Indian Premier League, 2019

Mumbai Indians vs Chennai Super Kings - Qualifier 1

Venue: MA Chidambaram Stadium, Chennai

Date & Time: 07 May 2019

Mumbai Indians 132/4

RR: 7.13 | Mumbai Indians beat Chennai Super Kings by 6 wickets


Batsman R B 4s 6s
Rohit Sharma lbw Deepak Chahar lbw Deepak Chahar 4210
Quinton de Kock c Faf du Plessis & b Harbhajan Singh c Faf du Plessis & b Harbhajan Singh 81220
Suryakumar Yadav not out not out 7154100
Ishan Kishan bowled Imran Tahir bowled Imran Tahir 283111
Krunal Pandya c Imran Tahir & b Imran Tahir c Imran Tahir & b Imran Tahir 0100
Hardik Pandya not out not out 131110
Kieron Pollard
Jayant Yadav
Rahul Chahar
Jasprit Bumrah
Lasith Malinga
Extras 8 (b 0, lb 1, w 7, nb 0)
Total 132 (4 Wkts, 18.3 Ov)
Fall of Wickets
4-1 (Rohit Sharma,0.2), 21-2 (Quinton de Kock,3.2), 101-3 (Ishan Kishan,13.5), 101-4 (Krunal Pandya,14),
BowlingO M R WEcon
Deepak Chahar3.3 0 30 1 9.09
Harbhajan Singh4 0 25 1 6.25
Ravindra Jadeja4 0 18 0 4.50
Dwayne Bravo3 0 25 0 8.33
Imran Tahir4 0 33 2 8.25
Faf du Plessis 0 0 0 0 0
Shane Watson 0 0 0 0 0
Suresh Raina 0 0 0 0 0
Murali Vijay 0 0 0 0 0
MS Dhoni 0 0 0 0 0
Ambati Rayudu 0 0 0 0 0

We are done with Qualifier 1. Yet another one-sided affair in El Clasico with Mumbai running all over Chennai. On Wednesday, Delhi and Hyderabad will clash in the Eliminator and the winner of that contest will face Chennai in Qualifier 2 on Friday. Do join us at 1930 local (1400 GMT) for all the action. Cheers!

Man of the Match, Suryakumar Yadav is all smiles and says that it was very important for someone in the top three to bat through with the pitch on the slower side and assisting spinners. Adds that he just wanted to play down the ground and focus more on singles and doubles and finding the gaps. Tells that the plan was that someone from the top order will have to stay till the end as it won't be easy for the batsmen coming in later.

Mumbai skipper, Rohit Sharma says that it was a great effort and a great feeling that they will be playing the final. Also talks about the break they will be having. He is very happy with the performance as well. Adds that they have the bowlers to restrict Chennai and have the confidence in his batters to do the job. Mentions about the bowling unit for coming in quite nicely and exploiting the conditions. Praises Jayant Yadav and calls him a quality bowler and given that he is a finger spinner, they knew he can extract extra spin and bounce. Shares that they had plans for everything and is happy to execute perfectly. Credits his bowlers again for restricting Chennai to a low total. On Suryakumar Yadav's batting, Rohit replies that he is one of the better batsmen for them against spinners and they knew about the spin threat that Chennai possess. Feels it was a perfect pitch for SKY to come good. On beating Chennai quite often in Chennai, he tells that they have a balanced squad for all conditions and that's the key for their success.

Ishan Kishan is up for a chat. Says that his plan was to rotate the strike as Yadav was in good form. Adds that to build the partnership was the plan and they did really well. Mentions that they had good batsmen at the back and wanted to take it deep and be positive. Admits that the wicket was not easy as it was spinning a lot but he and SKY have batted on such surfaces a lot in domestic cricket. Tells that they wanted to be positive against Tahir and not be overcautious. Says that it's a good feeling to be in the final and is happy that they will get a couple of days' rest.

