The Mumbai Indians (MI) have now increased their chances of qualifying for the playoffs further with their thumping win over the Chennai Super Kings (CSK). They also remain the only team in so many years to defeat the Men in Yellow at the MA Chidambaram stadium. The hosts missed MS Dhoni badly once again after the skipper missed the game due to fever. However, for MI, Rohit Sharma got his form back right at the business end of the tournament.
During the toss, the MI skipper, Rohit Sharma said that they have made two changes in their squad as Ben Cutting and Mayank Markande made way for Evin Lewis and debutant Anukul Roy. On the other hand, CSK also made three changes as MS Dhoni, Ravindra Jadeja, and Faf du Plessis made way for Murali Vijay, Dhruv Shorey, and Mitchell Santner.
Mumbai had a decent start to their innings as they scored just 13 runs in the first couple of over. However, De Kock started the third over with a six over the square leg boundary followed by a four on the very next ball of Deepak Chahar. After facing a dot ball, De Kock dismissed by the bowler on the third delivery while attempting a pull shot. After his dismissal, Lewis and Rohit started a partnership and the former got a huge lifeline in the final over the powerplay. They added 75 runs for the second wicket before, Lewis getting out in the 13th over.
After Lewis’ dismissal, Mumbai’s innings almost got halted as they lost three wickets in just 23 runs. Even Krunal Pandya and Rohit got out soon. Hardik Pandya along with Kieron Pollard tried to resurrect the innings but only managed to get the total of 155/4 in their quota of 20 over despite scoring 27runs in the last two overs.
During the chase, CSK started their innings on a horrifying note as they lost their veteran opener, Shane Watson in the first over of Lasith Malinga itself. They kept on losing wickets in regular intervals as players like Suresh Raina, Ambati Rayudu, Kedar Jadhav, and Dhruv Shorey left the team reeling at 60/5 at the end of the 10th over. However, on the other end, Vijay kept some hopes for CSK, but in he also got out in the 12th over of Jasprit Bumrah owing a brilliant catch from Surya Kumar Yadav.
After his dismissal, Dwayne Bravo and Santner scored some runs but after Bravo’s wicket in the 16th over, the match was nothing but over for CSk as they got bundled out in next 10 deliveries and lost the game by a huge margin of 46 runs. Lasith Malinga was the pick of the bowlers for MI as they finished the game with the figures of 4/37 in his quota of 4 overs.
Mumbai Indians – 155/4 in 20 overs (R Sharma: 67, E Lewis: 32; M Santner: 2/13) defeated Chennai Super Kings – 109/10 in 17.4 overs (M Vijay: 38; L Malinga: 4/37, K Pandya: 2/7) by 46 runs
Here is how Twitter reacted to Mumbai’s win:
CSK without Dhoni doesn’t wear the same invincible aura. Batting has become too brittle #CSKvsMI
— Vikrant Gupta (@vikrantgupta73) April 26, 2019
CSK in last 19 games at Chepauk lost only twice
v MI in IPL 2015
v MI in IPL 2019 #CSKvMI
— Sarang Bhalerao (@bhaleraosarang) April 26, 2019
Chinna Thala sentiments aside, not sure Raina can just walk into the CSK XI like he once did.
— Shashank Kishore (@captainshanky) April 26, 2019
Rohit Sharma vs CSK in Chepauk:
2 games for Deccan Chargers (2008, 2010)
2 games as MI player (2012, 2013)
2 games as MI captain (2015, 2019)
— Sampath Bandarupalli (@SampathStats) April 26, 2019
— Woke Raja babu (@GaurangBhardwa1) April 26, 2019
— Ro¢ky Edwαrd 💙🇮🇳🏏 (@IAmRockyEdward) April 26, 2019
This is the situation Of CSK without M.S.Dhoni
— Shatadeep Banerjee (@shatadeepbaner7) April 26, 2019
CSK without Dhoni is like Chicken Briyani without leg piece. #CSKvMI
— Mujtaba Ibrahim (@Mujtaba023) April 26, 2019
— VIJAY DHONI FAN (@ASultan58738402) April 26, 2019
— Princy. (@Princy2weets) April 26, 2019
— Tanuj Singh (@TanujSi47701251) April 26, 2019