Chennai, May 7: Dominant Mumbai Indians registered a comprehensive six-wicket win over Chennai Super Kings in the Qualifier 1 here on Tuesday (May 7) and were through to the finals in the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2019.
Mumbai Indians continued their winning streak over CSK in the twelfth season of IPL and recorded their third win over the MS Dhoni-led side. This was Mumbai's fifth consecutive win at MA Chidambaram Stadium and dashed the hopes of the jubilant Chennai crowd of watching the home team become the first finalists of the season.
MI captain Rohit Sharma once again proved that he's one of the best cricketing brains in the limited-overs format as he first rotated his bowlers superbly after MS Dhoni elected to bat first.
Mumbai bowlers produced a clinical effort and thwarted Chennai's plans to post a big total on a pitch that was assisting the spinners. Mumbai bowlers exploited the conditions brilliantly from the start removed CSK's top-three batsmen early in the powerplay.
Sides beating CSK on most occasions in a single #IPL edition:— Rajneesh Gupta (@rgcricket) May 7, 2019
3-0 Rajasthan Royals (2008)
3-0 Kings XI Punjab (2014)
3-0* Mumbai Indians (2019)
3-1 Mumbai Indians (2013)
3-1 Mumbai Indians (2015) #MIvCSK #IPL2019
Once Shane Watson, Faf du Plessis and Suresh Raina were back in the dugout, the pressure shifted on the CSK's middle-order and MI bowlers didn't allow them to score freely. Murali Vijay and Ambati Rayudu hung into the middle to ensure the hosts do not lose wickets anymore. But Vijay too didn't last long into the middle and Dhoni walked into the middle in the 13th over with the scoreboard reading 65/4.
An excellent team picked at the auctions. Led by an astute captain. #MI is by far the most complete team in this #IPL. Have beaten #CSK in Chennai last five times...and already thrice in this season. Says it all... 👏🙌👏 #MIvCSK— Aakash Chopra (@cricketaakash) May 7, 2019
Dhoni - who also happens to be CSK's leading run-scorer this season - started in his trademark style and forged a partnership of 65 runs with Rayudu. The duo didn't take any risks and kept dealing in singles and doubles till the death overs. But Mumbai's quality bowling unit ensured CSK couldn't finish with a flourish.
Dhoni hammered Lasith Malinga for back-to-back sixes in the 19th over and collected 15 runs. But Jasprit Bumrah once again showed his class with the ball in the death as he conceded 9 runs from the final over and didn't allow Dhoni or Rayudu to score a single boundary. As a result, CSK's innings was restricted to 131/4 and the batting team fell a minimum of 15-20 runs short.
Rahul Chahar (2/14) was the pick of the bowlers for Mumbai rest of the bowlers also performed brilliantly.
In response, Mumbai too were off to a disastrous start as openers Rohit Sharma (4) and Quinton de Kock (8) were dismissed cheaply in the power-play. But Suryakumar Yadav (71* off 54) and Ishan Kishan (28) batted with patience and ensured Mumbai do not wobble in the run chase. Their fifty-plus partnership steered the visitors through and by the time Kishan and Krunal Pandya (0) were dismissed off consecutive deliveries by Imran Tahir, Mumbai were in cruise control.
Quality knock by Suryakumar Yadav. Big match. Shown fine temperament, handsome strokes in front of the wicket and deft touch to pick up gaps— Cricketwallah (@cricketwallah) May 7, 2019
Hardik Pandya and Suryakumar guided their team home as the latter scored the winning runs for their team and booked the final berth for them. Mumbai lost just four wickets in the process and had nine balls to spare. They will now wait for the winner of the Qualifier 2 in the final at Hyderabad on May 12.
Chennai, on the other hand, will wait for the winner of he Eliminator - played between Delhi Capitals and Sunrisers Hyderabad in Visakhapatnam on May 8 - in the Qualifier 2 in Vizag on May 10. Dhoni would be expecting a better performance from his team there so that they can set up the final clash with Mumbai again.
