Mumbai Indians Beat The Super Kings in Their Backyard
The match between Mumbai and Chennai was not a tense face-off. With Mumbai at the bottom of the table, and Chennai riding on the top, it was expected to be a cake walk for the Super Kings.
Super Kings didn’t get a great start. Their in-form batsman, Shane Watson, returned quite early to the pavilion with team’s total showing a mere 26 on the board. But their inning was then held by the classical Rayudu and one of the best player India has produced, Suresh Raina. Raina, who has not been in the greatest of form, appeared to have found some touch finally. It was his 47-ball 75 that helped Chennai get to a good total. He was well supported by Rayudu. Rayudu scored a composed 35-ball 46 before getting out to Krunal Pandya. Dhoni, who was hitting the ball quite well, couldn’t hold his crease for a longer period and got out after scoring just 26 off 21 balls.
Raina’s magnificent return to form innings helped Chennai set up a target of 170 for Mumbai to chase.
The way Mumbai’s batsmen have been performing, it seemed that this would be a tough chase. But today was a new day. Suryakumar and Lewis gave Mumbai a brilliant start. Their 1st wicket stand of 69 put Mumbai in a controlling position. Suryakumar’s 34-ball 44 and Lewis’ 47 off 43 balls played a vital role in providing Mumbai a platform to write their victory. Though they had a great start, they still needed someone to finish the innings for them. Mumbai have been struggling to find someone who can end the things on a good note.
And in arrived the captain, Rohit Sharma. He took the responsibility on his shoulders and took the team home. It was his 33-ball 56 that helped Mumbai chase the target and defeat the Super Kings in their own backyard.
It was the first time that I felt MS put one step wrong. I feel it was Dhoni’s decision of giving the 19th over to Shardul Thakur that made the difference. Had he got Bravo to bowl that over, things might have been different.
But it’s just what I feel. I might be wrong. Doubting Dhoni’s decision is obviously not a great idea. Whatever may it be, the bottom line is, the top team, Chennai Super Kings lost to a team who haven’t been in the best of form in their last 6 matches.
Mumbai Indians have announced their arrival. Can they pull it off again? Can they make it to the play-offs again? Only time will tell.