Chennai End Mumbai's Hopes
Chennai Super Kings 176-3 (Raina 50no) beat
Mumbai Indians 173-8 by seven wickets
Indian Premier League 2014 Eliminator, Mumbai
The Chennai Super Kings won the Indian Premier League 2014 Eliminator by seven wickets at the Brabourne Stadium to end the Mumbai Indians' tournament.
Having qualified for the play-offs in dramatic circumstances with a last-gasp win over the Rajasthan Royals, Mumbai were unable to defend a score of 173 for eight and their chances of retaining their title are finally gone.
They were still in the game until David Hussey and Suresh Raina combined to take 20 runs off the 16th over and from there on, Chennai eased home, winning with eight balls to spare.
While Mumbai, who lost their first five matches of the tournament before launching a stirring recovery, will play no further part, Chennai will now take on the Kings XI Punjab in two days at the Wankhede Stadium with the Kolkata Knight Riders awaiting the winner in the final.
Mumbai started the game well as openers Lendl Simmons (67 in 44 balls) and Michael Hussey (39 in 33) made 76 for the first wicket.
Left-arm spinner Ravindra Jadeja accounted for both before Corey Anderson and Rohit Sharma both hit quickfire knocks of 20 and Kieron Pollard thumped 14 in eight balls.
Ravichandran ashwin (1-26) removed Anderson while pacer Mohit Sharma dismissed Sharma, Ambati Rayudu (2) and Praveen Kumar (1) to return three for 42.
That helped Chennai peg Mumbai back a little, while Ashish Nehra had Aditya Tare - one of Mumbai's heroes against Rajasthan - caught by Faf du Plessis for a golden duck.
Once again, Chennai's openers got their side off to a good start, although Dwayne Smith (24 in 20) and du Plessis (35 in 20) had some strokes of luck.
Smith escaped a leg-before appeal by Kumar that few observers would have turned down before Harbhajan Singh and Rayudu combined between them to miss a simple catch that would have got rid of du Plessis.
However, Harbhajan made some amends by removing both men in the seventh over. Smith was caught by Pollard and du Plessis by substitute Ben Dunk as they went for their shots.
The returning Brendon McCullum, in at three, cracked a couple of sixes before he was stumped charging down the track to Pragyan Ojha for 14 in 11 balls.
At 87 for three in the 10th over, the game could have gone either way but in Hussey and Raina, Chennai had a pair of cool heads with plenty of experience to call on in the middle.
Assessing conditions and the attack they were faced with, they targeted the weaker bowlers, with Kumar and Harbhajan afforded due respect.
Hussey hit Jasprit Bumrah for six over cover at the end of the 15th over before he and Raina launched into Ojha with three sixes - two for Hussey and one for Raina - as they plundered 20 runs to ensure that the run chase couldn't get out of hand.
With Harhbhajan bowled out, Mumbai captain Rohit Sharma had few options remaining, allowing Hussey to finish on 40 in 29 balls and Raina, who has now scored 400 runs or more in every single IPL season, to make 54 in 33 balls.
Harbhajan finished with two for 27 and Ojha one for 34.
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