In the 41st match of the IPL 2020, the defending champions Mumbai Indians (MI) just thrashed Chennai Super Kings (CSK) by 10 wickets at Sharjah Cricket Stadium (Sharjah).
In the absence of injured captain Rohit Sharma, Kieron Pollard led Mumbai Indians on this evening as he chose to bowl first after winning the toss. Chennai Super Kings hugely struggled in the first innings as they were restricted to 114/9 (20 overs). In reply, Mumbai Indians chased down that target in just 12.2 overs without losing any wicket.
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IPL 2020, Match 41: Chennai Super Kings vs Mumbai Indians (CSK vs MI) – Highlights
Mumbai Indians (MI) innings
Mumbai Indians openers Quinton de Kock and Ishan Kishan provided a solid start as they managed to put 52 runs at the end of the powerplay (52/0).
Both the openers continued their domination even after the powerplay as the reigning champions won that big game very easily without any harmful incident. Ishan Kishan also registered a 29-ball fifty. While Kishan scored 68 not out 37 balls (6 fours and 5 sixes), De Kock finished the game with a boundary as he scored 46 not out off 37 balls (5 fours and 2 sixes). At the end of that match, they managed to set up the 116 runs partnership for the unbroken first wicket.
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Chennai Super Kings (CSK) innings
In this crucial match, Chennai Super Kings got a horrible start as their top-order batting totally collapsed. Inside the third over of the match, CSK were deeply struggling as they already lost their first four batsmen and they only managed to gather 3 runs on the scoreboard (3/4). Both the Mumbai Indians’ frontline pacers, Trent Boult and Jasprit Bumrah provided that firing start as they picked up two wickets each in that initial spell.
At the end of the powerplay, CSK only managed to score 24/5 as Boult picked his third wicket after dismissing Ravindra Jadeja (7) in the sixth over. In that entire innings, only Sam Curran managed to put some strong fight with the bat as he was the only CSK batsman to reach the 20-run mark in that innings.
Captain MS Dhoni was the second-highest run-scorer in that innings as he scored 16 runs off 16 balls. Two late batters, Shardul Thakur and Imran Tahir were the only other CSK batsmen who managed to reach the double-digit mark in that innings. While Thakur scored 11 runs, Tahir remained not out on 13 runs off 10 balls (2 fours). Also, the defending champions conceded 12 extras in that innings.
While the other CSK batsmen were losing their wickets cheaply, the no.7-positioned batsman Sam Curran was the only CSK batter who batted strongly. He was the only reason for CSK to manage the 100+ total in that innings. Curran completed his fifty in 46 balls and after scoring 52 runs off 47 balls (4 fours and 2 sixes), he became the fourth victim of Boult on the final ball of that innings.
Boult finished that innings with the incredible bowling figures of 4-1-18-4. Jasprit Bumrah (2/25) and Rahul Chahar (2/22) also took two wickets each while Nathan Coulter-Nile (1/25) also bagged one wicket.
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