Mumbai, April 3: Mumbai Indians continued their domination over Chennai Super Kings as they defeated the defending champions by 37 runs in their fourth match in the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2019 here on Wednesday (April 3).
With this win, Mumbai Indians returned to winning ways and avenged their defeat in the opening game of the previous season. Chasing a decent total of 171, Chennai were off to a disastrous start when their top-three were dismissed cheaply and despite a gritty fifty from Kedar Jadhav went in vain.
MS Dhoni - who has been crucial for Chennai in the tournament - was dismissed for 12 at the critical juncture of the game. Mumbai bowlers were brilliant from the very start of the innings as Jason Behrendorff (4-0-22-2) set the pace for the hosts in the run chase.
Hardik Pandya was the pick of the bowlers for Mumbai as he returned with the figures of 4-0-20-3. He got the big wicket of Dhoni and ended the game for Chennai with the opposition skipper's wicket.
Rohit Sharma-led Mumbai Indians enjoy a good home record against Dhoni-led side and lived up to their reputation. This was Mumbai Indians' 100th win in the tournament.
Talking about what all went wrong for his team, Dhoni said, "I think quite a few things went wrong for us. We started well, were right on the mark for the first 10-12 overs. Then, a few catches were dropped, a few misfields, the death over bowling wasn't great. We don't have bowlers who hit the deck, it was slightly tough on them. We do have one-on-one plans, we needed to know where we could cut-off the boundaries, which batsmen to target, a boundary less or two could have made a difference to a 10-12 run over or a 7-run over. We needed to build some momentum, but we need to know when to plan for those."
In the previous meeting between these two at Wankhede, Mumbai were last year defeated by Chennai in a last-over thriller. But Mumbai who are often termed late-bloomers should now be aiming to continue the winning momentum in the tournament with a win against the table-toppers.
It wasn't a good game of cricket Chennai as they faltered in the run chase of 171 before their bowlers leaked too many runs in the death overs.
Here's how the match between Mumbai and Chennai transpired:
Hardik Pandya - Man of the Match: Hardik Pandya, Man of the Match: It feels really good to help the team win and to contribute to it. It's been seven months since I played much competitive cricket. Have batted and batted and batted in the nets. I am someone who loves to have game time and I am hitting them really well at the moment. Yes, the injury happened and then the controversy too. These seven months weren't easy and I wasn't sure of what to do. This award is special and I dedicate it to all those who stood by me during those tough times. My goal is to keep performing and hopefully, help India win the World Cup.
Rohit Sharma - the winning captain: I think every game we play in the IPL is important. Having lost two games at the start, suddenly every match becomes important. We don't want to keep that task of having to win many games in the end, it's really difficult. We just wanted to play the brand of cricket Mumbai Indians are known for. We just kept ourselves in the game all the way through and those are good signs. I thought 170 was a fighting total here because you never know. We knew that there was something in the pitch and if we could knock wickets early, things could work. That's exactly what happened. We didn't start off well with the bat but we finished really well. With the ball, we were extremely clinical. To defend a 170 score at Wankhede, you need to be really good with the ball and we were with the fielding also being extremely efficient. That's why I can't pinpoint a single match-changing event, there were so many of them. Jason has been great for Australia with the new ball and we all know what he is capable of. He did the same for us and his spell early on set the tone. Rahul also seemed promising, bowled just the two overs but there was a reason for that as MS and Kedar play spin well. So, I went on with the pacers.
MS Dhoni - the losing captain: I think quite a few things went wrong for us. We started well, were right on the mark for the first 10-12 overs. Then, a few catches were dropped, a few misfields, the death over bowling wasn't great. We don't have bowlers who hit the deck, it was slightly tough on them. We do have one-on-one plans, we needed to know where we could cut-off the boundaries, which batsmen to target,a boundary less or two could have made a difference to a 10-12 run over or a 7-run over. We needed to build some momentum, but we need to know when to plan for those. It is a tough thing - this so-called momentum, it doesn't really matter, a good start from the bowlers will make things tight, once you set the tone, the game goes along in that flow. We will have to see the wicket for the next game, we have to see the combination. Bravo has an hamstring injury, we don't have a few players, we already have some injuries, David Willey isn't there, he has his own problems, Lungi Ngidi isn't with us as well, we will have to look at the pitch and then decide on the right combination.
Wicket! Deepak Chahar (7) pulls Hardik Pandya and Jasprit Bumrah takes a good catch near the boundary. CSK - 122/8 in 19.1 overs.