Chennai skipper, MS Dhoni smiles and says that somebody has to lose. Nothing went their way, he adds. Feels that they had to assess the conditions given they have played quite a few games here but they didn't plan accordingly and admits that the batting needs to get better. Mentions that on an off they have done better with the bat. Wants them to be more clever with the shot selection and hopes to do better in the next game. States that they tried hard with the ball but feels they could have bowled slightly better. Rues the fact that they didn't have enough runs on the board and calls it an off game for them. Is happy that they will have one more chance to get into the final.

Dhoni won the toss but Rohit sized the pitch better. His bowlers did not allow the Men In Yellow to score freely and then with the bat, Suryakumar Yadav and Ishan Kishan's 80-run stand put Chennai on the back foot. Surya was in good touch but it was Kishan's knock which took Chennai aback. He counter-attacked Tahir and Harbhajan and the fielding side could not recover. Jadeja, Harbhajan and Tahir did bowl well, with combined figures of 12-0-76-3 but they could never really put pressure on Mumbai's middle order.

Pardon my poor memory, but don't remember a single season where Mumbai have literally cruised through almost the entire tournament. And the reason for their cruise is that they took the best team - or the supposed best team on by the horns and came out triumphant. Third meeting against Chennai and all three games have been resounding one-sided wins. Here, it was no different.

Number 1 in the league stage. Number 1 to reach the final. Oh Mumbai, probably the best season ever for you is unfolding.

D Chahar to S Yadav, Here it is... MUMBAI WIN BY 6 WICKETS! Short in length around off, Suryakumar pulls it behind square leg for the winning run. The blue team is through and this will be their fifth appearance in the final. What a consistent team!
D Chahar to S Yadav, FOUR! Cleverly done! SKY is a master of this shot. He just loves playing fancy shots behind the wickets. Back of a length ball angling into him, Yadav gets across the stumps and spoons it over the keeper for a boundary.
D Chahar to H Pandya, An off pace delivery, short and outside off, Hardik doesn't get hold of his pull shot and forces it down to long on for a run.

Deepak Chahar to bowl now...

R Jadeja to S Yadav, Play and a miss! Jadeja hurls in a quicker one outside off, Suryakumar flashes and misses.
R Jadeja to S Yadav, Flat again, on off, spinning away, Yadav taps it down towards backward point and Hardik wants a run. He is sent back.
R Jadeja to S Yadav, The batsman defends it from within the crease.
R Jadeja to S Yadav, Well stopped, du Plessis. Still giving it all. Short and wide outside off, cut through point where Faf makes a diving stop to his right.
R Jadeja to S Yadav, Fires in a full ball on middle, SKY defends it off his front foot to the off side.
R Jadeja to H Pandya, Shortish and flat on off, Pandya goes back and powers it down to long on for a single.
D Bravo to H Pandya, A low dipping full toss on off, Pandya flicks it on the leg side towards mid-wicket where Watson gets down low to stop it with one hand. They complete a run. 7 more needed.
D Bravo to H Pandya, Fuller and on middle, drilled straight down the ground and returned for the second run.
D Bravo to H Pandya, In the air... in the air... DROPS SAFELY! A slower ball by Bravo, fuller in length around off, Pandya tries to pump it over long on but gets more height than distance. Du Plessis rushes forward and across from long on but fails to reach it in time. They take a couple of runs.
D Bravo to S Yadav, Driven towards the mid on region. They pick up a single.
D Bravo to S Yadav, Good fielding by du Plessis. A slow full toss on off, Yadav picks it and delays his shot a bit. He then heaves it over wide mid on and du Plessis in the deep does well to stop the ball before the fence. Saves two but it seems that he has hurt his hamstring. Nothing to worry though.
D Bravo to H Pandya, Full in length on off, angling in, Hardik shuffles across the stumps to go hard at it but only manages to hit it down to long on for a run.

Strategic break. 16 more needed in 4 overs. Mumbai have this in the bag in spite of Chennai bowling really well in the last few overs. They just don't have enough runs on the board to pressurize the blue team. Dwayne Bravo is back on...

