by Muhammad Awais

Match 49, Chennai, May 06, 2023, 03:30 PM

Mumbai Indians
Chennai Super Kings

Chennai Super Kings beat Mumbai Indians by 6 wickets

Right then, that is it from the first game of a doubleheader Saturday and it is Chennai who break their three-game winless streak and storm to 2nd place on the points table. The second game of the day between Delhi and Bangalore is about to get underway and you can simply switch tabs and catch our coverage of that game. Cheers!
Matheesha Pathirana is the PLAYER OF THE MATCH for his brilliant spell of bowling.
Rohit Sharma, the captain of Mumbai says that they didn't bat well enough and put on a total for the bowlers to defend and adds that games like this one can happen and it was just an off day with the bat. On the batting order, he says that they lost Tilak Varma and they thought they needed Indian batters in the middle overs to counter the spinners but they lost 3 wickets in the Powerplay. Mentions that Piyush Chawla has been bowling really well and the other bowlers need to rally around him and they can take a lot of learning from this game. Says that this year there is not much of a home advantage and it is all about putting your best foot forward and ends by saying that the next two games are pretty big for them.
Earlier in the game, MS Dhoni won the toss and put Mumbai into bat first on the wicket that looked good for a score of around 170-180 runs. Mumbai tweaked their opening pair as Cameron Green came in place of Rohit Sharma and that back-fired. Their top three fell inside the Powerplay and there was a lot of work to do for the middle order against an in-form spin attack in the middle overs. Young Nehal Wadhera played a solid knock and even got to his fifty and apart from Suryakumar Yadav no one else gave him much support. For Chennai, their front-line pacers, Deepak Chahar and Tushar Deshpande picked up wickets at the start and Ravindra Jadeja bowled brilliantly in the middle phase. This was all backed up by Matheesha Pathirana who picked up three wickets in the latter stages and didn't even concede a boundary. With just 140 runs needed to win, Chennai paced their chase perfectly and got the job done with 14 balls to spare.
Mumbai will be pretty disappointed with that performance as they didn't bat well in the Powerplay and the pacers were off the mark as well. With just 139 runs on the board, the likes of Cameron Green and Arshad Khan got smashed for runs in the first two overs of the game and that put them on the back foot completely. Piyush Chawla bowled brilliantly yet again and picked up a couple of wickets as well with the debutant, Raghav Goyal holding his own as well. In the end, they just didn't have enough runs on the board and didn't have the wicket-taking ability with the quicks to cause any damage.
Chennai have breezed through the chase but this victory was really set up by their bowlers as they restricted Mumbai to a below-par total. Like most of this season, the opening pair of Ruturaj Gaikwad and Devon Conway got Chennai off to a quick start as they added on 46 runs for the first wicket. It was then Ajinkya Rahane who picked up a few boundaries and Chennai were cruising through the chase. Ambati Rayudu though failed to make much of an impact once again but Shivam Dube did get those big hits away to ensure that there wasn't a hiccup toward the end.
A very, very comfortable victory for Chennai against a side that has been their nemesis on their home ground and for the first time since 2010, Chennai beat Mumbai at the MA Chidambaram stadium.
In over# 18
Arshad Khan 28/0(1.4)
That's it, MS Dhoni picks up the winning run and Chennai win! Arshad Khan bowls a slower short ball over middle and leg. Dhoni waits for it on the back foot and just pulls it away behind square leg before jogging across for a single. Chennai win by 6 wickets!
Hard length at the stumps, hit away down to long on for a single. Scores are now level and MS Dhoni will be on strike!
SIX! Swung away into the stands! Banged in again and at the body, Shivam Dube gets inside the line and pulls it over the fine leg fence for a maximum.
A slower short ball outside off, Shivam Dube pulls hard at it but is beaten for the lack of pace.
In over# 17
Akash Madhwal 4/1(1)
Banged in over the stumps, Shivam Dube pulls it away to deep mid-wicket for a run.
Slightly shorter over middle, MS Dhoni hops and tucks it through square leg for a run.
Good length on off stump, MS Dhoni punches it toward mid off.
MS Dhoni walks out to bat with the biggest roar from the crowd.
OUT! LBW! Akash Madhwal picks up a wicket in his first over but it is just a bot too late for Mumbai. This is full and angled into middle, Devon Conway walks across his stumps and tries to get inside the line. Conway falls over as he attempts the scoop and is struck on the pads. The ball rolls away past the keeper and into the fence and there is a loud appeal for LBW. It is turned down but Rohit Sharma goes upstairs and there's nothing on UltraEdge. Ball Tracking comes up with three reds and Conway has to depart.
Banged in a bit short and over middle, this is pulled away in front of square leg for one more.

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