Here's how the match between CSK and MI in Qualifier 1 panned out:
Suryakumar Yadav, Man of the Match: It was very important for someone in the top three or four to bat till the end because the wicket was slow and turning. After first innings I saw what happened, not too many players were able to hit the shots in the air. So I wanted to play down the ground, pick singles and doubles. Had the chat after first innings that someone from the top-order will have to play towards the end because it won't be easy for players coming in later.
Rohit Sharma, the winning captain: It was a great effort. Great feeling to know that we'll be playing the finals. Three days now in which we can switch off before the final. Much needed break. I knew we have the bowlers to restrict them. Have the confidence in our batters as well. Was important to restrict them to as little as possible, because it can get tricky against their quality spinners. Was a call we had to make, knowing they have quite a few right-handers in their squad. Jayant is a quality bowler. Thought that a finger-spinner can be more effective than a wristie. Knew MS was going to be crucial towards the end. We had plans laid out. When you restrict a team like that under 140, it looks very good. Credit to our bowlers for executing that. He's probably one of our best batsmen against spin. We knew the spin threat they possess will be a huge factor. Surya plays spin very well. I've seen him at close quarters. The shots he plays behind the wicket, those are not easy shots. Always knew he was going to come good at some stage. We've got a balanced squad. Whatever the conditions are, we've got the squad for them. Have the balance we need on that kind of pitch. Even the batters are confident in what they want to execute. That's probably one of the reasons we've had some success in Chennai because we play the conditions well and understand the conditions well.
Fielding hurt CSK the most tonight.
#CSK had their chances despite messing up in the batting. Let down by the catching too. Have another shot to make the final. Experience works in their favour, but the ageing players need to be revitalised and show more zest!— Cricketwallah (@cricketwallah) May 7, 2019
MS Dhoni, the losing captain: Somebody has to lose, things really didn't go our way, especially batting. At home, we had to assess the conditions, we have played 6 to 7 games already, that's the home advantage.. We needed to know how the pitch behaves, would it be tacky? Those were the things we didn't do well. These are the best batsmen we have got, it looks like we are are batting well, but at times, they pull off shots that shouldn't be played. These are the players who we have banked on, they have the experience and they should know to assess the conditions better. I think we were a bit unlucky at times, some balls dropped right in the middle, we perhaps had to bowl slightly away from the batsmen. It isn't good to lose games at such times, but it is good that we finished in the top-two, that gives us another chance in Vizag.
1,0,0,0,0,0! Just a single from Jadeja's over. MI - 126/4 in 18 overs. 5 needed to win this one. CSK feel they were some 20 runs short
9 runs came from Bravo's over and MI reach - 125/4 in 17 overs. They need 7 more runs to win this one.
2,1,0,4,0,1! 8 runs conceded by Imran Tahir from his final over and he finishes with 4-0-33-2. MI - 116/4 in 16 overs. They need 16 more from 24 deliveries.
4,0,0,2,1,0! 7 runs came from that over bowled by Jadeja. MI -108/4 in 15 overs.
Dropped! Shane Watson puts down Suryakumar Yadav at slip and the ball races towards the boundary. Jadeja had almost gotten a wicket.
Wicket! Imran Tahir removes Krunal Pandya for a golden duck as he removes the new man-in. Consecutive wickets for the bowler. MI - 101/4 in 14 overs.
Wicket! Imran Tahir cleans up Ishan Kishan for 28 and Mumbai Indians lose their third wicket for 101 in 13.5 overs.
2,0,0,1,1,1! 5 runs from Harbhajan's final over of the spell. He finishes with 4-0-25-1. Mumbai Indians - 85/2 in 12 overs. CSK badly need a wicket if they wish to keep themselves alive in this contest.
MI have reached 83/2 in 11.4 overs. The partnership of 62 runs off 50 deliveries between Suryakumar and Ishan Kishan have helped Mumbai to remain in control of this run chase.
Four, Four! Brilliant use of the feet from Suryakumar Yadav and he gets back-to-back boundaries off Imran Tahir. MI - 80/2 after 11 overs.
2,4,1,1,1,1! 10 came from that over bowled by Bravo. MI are on the right track in this run chase, thanks to the sensible batting from Kishan and Suryakumar.
