The Mumbai Indians booked a berth in the VIVO IPL 2019 Final after they defeated the Chennai Super Kings in Qualifier 1 which was played at the MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai on Tuesday evening. The visitors restricted the home team to 131 for 4 first and then chased down the runs in 18.3 overs; the 6-wicket win was MI’s third consecutive win over CSK this season. Rahul Chahar was MI’s best-performer with the ball, while Suryakumar Yadav powered the chase with an unbeaten half-century.
The Mumbai Indians lost captain Rohit Sharma in the very first over of the chase, while the other opener Quinton de Kock made 8 before he was dismissed in the fourth over. But Suryakumar Yadav, who batted at number three, and Ishan Kishan, who came in at the fall of the second wicket, stitched together an 80-run partnership that swung the match in MI’s favour.
Kishan was dismissed in the fourteenth over, but Yadav stayed to the end and completed the job; he finished unbeaten on 71.
For the Super Kings, the onus was on the spinners to cause the bulk of the damage, but Harbhajan Singh, Ravindra Jadeja and Imran Tahir could only pick up four wickets.
Earlier in the evening, the Super Kings lost their top-order cheaply yet again; Faf du Plessis made 6, Shane Watson made 10 and Suresh Raina made 5 – the latter two were dismissed playing strokes which could have been avoided. Murali Vijay (26) and Ambati Rayudu resurrected the innings with a 33-run partnership. After Vijay was dismissed, Rayudu combined with captain MS Dhoni in an unbeaten 66-run partnership that took CSK to 131. Rayudu, who had initially scored at a rate well under run-a-ball, brought urgency into his game in the company of his captain; he finished unbeaten on 42 from 37 balls. Dhoni struck three sixes – two of them off Lasith Malinga in the 19th over – in his unbeaten 37 from 29 balls.
For the visitors, young Rahul Chahar returned figures of 4-0-14-2, while Krunal Pandya supported him well, finishing figures of 1-21. Jayant Yadav picked up the one other wicket. The three pace bowlers used ended with combined figures of 9-0-70-0.
Standout Batting Performance
Suryakumar Yadav produced his season’s best in this crucial match. Dropped very early in his innings – when on 11 – he rode his luck to score 71 from 58 balls. After walking in to bat in the very first over, he started briskly, scoring three boundaries by the time powerplay ended. With the field open thereafter, he kept picking the gaps and collecting singles, bringing down the target steadily.
Yadav collected the majority of his ten boundaries behind the wicket; there were cuts, late cuts and flicks off the pads.
Notable Support Act – Batting
Two of Ishan Kishan’s first three scoring strokes were a four and a six. But thereafter, the left-hander concentrated on ticking the singles and handing the strike to Yadav, who appeared to be on top of the CSK bowlers. Kishan made 28 from 30 balls, before he played all over an Imran Tahir delivery to lose his off-stump.
Standout Bowling Performance
Rahul Chahar was sensational with the ball for the visitors; he struck with his very first delivery when he had Faf du Plessis caught at point. In his third over, he broke a flourishing partnership when he had Murali Vijay stumped with a delivery that turned square. Chahar bowled at just the right pace and consistently hit areas on the pitch from where the ball would do things; he bowled 13 dot deliveries and ended with figures of 4-0-14-2. Credit to the 19-year old leg-spinner, who conceded only three runs in the 17th over – despite having to bowl to Dhoni and a well-set Rayudu.
Stat of the Match
With his two wickets in this match, Imran Tahir completed 300 wickets in T20 cricket; by getting there in 247 matches, he became the quickest spinner to get to the milestone.
Mumbai Indians: 132-4 in 18.3 overs (Suryakumar Yadav 71*, Ishan Kishan 28, Imran Tahir 2-33) defeated
Chennai Super Kings: 131-4 (Ambati Rayudu 42*, MS Dhoni 37*, Rahul Chahar 2-14) by 6 wickets.
Man of the Match
Suryakumar Yadav, for his match-winning 71 not out.