Four! A boundary for Deepak Chahar off Jasprit Bumrah. Inside-out shot from the batsman.
Wicket! Bravo (8) inside-edges Malinga and Quinton de Kock took a sensational catch behind the stumps. CSK - 115/7 in 17.5 overs. Are they going to last full 20 overs??
Wicket! Kedar Jadhav's innings comes to an end for 58. He edged the slower one from Malinga and Quinton de Kock pouched it. CSK - 108/6 in 17.1 overs. CSK's hope of crossing the line in this game is all but over.
Miser as ever!! Just 3 runs came from that over bowled by Jasprit Bumrah. CSK 108/5, need 63 from 18 balls.
11 came from that over bowled by Malinga. CSK are 105/5 after 16 overs. They need 66 from 24 balls. Looks this match has slipped through their hands.
Four! Kedar Jadhav opens face of the bat and guides the ball towards third man. Fifty up for Jadhav. Four! Kedar flicks, and gets a boundary.
Wicket! Jadeja (1) edges Hardik and Quinton de Kock takes a well-judged catch behind the stumps. CSK - 89/5 in 14.4 overs. Superb over from Pandya. MI are surging in this game.
Wicket! MS Dhoni (12) tried to pull the short-pitched delivery from Hardik Pandya and Suryakumar Yadav takes the catch. CSK - 87/4 after 14.1 overs.
Brilliant comeback from Krunal Pandya after getting hit for a boundary by Kedar and ends up conceding just 7 from it. CSK - 87/3 after 14 overs. They need 84 from 36 deliveries. Mumbai are ahead in this game.
Four! Kedar Jadhav sweeps Krunal Pandya over mid-wicket and the ball races towards the boundary line. This boundary brought 52-run partnership between him and Dhoni.
Brilliant over from Jasprit Bumrah as he gave just 3 from it. CSK are 80/3 after 13. Things are getting tough for Chennai in the run chase.
Just 6 runs came from that over bowled by Krunal. CSK are 77/3 after 12 overs. The required run rate is 11.75 now for Chennai.
MI coach Mahela Jayawardene explains why Bumrah had a bruise below his eye: Bumrah missed a catch during training from James Pamment leading to a black-eye. He's lucky, he had swelling but brought it down today.
5 runs came from that over bowled by Hardik Pandya. CSK - 71/3 after 11 overs. They need 100 from 54 deliveries. The pressure of asking rate is climbing for Chennai.
Halfway stage! 3 runs came from over #10 and CSK are 66/3. They need 105 from the next 60 deliveries. Mumbai have kept things tight for the visitors.
6 runs conceded by Behrendorff from his third over. Chennai are 63/3 after 9 overs. 108 needed by 66 balls.
Four!! Kedar gets a boundary on the last ball of Rahul Chahar's over towards third man region. CSK - 57/3 after 8 overs.
Rohit Sharma has introduced Rahul Chahar into the attack to trouble MS Dhoni and Kedar Jadhav. These two are not going to take too much risk against spinners.
15 leaked by Bumrah from his first over. CSK reach 49/3 after 7 overs.
Four! Another brilliant shot from Kedar as he gets the third boundary against Bumrah. It was a ramp shot from Kedar and crowd chants CSK...CSK...CSK at Wankhede.
Four! Mini-helicopter from Kedar on the Free-Hit delivery bowled by Bumrah.
Four! Short-arm pull from Kedar Jadhav and the ball races towards mid-wicket boundary off Bumrah. Stand and deliver shot from Jadhav.
Four! Short-arm pull from Kedar Jadhav and the ball races towards mid-wicket boundary off Bumrah. Stand and deliver shot from Jadhav.
Rohit Sharma introduces Hardik Pandya into the attack for the final over of the powerplay. The Baroda pacer starts with just a single. CSK - 34/3 after 6 overs.
Wicket! Pollard plucks it out of thin air and Suresh Raina's innings comes to an end. It was sailing for a SIX but Pollard stood like a wall. Behrendorff gets another wicket. CSK - 33/3 after 5 overs.
Four!! Suresh Raina guides Behrendorff towards slip cordon and gets a boundary. Four!! Raina now hits the bowler over mid-off and the ball races towards the boundary.
Four! A boundary from Kedar Jadhav to end the over from Lasith Malinga. CSK are 25/2 after 4 overs.
SIX!! Kedar Jadhav flicks Malinga for a maximum. Brilliant use of wrist from Kedar to open his account.