Four! Suryakumar Yadav plays a brilliant shot towards extra-cover against Bravo and gets a boundary. Sweetly timed!
1,1,0,1,1,1! 5 runs conceded by Imran Tahir from his first over. Mumbai - 59/2 after 9 overs.
1,1,2,1,1,0! 6 runs came from Bravo's first over. MI - 54/2 after 8 overs. The partnership between Ishan Kishan and Suryakumar Yadav is worth 34.
0,1,0,2,1,0! 4 runs came from Ravindra Jadeja's first over. Sensible batting from Ishan Kishan and Suryakumar Yadav as Mumbai are batting cautiously.
SIX!! Two fielders at slip but Ishan Kishan slog sweeps Harbhajan Singh for a maximum. 11 runs came from the final over of the powerplay for Mumbai. MI - 44/2 in 6 overs.
Four! Lucky boundary, Ishan Kishan gets a thick edge off Harbhajan and it went past Watson towards the boundary.
0,4,4,1,2,0! 11 runs came from that over bowled by Deepak Chahar. Mumbai Indians reach 33/2 after 5 overs.
4.2- Four - Poor delivery from Chahar and Suryakumar gets a boundary. 4.3- Four- M Vijay failed to convert the half chance into a catch at mid-on and the ball races towards the boundary. Surya was lucky and the bowler not so lucky.
Wicket! Quinton de Kock (8) plays an inside out shot at long-off against Harbhajan Singh and the South Africa batsman has been caught in the deep by the captain of his national team i.e. Faf du Plessis. MI - 21/2 after 3.2 overs.
1,0,0,4,0,0! 5 runs came from Deepak Chahar's second over. The bowler has been hit for 3 boundaries so far. MI - 20/1 after 3 overs.
Four! Sweep shot from Quinton de Kock off Deepak Chahar gets the desired results. With that boundary, QDK completes 500 runs in this season.
0,0,0,3Wd,4.0,0! 7 runs came from Harbhajan's first over. MI - 15/1 after 2 overs as they chase 132.
Four! Quinton de Kock cuts Harbhajan Singh late and gets a boundary to open his account. Brave shot from the left-handed batsman.
In the air, but safe and the batsman also gets a Four! Suryakumar Yadav gets a thick edge off Deepak Chahar and the ball just managed to fly between slip and short third-man fielder. MI - 8/1 after 1st over.
Wicket! Rohit Sharma (4) has been trapped in front by Deepak Chahar and umpire rules in his favour. Rohit goes upstairs but it turns out to be Umpire's Call. Rohit has to depart. MI - 4/1 in 0.2 overs. Chahar has struck early for CSK again.
Four! Rohit Sharma gets off the mark with a boundary as Deepak Chahar starts with the new ball for CSK.
Mumbai Indians' openers Rohit Sharma and Quinton de Kock are in the middle to start run chase of 132 against CSK. Deepak Chahar to start with the new ball for CSK.
MS Dhoni (37*) and Ambati Rayudu (42*) have stitched a partnership of 66* off 48 deliveries and ensured their bowlers have something to defend. Now the onus lies on CSK spinners to defend this total if they wish to book a ticket to Hyderabad. Earlier in the innings, CSK were in a spot of bother when they lost top three in powerplay and scoreboard read 39. But Murali Vijay and Rayudu prevented the fall of wickets in the middle overs.
End of the innings! Just 9 runs conceded by Jasprit Bumrah from his final over. CSK have been restricted to 131/4 in 20 overs. MI need 132 to win this one.
NO BALL!! Jasprit Bumrah strikes on the first delivery and MS Dhoni (31) has been caught at backward point by Ishan Kishan. Pin drop silence at Chepauk. But hold on. Bumrah oversteps.
1,1Lb,6,6,0,1! 15 runs came from Malinga's final over. CSK - 122/4 after 19 overs. Bumrah will bowl the final over for MI.
SIX!! Another yorker from Malinga and MS Dhoni dispatches it over his head. Back-to-back sixes from Thala
SIXXX! MS Dhoni hits Malinga over long-on for a biggie. It was hit with brute force. Mini-Helicopter on the display.
