|Hardik Pandya||not out||23||18||1||1|
|Kieron Pollard||not out||13||12||2||0|
Right then! 16 to Chennai, 14 to Mumbai. Both are almost there in the playoffs. It was a poor evening for Chennai and they will look to bounce back from this one and seal their place in the final four. We now approach the weekend and on a rare occasion, there is just one game. Rajasthan host Hyderabad in Jaipur and match number 45 begins at 8 pm local (1430 GMT). ADIOS! TAKE CARE!
Victorious Mumbai skipper ROHIT SHARMA HAS BEEN NAMED THE MAN OF THE MATCH. Now, he smiles and says that in hindsight, it was better that Mumbai lost the toss, as he was looking to chase. But then, he stresses that games are not won based on tosses and you have to bowl or bat well irrespective of the situation. Praises his bowling unit for this resounding win. On Rahul Chahar, Sharma says that the leggie knows what he exactly needs to do and is very clear in his mind, being confident as well, which makes it easier for him as a captain. On his first half century this season, Rohit says that it is pleasing but adds that he had been hitting the ball well in the previous games and hence, he believed that one day, he will get a decent score. Admits that Dhoni's absence is a big boost to the opposition because he has been around for so many years taking Chennai out of a hole many a time. Smiles sheepishly and says that his sickness is uncontrollable and lauds his team. Does not want to take anything for granted and says that Mumbai are still not into the playoffs as yet. Adds that they have three games coming up - two at home against Kolkata and Hyderabad and one at Eden Gardens against Kolkata again. Wants to make use of those home games and seal their place in the final four.
Krunal Pandya gives a quick interview. Says that the pitch was on the slower side and he just wanted to bowl in the right areas. States that when the pitch is helping you, as a bowler you just need to hit the right areas. On being asked whether he wanted to bowl his fourth over, Krunal tells that he wanted to but eventually what matters is team winning and we got that. On his batting, Pandya replies that they have wickets in hand and he thought to go after the bowlers to pressurize them but some days it pays off, some days it don't. Smiles and says that he would love to pack this wicket and take it to the Wankhede. Mentions that they now know the conditions and it will help them if they have to come here for the first qualifier.
Chennai skipper, Suresh Raina admits that they didn't bat well as they kept losing wickets and they have to take responsibility as a batting unit, given how well their bowlers have been performing. Says that 155 was chasable, rues the fact that they lost too many wickets in the Powerplay and didn't rotate the strike much. Is not happy with the batting as they have been losing a lot of wickets of late. Hopes to improve in future games. Mentions that they need to regroup and see what they can do. Wants his batsmen to be more relaxed in their approach and hopes that things will fall in place.
Sensational bowling performance from Mumbai. Malinga was expensive but picked up 4 wickets. Krunal and Bumrah - what a deadly combination - 6-0-17-4. Really broke the back of the home side. Their biggest defeat at home, their lowest home total as well. A night to forget...
5 batsmen from numbers 2 to 6 dismissed in single digits. Tells you what a poor batting performance it has been. At 66/6, it was virtually game over, with Vijay being the 6th casualty. Bravo and Santner tried to fight back a bit but that only delayed the inevitable. Eventually, the game was done and dusted in the 18th over.
Let us take all our focus to the toss. Should Raina have batted first? But then, even Rohit said that he wanted to chase. Perhaps because of the expected dew factor. But that never came. Mumbai huffed and puffed to 155 but Chennai could not even huff. They were choked right from the start and could never breathe.
No Dhoni, no Midas magic. That is what it seems looking at this Chennai side. Two matches without him, two big losses. This could be a massive dent in their confidence.
OUT! Game, set and match. Four-fer for Malinga and Chennai have been floored at home. A low full toss, Santner backs away and swings hard but cannot quite get underneath the ball. He ends up mistiming it to long on where Kieron Pollard completes the formalities. MUMBAI WIN BY 46 RUNS!
SIX! Cracking hit. A length ball, Santner swings it over wide long on. It is a flat hit!
Imran Tahir is the last man in.
OUT! Taken in the deep and number 9 goes down. A short ball, outside off, Harbhajan pulls it high in the air but has not much timing. Simple catch for Hardik Pandya at the wide long on fence.
Full and outside off, driven back to the bowler.
Full and outside off, almost a yorker, Mitchell swings but misses. 103/8
Around middle and off, worked through mid-wicket for a run.
A short ball, around off, Santner drags it towards wide long on for a single.
Harbhajan Singh walks in at number 10, replacing Deepak Chahar.
OUT! Caught! Sensational take from Krunal Pandya. Chennai lose their 8th. A short ball, outside off, Chahar pulls it over mid-wicket. Krunal Pandya comes running in, keeps his eyes on the ball and dives full length to take the catch.
