Bowlers shine, Mumbai Indians beat CSK by five wickets

Mumbai, May 12 (PTI) Mumbai Indians dashed the hopes of Chennai Super Kings by five wickets in a thrilling low-scoring match of the Indian Premier League (IPL) here on Thursday, thanks to a stellar performance by their bowlers.

Chennai Super Kings (CSK)’s slightest hope of survival in the tournament ended in this match between the ninth and 10th ranked teams in the points table.

With this, two of the most successful IPL teams have been eliminated from the tournament and will play the remaining matches to spoil the game of the other teams.

Five-time champions Mumbai Indians bundled out CSK for 97 in 16 overs thanks to the bowlers, their second lowest score in the lucrative T20 league. CSK’s previous minimum score of 79 in 2013 was also against Mumbai Indians.

Chasing this small target, Mumbai Indians also lost four wickets in the powerplay but Tilak Verma (34 not out, 32 balls, four fours) and Hrithik Shokeen (18) played well to lead the team to victory.

Shokeen was bowled by Moeen Ali in the 13th over. Then the team’s score was 81 runs, after which Tim David (16 not out, 11 balls, two sixes) sent the first ball of the 15th over for a six. David then hit another six off the fifth ball as the team scored 103 for five in 14.5 overs to take their third win.

For CSK, Mukesh Chaudhary also took three wickets for 23 runs in four overs.

Earlier, for Mumbai Indians, who decided to field after winning the toss, the bowlers laid the foundation of their victory which included giving two blows in the very first over which put CSK under pressure from which they could not recover till the end.

For CSK, skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni remained unbeaten on 36 runs (33 balls, four fours, two sixes) at one end while wickets kept falling at the other end. Apart from this, extra runs contributed to the team’s score in which 15 runs were scored.

Apart from Dhoni, only three other batsmen could reach double digits, whose score was less than an extra run.

For Mumbai, Daniel Sams performed brilliantly with three wickets for 16 runs in four overs.

Riley Meredith and Kumar Karthikeya took two wickets for 27 and 22 runs respectively in three overs.

Jasprit Bumrah bowled a maiden over in three overs and got one wicket for 12 runs. Ramandeep got one wicket for five runs in his one over.

CSK got off to a bad start. Sams took two wickets in the very first over.

Devon Conway, who had scored a half-century in the last three matches, was out leg before on the second ball of the innings and then DRS was not even an option as DRS was not available for 1.4 overs due to ‘power cut’, so he could not take a review even after Looks like they weren’t out. It was not enough that Moeen Ali also reached the pavilion by catching Hrithik Shokeen.

After this double setback, CSK could not recover and kept on losing wickets.

In the very second over, Robin Uthappa (01) was dismissed leg before off a good length delivery from Bumrah and even then DRS was not available. Only after that electricity came and DRS started. At this time the team’s score was five runs for three wickets.

Now the CSK batsmen played Sams cautiously in his second over. In the fourth over, Ruturaj Gaikwad and Ambati Rayudu hit one four each on Bumrah.

But in the next over, Gaikwad (07) became Sams’ third victim and the ball kissed his bat and caught in the hands of wicketkeeper Ishan Kishan.

Now captain Dhoni was at the crease who hit Sams for a four in cover point in the same over.

Rayudu (10 runs) became his victim after hitting Meredith for a four in the sixth over. Half the team had reached the pavilion in the powerplay and there were 32 runs on the score board.

Shivam Dube (10) was expected to partner with the captain but Meredith did not let that happen. Dubey touched the bat on the short ball and gave an easy catch to the wicketkeeper.

Dhoni hit the first six of the innings at square leg on Shokeen in the 10th over.

Bravo (12 runs) also tried to play a big shot at Dhoni’s sight and hit a six on Karthikeya on the first ball of the 13th over but was caught by Tilak Verma in an attempt to play the next ball too high. Simarjit Singh (02) was out leg before coming.

CSK’s innings came to an end as Mukesh Chaudhary was run out.

Chasing the target, Mumbai lost the wicket of Kishan (06) in the very first over, whose poor form continued.

Captain Rohit Sharma (18 runs, 14 balls, four fours) was also dismissed in the fourth over by Simarjit Singh, caught by wicketkeeper Dhoni.

Sams (01) was dismissed leg before by Mukesh Chaudhary and the same bowler did not even allow debutant Tristan Stubbs to open the account and got out leg before. Due to this, the Mumbai team lost four wickets for 33 runs.