Harsh Kalan in Mumbai 25 April 2014 - 11:37pm IST
Report: Match 13 – CSK v MI
Super Kings coast home with seven wickets to spare
Rohit Sharma won the toss and chose to bat first earlier in the evening. However, MI opener Michael Hussey’s (1) subpar form continued as he got out in the second over, off Ben Hilfenhaus. Aditya Tare (23), meanwhile, lashed out in the early overs, but even his innings came to an abrupt halt just when it was taking shape; Mohit Sharma dismissed him to leave MI on 25 for two in 4.4 overs. Due to these early setbacks, the Indians were able to post only 31 runs in the powerplay.
Corey Anderson and Rohit Sharma then set about the task of bringing the MI innings back on track. They started going after loose deliveries once they got their eye in. Both batters pitched in almost equally as they brought up the team 100 in the 15th over. However, just when it looked like Anderson (39) and Sharma’s charge was going to go unchecked, the former was run-out by Ashwin. The third-wicket pair added 84 runs before getting separated.
The fall of Anderson’s wicket shifted the momentum dramatically in CSK’s favour as the MI innings went off track from that point forward.
Hilfenhaus got rid of Rohit Sharma (50) in the 18th over with the scorecard reading 123 for four. Mohit Sharma, who bowled the 19th over, then dealt a triple-blow. The CSK pacer got rid of Ambati Rayudu (1) off the first ball of the over. He then dismissed the dangerous Kieron Pollard (12) off the fourth ball, and off the final delivery of that over, he sent Harbhajan Singh (0) packing. This middle-order collapse saw MI lose four wickets for four runs in the space of eight balls.
While CM Gautam (7*) and Zaheer Khan (7*) tried to get their team to a challenging total, 141 for seven was all they could amass in their allotted 20 overs.
For CSK, Mohit Sharma was the star performer; his four overs went for 14 runs and accounted for four wickets. While Hilfenhaus claimed two scalps, Ishwar Pandey and R Ashwin bowled at a sub-six economy rate over their four-over spells.
In response, Dwayne Smith launched the CSK innings in grand fashion. He struck three early sixes while ensuring the pressure was squarely on the MI bowlers. Even Brendon McCullum joined in the action as CSK scored 51 runs in the powerplay. But almost immediately, Corey Anderson took a tough running catch off Pragyan Ojha’s bowling to get rid of Smith (29). And then, Harbhajan Singh had Suresh Raina (1) stumped in the next over to bring MI back in the game.
But McCullum, who scored yet another half-century, and Faf du Plessis had other ideas. The duo stitched together a valuable 53-run partnership, which saw them survive a few chances at critical junctures. And after surviving one such chance off Harbhajan Singh’s bowling, du Plessis (20) was eventually stumped off the off-spinner. But despite this breakthrough, there was no respite for MI as MS Dhoni took guard opposite McCullum. Both CSK batters struck timely boundaries to bring the required run-rate down to four-and-a-half by the 19th over. And then, McCullum (71*) took CSK past the finish line as Dhoni (14*) remained unbeaten at the other end. The Super Kings achieved the target by a seven-wicket margin and with an over to spare.
Man of the Match: Mohit Sharma for his four-wicket haul