towards the leg stump and Watson guides it towards fine leg boundary. Back-to-back boundaries.
Four!! Shane Watson gets off the mark with a boundary towards the cover region. Brilliantly timed.
2nd innings! Shane Watson and Murali Vijay walk into the middle to start run chase. MI players are gearing up for their defence.
Mitchell Santner (4-0-13-2) was the pick of the bowlers for MI: Pretty humid here. It's a competitive total. Hopefully, we go out there and get it. Wickets in New Zealand are more like the outfield here. Nice to see it spin. We have some serious players in the squad. Nice to bowl well for the team. Hopefully, we build partnerships at the top. First six overs is important. You look at their (MI's) bowling department, it is world class as well. There has been more dew here. It's going to be a good game.
4,1,0,4,6,2! 17 runs leaked by Bravo in that over. Mumbai Indians have posted 155/4 after 20 overs. It is a good total on a pitch that isn't easy to bat.
SIX!! Hardik Pandya hits Bravo for a maximum and brings up 150 for his team
Four! Pandya Power!! Full toss delivery from Bravo and HP hits him down the ground for a four.
Four! Pollard hits Bravo down the ground and gets a boundary. It was powerfully hit.
2,1,4,2,1,0! 10 runs came from that over bowled by Deepak Chahar. MI - 138/4 after 19 overs. They must be looking to reach 150, for it will be a good total on this track which is favouring slow bowling.
Four! Pollard pulls Deepak Chahar from the off stump and gets a boundary. He waited and waited and hit it very hard.
Hardik skies the ball but it falls in no man's land. A diving Raina seems to have hurt himself. He's up but limping a bit.
1,0,1, wd,2,1,0! 6 runs came from that over bowled by Bravo. He kept bowling slower ones and didn't allow the big-hitting KP & HP to score boundaries. MI - 128/4 after 18 overs.
Just a single and big wicket of Rohit Sharma came in that over bowled by Santner. MI - 122/4 after 17 overs. Facing spinners isn't easy tonight but now only pacers are going to bowl the remaining three overs.
Wicket! Rohit Sharma (67) failed to clear Santner and Vijay takes an easy catch in the deep. Captain's knock from Rohit comes to an end. MI - 122/4 after 16.2 overs.
SIX!!! Rohit Sharma pulls Imran Tahir and clears the rope. Trademark HITMAN shot and he's looking dangerous now. It's time for those big hits now. MI - 121/3 after 16 overs
Four, Four! Rohit Sharma gets back-to-back boundaries against Tahir. He first gets a boundary towards off and later gets a boundary towards mid-wicket. He's looking to cut loose from this stage.
0,0,0,1,0,1! Another tidy over from Santner as he concedes just 2. MI - 105/3 after 15 overs. Rohit and Hardik were troubled in that over.
W,1,1,0,0,0! 2 runs and the wicket of Krunal came from Tahir's over. MI - 103/3 after 14 overs. Hardik and Rohit are present in the middle. They should look to score quickly in the death overs to post a respectable total.
Wicket! Krunal Pandya (1) holes out Imran Tahir and finds Santner in the deep. This hasn't been a remarkable season for him with the bat. MI - 101/3 after 13.1 overs.
Fifty! Rohit Sharma has notched up his first fifty of the season. He took 37 deliveries to get to his half-century after 16 innings. MI - 101/2 after 13 overs.
Wicket! Lewis (32) looks to hit Santner for a maximum but failed to clear the field. Bravo takes a well-judged catch in the deep. Santner gets his first wicket of the innings. MI - 99/2 after 12.1 overs.
Four! An uppercut from Rohit off Bravo and the ball goes towards the fence for a boundary. He moves on to 49*. He's looked in sublime touch tonight. MI - 99/1 after 12 overs. The partnership between him and Lewis is worth 75.
The partnership between Rohit and Lewis is worth 70*.
0,2,0,4,1,1! 8 runs conceded by Santner. MI are going well at Chepauk as they reach 92/1 after 11 overs. Rohit - 44* & Lewis - 30*. CSK badly need a wicket now.
Four! Rohit Sharma finds a little room and cuts the ball towards the square region for a boundary, sweetly timed.
0,0,Wd,1,1,1,1! 5 runs came from the first over bowled by Bravo. MI - 84/1 after 10 overs. They have been scoring well so far. Santner has been brought into the attack.
