Indian Premier League, 2019
Venue: MA Chidambaram Stadium, Chennai
Date & Time: 07 May 2019
RR: 7.13 | Mumbai Indians beat Chennai Super Kings by 6 wickets
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.
Deepak Chahar to bowl now...
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...
Tahir on a hat-trick...
Hardik Pandya walks in at number 6, replacing Krunal.
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.
Imran Tahir is back on.
Ravindra Jadeja is back on.
Stoppage in play! Ishan Kishan has gone down and it seems that he has pulled up a muscle. Could be hamstring.
Meanwhile, the Sanjay-Fleming chat continues. On being asked about persisting with Watson, Flemo says that Watto is a big-match player. Same like Vijay. Also stresses that it is important to persist with great and consistent players as they have won games for them in the past. Informs that KEDAR JADHAV HAS BEEN RULED OUT OF THE TOURNAMENT. On how this game can turn around, Stephen says that probably Imran Tahir could be a game-changer with a few dots.
Stephen Fleming has a chat with Sanjay Manjrekar. The Kiwi says that it is a real crucial time and stresses the need for wickets. Reckons that the game is in the balance. Wishes that the team had scored another 10 extra runs with the bat but feels that a couple of wickets can still turn the game. Admits that the Powerplay with the bat was a poor one and losing Shane Watson on the final ball of that phase was a setback. Agrees that Chennai are behind the game and says that the team will have to find something special to change things.
STRATEGIC BREAK. Interesting stage set. Mumbai can be considered as cruising but a wicket or two can set the cat free amongst the pigeons. The pitch is turning square but it is also true that Mumbai have better batsmen against spin as compared to Chennai.
Time for some leg spin. Imran Tahir to roll his arm with a slip in place...
Dwayne Bravo to bowl now.
Ravindra Jadeja is into the attack.
Ishan Kishan is the new batsman. He is known to play spin well and Mumbai need him to fire this evening.
Deep mid-wicket and fine leg in place, standing a bit squarer. The off side field is up. There is a gully and short third man too. Interesting from MS Dhoni.
No brainer. Harbhajan Singh to operate from the other end and he has a southpaw in Quinton de Kock to bowl at...
Suryakumar Yadav is the number 3 batsman.
Shout for an lbw! The finger has gone up and Rohit takes the referral after consulting his partner. Looks close...
Back for the run chase. Rohit Sharma and Quinton de Kock are the Mumbai openers. They have provided solid starts so far this season and the blue team will be hoping for the same in this crunch encounter. Deepak Chahar to begin proceedings as always. A wide slip in place. Let's play...