Defending champions Mumbai Indians made heavy weather of the run chase but held their nerves in the end to beat table-toppers Chennai Super Kings by eight wickets and return to winning ways in the Indian Premier League match at the MCA stadium on Saturday night. Languishing at the bottom with only one win from six matches, Mumbai Indians restricted Chennai Super Kings to 169/5, mainly built around Suresh Raina's unbeaten 75-run innings. In reply, Mumbai overhauled the target with two balls to spare and move two places in the table to be placed sixth with four points. Rohit Sharma played a captain's knock with a 33-ball unbeaten 56 to complete the run chase after Evin Lewis (47 off 43) and Suryakumar Yadav (44) added 69 runs for the opening wicket. (Scorecard)
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Earlier, Suresh Raina smashed his way to an unbeaten 75 as Chennai Super Kings produced a disciplined batting effort to post a competitive 169/5 against Mumbai Indians. Raina (75 off 47 balls), who had missed a couple of matches due to a calf injury, hit the fences six times and blasted four sixes in his unconquered innings after Ambati Rayudu (46 off 35 balls) continued his impressive run and set the foundation for Chennai at the Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium. Skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni also chipped in with 26 off 21 balls which was studded three boundaries and a six but Mumbai Indians bowled well in the death overs to restrict them within 170 in the end. Mitchell McClenaghan (2/26) and Krunal Pandya (2/32) were the pick of the bowlers for Mumbai, while Hardik Pandya (1/39) also scalped one wicket.
Captain Dhoni joined Raina in the middle as CSK crossed the 100-mark in the 13th over bowled by Bumrah, who gave just one run. In the 15th over, Dhoni smashed Hardik for back-to-back boundaries and then slammed Markande for an inside-out shot across the cover boundaries before depositing him over long-on. McClenaghan then returned in the 18th over to remove Dhoni, who ended up giving an easy catch to Evin Lewis at deep cover as CSK slipped to 143/3 in 17.1 overs. One ball later, Dwayne Bravo was also sent packing with Markande taking the catch at point.
Raina then smashed Bumrah over deep mid-wicket to take CSK across the 150-mark. Sam Billing also tried to score big but ended up hitting straight to cutting at long-on. Eventually, Raina ended the innings with a six off the last ball.
IPL 2018 highlights of Chennai Super Kings vs Mumbai Indians match, straight from Pune
23:40 IST: Thank you for joining us for the live blog.
23:35 IST: Mumbai Indians 170/2 in 19.4 overs (R Sharma 56*, E Lewis 47) beat Chennai Super Kings (169/5) by 8 wickets.
23:33 IST: Three runs in the first two balls.
23:32 IST: Captain Dhoni has given the last over responsibility to Imran Tahir.
23:31 IST: Four! Rohit Sharma this time sweeps Shardul fine to end the over with another boundary. Rohit also scores his IPL fifty. Mumbai Indians need 5 runs in 6 balls.
23:20 IST: Four! Three consecutive boundaries from Rohit Sharma off Shardul Thakur. Mumbai Indians need more nine runs off 8 balls. Short ball from Shardul and Rohit guides the ball in between the fielder at point and short third-man.
23:29 IST: Four! Oh yes, he can! Shardul Thakur goes full and on the pads, Rohit shuffles and flicks it for a bounday towards the fine leg area.
23:27 IST: Four! Full and wide from Shardul Thakur, Rohit reaches for the ball and slices it over the man at point. Can Rohit get more boundaries?
23:24 IST: Six! Half volley from Watson and Hardik Pandya says thank you as he clobbers him for a maximum. Mumbai Indians can surely smell victory now, they need 25 more runs in 14 balls.
23:23 IST: Four! Rohit Sharma slams Shane Watson for a boundary in the deep. Tahir dives but is unable to stop the boundary.
23:15 IST: OUT! Evin Lewis departs in search of a big one. Dwayne Bravo gets the much-needed wicket in the very first ball the break. Shardul Thakur at long-off takes a comfortable catch.
23:13 IST: Strategic time-out -- Mumbai Indians need 42 runs in 24 balls.
23:06 IST: Mumbai Indians 123/1 (Rohit 25*, Leiws 45*) in 15 overs, need more 47 runs to win.
23:03 IST: Four! Short delivery from Bravo and Rohit pulls it with authority for a boundary. Mumbai are inching closer towards their much-needed victory.
22:59 IST: Six! Watson bowls full yet again, Rohit shuffles and sweeps him over the short fine for a gorgeous maximum.
22:58 IST: Six! Watson bowls full, Rohit leans forward and lifts the ball straight over the bowler's head for a beautiful maximum. This shot couldn't have been any better.
