Bowlers shine, Mumbai Indians bundle out CSK for 97 runs

Mumbai, May 12 (PTI) Mumbai Indians bowled out Chennai Super Kings for 97 in 16 overs, their second lowest score in the luscious T20 league, in an Indian Premier League (IPL) match here on Thursday, thanks to a stellar performance by their bowlers.

For Mumbai Indians, who were already out of the tournament, the bowlers put in a scintillating performance which included delivering two blows in the very first over that put Chennai Super Kings (CSK) under pressure which they could not recover from.

For CSK, skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni remained unbeaten on 36 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.

Daniel Sams performed brilliantly for Mumbai Indians 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 got Mumbai off to a great start in the bowling and took two wickets in the very first over.

Devon Conway, who 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 the ‘power cut’ so he could not even take a review.

It was not enough that Moeen Ali also reached the pavilion by catching Hrithik Shokeen at short midwicket off Sams’ short ball.

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.

The innings came to an end as Mukesh Chaudhary was run out.