Match Recap

The Mumbai Indians registered their second win of VIVO IPL 2019 when they defeated table-toppers Chennai Super Kings by 37 runs at the Wankhede Stadium on Wednesday evening. Put in to bat, MI posted 170-5 and then restricted the visitors to 133-8. It would be the Super Kings’ first loss of the season.

In the evening, Deepak Chahar and Shardul Thakur got the ball to move off the surface and tested the Mumbai Indians openers. The hosts lost Quinton de Kock in the third over when he attempted to break the shackles with a pull shot but picked out the fielder next to the square-leg umpire. Rohit Sharma (13 from 18 balls) battled hard, but Suryakumar Yadav got going almost immediately. The pair added 38 runs for the second wicket before Rohit’s painful innings came to an end; the MI skipper edged Ravindra Jadeja’s first delivery to MS Dhoni behind the stumps.

After Yuvraj Singh picked out long-off not too long after, Yadav and Krunal Pandya stitched together a 62-run partnership. The left-handed Krunal was the aggressor in the partnership; that pair was separated when Krunal attempted to hit over the top, but miscued the hit and was caught at long-on.

Yadav reached his half-century the very next ball, but perished in the following over when he didn’t sufficiently get under Dwayne Bravo’s attempted yorker and holed out to long-on. MI were 125-5 after 18 overs and appeared headed towards a total of 150. But Hardik Pandya, batting at number six, and Kieron Pollard, batting at number seven, had other ideas; the two all-rounders got stuck into Shardul Thakur (who bowled the 19th over) and Dwayne Bravo (who bowled the 20th over) and collected a total of five sixes. The pair scored 16 and 29 off the last two overs and helped MI to a formidable 170-5.

For CSK, Imran Tahir was the best bowler for the men in yellow. Surprisingly, even though Deepak Chahar and Ravindra Jadeja bowled well, they weren’t called on to bowl their full quota of overs; Chahar bowled three overs for returns of 1-21, while Jadeja bowled only two overs for figures of 1-10.

The Super Kings were jolted at the very beginning of their run-chase and never recovered thereafter. Ambati Rayudu fell for a first-ball duck, and Shane Watson and Suresh Raina were dismissed in the first five overs. Kedar Jadhav and MS Dhoniresurrected the innings with a 54-run partnership. That stand was broken when Dhoni was dismissed for the first time this season; he pulled a Hardik Pandya delivery put picked out Yadav at square-leg. Jadhav would be dismissed at the start of the eighteenth over when he edged a Lasith Malinga delivery to the wicket-keeper; he hit eight fours and a six in his 54-ball 58..

For MI, Jason Behrendorff, Malinga and Hardik Pandya shared the wickets. A word of appreciation for the three good catches one saw in the CSK innings; Pollard’s catches to dismiss Watson (at point) and Raina (deep point), and de Kock’s catch to dismiss Bravo should make the season’s best catches list.

Standout batting performance

Even though Hardik Pandya scored only 25 – the third-highest score in the Mumbai Indians innings – it was the difference between Mumbai Indians finishing with a match-winning total instead of a competitive total. Pandya’s 8-ball cameo contained three sixes and one four; anything that was in his arc, Hardik sent out of the park. He deposited a full delivery from Shardul Thakur into the stands at long-on, then deposited a low full-toss from Dwayne Bravo into the stands at midwicket, and closed out the innings with a slash six over backward point.

Notable Support Act – Batting

Suryakumar Yadavdrove fluently through the off and took full toll of the deliveries pitched on his pad. In the fourth over, he collected consecutive boundaries off Shardul Thakur – one through cover and the other through midwicket. He then collected a hat-trick of boundaries off Deepak Chahar in the fifth over. Yadav raced to 23 from 11 balls when he took his foot off the accelerator; he brought up his half-century in the seventeenth over – needing 38 balls to reach the milestone. Yadav perished for 59 – made from 43 balls; his knock was studded with eight fours and a six.

The other noteworthy contribution in the Mumbai Indians innings came from Krunal Pandya; the elder of the Pandya brothers scored 42 from 32 balls. The left-hander was particularly severe on Mohit Sharma, of whom he collected four of his five boundaries; he also collected one six – a heave against Imran Tahir which deposited the ball into the stands at wide long-on.

Standout Bowling performance

Jason Behrendorff, on IPL debut, produced a snorter to dismiss Rayudu; bowling from over the stumps, he got one to rear off a length while also moving away with the angle, taking Rayudu’s glove on the way to the wicket-keeper. The Australian also accounted for the wicket of Raina – though the credit for that wicket should go to Pollard who plucked a catch out of nowhere. Behrendorff would bowl out by the ninth over, finishing with figures of 2-22.

Brief Scores:

Mumbai Indians: 170-5 (Suryakumar Yadav 59, Krunal Pandya 42) defeated

Chennai Super Kings: 133-8 (Kedar Jadhav 58, Jason Behrendorff 2-22, Lasith Malinga 3-34, Hardik Pandya 3-20) by 37 runs

Stat of the Match:

This win would be Mumbai Indians’ 100th win in the Indian Premier League.

Man of the Match:

Hardik Pandya, for his all-round contribution; he made 25 from 8 balls, and then dismissed MS Dhoni, Ravindra Jadeja and Deepak Chahar.


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