WIDE. Fires this down the leg side, Chahar cannot connect.
Around off, defended solidly back to the bowler.
Around middle and leg, worked through mid-wicket for a single. 100 UP FOR CHENNAI.
STRATEGIC BREAK. 4 overs left. 3 wickets in hand. 57 runs needed. Chennai are on course for a massive defeat. They might do well to try and play out all the remaining balls and get to 125-130. Who knows, it might help them later on in the net run rate. Deepak Chahar is the new man in while Jasprit Bumrah is the changed bowler.
OUT! Caught and bowled! Bravo departs and with that, possibly the last hope of the table-toppers. It has been a barricade of slower balls in this over from Malinga. He finally outsmarts his ex-Mumbai mate. Landed outside off, Dwayne is early into his flick and gets a leading edge behind. Malinga runs back and takes a simple catch. 99/7
Down the leg side, helped through mid-wicket for a couple.
IN THE AIR... JUST OVER! The slower ball almost does the trick for Malinga. Outside off, fuller in length, MS is early into his push and ends up chipping it over the bowler. Malinga leaps and goes for the catch with his right hand but misses. A run taken.
SIX! THRASH! A short ball, slower in pace again, Santner picks it in a trice and pulls it over mid-wicket! Still any hope? 60 needed from 27...
A short ball, barely comes, Bravo is early into his pull and ends up dragging it through mid-wicket. A run taken.
Outside off, punched through the covers for a single. There is a shy at the bowler's end and Santner dives in. The throw misses the stumps and direct hit could have been interesting.
Lasith Malinga returns. 2-0-20-1 so far.
A low full toss, around off, Mitchell swipes it towards mid-wicket where Rohit Sharma dives to his right and makes a half-stop. A single taken. 88/6
Short and outside off, pulled straight to short mid-wicket.
Around middle, worked through mid-wicket for one.
FOUR! Finds the gap. Short and outside off, Bravo pulls it wide of the man at mid-wicket and gets the boundary.
A short ball outside off, Santner pulls it away for a run.
Landed outside off, pushed towards point for a quick single.
Rahul Chahar is back on.
Bouncer! The batsman ducks in time to let that one go over him. 80/6
WIDE. Down the leg side, Mitchell misses his flick.
The batsman works it down the leg side. One run added to the total.
On middle, flicked towards mid-wicket.
FOUR! Nicely done. A short ball outside off, Bravo stands tall and carves this over short third man and backward point for a boundary!
FREE HIT TIME! However, replays show that Hardik had not overstepped. Hard luck...
NO BALL! Hardik has overstepped. A length ball outside off, skids on, Santner looks to pull but mistimes it towards long on. A run taken.
Full and around off, flicked towards wide long on for a run.
Outside off, Santner looks to push it through the off side but gets a thick outside edge which goes down to third man. A single taken.
Hardik Pandya is back on. 1-0-12-1 so far.
Around off, pushed down to long on for another single. 70/6
Punched off the back foot by the batsman.
Full and around off, worked through mid-wicket for one.
Outside off, punched down to long off for a run.
The batsman works it down the leg side.
A short ball, pulled through mid-wicket for a single.
Anukul Roy returns. 1-0-7-1 so far.
Outside off, Santner pushes at it but gets an outside edge. The ball falls short of Quinton de Kock who dives to his left and makes a good stop. 66/6
Full and around off, watchfully defended.
Mitchell Santner is the new man in at number 8, replacing Vijay.
OUT! The ball has carried. Catching practice. Wow. Wickets are falling like ninepins. Fractionally short in length outside off, Vijay cuts that away and cannot keep it down. The ball dips on its way to Suryakumar Yadav at point but he dives to his right and takes a splendid catch. He immediately celebrates but Vijay is not sure. Bravo, his partner, immediately shakes his head. The umpires confer and then give the soft signal as out. Replays take a long while and eventually, everyone feels that the ball has carried. Vijay has to depart and Chennai sink further...
Is that a catch? Bravo at the non-striker's end does not think that has carried. Suryakumar Yadav is already celebrating. The umpires get together and the soft signal is..... OUT. Let's find out...
A back of a length delivery on off, Bravo guides it towards the third man region for a single.
Bumrah bowls this short of a length. Bravo defends it from his back foot.
An in-swinging delivery on off, Vijay looks for a flick but fails to connect. The ball hits his thigh pad. An appeal from the bowler denied by the umpire. A leg bye taken.
Bumrah is back.
Short and outside off, Vijay goes back to punch but gets a bottom edge past the bowler to long off. A single taken. 64/5
SAFE. Flighted outside off, Vijay looks to defend but the ball spins away and beats him in flight. De Kock quickly collects and whips the bails off and appeals. Replays show that even before Vijay's foot was out of the crease, de Kock had whipped the bails off. A bit too quick.
