Defending champions Mumbai Indians once again proved why they won the 13th edition as they thrashed the Chennai Super Kings by 114/9 at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium on Friday. CSK lost the first four batsmen by three runs in the first three overs and then they lost a total of seven wickets for 52 runs after the first ten overs of the match, courtesy spells of Jaspreet Bhumra and Trent Bolt. Sam Curran saved CSK’s blush.
If Rohit Sharma’s Mumbai Indians win the match on Friday and get two points, they will be very close to securing a place for the IPL 2020 play-offs.
The Mumbai Indians suffered a major blow tonight as their star batsman Rohit Sharma missed the action. Rohit is unwell and in his absence, hard-hitting batsman Kieron Pollard will lead the Mumbai Indians in his absence. Meanwhile, the Chennai Super Kings have made a lot of changes in the XI match they will play tonight as MS. Dhoni finally decided to dismiss all-rounder Kedar Jadhav and Shane Watson, while senior spinner Imran Tahir got his first game of the season.
Youngster Rudraj Kejriwal had the opportunity to open the innings with Faf du Plessis for the chef team. A good review by Kieran Pollard helped Mumbai make an improvement as Kejriwal was caught in front of the Trent Bolt stumps for five.
Jaspreet Bhumra destroys CSK’s top-order batsmen First, Bumra threw a remarkably short ball to Ambati Rayudu, who handed it to Quinton de Kok, who was only able to deliver his second wicket to the cracker. On the next delivery, Narayan Jagadeesan was caught in the slip on the first ball and CSK lost the third wicket for three runs.
The CSK Warriors began to fall like a pack of cards and the departure of Faff du Plessis was the latest, nick to the Bold of Keeper. With this the Mumbai bowlers were in complete control of the match and the scoreboard read 3/4 in 1.5 overs. Things were bad for CSK, with the next man Ravindra Jadeja looking to the front, but only managed to hit the ball straight to the midwicket for a simple catch.
Chennai Super Kings have now lost half the page and the power play is not over yet. The decline continued for CSK, with Rahul Sahar captaining MS. Dhoni took the big wicket for 16 runs and on the next ball he hit a big six on the stand.
Rahul Sahar put the last nail in CSK’s coffin by cleaning up his brother Deepak Sahar for 5 off 5 balls with the help of De Kok to get his second wicket. It was the third duck of the inning, with a smart delivery from the courtesy Sahar and de Kok, hitting the stumps with sharp stumping.
Three-time IPL champions Shardul Tagore and Sam Curran were at risk of being bowled out in 13 overs. Nathan Coulter-Nile concluded the brief confederacy between Dadur and the Qur’an. The former 11 had to return to the pavilion again.
Playing XI of both teams-
Chennai Super Kings (playing XI): Sam Curran, Fuff du Plessis, Ambati Rayudu, N Jagadeesan, MS Dhoni (W / C), Rudraj Kejriwal, Ravindra Jadeja, Deepak Sahar, Shardul Tagore, Josh Hazlewood, Imran Tahir
Mumbai Indians (playing XI): Quinton de Kok (w), Surab Tiwary, Suryakumar Yadav, Ishant Kishan, Hardik Pandya, Kieron Pollard (E), Krunal Pandya, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Rahul Sahar, Trent Bolt, Jaspreet Bhumra