Mumbai Indians (MI) once again showed Chennai Super Kings (CSK) who the boss is by thrashing them at home by 46 runs. Easily the most powerful and illustrious outfits in the league, both these teams usually produce sparkling cricket when the meet. But this match was entirely dominated by MI.
The Chennai team was without their talismanic skipper MS Dhoni. But it was clear from the performance that Mumbai Indians are head and shoulders above the rest of the IPL teams in tackling the Super Kings.
Rohit Sharma Sizzles for Mumbai
Chennai’s stand-in skipper Suresh Raina won the toss and asked Mumbai to bat first. Mumbai made an excellent start and raced to 98 for one in 12 overs. Skipper Rohit Sharma led from the front with an elegant 67 off 48 balls. He hit three sixes and six fours on a slow and low pitch.
The scoring rate dipped after the 12th over, as the ball became older and started to take vicious turn. CSK’s spinners bowled well too. Sharma and the Mumbai batsmen perished while attempting big hits. In the end, Hardik Pandya and Kieron Pollard ensured that Mumbai Indians reached a competitive total of 155 for four.
MI’s Bowlers Derail CSK’s Chase
Mumbai’s bowlers were exceptional on a pitch that became more hostile to the batsmen as the game progressed. Lasith Malinga, Jasprit Bumrah, Rahul Chahar and the Pandya brothers never allowed the Chennai batsmen to settle down.
Malinga finished with four wickets. Chahar did not take any wicket. But he troubled all the Chennai batsmen. After 10 overs, the Super Kings were reduced to 60 for five. After that batting became a real struggle, as the Mumbai bowlers enjoyed their day out.
M. Vijay top-scored for CSK with a chancy 38. He was dropped twice during the innings. Towards the end, Malinga and Bumrah quickly ended the CSK batsmen’s misery by taking a bagful of wickets. CSK was eventually all out for 109 in 17.4 wickets.
Rohit Sharma, who was also the man of the match, praised the team effort during the post-match presentation.
“I thought it was better to lose the toss since we wanted to chase as well. But we knew whether we bat first or bowl first, we’ll still have to play good cricket. We spoke about that at the start of the game, but it was a great effort by the boys since it’s not easy to come here and play. We had to scrap for every run and every wicket, can’t ask for much more.”
Both the teams can still finish on top of the group and potentially meet twice again in the tournament.