Indians fall to Super Kings

2014-05-10 21:20
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Mumbai - The Chennai Super Kings have claimed their first victory at the Wankhede Stadium when they defeated the Mumbai Indians by four wickets in the Indian Premier League on Saturday.

The supersport.com website reports that the Super Kings, who won the toss and elected to field first, reached 160 for six in reply to Mumbai’s 157 for six thanks to Dwayne Smith’s half century.

The West Indian opener faced 51 deliveries for his 57 which included five boundaries and three maximums. Smith and South African Faf du Plessis (31) shared in a third wicket partnership of 63 off only 46 balls which set up the chase nicely.

Once Smith was dismissed by Praveen Kumar (2-31) in the 16th over, the chase began to wobble a bit but MS Dhoni (22 not out) guided his team home.

Kieron Pollard (1-42) had a game to forget as the West Indian was dismissed for a golden duck when batting and then had the ‘honour’ of having to defend 11 runs off the final over after having conceded 29 runs in his previous two overs.

Smith and Brendon McCullum (13) gave the visitors a decent start with an opening stand of 29 from 27 balls before Kumar trapped the New Zealander in front.

Smith was joined by Suresh Raina (19) and the pair added 27 off 22 deliveries for the second wicket. Raina was handed a life by Wapoorv Wankhede when on five, as the right-handed top order batsman mis-timed a pull shot off Jasprit Bumrah (0-33). Wankhede ran in and dived forward, getting both hands under the ball but spilled the chance on the floor.

Ravindra Jadeja (six) and Mithun Manhas (one) lasted just seven balls between them before Dhoni launched into Pollard in the final over.

Lasith Malinga (2-15) was his usual tricky self, clean-bowling both Du Plessis and getting Jadeja to edge a ball onto his stumps. Harbhajan Singh, although wicketless, conceded just 22 runs from his four overs but it was the fifth bowler combination that lost the game for the hosts as Pollard and Corey Anderson (0-11) ended with combined figures of 3.3-0-53-1.

Earlier, Ambati Rayudu (59) held the Mumbai innings together after facing 43 balls and striking two fours and four sixes. Rayudu shared in a second wicket partnership of 61 from 55 deliveries with Lendl Simmons (38) before Simmons launched Ashwin (3-30) straight to Du Plessis at long-on.

Rayudu was also handed a life by Samuel Badree with his total on five. Rayudu sliced a ball from Ishwar Pandey (1-34) to third man where Badree let the ball bounce from his fingers and over the rope for six.

Rohit Sharma (19) and Pollard were dismissed within three balls of each other in Ashwin’s final over and then Rayudu lost his wicket with the first ball of the penultimate over to leave the hosts floundering. But a late onslaught from Anderson (18 not out) and Aditya Tare (nine) resulted in the pair scoring 28 runs off the final 12 balls to give Mumbai something to bowl at.

Mohit Sharma (1-26) was the most economical bowler for Chennai and was rewarded with the wicket of Rayudu, who was caught by Jadeja fielding at deep mid-wicket.

Chennai remain second on the IPL log, behind the Kings XI Punjab on net run rate while the Mumbai Indians remain second from bottom after the Delhi Daredevils lost the encounter against the Sunrisers Hyderabad in the earlier match.


Mumbai Indians: LMP Simmons, CM Gautam (wk), AT Rayudu, RG Sharma (capt), CJ Anderson, KA Pollard, AP Tare, Harbhajan Singh, SL Malinga, JJ Bumrah, P Kumar

Chennai Super Kings: DR Smith, BB McCullum, SK Raina, F du Plessis, MS Dhoni (capt, wk), RA Jadeja, M Manhas, R Ashwin, IC Pandey, MM Sharma, S Badree



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