Almosttttt! Rohit had almost sent Dhoni back as he dived forward to catch him at short extra-cover. But the ball landed inches ahead of his hand. CSK - 107/4 after 18 overs.
Four! Ambati Rayudu pulls Bumrah and gets a boundary on the first delivery. 100 comes up for CSK in the 18th over. This has been a brilliant bowling effort from Mumbai Indians.
1,1,1,0,0,0! Rahul Chahar bowls three consecutive dot balls for MS Dhoni and concedes just 3 from it. He finishes with brilliant figures of 4-0-14-2. CSK - 99/4 after 17 overs. Just 18 balls remaining in this innings.
Young Rahul Chahar has unfialingly delivered for #MI this season. Bowled superbly today— Cricketwallah (@cricketwallah) May 7, 2019
1,0,1,2,0,1! 5 came from Krunal Pandya's final over of the spell. He finishes with 4-0-21-1. CSK - 96/4 after 16 overs. They need to finish with a flourish but this isn't an easy track to bat on.
1,0,4,1,1,1! 8 runs conceded by Hardik Pandya from his second over. CSK - 91/4 after 15 overs. They need to score at least 140 to give their bowlers something to defend.
Four! Ambati Rayudu hits Hardik Pandya over long-off and gets a boundary.
SIX!! Ambati Rayudu pulls Jayant Yadav and gets a maximum over mid-wicket. Second maximum of the over for the hosts. Good over from CSK's perspective as 15 came from it. CSK - 83/4 after 14 overs.
SIX!! MS Dhoni walks down the ground and hits Jayant Yadav over bowler's head.
W,1,1,0,0,1! The wicket of set Murali Vijay and three singles came from Rahul Chahar's over. CSK - 68/4 after 13 overs.
Wicket! Rahul Chahar deceives Murali Vijay (26) with his spin as the batsman stepped out to drive him and Quinton de Kock collects the ball and stumps the batsman. CSK - 65/4 in 12.1 overs.
4 runs came from Jasprit Bumrah's over. CSK - 65/3 after 12 overs. 146 is the average first innings total at Chepauk. CSK would be looking to get at least 140 tonight if they wish to challenge MI in the second innings.
Spin to win is the formula tonight! Spinners are deriving a turn of 3.7 degrees at Chepauk in this season. The previous best was 3.1.
Wd, 1,1,Nb,4,1,1,1! 11 runs came from that over bowled by Malinga. This has been the best over for CSK in this innings so far. CSK - 61/3 after 11 overs.
Four! Free Hit delivery from Malinga and Ambati Rayudu gets a boundary towards the fine-leg.
MI coach Mahela Jayawardene from the dugout: We are looking to keep them down to 130. To do that, we needed wickets and the guys have responded well so far. We've got an extra pacer in Hardik to fall back to if things go wayward. But Jayant has bowled well so far. He's picked the left-hander.
Half-way stage! CSK are 50/3 in 10 overs. 4 singles from Jayant's second over.
Not his season! Shane Watson was dismissed for the 11th time this season in the powerplay.
0,0,1,0,0,1! Another tight over from Krunal, just two single came from it. CSK - 46/3 after 9 overs. This isn't the kind of start they hoped for. Rohit Sharma's captaincy has been impressive tonight.
1,1,0,1,0,2! 6 runs conceded by Hardik Pandya from his first over of the spell. CSK - 44/3 after 8 overs. MI bowlers have kept things tight for CSK batters
Four! Vijay hits a boundary on the final delivery of that Rahul Chahar over. CSK - 39/3 in 7 overs.
Big Wicket! Krunal Pandya gives CSK another jolt as he gets rid of Shane Watson (10) on the final ball of the over. Good running catch from Jayant and CSK are 32/3 in 6 overs. They are in deep trouble now as they have lost their top-three within powerplay. This isn't the kind of start MSD had wished for after electing to bat first.
Krunal joins the party and Watson has to depart. The celebration from the bowler says it all 🙌🙌 pic.twitter.com/HjjHOs6GZY— IndianPremierLeague (@IPL) May 7, 2019
Four! Murali Vijay slog-sweeps Krunal and gets the second boundary of the over.
