What a scenes at M. Chidambaram stadium! Mumbai Indian took on the Chennai Super Kings. This match was a crucial match for both the teams as the winners qualifies for the finals directly. As usual the pitch at Chepauk was very tricky yesterday. Even though CSK has played 8 matches in their home ground, it was very difficult for them to assess the pitch. CSK won the toss and elected to bat first. There were few changes made to their side as Kedar Jadhav is down with the shoulder injury. Murali Vijay came in as a replacement for Jadhav and he usually opens the batting for TN cricket board. But this time he was pushed down and Dhoni wanted him to play as a floater.
Mumbai Indian’s bowling department is extraordinary. They managed to pick Watson, Raina, and Duplessis within the batting power play. It was a shocker! Top order batsman collapsed big time. Vijay and Ambati Rayudu complimented each other well and showed their grit. Vijay couldn’t read Rahul Chahar’s googly and was out stumped by dekock. MS Dhoni entered the crease as the spectator started chanting “Thala”, “Thala”. Thala means the LEADER in tamil. Captain Cool MS Dhoni took the innings deep as he could assess the pitch and he hammered Lasith Malinga for the Biggies. Two huge sixers out of the ball park pushed the total over 130+ runs.
The asking-rate was gettable for the Mumbai Indians but the wicket was totally a spinning track. Rohit Sharma smacked a boundary on a very first ball bowled by Deepak Chahar. Chahar came back stronger and capitalized his skills and bowled a leg cutter, Sharma couldn’t guess it and was stuck in front. Likewise Quinton De Kock threw his wicket on a flipper bowled by Harbhajan Singh. Suryakumar Yadav and Ishan Kishan played really well all throughout the innings and took their team on a winning note. Now that Mumbai Indians have won the match, they are through to the finals. CSK gets one more opportunity to capitalize their position for finals.