Defending champions Chennai Super Kings tasted their first defeat in the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2019 as they lost to Mumbai Indians by 37 runs on Wednesday.
Chasing a target of 171, none of the Chennai batsmen were able to show resistance except Kedhar Jadhav, who played a fighting 58-run knock.
For Mumbai, Lasith Malinga and Hardik Pandya rattled the Chennai batting line-up, scalping three wickets each.
Chasing the target, Chennai started on a poor note, losing openers Ambati Rayudu and Shane Watson cheaply. While Lasith Malinga accounted for Watson (5), Jason Behrendorff sent back Rayudu on a duck.
Chennai’s most dependable batsman Suresh Raina also couldn’t do much in the middle after managing just 16 runs off 15 deliveries.
It was Behrendorff who once again struck, giving the third blow to the visiting side, leaving Chennai reeling at 33/3 in 4.5 overs.
Jadhav (58 off 54, including eight boundaries and a six) and Mahendra Singh Dhoni (12 off 21) then anchored Chennai’s inning with a 54-run partnership. However, the skipper couldn’t stay for much time in the middle as he fell to Hardik Pandya while trying to accelerate the run-rate.
Jadhav tried to keep one end in control but Malinga ended his laborious effort before Chennai lost Ravindra Jadeja (1) and Dwayne Bravo (8) in quick succession as the scorecard read 115/7 in the 18th over.
With 56 needed of the last two overs, Chennai’s lower middle order couldn’t help their side cross the line as Deepak Chahar and Shardul Thakur could only contribute with 7 and 12 runs respectively.
Earlier, despite a slow start, it was Hardik and Keiron Pollard’s quick-fire play, which propelled Mumbai Indians to 170/5.
Suryakumar Yadav (59) and Krunal Pandya (42) also made valuable contributions to the team’s score.
Pollard and Hardik showed some quick hands towards the end as they hammered Bravo for 29 runs in the final over to help Mumbai reach 170/5 in the allotted 20 overs.
1⃣0⃣0⃣ IPL WINS!
— Mumbai Indians (@mipaltan) April 3, 2019
Mumbai Indians also become the first team to win 100 IPL matches (including Superover wins).
Mumbai Indians 170/5 (Suryakumar Yadav 59, Krunal Pandya 42; Ravindra Jadeja 1/10)
Chennai Super Kings 133/8 (Kedhar Jadhav 58, Suresh Raina 16; Hardik Pandya 3/20)
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