Chennai Super Kings fixed a date against Kings XI Punjab in the second qualifier as they defeated their arch-rivals Mumbai Indians in the eliminator by seven wickets. With this win, Mumbai are out of the tournament and CSK are a step away from yet another finals.
Chasing 174 to win, Chennai were off to a brisk start with their openers Dwayne Smith and Faf du Plessis calling the shots in the initial overs. They put on 60 in six overs before Harbhajan Singh struck twice in one over. Bhajji accounted for both the openers and dented their run rate back. McCullam looked to be in good touch before being stumped off Pragyan Ojha for 14.
Suresh Raina was joined by David Hussey in the middle and the duo batted sensibly and took their side home. Raina crossed yet another fifty in IPL as he led Chennai to a seven wicket win. Harbhajan was the star for Mumbai with figures of 2-27 on 4 overs.
After put into bat by Chennai, Mumbai Indians were off to a flying start with their openers making the CSK bowlers pay for missing their line and length. Lendl Simmons and Mike Hussey put together a 76 run partnership in 9 overs before Hussey was castled by Jadeja. Hero from the last match Corey Anderson came out all guns blazing and took on from where he left in the match against Rajasthan Royals. But his short stay was cut short by Ashwin as Anderson holed out to Ishwar Pandey at deep backward squareleg.
Simmons reached his fifty and tried to rescue his side but got out trying to send Jadeja’s delivery out of the park. Since then, Mumbai batsmen struggled to score runs and lost five wickets in 12 balls. Somehow they managed to reach 173 for the loss of 8 wickets in their twenty overs. Simmons starred with the bat with 67 and Mohit Sharma was the pick of the bowlers with a spell of 4-0-42-3.
Brief Scores: Mumbai Indians: 173-8 in 20 overs (Simmons 74, Hussey 39, Mohit 3-42) lost to Chennai Super Kings 176 -3 in 18.4 overs (Raina 54, Hussey 40, Harbhajan 2-27) by seven wickets