Mumbai Indians blow Chennai Super Kings
Lendl Simmons, Kieron Pollard, Harbhajan Singh and Lasith Malinga all sparkled today as Mumbai Indians continued their surprising turnaround in Indian Premier League (IPL) in 2015 and sealed their place in the final of the multi-starrer tournament. Simmons gave his side the perfect start, laying a solid foundation that Pollard capitalized to the hilt.
The versatile blitzy hit a 41 to give his side an impressive total of 187/6. Defending the total and a noisy crowd support Mumbai, MI started well, but needed a superb spell Harbhajan including Suresh Raina and MS Dhoni layoffs off consecutive deliveries, take full control of the part. Malinga ensured that there was no fairy tale by CSK back towards the end as he finished the game with two quick wickets. Mumbai continued to claim a comfortable victory – by 26 runs – and earn a deserved break from four days before the final.
Chasing 188 to take the direct route to the final, CSK suffered a blow early when Dwayne Smith was at the receiving end of a horror lbw appeal in the very first class. Michael Hussey and Faf du Plessis strongly marked to their side on track but Vinay Kumar accounted for the Australian to give MI again edge.
Raina and Faf added 40 runs at a steady pace but Harbhajan, who had gone for 20 off his first two overs, the wheels turned around the magnificent view. Former India spinner Outfoxed Raina and got a simple plug in return. The MI joy was also catapulted when MS Dhoni got in an almighty mess goes for the sweep and was out lbw for a first ball duck.
With the implementation rate constant climbing, and Dwayne Congratulations Plessis went for big hits, but when the pair fell in the space of a course, it was curtains for champions certainly two times.
Earlier, Simmons continued his sublime form of rating performance in IPL 2015 as the cracked half a century Pacy West Indians, his fifth this season, to help Mumbai Indians amass 187/6 after they elected to bat d first against Chennai Super Kings in Mumbai. Kieron Pollard added the finishing touches to the sleeves that was brilliantly set up by fellow as he struck 41 off only 17 to help his side recover from a mini-collapse. Ashwin and Nehra were the best bowlers CSK with economical spells, while all other bowlers went for more than 9 tracks. Bravo ended with three wickets to his name, taking its total to 23 in the tournament.
Simmons also found a partner capable of Parthiv Patel and the pair of opening, after a rather cautious beginning, gave a solid base for finishing blitzy their side. Simmons, in particular, looked in the mood from the beginning as he cracked Ravichandran Ashwin, Jadeja and Ashish Nehra for sixes in quick succession. Patel joined in the fun in the eighth more than Pawan has been criticized for six and two fours. Mumbai Indians had run away at 90 in the 11th over before Dwayne Bravo turned the tables on his head.
The all-rounder ended the opening stand by getting rid of Patel. Boosted by the breakthrough, CSK find their confidence again. Jadeja accounted for the well-set Simmons shortly after, and Bravo added another wicket to his tally with the vital wicket of Rohit Sharma. Hardik Pandya could not repeat the heroics he took off against the Chennai side last time he was out for an off two deliveries.
Kieron Pollard added more auspicious for the sleeves phenomenal 41 off just 17 deliveries MI finished with a par score. It turned out to be an innings which was crucial for Rohit Sharma led side as it gave them the momentum in the game, and they were able to turn this into a dominant position in the second half of the game.