Mumbai Indians shot out Chennai Super Kings Chennai for their lowest IPL score to register a comprehensive 60-run win at the Wankhede Stadium on Sunday.
Chasing 140 runs to win, Chennai Super Kings suffered a dramatic collapse losing half their side inside 35 runs.
Chennai’s troubles started with pacer Mitchell Johnson sending back three Super Kings back to the pavilion by the third over. The Australian left-arm fast bowler claimed the wickets of opener Murali Vijay, centurion in the last match Suresh Raina and S Badrinath.
Vijay (2) couldn’t celebrate the announcement of his inclusion in the Indian Champions League squad AS Johns bowled him. The pacer then got Raina (0) caught by Kieron Pollard off the very next ball to set-up a hat-trick. Though he missed the hat-trick, he struck again on the fifth ball to trap Badrinath (0).
Debutant Pawan Suyal too joined the party dismissing Dwayne Bravo (9), who holed out to Ambati Rayudu at extra cover.
Ravichandran Ashwin (2), who was strangely sent out before MS Dhoni was then clean bowled by Harbhajan Singh.
Michael Hussey (22) tried his best, but Pragyan Ojha got him and with him went Chennai’s hopes.
Ravindra Jadeja and Dhoni then put on a 12-run stand before Ojha scalped Dhoni (10) too.
Earlier, Jadeja led a disciplined bowling performance by Chennai Super Kings as they restricted Mumbai Indians to 139 for five.
Jadeja scalped three wickets for 29 runs and rattled the Mumbai Indians top order after the home side elected to bat at the Wankhede Stadium.
But captain Rohit Sharma’s (39 not out) late flourish and Harbhajan Singh’s (25 not out) useful contribution helped Mumbai post a challenging total with the duo sharing 52 runs from just 4.9 overs for the unfinished sixth wicket.
Harbhajan hit two fours and two sixes in his unbeaten 11-ball knock while Rohit struck three fours and a six in his 30-ball unbeaten innings. The duo took 19 runs off the last over bowled by Ben Laughlin.
Incidentally, this was the lowest total posted by Mumbai Indians at home this season, after scoring in excess of 170 in their previous games here.
Mumbai openers started slow and scored just 21 runs in the first five overs. Sachin Tendulkar (15) tried to up the tempo by scoring 11 runs off Mohit Sharma in the sixth over with a six and a four but the veteran was trapped leg before by Jadeja in the next over.
After Tendulkar’s dismissal, with 40 runs on board, Mumbai Indians started losing wickets in a heap.
Tendulkar’s opening partner Dwayne Smith (22) departed in the next over when he was caught and bowled by fellow West Indian Dwayne Bravo. West Indian all-rounder Kieron Pollard (1) was promoted up the order but could not contribute much.
One-down batter Dinesh Karthik then played a cameo with a run-a-ball 23 before being dismissed by Jadeja. Karthik struck Jadeja for two fours and a six in successive balls before perishing at deep midwicket.
Mumbai was then struggling at 82 for five before skipper Sharma and Harbhajan started the repair job in the 16th over.
The Chennai bowling attack was disciplined till Laughlin conceded 19 runs in the last over. Laughlin leaked 46 runs in his four overs without picking up a wicket. Off-spinner R Aswhin and Bravo grabbed a wicket each.