Indian Premier League, 2021
Venue: Dubai International Cricket Stadium, Dubai
Date & Time: 19 September 2021
RR: 6.8 | Chennai Super Kings beat Mumbai Indians by 20 runs
That concludes the proceedings for this match. Chennai have jumped to the top on the points table now and this win against Mumbai will give them some extra boost. The next game on Monday, 20th September 2021 is going to see the clash between Kolkata and Bangalore in Abu Dhabi. The action will begin at 6 pm local (2 pm GMT) but you can join us in advance for the build-up. Cheers!
Ruturaj Gaikwad is chosen for the Man of the Match award! Says it is one of his best innings till now as they were under a lot of pressure and he had to grind, take it deep and create partnerships. States they targeted 120-130 but then 140 looked possible and then 150. Also says the Chennai team gives him a lot of confidence and they back him and it helps a lot. Further says that the Lankan tour also helped him. Shares the ball was moving around at the start so he had to go after the spinners and it came off. Ends by saying the dropped catch at that stage of de Kock could have been crucial but he is happy it did not cost them.
MS Dhoni, the victorious captain of Chennai, says that at that point of time when they were 24/4, they wanted something respectable on the board. He praises Gaikwad and Bravo's knocks to take them to 156 and calls it a tremendous effort. On the surface, MS replies that it was two-paced and was slightly difficult for the new batsmen at the start. Agrees that it was tough to come back from there but some sensible batting and a very good finish took them to a good total. Talks about the batting depth of Chennai but calls it sensible that one guy batted through to the end. Dhoni also says that one of the conscious attempts is to finish the overs in time, so the choice of the bowlers also depend on it sometimes. Regarding Ambati Rayudu's fitness, Dhoni shares that he was smiling, so he has not broken his arm, some rest and he should be back.
Dwayne Bravo also comes up for a chat. Says that it is a good feeling, against Mumbai, it is always like a final and starting off with a win is good. Adds he was just trying to protect himself in the final stages of the CPL and when he came here, he had one session of bowling and he felt good. Mentions that he bats lower down the order and for him it is about winning the moments, if there are 12 balls left, then he looks to capitalize on those 12 balls and if there are 11 overs left, he looks to stay out there. Credits the way Ruturaj Gaikwad played and says he has been a star performer for them. Adds that he batted really good and has a big appetite for runs. Ends by saying he is pleased they got over the line.
Kieron Pollard, the stand-in captain of Mumbai, says he felt it got away in the middle but things like this happen in cricket. Mentions that Ruturaj Gaikwad played really well and he batted them out of the game. Admits they did not finish off well with the ball. Tells that the wicket was a good one, there was assistance at the start and they did make use of it but could not continue. Further says that Chennai's batsmen tried to continue the momentum throughout which they didn't do. States that they kept losing wickets and they needed someone to play deep. Talks about a few soft dismissals and feels that they should have avoided. Ends by saying there are 6 games to go and he hopes to turn it around.
This game appeared done and dusted very early once Chennai lost their four wickets inside the Powerplay. But Ruturaj Gaikwad took the charge and formed useful stands to keep Chennai afloat in their batting innings. A strong finish handed them a challenging total, not to forget Dwayne Bravo's scintillating cameo, and their bowlers turned on the heat. Mumbai also lost three wickets in the first six overs and it was a big task for them from thereon. Saurabh Tiwary held one end strongly but the wickets kept falling at the other end. The biggest blow came in the form of Kieron Pollard's wicket and after that, it just became too tough for the defending champions to deal with the required rate. Tiwary stayed till the end but failed to take his team home. Deepak Chahar with the new ball and Dwayne Bravo in the middle and death overs were very impressive and finished with five wickets between them.
Excellent defense from Chennai and they avenged their last loss against Mumbai. This is only the second occasion in the history of this tournament that a team batting first was 4 down for 24 but still went on to win the game. Take a bow, Chennai. Take a bow, Ruturaj Gaikwad!
Rahul Chahar is in next.
Saurabh Tiwary has a word with Adam Milne. 23 needed off 5 balls.
Dwayne Bravo to bowl the final over. 24 needed off 6 balls. Saurabh Tiwary is on strike.
Chahar steams in to bowl but pulls up. Seems cramps. A bit of stretching and Deepak Chahar is ready to bowl.
Deepak Chahar is back on. 2/9 in his 3 overs so far. 49 needed off 18 balls.
Bowling change. 53 needed off 24 balls and here comes Josh Hazlewood back into the attack.
Strategic Time-Out. Two quick wickets and Mumbai are staring down the barrel. 60 needed in the last 5 overs. This was the stage when Chennai stepped up with the bat. They amassed 69 from the last 30 balls. Can the champs do something similar? Dwayne Bravo returns to bowl after the break.
Adam Milne walks out to bat! 63 needed off 32 balls.
Run out appeal and Krunal has started walking back! It is taken upstairs to refer.
Moeen Ali is back! Really brilliant from Dhoni, gets Moeen on as soon as there are two-left handers in the middle.
Krunal Pandya walks out to bat now!
Pollard is a goner! He has been given out LBW but he reviews. That looks out.
Josh Hazlewood is back! He took a real pounding at the start. Can he come back strongly here?
Breaking news - Virat Kohli to step down from the captaincy of Bangalore after this season. Their official handle has tweeted this news.
Shardul Thakur is back! He has a wicket to his name, can he get Pollard here?
Ravindra Jadeja is on now!
Kieron Pollard arrives.
Strategic Time-Out! Chennai are on top at the moment! Yes, Mumbai need just 103 in 66 which is not a huge task nowadays but they are three down and the wicket does not seem to be the easiest. They will need one of these two to bat deep and someone to play a cameo like Bravo did. Chennai, on the other hand, will know they need to keep picking wickets. They will remember what Pollard did to them in phase 1 so they cannot relax. The next 5 overs will be very crucial.
Shardul Thakur to continue...
Saurabh Tiwary is the new batsman.
Ishan Kishan is the new batsman. There is a bowling change as well, Shardul Thakur is inserted into the attack.
Suryakumar Yadav walks out to bat now!
Review time! A huge appeal for LBW has been turned down. Chahar was celebrating while appealing. We will have to see if it is an inswinger or not. Seems to be missing off.
Josh Hazlewood to bowl from the other end!