22:55 IST: Four! Wide full toss from Dwayne Bravo and Lewis times the drives past the fielder to end the over with a boundary. Timing on that shot was impeccable. 100 comes up for Mumbai in the 13th over.
22:52 IST: Mumbai Indians need 77 runs in 48 balls.
22:46 IST: Six! Short delivery from Imran Tahir gets the treatment. Evin Lewis leans back and slaps Tahir straight down the ground for a maximum. The powerful bottom-hand came in the play.
22:43 IST: Rohit Shamra is the new man in.
22:42 IST: OUT! Harbhajan Singh gets the breakthrough. Suryakumar rocks back to pull the short delivery, miscues and Ravindra Jadeja takes a magnificent catch at the boundary to dismiss the batsman for 44 runs. Chennai have got the opening they were looking for.
22:37 IST: Strategic time-out, Mumbai Indian 65/0 (Suryakumar 42*, Lewis 17*) in 9 overs.
22:36 IST: Four! Evin Leiws does well to end the over with a boundary. Short from Tahir and Lewis slaps the ball straight down the ground for a boundary.
22:35 IST: Four byes! Tahir bowls a wrong 'un that misses both the batsman and the keeper. Tahir is not impressed. But this boundary will ease the pressure.
22:32 IST: Chennai bowlers are not letting the batsmen score freely. The pressure is building on Mumbai.
22:23 IST: 50-run partnership comes up between Suryakumar and Lewis in the sixth over.
22:20 IST: Six! Shardul Thakur goes full and on the pads, Suryakumar shuffles and flicks it with power for a towering maximum. The audience loved this!
22:18 IST: Four! Harbhajan bowls short and wide and Suryakumar punches through the cover. The ball races away to the boundary ropes.
22:15 IST: Deepak Chahar walks off the field due to some discomfort. Harbhajan Singh to continue for him.
22:13 IST: Mumbai Indian 34/0 (Suryakumar 24*, Lewis 8*) after the fourth over.
22:10 IST: Four! Watson provides a bit of width outside off, Suryakumar opens the face of the bat and guides it past the man at backward point for a boundary.
22:06 IST: Four! Slower short ball from Chahar, Suryakumar waits and caresses the ball over short third for a boundary. He is looking in good touch.
22:04 IST: Four! Length ball on the stumps, Suryakumar shuffles and flicks it for a boundary. Back-to-back boundaries for Mumbai.
22:02 IST: Four! A very good over from Shardul Thakur comes to an end with a boundary. Thakur bangs the ball in short, Evin Lewis pulls and the ball brushes his gloves past Dhoni for a boundary.
21:58 IST: Mumbai Indians 7/0 after the first over.
21:56 IST: Four! Short and wide from Chahar and Suryakumar crunches it off the back foot for a boundary.
21:54 IST: Deepak Chahar is opening the bowling for Chennai Super Kings.
21:53 IST: Evin Lewis and Suryakumar Yadav opening the batting for Mumbai Indians.
21:52 IST: Welcome back to the chase.
21:39 IST: Chennai Super Kings 169/5 in 20 overs.
21:38 IST: Six! Suresh Raina finishes the Chennai Super Kings' innings with a maximum and Hardik Pandya is not impressed with his last ball.
21:35 IST: OUT! Sam Billings comes down the track in search of a big one, miscues and the fielder takes a good catch at the boundary. Chennai 161/5 in 19.4 overs. Hardik Pandya is bowling a tremendous final over.
21:34 IST: Two singles in the first two balls. Can Hardik Pandya continue?
21:31 IST: Last over to go. How many more will the home team score?
21:29 IST: Six! Raina gets hold of the slower Bumrah ball and smokes it for a maximum on the leg-side. A much-needed boundary for the Chennai Super Kings.
21:27 IST: Excellent over from McClenaghan, concedes four runs and takes two wickets.
21:24 IST: OUT! McClenaghan gets his second wicket of the over. Dwayne Bravo, looking to go for the big one, miscues and sends the ball high up in the air only for Markande to take a comfortable catch. He goes for a first-ball duck. Chennai 144/4 in 17.3 overs, Mumbai are coming back in this game and restricting the home side.
21:21 IST: OUT! Wide full toss from McClenaghan, Dhoni stretches and reaches for the ball and sends the ball straight down the throat of deep extra cover. Chennai 143/3 in 17.1 overs.
21:17 IST: Four! Low full toss from Bumrah and Raina guides the ball away for a boundary. He also brings up his 33rd IPL fifty.
21:16 IST: Four! Short delivery from Bumrah, Raina shuffles and pulls the ball over short fine-leg for a boundary. Smart cricketing from Raina.
