Mumbai Indians 139-5 (Sharma 39no) beat
Chennai Super Kings 79 (Ojha 3-11) by 60 runs
Indian Premier League 2013, Mumbai
Report by Chetan Narula
Mumbai Indians finally ended Chennai Super Kings’ winning streak, defeating them by a handsome margin of 60 runs at the Wankhede stadium. This means they will earn a high run-rate from this win along with two points, surging to third in the table with 14 points. Chennai stay at the top despite losing their third game in 12 matches, with 18 points from nine wins.
Mumbai won the toss and elected to bat first. Dwayne Smith and Sachin Tendulkar again got off to a quick start, adding 40 runs for the first wicket. Tendulkar (15) was the first to go, adjudged LBW to Ravindra Jadeja (3-29) who set up the match for Chennai with his bowling. Smith (22) departed immediately and then Jadeja sent back Kieron Pollard (1) cheaply to strangle Mumbai at 45 for three in the tenth over.
In-form Dinesh Karthik got them going again, with run-a-ball 23 inclusive of two fours and one six. But it was Rohit Sharma who provided the final flourish, the skipper top-scoring with 39 not out off 30 balls, hitting three fours and one six. Harbhajan Singh was his partner in crime, as the ex-Mumbai Indians captain smacked 25 runs off 11 balls, with two fours and as many sixes. Mumbai had been struggling at 82 for five at one stage and this late flurry of runs took them to 139 for five in their allotted twenty overs.
What should have been an easy target for this bludgeoning Chennai side soon became a nightmare, but not before Mumbai began poorly in the field themselves. Pollard, one of the best fielders on view in the 2013 IPL, dropped Mike Hussey thrice in three balls in the first over. It allowed the Australian to topscore with 22 off 26 balls, with one four and one six, but luckily for Mumbai, none of the other batsmen stepped up.
It was largely down to Mitchell Johnson, who sent back Murali Vijay (2), Suresh Raina (0) and S Badrinath (0) in the space of five balls, leaving Chennai at 9/3 in the third over. Pawan Suyal (1-21) got rid of Bravo (9) and then Harbhajan removed his counterpart R Ashwin (2) who was sent up the order to buy the hapless batting some time.
At 34 for five, Chennai were in dire straits, and Lasith Malinga (2-6) and Pragyan Ojha (3-11) combined to strike out the remaining five wickets. Runs stopped flowing and Chennai were barely able to make it across the fifty-run mark, eventually folding up for 79 in the 16th over, their lowest score ever in IPL as also the lowest in this 2013 edition of the league.
© Cricket World 2013
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