Rohit Sharma led from the front as Mumbai Indians moved up to the second spot in the points table with a 46-run win over Chennai Super Kings in Chennai on Friday. Rohit made 67 off 48, in a game heavily dominated by spinners in reply CSK all out for 109 – their lowest score at the MA Chidambaram Stadium.
Both MI openers attacked Deepak Chahar early on – taking 20 off the first 10 deliveries by the pacer – before Quinton de Kock fell in the third over. With the track supported spinners, it was crucial the batsmen showed application. Rohit and Evin Lewis (32) made 75 for the second wicket to lay the platform for MI’s challenging score.
Harbhajan Singh had given away just nine in his first three overs, In his fourth over – Rohit smashed two sixes to get the innings going. Rohit faced Imran Tahir, he faced 13 deliveries and scored 21 with three boundaries and a six . Mitchell Santner was the most successful CSK spinner on the night, he ended with 4-0-13-2. Rohit eventually fell to Santner but not before he had given his side the edge after being put in. On the night, CSK spinners gave away 73 from their 12 overs in that Rohit made 47 off 35 deliveries
MI were 99 for 1 after 12 overs and were looking to push on. Lewis fell on the first ball of the 13th, to Santner, before Tahir removed Krunal Pandya. Rohit fell in the 17th. Both Hardik Pandya and Kieron Pollard struggled to get going and were able to collect only 33 in the last 22 deliveries. The big finish was delayed till the very last over and it was Pandya who made it up in the end. After Pollard struck the first ball for four, Pandya went on to smash a six and four to collect 17 from the final over and push the total above 150.
CSK struggling for momentum from start. Shane Watson fell in the first over, when he flicked a Lasith Malinga delivery to short fine, but was unlucky to find the fielder on a superbly timed shot. CSK batsmen were well aware that MI spinners will be tough to get away against and hence went after the pacers. Suresh Raina played a poor stroke – trying to launch Hardik over long-off but ended up sending a top edge to point.
Ambati Rayudu dismissed for a duck while Kedar Jadhav went to pavilion to 6 off 11 before losing his stumps to Krunal. The left-arm spinner and Rahul Chahar built up the pressure while the debutant Anukul Roy picked up the wicket of Dhruv Shorey (5). From 9 for 1, CSK wobble to 66 for 6 in the 12th. This the place where they missing their main head MS Dhoni. Regular wickets makes visitors bossed the game despite some late resistance by Bravo and Santner.
Malinga picked up four wickets and used his variations brilliantly to shut the game towards the end. In their last 19 games at Chepauk, CSK have lost just two matches and on both occasions, it’s come against MI.
Rohit Sharma was awarded as man of the match. CSK play their last home game against Delhi Capitals on May 1 while MI head to Kolkata to take on Kolkata Knight Riders on April 28.