Mumbai Indians beat Chennai Super Kings by 25 runs in the first qualifier at the Wankedhe Stadium, Mumbai on Tuesday. It was a tremendous performance by Mumbai Indians in all departments and played some excellent cricket in the match. With this win they have entered the finals of IPL to be played on 24th May.
Chasing the target of 188 runs the Chennai Super Kings innings got off to a poor start losing Dwayne Smith off the fourth ball of innings to Malinga for 0. After the loss of Smith, Hussey and Du Plessis attacked the Mumbai Indians bowlers especially Mchelgahan. Both Hussey and Du Plesis were severe on the bowlers. They put on 46 runs for the second wicket before Hussey was caught behind the wicket of Vinay Kumar for 16. At the end sixth over Chennai Super Kings were 54 for 2. After the loss of Hussey wicket, Raina came and was at his best. He and Du Plessis ensured that the scoring rate was on target for Chennai Super Kings. At the starting off the 10th over Chennai Super kings lost the important wicket of Raina for 25 and the very next ball lost the wicket of captain MS Dhoni for 0. Bravo and Du Plessis tried to hit sixes as Du Plessis was caught at mid-on for 45 to reduce Chennai Super Kings to 110 for 5. They lost another wicket of Bravo and made it more difficult as they were reduced to 121 for 6. They lost another wicket of Negi to reduce Chennai to 126 for 7. Jadeja did try to help Chennai Super Kings get over the line but lost his wicket in pursuit of a big score. Chennai Super Kings were reduced to 147 for 8 when Jadeja was dismissed.The last hope for Chennai Super Kings was out as Ashwin was taken catch as the score read 161 for 9. Chennai Super Kings were bowled out for 162. Malinga was the star with ball picking 3 wickets, Vinay Kumar and Harbhajan Singh picked 2 wickets each, Suchith and Mitchell McClenaghan picked 1 wicket each.
Earlier, Mumbai Indians won the toss and elected to bat. Mumbai Indians got off to a slow start scoring 23 off the first 4 overs before Simmons and Parthiv Patel attacked the Chennai Super Kings bowlers. At the end of 6th over, Mumbai Indians were 48 for 0. It was a good start by Mumbai Indians openers. After six overs both Simmons and Parthiv Patel took Pawan Negi on. Mumbai Indians openers put up 90 runs first wicket partnership as Parthiv Patel was first wicket out for 35. Then Simmons and Rohit Sharma scored some runs. Simmons scored fifty and laid the foundation of a big score. Simmons was the second wicket out for 65 off 51 balls. Mumbai Indians lost wickets and were held by loss of wickets of Rohit Sharma, Pandya and Rayadu. At the death over’s Pollard hit some lusty blows and scored 41 off 17 balls to help Mumbai Indians post a competitive of 187 for 6 in 20 over’s. The successful bowler for Chennai Super Kings was Bravo picking 3 wickets off 40 runs and Mohit Sharma, Jadeja, Nehra picked 1 wicket each.