Stumping appeal again! Vijay is the man in question. He slipped but seems to be okay...
A back of a length delivery on off, Bravo guides it towards the third man region for a run.
A good delivery on middle and leg, Bravo just defends it.
A flighted delivery on off, Vijay drives it to mid off. Single taken.
A flighted delivery on off, Bravo flicks it towards the square leg region for a run
Dwayne Bravo is the new man in.
OUT! Taken! The wickets continue to crumble. Flighted outside off, Shorey comes down the track and looks to slog this out of the ground. But he is not to the pitch of the ball and mistimes it towards wide long on. Simple catch for Rahul Chahar at the boundary. 60/5
WIDE. Third wide in the over. Full and fired outside leg, Dhruv misses his flick.
The batsman works it down the leg side. They pick up a single.
On middle and leg, worked to the leg side for one more.
Full on leg, Vijay flicks it towards the mid-wicket region for a run.
PUT DOWN! Tough chance. Second drop by the debutant this evening. Full toss outside off, Shorey comes down the track and hits it hard back to the bowler. Roy reacts but is a touch late. The ball bursts through his fingers and rolls down to long off. A single taken.
WIDE. Another one is fired down the leg side.
Anukul gives this a little air, Shorey comes down the track and plays it to covers.
WIDE! Anukul starts with a wide outside the leg stump.
SAFE! Vijay turns it off his pads through square leg and scampers back for the second run. The throw from the deep comes in and Rohit immediately catches and deflects it towards the stumps. But no harm done. Plenty of action on the last two balls. Both batsmen have survived. 53/4
Run out? Mumbai look confident again but to the naked eye, it seems like Vijay is home.
Run out chance missed! Short in length outside off, Shorey cuts it to point and his partner is eager for a run. Dhruv is ball-watching initially and then realizes that Vijay is mid-way down the track. The point fielder returns a poor throw and Chahar then tries to flick it onto the stumps. Misses completely and Shorey survives. Poor cricket all around.
A short and outside off, Shorey misses his cut.
Full on leg, Vijay just nudges it to towards the mid-wicket region and calls for a two but denied by Shorey hence only a single.
Loopy and full on off, slower through the air and there is some extra bite. It spins away after landing, Dhruv presses forward to play at it and it goes off the outside half to short third man. A single taken.
Full and flighted on off, driven down to long off for a run.
Full on off, Vijay drives it to long off for a run. 4 runs and a wicket from the over. 47/4
A back of a length delivery on off, Vijay keeps it away.
A flatter delivery on off, Vijay wrists it back to the bowler.
Full on leg, Shorey flicks it towards the leg side and takes a single
Dhruv Shorey is the new batsman.
OUT! Senior Pandya strikes again! Wicket number 4 goes down for Chennai and they are staring down the barrel. Another arm ball from his quiver has handed him success. It's served around off at 98.5 kph and the ball skids off the surface. Jadhav goes deep inside the crease to play the square cut but it's too close to his body. The ball brushes his front pad first before taking the bottom edge and going onto the stumps. Jadhav's poor season continues...
Krunal bowls this on leg, Vijay flicks it towards the mid-wicket region for a double.
Jadhav connects his late cut this time, a back of a length delivery on off. Jadhav cuts it towards the third man fielder for a run. 43/3
A back of a length delivery on off, Jadhav tries for a cut but fails to connect.
A back of a length delivery on off, Jadhav defends it.
A flighted delivery on off, Vijay drives it to long off for a single.
Full on off, Jadhav pushes it to covers for a run.
Full on off, defended with ease.
Rahul Chahar with the ball.
FOUR! But what an effort in the deep by Krunal Pandya! Full marks to him. Bumrah delivers it on the shorter side around off, Vijay rises on his back foot to help it across the line but it takes the top edge and flies behind square leg. Krunal comes steaming in from the deep to attempt for the catch, dives forward but it falls just short of him. It then hits his hands and rolls behind to meet the fence as Krunal once again tries his best to pull it back with a dive. Top effort but the luck is with Murali Vijay. 40/3 in the Powerplay. 40/3
A back of a length delivery on off, Vijay guides t to point.
Bumrah bowls this on off, Vijay taps it towards the point region and calls for a run. Jadhav denies the run.
A short of a length on off, Jadhav just guides it towards the third man for a single.
Bumrah brings this one in from outside off, Jadhav keeps it away.
Full on middle, Jadhav defends it.
A short delivery on off, Vijay misses his pull and the ball hits his thigh pad. An appeal from the bowler is denied by the umpire. 35/3
A nice tossed up delivery on off turning away, Vijay tries to nudge it but fails to make any connection.