SIX!! First maximum of the CSK innings and it came from the bat of Suresh Raina.
After 2 overs, CSK are 6/2.
Wicket! Shane Watson (5) departs and Pollard takes a brilliant catch at point to end his innings. Lasith Malinga also gets a wicket in his first over. CSK - 6/2 after 1.2 overs. They are in all sorts of trouble.
Four! Free-hit delivery from Malinga and Shane Watson gets a leading edge and the ball goes over third-man boundary.
CSK - 1/1 after 1 overs. Behrendorff off to a brilliant start in the IPL for Mumbai Indians.
Wicket!! Jason Behrendorff strikes the very first over of his debut for Mumbai Indians as he gets rid of Ambati Rayudu with a beauty. There was hardly anything the batsman could do. The batsman edges and Quinton de Kock takes a simple catch behind the stumps. Rayudu departs for a duck. CSK- 1/1 after 0.4 overs.
Shane Watson and Ambati Rayudu walk into the middle for the run chase of 171 against Mumbai Indians. Jason Behrendorff starts with the new ball for Mumbai Indians.
From 103/3 in 16 overs, MI have reached 170. The assault in the final overs could just shift the game in the favour of Mumbai. CSK will have to face a tough bowling attack with a competitive total on the board.
These last two overs could change the match. #MIvCSK— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) April 3, 2019
1,Wd,1,6Nb,3,6,4,6! 29 runs came from that over and Hardik Pandya show has propelled MI to 170/5. Hardik scored 25 off 8 balls. MI get 45 in the last 12 deliveries.
15 balls between Hardik and Pollard went for 42. #Mi missing a trick by not promoting them. Suryakumar’s SR first 15 balls was 160+ and then dropped to 108 for the remainder of the innings. #MIvCSK #IPL— Aakash Chopra (@cricketaakash) April 3, 2019
SIX! Full toss from Bravo and Pollard accepts the gift with open hands. It was a No-ball too. 150 up for Mumbai.
16 runs leaked by Shardul Thakur from his final over. Mumbai Indians - 141/5 after 19 overs. Another good over would ensure the hosts have put up a decent total on the board.
SIX!!! Pollard hits Shardul Thakur over mid-wicket and Hardik Pandya is elated.
SIXXXX!! Hardik Pandya pulls Shardul Thakur for a maximum and the ball sailed way back into the stands. Superb shot from the big-hitter.
Wicket! Suryakumar Yadav (59) looked to clear Bravo over long-on and Jadeja takes a simple catch in the deep. MI - 125/5 after 18 overs.
Four! Suryakumar hits Bravo down the ground and gets a boundary. Good effort from Jadeja but the ball wins the race.
SIX! Suryakumar Yadav gets to his fifty with a maximum off Mohit Sharma. This is his 6th IPL fifty. He took 38 deliveries.
Four, Four, Wicket! Krunal Pandya (42) departs after hitting Mohit Sharma for consecutive boundaries.
Mumbai Indians reach 103/3 after 16 overs. They need big overs from this stage to post a decent total on the board.
50-run partnership between Krunal-Suryakumar. CSK skipper MS Dhoni isn't pleased with his fielders.
Four! Suryakumar Yadav cuts Bravo towards square-leg and the ball races towards the fence. He moves on to 44.
SIXX! Krunal Pandya frees his arms and hammers Tahir over long-off for a maximum. Superb shot from the left-handed batsman.
This was the first maximum of the innings.
After 14 overs, Mumbai Indians are 82/3. Krunal Pandya and Suryakumar Yadav have spent crucial time into the middle and they need to explode in the next 6 overs to take Mumbai to a respectable total. Chennai, on the other hand, must be cursing themselves for poor fielding into the middle as both the batsmen have been given reprieves.
Not Out! Krunal Pandya has been (18) trapped in front by Shardul Thakur with a yorker. KP has gone upstairs to review it. Ultra-edge confirms there was contact between bat and ball. DRS saves the batsman.
Dropped! Mohit Sharma drops a simple catch to give a breather to Krunal Pandya (17) at mid-off. Dwayne Bravo and MS Dhoni are not pleased with his effort, it was a regulation catch.
Four, Four, 1! Back-to-back boundaries from Krunal Pandya off Mohit Sharma. KP takes a single on the final delivery of the over. 10 came from it. MI - 74/3 after 12.
7 runs came from that over bowled by Imran Tahir. Mumbai are looking to revive from the loss of big three. Suryakumar Yadav and Krunal Pandya are going to be the key for MI.