21:11 IST: Six! Dhoni shimmies down the track and clobbers Markande for a towering maximum towards the deep mid-wicket area - 93 metre six. The shot had power written all over it. Dhoni army is loving it.
They are loving it pic.twitter.com/dZWnarHViS— IndianPremierLeague (@IPL) April 28, 2018
21:10 IST: Four! Dhoni dances down the track, Markande sees and bowls it wide but Dhoni reaches out for it and carves it over the cover for a boundary.
21:07 IST: Four! Hardik Pandya follows his full devilry with a short delivery and Dhoni pulls it with ease to collect yet another boundary.
21:06 IST: Four! Full and outside off from Hardik Pandya and Dhoni, who pummels the ball straight down the ground for a one-bounce boundary, says thank you. Chennai hits a boundary after 26 balls.
21:02 IST: Dhoni gets a rousing welcome as he walks out in the middle.
20:58 IST: Strategic time out! Chennai Super Kings 100/2 after the 13th over.
20:55 IST: 100 comes up for the home team in the 13th over.
20:54 IST: Chennai Super Kings 99/2 after 12 overs.
20:53 IST: MS Dhoni is the new batsman in.
20:52 IST: OUT! Krunal Pandya gets the big wicket of Ambati Rayudu. Quick delivery from Krunal does Rayudu in as he tried to go for the big hit. He miscued and the fielder takes a good catch.
OUUUUTTTTTTTTTT!!!!! @krunalpandya24 gets the much-needed breakthrough! The current holder of the Orange Cap, Ambati Rayudu departs!!!!— Mumbai Indians (@mipaltan) April 28, 2018
CSK - 97/2, 11.2 overs #CricketMeriJaan #MumbaiIndians #CSKvMI pic.twitter.com/q2Pp4Ly5mV
20:46 IST: Four! McClenaghan goes down the leg side and Raina guides the ball past the keeper for a boundary. Poor bowling from Mumbai Indians, smart batting from Chennai Super Kings.
20:45 IST: Chennai Super Kings 91/1 (Rayudu 45*, Raian 31*) after 10 overs.
20:43 IST: Four and Six! Suresh Raina is taking Markande to the cleaners. First, he drives him down the ground for a magnificent boundary and then he dances down the track and clears the long-on fence with ease. Raina is looking in ominous touch.
20:41 IST: 14 runs off the Ben Cutting over. Raina and Rayudu upping the ante for Chennai.
20:39 IST: Four! Full and wide outside off, Raina gets the ball in his slot and drives the ball over the fielder at cover for a well-timed boundary.
20:38 IST: Six! Slower ball from Ben Cutting, the new bowler in, Rayudu comes down the track and muscled the ball over the ropes for a huge maximum.
20:36 IST: Mayank Markande bowls the first over after strategic time out and concedes just three runs.
20:31 IST: Chennai Super Kings 60/1 (Rayudu 33*, Raina 13*) after seven over.
20:29 IST: Four! Short and wide from Krunal Pandya, Raina rocks back and cuts it behind the man at point. Sweeper Cover ran and tried to save a boundary but the ball won the race. Raina starts the over with a boundary.
20:28 IST: Six! Another slower delivery from Hardik Pandya gets punished. Rayudu waits for the ball and clobbers it straight down the ground for a maximum. This knuckle ball from Hardik Pandya is not working at the moment.
20:27 IST: Four! Slower ball from Hardik Pandya, Rayudu waits and guides the ball past the keeper for a boundary.
20:22 IST: Six! Flighted delivery from Krunal, Raina gets into position early and slog sweeps the ball into the deep mid-wicket stands for his first maximum of the night. What a way to get off the mark.
20:20 IST: Six! Rayudu comes down the track, reaches the pitch of the ball and lifts the bowler towards the deep mid-wicket are for a maximum. Beautiful shot from Rayudu.
20:19 IST: OUT! Krunal Pandya, the new bowler, strikes in his first over. Pandya bowls full, gets a bit of a bounce and takes the top edge of Watson's bat who was trying to sweep the ball for a boundary. Markande takes a comfortable catch and Rohit Sharma is elated.
20:16 IST: Four! Short and wide from Pandya and Rayudu gets his hands on the ball and cuts it over the fielder at point. The fielder stretches his hand but fails to collect it as it was away from him.
20:14 IST: Hardik Pandya has been introduced in the attack.
20:10 IST: Four! Shane Watson, down on one knee, drives McClenaghan past the fielder at mid-off who dived to his right but could the stop the ball. Beautiful, that shot was.
20:08 IST: Chennai Super Kings 10/0 after the second over.
20:06 IST: Close! Extra bounce for Bumrah on this occasion that surprises the batsman. Rayudu looking to work the ball around, gets a leading edge and Bumrah tried reaching but failed.