Flatter and on middle, Jadhav turns it towards square leg for a run.
Kedar Jadhav is the new batsman in.
OUT! Right through the gate! Krunal Pandya roars in delight and it seems that someone has pressed the mute button inside the stadium. A well-disguised arm ball at 99.1 kph, landing on middle and skidding off the surface after kissing the turf. Rayudu strides forward to play it with a straight bat but it skids through, beats his bat and hits the top of the stumps. Chennai in deep trouble.
Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
Appeal for an lbw! Flatter and fuller, fired down the leg side, Rayudu failed to flick and was hit on the pads. They appealed but nothing from the umpire.
Krunal Pandya to bowl.
Length delivery on off, Vijay drives it towards the cover region, Lewis at the position dives to his right but diverts the ball away from mid off fielder which results in a double. 34/2
Pandya angles this one in for Vijay. Murali Vijay defends it.
SIX! All timing, no power. Fullish and outside off, Vijay strides forward and lofts it nonchalantly over the bowler's head for a biggie. A well-timed maximum sometimes looks better than the muscled one.
FOUR! Vijay is timing his shots superbly! Pandya serves one on the pads and Murali flicks it beautifully behind square leg for a boundary. Glorious.
A back of a length angling in, Vijay just keeps it away. He calls for a run but Rayudu denies it.
Ambati Rayudu is the new batsman.
OUT! Raina departs and it's a massive setback for Chennai! Poor shot selection from the stand-in skipper. Pandya angles across a good length delivery outside off, Raina steps out for a big shot but fails to control his shot. It flies off the top edge and Suryakumar Yadav gets underneath it at backward point to complete the catch. The crowd has gone quiet. Mumbai have begun brilliantly.
Dropped by Anukul Roy! The debutant has put down a sitter. A fuller length ball around off, Vijay tries chipping it over the off side but mistimes it in the air towards point. Roy runs back from that region a little too early and then tries to settle underneath it to take the catch but makes a complete mess. Two taken. 22/1
A slower one this time. Malinga bowls this at 115 kmph. Vijay waits for it and then just defends it.
Malinga bowls this outside off, Vijay guides it towards the third man region for a double.
In better control on this occasion, Murali. Short in length and outside off, Vijay chips it over covers for a couple of runs.
FOUR! Short in length and outside off, Vijay remains on the back foot with his bat hanging out. It finds the middle of the bat and flies over point for a boundary.
A slower one deceiving the batsman a bit. On a length around off, angling away, Raina pushes at it and it goes off the outer half through backward point for a single.
LBW appeal! Turned down! Full and outside off, Vijay looks to come forward and sweep but misses and is hit on the pads. Krunal roars in an appeal but the umpire turns it down. Impact was outside off. 11/1
A flat delivery on off, Vijay defends it with ease.
SAFE. Beautiful ball first up. Flighted, around off and middle, Vijay came forward to defend but was beaten in flight. The ball landed and then spun past the outside edge and just went over the stumps! De Kock then collected brilliantly and whipped the bails off, appealing as well. It was referred upstairs but replays show that albeit Vijay's foot was in the air, it came back down quickly.
IS THAT A STUMPING? De Kock seems very confident. Mumbai celebrate. Referred upstairs...
Pandya bowls this short, Vijay plays it from his back foot.
A back of a length delivery on leg, Raina flicks it towards the mid-wicket region.
Krunal starts with a full length delivery on off, Vijay drives it towards the long off region for a single.
Krunal Pandya to bowl from the other end! Interesting move...
Raina gets on the front foot in defense. Eventful first over, 9 runs and a wicket off it. 9/1
Suresh Raina walks in.
OUT! Watson is gone! A nothing delivery. Malinga has bowled many great deliveries to remove the batsmen and this has to be one of the very few poor ones of which he has hunted down a victim. Too full in length and angling down the leg side, Watson picks it off his pads to play the flick shot, middles it nicely also but ends up handing a straightforward catch to Rahul Chahar at short fine leg.
The batsman defends it from within the crease.
FOUR! This is a help-yourself delivery. On a good length and drifting down the leg side, Watson deflects it neatly off his pads and beats short fine leg.
FOUR! Good attempt Lewis but it goes in vain. Malinga smiles as he returns to his mark. Back of a length delivery on off, Watson goes on the back foot and punches it through cover-point. Evin gives the chase, puts in a dive, tries to pull it back but ends up going beyond the rope with the ball. Watson has started brightly.
Malinga angles in a good length ball on off, straightening a bit from there, Vijay plays inside the line and close to his body as it goes off the outside half to third man for a run. Chennai are underway.
Time for the run chase! The men concerned are out in the middle. Shane Watson and Murali Vijay are the openers for Chennai. Lasith Malinga to begin proceedings. A slip in place. Here we go...