Late surge by Mumbai dampens CSK
Suryakumar hits half-century before Hardik Pandya and Kieron Pollard pyrotechnics steer Mumbai
Mumbai: A late flurry by under-pressure Mumbai Indians, led by all rounders Hardik Pandya (25 off 8) and Kieran Pollard (17 off 7) made up for an otherwise sombre batting display, as the home side posted a formidable 170/5 against the Chennai Super Kings on Wednesday.
At the end of 18th over on a lively Wankhede wicket, the MI, at 119/5 were staring at a potentially mediocre total, but 45 runs in last 2 overs, bowled respectively by Shardul Thakur and Dwayne Bravo-cost the visitors dearly, as the men in yellow ceded position of strength.
As the Chennai Super Kings players trudged down the iconic Wankhede Stadium dressing room stairs, they were beaming with a swagger one can expect after recording three wins on the spin. In next hundred odd minutes, what followed was a display of tentative and timid batting performance by out of form Mumbai Indians. Yet a late surge by Krunal Pandya, Hardik Pandya and Kieran Pollard saw some good work by Chennai bowlers being undone.
Mumbai were in trouble after losing Quinton de Kock (4), Rohit Sharma (13) and Yuvraj Singh (4) as Chennai bowlers maintained a tight line in the start. Suryakumar and Krunal, then consolidated the innings, adding 62 runs for the fourth wicket before Hardik and Kieron added 45 runs in the final two overs.
Chahar swings it
Mumbai had a cautious start as Deepak Chahar started off well conceding just two runs off the over and put Quinton de Kock (4) in all sorts of trouble with his swing. Chahar had his man when de Kock, in a attempt to break the shackles, swatted one to square leg fielder Kedar Jadhav.
Coming in to bat at No. 6 in the 17th over, Pandya displayed first signs of aggression on the first delivery of the penultimate over after he hit CSK pacer Shardul Thakur for a six on the leg-side.
After an impressive brisk start, Pandya attacked Chennai all-rounder Dwayne Bravo at will in the last over to accumulate 29 runs in the last over. After MI all-rounder Kieron Pollard hit Bravo for a six, Pandya made sure that he didn’t let the start go away in the 20th over.
Mayhem in final overs
Sharul Thakur’s final over – the 19th of the innings – went for 16 runs with one six each from Hardik and Pollard. Bravo, bowling the 20th, was then taken apart with Hardik finishing off the innings with two sixes and four off the last three balls, after Pollard had hit a monstrous six in the over. For Chennai, Tahir finished with 1/25 in his four, while Jadeja’s two went for just ten runs. Chahar did not finish his quota for the first time this season but was economical nevertheless with 1/21 in his three. Bravo ended with 1/49 in his four while Thakur returned 0/37 in his four.
Brief scores: Mumbai Indians: 170/5 in 20 overs (Suryakumar Yadav 59, Krunal Pandya 42, Hardik Pandya 25 not out