20:04 IST: Chennai Super Kings 8/0 after the first over.
20:02 IST: Six! Rayudu comes down the track and smashes the bowler straight over his head for a maximum. This should set the tone for the match.
20:00 IST: First ball -- McClenaghan starts with a full delivery outside off, Watson throws his bat at the ball and Chennai get their first runs on board.
19:59 IST: Mitchel McClenaghan opening the bowling for Mumbai.
19:58 IST: Shane Watson and Ambati Rayudu opening the batting for Chennai Super Kings.
19:57 IST: Alright, game time! Umpires and players are making their way to the ground.
19:35 IST: Playing XI for both the teams --
Chennai Super Kings: Shane Watson, Ambati Rayudu, Suresh Raina, Sam Billings, Ravindra Jadeja, MS Dhoni(w/c), Dwayne Bravo, Harbhajan Singh, Deepak Chahar, Shardul Thakur, Imran Tahir
Mumbai Indians: Suryakumar Yadav, Evin Lewis, Ishan Kishan(w), Rohit Sharma(c), Jean-Paul Duminy, Krunal Pandya, Hardik Pandya, Ben Cutting, Mitchell McClenaghan, Mayank Markande, Jasprit Bumrah
19:32 IST: MS Dhoni -- Same wicket and it got a bit of rest. Will be quite the same. Second innings last game there was bit of variable bounce, not too much. Would have bowled first too. Just made it in time. Same team. Always prefer to take one game at a time. Learn from the mistakes. Help each other. Ultimately it's a team sport.
19:31 IST: Rohit Sharma -- We're going to field first. It's a good pitch. Pitch doesn't change through the course of forty overs. Pollard misses out, Duminy comes in for him. Mustafizur misses out too, Cutting comes in. First and foremost is to enjoy. That was missing in last few games. Today is perfect platform for us. It's important to take one game at a time. Important to come out here and understand what we need to do.
19:30 IST: Mumbai Indians captain Rohit Sharma wins toss, elects to field vs Chennai Super Kings.
19:16 IST: Trivia -- This will be Dhoni's 150th match as IPL captain.
19:12 IST: The Yellow team has also arrived.
19:08 IST: The Rohit army has arrived at the MCA.
19:00 IST: Hello and welcome to the live blog of the match between Chennai Super Kings vs Mumbai Indians straight from Pune.
Mumbai bowlers will need to perform as a unit to stop an in-form CSK batters. On the other hand, Chennai have once again shown why they are considered as the most successful IPL team and will be looking to continue their dream run in the league. Most of CSK batsmen - Shane Watson, Ambati Rayadu, Dwayne Bravo and skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni are in form. Only Suresh Raina has failed to click and will be desperate to find his touch.
While Rayudu has amassed 283 runs from six games, averaging 47.16, Dhoni and Watson have accumulated 209 and 191 runs respectively. Chennai batsmen have fired on more than one occasion, guiding the team home. The yellow brigade has the ability to put a massive total on board or chase any challenging target. In the bowling department, Shardul Thakur and Deepak Chahar have been impressive, leading Chennai's pace attack.
While Thakur has eight wickets from five games, Chahar has six wickets from as many games. Also, all-rounder Watson has six wickets to his name with an economy of around eight. Leg-spinner Imran Tahir, medium-pacer Dwayne Bravo and leggie Karn Sharma have also came with breakthroughs for CSK at crucial times. Keeping in view their fine form, Chennai will once again be the favourites in Saturday's game against Mumbai.
Chennai Super Kings: MS Dhoni(captain/wicketkeeper), Suresh Raina, Ravindra Jadeja, Faf du Plessis, Harbhajan Singh, Dwayne Bravo, Shane Watson, Ambati Rayudu, Deepak Chahar, KM Asif, Kanishk Seth, Lungi Ngidi, Dhruv Shorey, Murali Vijay, Sam Billings, Mark Wood, Kshitiz Sharma, Monu Kumar, Chaitanya Bishnoi, Imran Tahir, Karn Sharma, Shardul Thakur, N Jagadeesan, David Willey
Mumbai Indians: Rohit Sharma (captain), Jasprit Bumrah, Hardik Pandya, Kieron Pollard, Mustafizur Rahman, Suryakumar Yadav, Krunal Pandya, Ishan Kishan (wicketkeeper), Rahul Chahar, Evin Lewis, Saurabh Tiwary, Ben Cutting, Pradeep Sangwan, Jean-Paul Duminy, Tajinder Singh, Sharad Lumba, Siddhesh Lad, Aditya Tare, Mayank Markande, Akila Dananjaya, Anukul Roy, Mohsin Khan, MD Nidheesh, Mitchell McClenaghan, Adam Milne