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by Krish Sripada Sunday 24 May 2015
MI 202-5 (Simmons 68) beatCSK 161-8 (Smith 57) by 41 runsFinal, Indian Premier League, KolkataScorecardLendl Simmons and Rohit Sharma scored classy half centuries to help Mumbai Indians (MI) demolish Chennai Super Kings (CSK), winning by a whopping 41 runs at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata to lift their second Indian Premier League (IPL) trophy.CSK won the toss and opted to bowl first surprisingly on the big day and a good track.
They started on a great note as Ashish Nehra (0-41) conceded just one run from the first over and Parthiv Patel (0) ran himself out, courtesy a risky single and a stunning piece of fielding at mid-on from Faf du Plessis.
Rohit (50) walked out like a man on purpose scoring 16 runs off Mohit Sharma’s (1-38) first over that included an upper cut for six and two fours.
Rohit enhanced the momentum further hitting Nehra for two successive fours the next over, one a pull and another a classy drive.
Simmons (68) who was witnessing Sharma’s class joined in the act with a four and a six down the ground off Ravichandran Ashwin’s (0-21) first over.
Simmons managed a 14 run over from Ravindra Jadeja (0-26) with a six and two fours to take MI to 61 for one after the six power-play overs.Rohit continued to sashay his sublime touch stepping out to Ashwin later and hitting him for a huge six.
Pawan Negi (0-18) dropped Simmons in the tenth over on 48 in spite of an excellent diving effort at backward point.
Simmons reached his 50 with a four, slashed away off a short, wide delivery.
MI reached 98 for one after 10 overs. Rohit brought up his own 50 off just 25 balls with two fours off Dwayne Bravo (2-36), one a cut and another a drive.
However, he mistimed a slower ball straight to long on the very next delivery after reaching his fifty to end an excellent innings and a 119-run stand with Simmons.Simmons was out the very next ball as Dwayne Smith (1-17) bowled the perfect yorker the first ball of his spell to breach Simmons’ defence.
The double strike pegged MI back to 125 for three after 13 overs.
Ambati Rayudu (36 not out) got things moving once again with a brilliant slog sweep for six off Smith in a 12-run over to take MI to 146 for three after 15 overs.
MI managed to smash 56 off the next five overs thanks largely to a 71-run partnership between Rayudu and Kieron Pollard (36) who went at a strike-rate of 200.
The biggest over was from Nehra in the 17th when Pollard whacked him for three sixes and a four in a 23 run over that was disappointingly wayward.
Smith dropped Rayudu on 27 at long on. MI managed just 19 in the last two overs but still reached 202. For CSK, Ashwin surprisingly bowled just two overs, even though the pace bowlers went for plenty.CSK were behind the game right from the start of the chase.
Both Smith (57) and Michael Hussey (4) failed to get going, largely because Smith couldn’t turn the strike over. CSK reached 21 for no loss after four overs.
Mitchell McClenaghan (3-25) delivered MI their first wicket getting Hussey driving to cover point where Jagadeesha Suchith took a low catch but wasn’t sure about whether it was clean.
Third umpire replays cleared the catch and CSK crouched to 26 for one after five overs. CSK finished their power-play on 31 for one with the required rate going above 12.
They managed just 67 off their first 10 overs, and that too because Suresh Raina (28) whacked a six off Harbhajan Singh (2-34).
Hardik Pandya’s (0-36) next over in the 11th went for 14 as Smith and Raina collected three fours, with Raina surviving a run-out after being caught way out of the crease and the ball missed the stumps.
Smith brought up his fifty in 45 balls with a four even as Pandya was generating some really good speeds.
Harbhajan eventually trapped Smith plumb in front of the stumps as CSK reached 89 for two after 12 overs.
Requiring 114 runs from 48 balls, CSK never really got going. In an effort to up the ante, Raina charged down the track to Harbhajan only to be stumped, not scoring 400 runs in an IPL for the first time.Both Bravo (9) and MS Dhoni (19) fell trying to get the big shots and it was pretty much the end of the game after Lasith Malinga (2-25) picked Dhoni’s wicket.
CSK eventually managed to reach 161 for eight in their 20 overs losing by 41 runs.
The margin of defeat would have been bigger had Mohit (21 not out) not smacked 21 runs off the last over from Vinay Kumar (1-39).
MI lifted their second IPL thanks largely to a big score and excellent spells from McClenaghan and Malinga who conceded just 50 runs and took five wickets between them in eight overs.
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