In the 44th match of intriguing Indian Premier League (IPL) 2019 expedition, Mumbai Indians (MI) completed a brilliant double over the defending champions, Chennai Super Kings (CSK) at the MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai. The Rohit Sharma-led team registered its second win of the season against the table-toppers in a clinical 46-run victory. In the first innings, the visitors reached a fighting total on the back of Rohit’s incredible knock under pressure and due to the Pollard-Pandya hitting combo in the end. While in the second innings, Lasith Malinga and the rest of the MI bowlers displayed fabulous combined efforts to rattle the opposition batsmen and in turn steer their team to an emphatic win.
Rohit’s brilliant fifty and Pollard-Pandya’s explosive finish propel MI to 155
After losing the toss and being put in to bat first, Mumbai skipper Rohit Sharma cleared his intentions straightaway, hitting Deepak Chahar for a crisp boundary off the first ball of the game. The latter then got indulged in a small battle with Quinton de Kock as Chahar got hit for 10 runs off the first two balls, but the pacer came back really well to dismiss him on the fourth ball. After his wicket, Rohit Sharma and Evin Lewis steadied the innings with a vital 75-run partnership on a pretty difficult wicket to bat on as the ball was turning massively.
Rohit looked in a great touch from the start of the innings and led his team from the front, smashing a fabulous half-century off 37 balls which was also his first of this season. The MI skipper compiled a sensational knock of 67 runs which consisted of six fours and three sixes. The CSK pace duo of Chahar and Bravo bowled well at the death, but the hard-hitting pair of Kieron Pollard and Hardik Pandya somehow managed to blister 27 runs in the final two overs, which in turn helped MI reach a fighting total of 155 runs. For CSK, Mitchell Santner claimed two crucial wickets at an impressive economy.
Malinga and spinners limit CSK
Chasing a stiff target of 156 runs, the home team got off to a horrible start, losing three big wickets in the form of an in-form Shane Watson, stand-in skipper Suresh Raina and Ambati Rayudu with just 34 runs on the scoreboard. The likes of Kedar Jadhav and Dhruv Shorey also failed to contribute much, getting dismissed within the first half of the run-chase. The MI spin trio comprising of Krunal Pandya, Anukul Roy and Rahul Chahar bowled amazingly well in tandem to rattle the CSK top-order and in turn leave them in a miserable state at 60 for 5 after 10 overs.
CSK opener Murali Vijay, who was playing his first IPL game in two years, looked to be the home team’s best batsman against the MI spinners but he too fell victim to Suryakumar Yadav’s brilliant effort in the outfield during the 12th over. Except Vijay, all the other CSK batters failed to tackle the quality bowling performance from the opposition bowlers. MI veteran fast bowler Lasith Malinga delivered a fantastic spell to throw in the knockout punch by picking three wickets in two overs and ending CSK’s innings with a mere total of 109 runs. Malinga was the pick of the MI bowlers, claiming four wickets, while Krunal and Bumrah ended with two wickets each.
MI: 155/4 in 20 overs (Rohit Sharma-67, Evin Lewis-32; Mitchell Santner 2/13)
CSK: 109/10 in 17.4 overs (Murali Vijay-38; Lasith Malinga 4/37, Krunal Pandya 2/7)
Result: Mumbai Indians won the match by 46 runs.