Mumbai thump Super Kings

2013-05-05 18:01
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Johannesburg - The Mumbai Indians, spearheaded by Mitchell Johnson and Lasith Malinga, completed an emphatic 60-run win against the table-topping Chennai Super Kings thanks to a sensational bowling performance by the hosts at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai on Sunday, reports the supersport.com website.

The Indians managed 139 for five in their 20 overs thanks to a late onslaught by Rohit Sharma and Harbhajan Singh that produced 57 runs in the final five overs.

The visitors were in tatters on 18 for four after Johnson captured three wickets in his second over, including the prized scalps of Suresh Raina and Subramaniam Badrinath, both for ducks.

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The left-arm spinner Pragyan Ojha and the fast bowler Malinga pressed home the advantage, as Ojha finished took 3-11 and Malinga captured 2-6 to dismiss the visitors for a lowly 79, their lowest total in IPL-history.

The wicket was a bowler-friendly one and the slow track certainly supported the Mumbai-attack as they, supported by a large crowd, fought back magnificently.

Johnson left Chennai in tatters in the third over with a triple-strike. Murali Vijay dragged one onto his stumps and departed for 2.

Raina was caught at point by Kieron Pollard for a duck off the next ball, and Badrinath was trapped in front, also for nought, off the penultimate delivery of the same over as Chennai were reduced to 10 for three.

Dwayne Bravo attempted a counter-offensive, but was caught at short cover by Ambati Rayudu off Pawan Suyal for 9.

Michael Hussey, dropped three times by Kieron Pollard in Johnson’s first over, has been in prodigious form in the Indian Premier League, but he could not continue the run that has seen him take over the Orange Cap.

Hussey was caught at deep midwicket by Dwayne Smith off Pragyan Ojha for 22 in the tenth over as Chennai slipped to 40 for six.

Ojha accounted for captain fantastic, MS Dhoni, in his next over when Dhoni attempted to hit it over long-off but was caught by Pollard for 10, leaving Chennai on a precarious 52 for seven in the twelfth over.

Malinga produced a double-strike in the twelfth over by bowling Chris Morris for 1 and removing Mohit Sharma for a duck.

It put Chennai in danger of slumping to the lowest score in IPL-history as they were tottering on the brink on 54 for nine.

Ravindra Jadeja was caught by Rayudu at midwicket for 20 as Ojha completed Chennai’s misery. The visitors were dismissed for 79 in 15.2 overs.

Johnson captured 3-27 in three overs, but he deserves enormous credit, as he started Chennai’s rout.

Earlier, Jadeja captured 3-29 in four overs, while his fellow-spinner Ravi Ashwin took 1-11 in two overs.

They had the hosts in trouble on 82 for five after 15.1 overs.

Sharma and Singh rebuilt the innings with a late flurry that yielded 57 runs off the final five overs.

They smashed 19 runs in the final over, bowled by the all-rounder Ben Laughlin.

Sharma finished with 39 off 30 balls, including three fours and a six. Singh slammed 25 in a cameo off only eleven deliveries.

Bravo took 1-19 in three overs and Sharma finished with 0-20 in four overs. Thanks to the bowling unit, Mumbai failed to launch in the first sixteen overs as the visitors produced 52 dot balls.

Sharma and Singh then injected greater urgency into proceedings with their late onslaught.

But Johnson changed the complexion of the match with his three early strikes as Chennai plummeted to 18 for four, and never recovered. 

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