Four! Krunal Pandya bowls the final over of the powerplay and Murali Vijay welcomes him with a boundary.
Four! Short-pitched boundary from Bumrah and Watson pulls it towards the boundary CSK - 23/2 after 5 overs.
Four! Shane Watson hits his first boundary of the innings. Glances the ball towards fine leg boundary and gets the result.
6 runs came from that over bowled by Jayant Yadav and the big wicket of Raina. CSK - 13/2 after 5 overs.
Wicket! Suresh Raina (5) mistimes Jayant Yadav and the CSK vice-captain gives a return catch to the off-spinner. Poor shot selection from Raina costs him. CSK - 12/2 in 3.3 overs. What a start for Mumbai this has been?
Four! Free-Hit delivery from Jayant Yadav and Suresh Raina hits the off-spinner for a boundary.
W,0,0,1,0,0! Big wicket of in-form Faf du Plessis and just a single came from that first over bowled by Rahul Chahar. CSK - 7/1 after 3 overs.
Rahul Chahar has been a devil to the right-handers this season. Nine of his 11 wickets have come against RHB, with a wicket every 20.6 deliveries. Du Plessis had scored at less than a run a ball against leggies this season - good move from Rohit Sharma. #IPL2019 #MIvCSK— The CricViz Analyst (@cricvizanalyst) May 7, 2019
Big Wicket! Rahul Chahar strikes on the first ball of his spell. Faf du Plessis looks to cut the leggie but is caught at short third-man for 6 by substitute Anmolpreet. CSK - 6/1 in 2.1 overs.
Four! Faf du Plessis gets the first boundary over gully off Krunal. Bumrah had almost caught the ball that bounced over the fielder's hands.
0,0,0,0,0,1! Excellent start from slinger Malinga as he concedes just 1 run from his first over. CSK - 1/0 after 1st over.
0,0,0,0,0,1! Excellent start from slinger Malinga as he concedes just 1 run from his first over. CSK - 1/0 after 1st over.
Lasith Malinga starts with the new ball for Mumbai Indians. Faf du Plessis takes the strike.
1st Innings: Mumbai Indians fielders are walking in the middle. Shane Watson and Faf du Plessis are walking towards the crease to open innings for CSK.
Mumbai Indians' bowlers have not been able to pick up early wickets this season.
MI have struggled to get early wickets this season. A strike rate of 33.6 in the Powerplay is the third worst in the tournament, and their most prolific bowler in that period (Jason Behrendorff) has just three wickets - and he's not playing today. #IPL2019 #MIvCSK pic.twitter.com/y2ZgTYaQs0— The CricViz Analyst (@cricvizanalyst) May 7, 2019
CSK have now won 11 tosses this season. In the history of the IPL, only two sides have ever won more tosses in a single season; both Mumbai Indians and Kolkata Knight Riders won 12 tosses in the 2013 IPL.
Mumbai Indians (Playing XI): Quinton de Kock(wk), Rohit Sharma(c), Suryakumar Yadav, Ishan Kishan, Hardik Pandya, Krunal Pandya, Kieron Pollard, Jayant Yadav, Rahul Chahar, Jasprit Bumrah, Lasith Malinga.
Chennai Super Kings (Playing XI): Shane Watson, Murali Vijay, Faf du Plessis, Suresh Raina, MS Dhoni(wk/c), Ambati Rayudu, Dwayne Bravo, Ravindra Jadeja, Harbhajan Singh, Deepak Chahar, Imran Tahir.
One Change for both the teams: Off-spinner Jayant Yadav replaces Mitchell McClenaghan in MI Playing XI. CSK bring in Murali Vijay to replace injured Kedar Jadhav.
Rohit Sharma: We wanted to bat as well. The way this wicket has behaved in the past, we were looking to bat first too.
Pitch Report from Sanjay Manjrekar: This pitch looks good to bat on. 170-175 will be a par score here. The team that wins toss should look to bat first and set a target for the opponent in the big match. CSK have not yet chased any totals at Chepauk in this season and if Rohit Sharma wins toss, he must look to bat first.
Players from both sides are warming up in the field.