Four! Suryakumar hits Imran Tahir for a boundary towards the square-leg region. He's looking in great touch.
Four! Krunal Pandya gets off the mark with a reverse sweep off Jadeja. He then takes a single on the next delivery to retain the strike. After 10 overs MI are 57/3.
Wicket! Yuvraj Singh (4) hits Imran Tahir over long-off for a maximum and Rayudu takes a well-judged catch inches before boundary ropes. Tahir strikes at a crucial time for CSK. MI are off to a poor start. MI - 50/3 after 8.3 overs.
A wicket and three singles from Ravindra Jadeja's first over. MI - 48/1 after 8 overs. Yuvraj - 2* Suryakumar - 27* are present into the middle.
Wicket! Ravindra Jadeja strikes on the first ball and Rohit (13) has been caught behind by MS Dhoni. Sharp catch from MSD. Jadeja was lucky enough to not have overstepped else it could have been a No ball. MI - 45/2 after 7.1 overs.
1,1,1,1,1,0! Five singles came from Tahir's first over. Both Rohit and Suryakumar are looking to settle down. MI - 45/1 after 7 overs.
MS Dhoni introduces spinner Imran Tahir. Deepak Chahar won't bowl his full-quota on the trot for the third consecutive time.
End of powerplay! Mohit Sharma conceded just 1 came from his first over. Mumbai - 40/1 after 6 overs.
4,4,4! Suryakumar Yadav hits three consecutive boundaries off Deepak Chahar. The pacer went for 14 runs from that over. MI - 39/1 after 5 overs.
16 runs leaked by Shardul Thakur from his second over. He conceded three boundaries in that over. Suryakumar Yadav and Rohit Sharma both hit boundaries. MI - 25/1 after 4 overs.
Four! Hitman hits his first boundary of the innings. The crowd chants Rohit-Rohit.
Four, Four! Suryakumar Yadav hits back-to-back boundaries off Shardul. He's looking in sublime touch.
Wicket! Quinton de Kock gives (4) gives a simple catch to Kedar Jadhav at square-leg. Deepak Chahar strikes again in powerplay. MI - 8/1 after 2.3 overs
Four! First boundary of the innings came from the bat of Quinton de Kock. It was an inside-edge and the ball raced towards fine-leg boundary.
Just one run came from the second over for Mumbai as Shardul Thakur starts well for CSK. Rohit and De Kock are taking their time into the middle and looking to settle down. MI - 3/0 after 2 overs.
Shardul Thakur - the local boy bowls the second over for Chennai.
Tight first over from Deepak Chahar as he concedes just 2 from it. MI - 2/0 after 1st over.
1st innings! Quinton de Kock and Rohit Sharma are out into the middle to start MI innings. Deepak Chahar to start with the new ball for CSK.
It's a good wicket. We need to bowl well and win the home games to get into the top four: Yuvraj Singh.
Rohit: It's an important game for us. Two losses in three games don't justify. I thought we played some good cricket, but couldn't capitalize on the crucial moments. We would've chased first. It's a blessing in disguise to bat. But it looks like a good wicket to bat. If we bat to our potential, we will get to a good score. We have got two changes. Mitchell McClenaghan misses out and Jason Behrendorff makes his debut for us. Mayank Markande is not well and Rahul Chahar replaces him. Hopefully, all of us together can deliver today.
Dhoni: It's 14 games in IPL, the more you win, the better it is. We don't look at the result, it's biproduct. We look at doing the basics well. We will bowl first. It's one of those wickets, if you don't bowl in the right areas you will be punished. I feel it's important to let the opposition put the runs on board and we will chase it later. With so much grass, it doesn't look like a turner. We need to adapt quickly and take the game forward. We have got Mohit in place of Santner.
Mumbai Indians (Playing XI): Rohit Sharma(c), Quinton de Kock(w), Suryakumar Yadav, Yuvraj Singh, Kieron Pollard, Hardik Pandya, Krunal Pandya, Rahul Chahar, Jasprit Bumrah, Lasith Malinga, Jason Behrendorff
Shane Watson, Suresh Raina, MS Dhoni(w/c), Kedar Jadhav, Dwayne Bravo, Ravindra Jadeja, Deepak Chahar, Mohit Sharma, Shardul Thakur, Imran Tahir.
Mitchell Santner misses out and Mohit Sharma replaces him.
Pitch Report! The track is going to be a belter. There is a bit of grass and assist swing bowlers early on. Sunil Gavaskar says we can have a high-scoring game tonight.