I Tahir to H Pandya, Flighted and on middle, Hardik brings down a straight bat and forces it down to long on for a run. 8 from the over!
I Tahir to H Pandya, A googly by Tahir, not picked by Hardik. He tries to drive but it takes the inside half and rolls back to the bowler.
I Tahir to H Pandya, FOUR! Exceptionally played! Floated delivery, landing full around leg, Pandya doesn't go hard at it and plays a controlled paddle sweep fine down the leg side for a boundary.
I Tahir to H Pandya, Presses forward to a full ball and drives it back to the bowler.
I Tahir to S Yadav, Loopy and full on off, Pandya drives it off his front foot to long off for one.
I Tahir to S Yadav, No hat-trick for Tahir! Delivers it short and wide outside off, Yadav cuts it through point and returns for the second run.

Tahir on a hat-trick...

R Jadeja to H Pandya, Full and flat on off, fired in by Jadeja, Pandya defends it back.
R Jadeja to S Yadav, Driven through mid on by the batsman. They pick up a single.
R Jadeja to S Yadav, Serves it short and outside off, SKY cuts it through point and picks up a brace.
R Jadeja to S Yadav, Beaten! Once again Jadeja gets one delivery to rip past the outside edge of Surya's bat.
R Jadeja to S Yadav, Goes back to a short ball and punches it to covers.
R Jadeja to S Yadav, DROPPED! Almost a team hat-trick for Chennai! Jadeja delivers a flatter delivery on off, Yadav leans forward to defend but it takes the outside edge and hurries behind to first slip. Watson sticks his left hand out but it brushes his fingers and speeds behind for a FOUR!

Hardik Pandya walks in at number 6, replacing Krunal.

I Tahir to K Pandya, OUT! It is a clean catch and Tahir indeed has two in two. A full ball outside off, Krunal looked to hit it back but while doing so, the bat hit the ground and the ball lobbed off the bottom of the bat back to the bowler. Tahir collected and ran towards the umpire in an appeal who chatted with his colleague and then signalled towards the third umpire. Replays confirm that Krunal can continue walking as he had already started his trot once the umpires referred it upstairs...

Is that a caught and bowled first ball? Tahir has almost run into the umpire in an appeal but Llong calms him down. He walks across to his partner and then refers it upstairs, with the soft signal as OUT. Krunal is walking off as well. But the umpires are still checking...

Krunal Pandya walks in at number 5, replacing Kishan.

I Tahir to I Kishan, OUT! Bowled 'em! A wicket against the run of play and Tahir is up and running in celebration. A skidder from Tahir at 95.6 kph, Kishan walks down the track and tries to pull it after that but it goes right through him and pegs the off stump back. The 80-run stand has been broken but that has put Mumbai in the driver's seat. Only 31 more needed off 37 balls.
I Tahir to I Kishan, Goes back and punches it towards the bowler.
I Tahir to S Yadav, The batsman has played it towards mid-wicket. They pick up a single.
I Tahir to S Yadav, FOUR! 7th League fifty for Suryakumar Yadav. Floated leg spinner outside off, Yadav strides forward and then opens the face of the bat late to play it wide of backward point. A boundary results and Yadav reaches his half century. Well batted young man.
I Tahir to S Yadav, Quicker and on middle, played to mid-wicket.
I Tahir to I Kishan, Four wides! Tahir starts by bowling it down the leg side, the batsman fails to get any bat on it and Dhoni has no chance of collecting it. Harbhajan chases it from short fine leg and slides near the fence to pull it back. The poor man then gets up, picks the ball and returns the throw as no one ran behind him to assist. Hmm... The batsmen take three.

Imran Tahir is back on.

R Jadeja to S Yadav, FOUR! Smartly played! Quicker and flatter one, a touch shorter too, SKY stays back and plays it really late to get it away from first slip. Nice timing and it screams away to the fence at third man. 40 more needed.