1,1,1,6,4,1! 14 runs conceded by Imran Tahir. Two good overs in a row for Mumbai Indians. MI - 79/1 after 9 overs. This has been a good start for the visitors.
1,6,0,6,1,0! 14 runs came from the final over bowled by Harbhajan. He finishes with 4-0-23-0. MI - 65/1 after 8 overs.
SIX! Rohit steps out and hits Harbhajan over long-on and clears him for the second maximum of the over.
SIX!! Rohit Sharma charges down the ground and hits Harbhajan over mid-wicket for a maximum.
1,1,1L,1,1,1! 6 singles from Imran Tahir's first over. Fifty comes up for Mumbai. MI - 51/1 after 7 overs.
3,0,1,0,0,0! 4 runs came from the third over bowled by Harbhajan. Evin Lewis hasn't been able to score against the off-spinner. End of the powerplay and MI reach 45/1 after 6 overs.
Four! Rohit Sharma gets a boundary towards the fine leg region off Chahar. Poor bowling from the pacer in that over as 16 runs, including three fours, came from it. MI - 41/1 after 5 overs.
0,1,0,0,0,0! 5 dot balls and a single came from that over bowled by Harbhajan Singh. Evin Lewis was troubled by Harbhajan's spin. MI - 25/1 after 4 overs.
11 runs and the big wicket of De Kock came from that over bowled by Deepak Chahar. MI - 24/1 after 3 overs.
Evin Lewis walks into the middle at one down.
Wicket! Quinton de Kock (15) top-edges Deepak Chahar and Ambati Rayudu takes a simple catch with the gloves. Good comeback from Chahar after getting hit for a six and four in this over. He changed his pace and bowled an out-swinging slower one. MI - 24/1 after 2.4 overs.
SIX!! Front-foot pull and Quinton de Kock hits Deepak Chahar for a maximum. Four! He follows it up with a front-foot drive for a boundary.
1,0,1,1,1,0! 4 runs came from Harbhajan Singh's first over. MI - 13/0 after 2 overs.
4,1,0,3,0,1! Good over for Mumbai Indians as they score 9 from the first. MI - 9/0 after 1st over. Harbhajan Singh to bowl the second over.
Four! Half-volley from Deepak Chahar and Rohit Sharma gets off the mark on the first delivery of the innings with a boundary.
1st Innings! Rohit Sharma and Quinton de Kock walk into the middle to open innings for Mumbai Indians. Deepak Chahar to start with the new ball for CSK.
CSK last defeated MI in 2010 and have lost four matches at Chepauk ever since. MI would be hoping to continue their domination here.
MI (Playing XI): Quinton de Kock(w), Evin Lewis, Rohit Sharma(c), Suryakumar Yadav, Hardik Pandya, Kieron Pollard, Krunal Pandya, Anukul Roy, Rahul Chahar, Lasith Malinga, Jasprit Bumrah.
CSK (Playing XI): Shane Watson, Murali Vijay, Suresh Raina(c), Ambati Rayudu(w), Dhruv Shorey, Kedar Jadhav, Dwayne Bravo, Mitchell Santner, Deepak Chahar, Harbhajan Singh, Imran Tahir.
Rohit Sharma: I would have chased too as dew comes in the second half which makes batting easier. The first half of the tournament was bit up and down . But now we know exactly what we need to know as a team. It is always challenging to play cricket here. We have made two changes in our team. Evin Lewis and Anukul Roy in place of Ben Cutting and Mayank Markande.
MS Dhoni, Ravindra Jadeja and Faf du Plessis unwell. Dhruv Shorey, Murali Vijay & Mitchell Santner replace them for CSK tonight.
Suresh Raina: We will bowl first, wicket still looks the same. I think dew will be the factor. MS and Jaddu are not well, they have fever and they will miss today's game. We have three changes: MS, Jaddu and one more player is not playing (Faf du Plessis). Dhruv Shorey, Murali Vijay and Santner comes in.
Toss: Suresh Raina wins toss, invites Rohit Sharma to bat first.
Big Update: MS Dhoni will not be playing this game tonight due to fever and Suresh Raina will be leading the team in his absence. Ambati Rayudu will be performing wicketkeeping duties.
Here's wishing MS Dhoni a speedy recovery 😇 https://t.co/bXwUL8rgw0— IndianPremierLeague (@IPL) April 26, 2019