McCullum Guides Chennai To Victory Over Mumbai
Chennai Super Kings 142-3 (McCullum 71no) beat
Mumbai Indians 141-7 by seven wickets
Indian Premier League 2014, Dubai
Brendon McCullum scored an unbeaten 71 as the Chennai Super Kings beat the Mumbai Indians by seven wickets with an over to spare, claiming their third victory of the Indian Premier League 2014.
McCullum's unbeaten half-century ensured Chennai made light work of their target after Mumbai had posted 141 for seven.
The victory is Chennai's third in a row following a loss in their opening match and leaves Mumbai still at the bottom of the table and searching for their first win of the season.
Rohit Sharma (50 in 41 balls), Corey Anderson (39 in 31) and Aditya Tare (23 in 19) made useful contributions as Mumbai batted first but they were unable to capitalise on those performances.
No other player could pass the score of 12 registered by Kieron Pollard, the only other player to reach double figures.
From 109 for two in the 16th over, rather than a late charge towards the end of the innings, there was a clatter of wickets.
Mohit Sharma finished with four for 14, Ben Hilfenhaus two for 39 after Anderson's run out launched Chennai's comeback.
They were then given a flyer at the top of the order as Dwayne Smit blasted 29 in 22 balls with four sixes against his former side.
Pragyan Ojha had him caught by Anderson and Suresh Raina (1) was stumped by Chidhambaram Gautam off Harbhajan Singh as Mumbai lost two wickets for four runs.
However, Faf du Plessis, who made 20 in 25 balls, helped ensure they would not collapse as Mumbai had, and with McCullum blazing away at the other end, his boundary-less innings was perfectly in tune with the situation.
The New Zealander hit eight fours and two sixes before du Plessis was also stumped off Harbhajan, but that was too little, too late for the reigning champions.
Mahendra Singh Dhoni, playing his 100th IPL match as captain, joined McCullum at the crease and guided his side over the line with 14 not out in 11 balls.
McCullum faced just 53 balls while Harbhajan claimed two for 27 and Ojha one for 25.
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