0 , 1, 2, 0, 16, 7, 52, 0, 11, 13* … Those were the scores of Chennai Super Kings‘ batsmen in their match against Mumbai Indians on Friday. In a do-or-die match for MS Dhoni‘s boys, CSK batsmen just didn’t turn up and the side was eventually restricted to 114 for nine.
That CSK could reach the three-figure mark was due to the sole effort of Sam Curran, who hit a fine 52 (47b, 4×4, 2×6). But the Mumbai Indians batsmen hardly broke sweat in polishing off the below par total, blowing away their arch-rivals to win by 10 wickets and with 7.4 overs to spare. SCORECARD |
While Ishan Kishan, who was promoted to open the innings after Rohit Sharma missed the match due to a hamstring strain, took the CSK bowlers to the cleaners by smashing an unbeaten 68 (37b, 6×4, 5×6), Quinton de Kock (46*, 37b, 5×4, 2×6) gave him able support.
Mumbai thus finished off three-time champions CSK’s chances in the tournament and avenged their loss in the first leg encounter. They also moved back to the top of the table with 14 points (7 wins, 3 losses) from 10 matches.
IPL 2020, Match 41: Mumbai Indians vs Chennai Super Kings
Trent Boult starred with the ball and Ishan Kishan with the bat as Indian Premier League champions Mumbai Indians inflicted their biggest ever win over old rivals Chennai Super Kings in Sharjah on Friday. (BCCI/IPL/PTI Photo)
In a bid to alter his side’s fortunes, Dhoni made three changes to his side – Ruturaj Gaikwad for Kedar Jadhav, N Jagadeesan for Piyush Chawla and Imran Tahir for Shane Watson. But it didn’t bring about any change to the side’s performance level. It was a procession and CSK’s struggles in this IPL were laid bare by Mumbai Indians bowlers.
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At a Sharjah ground where runs flowed freely as evidenced by De Kock and Kishan later, CSK’s batting was a study in contrast.
Mumbai bowlers, on the other hand, vindicated stand-in captain Kieron Pollard‘s decision to bowl first. While left-arm pacer Trent Boult (4/18) set up the opponent batsmen with his intelligent bowling where he altered his pace, line and length, CSK had no answers to Jasprit Bumrah’s (2/25) probing deliveries.
Dhoni seemed resolute to turn things around and hit Rahul Chahar for a huge six but the leggie had the last laugh when he flighted one to the CSK skipper. Dhoni couldn’t resist the temptation and went after it only to nick it to ‘keeper De Kock. That pretty much sealed CSK’s fate before Sam Curran waged a lone battle to help Chennai reach 114 for 9. But it was nowhere near enough.