Mumbai, Apr 4: Mumbai Indians (MI) thrashed Chennai Super Kings (CSK) by 37 runs in the Indian Premier League's (IPL) 15th match here at Wankhede Stadium on Wednesday.
Chasing a challenging target of 171 runs, CSK could score 133/8 runs in stipulated 20 overs. This was MI's second win in four matches. On the other hand, CSK suffered their first loss in the 12th edition of the IPL in same number of games.
Riding on right-handed Suryakumar Yadav's 59 off 43 balls and left-hand batsman Krunal Pandya's 42 off 32 balls, home side MI posted a challenging total of 170 runs in stipulated 20 overs. In reply, CSK, who were never looked in chase, scored 133 runs, going down to MI for 37 runs.
For MI, Sri Lankan team Pacer Lasith Malinga and India all-rounder Hardik Pandya bagged three wickets each, while left-arm medium pacer Jason Behrendorff from Australia took two wickets in his four overs for 22 runs.
Hardik Pandya was adjudged Man of the match for his all-round performance. Chasing 171 runs, MS Dhoni-led CSK got off to a poor start as they lost right-hand batsman Ambati Rayudu for a duck in the very first over.Soon, in the third over, Malinga dismissed Shane Watson for 5 runs, reducing CSK for 6 runs for 2 wickets. The required run rate soared following the dismissal of openers cheaply.
Suresh Raina who got some good start but failed to convert it into big innings as he was dismissed by Behrendorff for 16, caught at deep cover by Kieron Pollard, who took a stunner. After that, skipper Dhoni and Kedar Jadhav stitched together a 54-run partnership for the fourth wicket. Former India captain Dhoni was dismissed for 12 off 21. Soon, Ravindra Jadeja also departed cheaply for 1-run.
Jadhav (58), who scored his fourth IPL half-century, was caught by de Kock off Malinga in the 18th over and CSK faltered in the chase to finish at 133/8 in 20 overs. Earlier in the day, CSK won the toss and put MI to bat first.
MI got off to a bad start as opener Quinton de Kock dismissed for 4 runs off 7 balls. The South African left-handed batsman handed an easy catch to Jadhav at square leg in the third over while trying to smash a delivery.
Then, MI skipper Rohit Sharma and Suryakumar Yadav tried to consolidate their innings. They added 37 runs before left-armer Ravindra Jadeja dismissed Sharma for 13 runs. Veteran India all-rounder Yuvraj Singh was dismissed by Imran Tahir for just 4 runs, reducing the home side for 50 for 3 wickets in 8.3 overs. Suryakumar and Krunal Pandya stitched together a crucial partnership of 62 runs for the fourth wicket, helping MI to get past 100 runs mark.
Right-arm pacer Mohit Sharma finally broke the partnership by sending Krunal back in the 17th over for 42 runs off 32 balls, he hit five fours and one six. Later Yadav was dismissed for 59 runs off 43 balls. He scored eight fours and one six.
Towards the end of MI's innings, Hardik Pandya and Kieron Pollard chipped in with the bat to help the home side to put 170 runs in 20 overs. In the last over of MI's innings, Pandya-Pollard scored 29 runs off Dwayne Bravo.
For CSK, Deepak Chahar, Mohit Sharma, Imran Tahir, Ravindra Jadeja and Dwayne Bravo took one wicket each. Bravo was the most expensive bowler as he conceded 49 runs in four overs. UNI