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IPL Match 43: Mumbai Indians continue resurgence by beating Chennai Super Kings

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After struggling to buy a win early in the season, the Mumbai Indians are quickly becoming the form team heading into the knockout stages of the Indian Premier League, having picked up their fifth win on the bounce by accomplishing a rare feat, beating the Chennai Super Kings at the MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chepauk.

The flip of the coin went the way of the home side, and skipper MS Dhoni chose to have a bat. Brendon McCullum powered his way to 23 from 11 balls, giving Chennai a typically quick start, but his opening partner Dwayne Smith was a little off his game today, and struggled to 27 from 35 before holing out to Harbhajan Singh. In between, Chennai also lost the wicket of Suresh Raina for a run a ball 10, leaving them in a spot of bother at 65-3.

 

Faf du Plessis and MS Dhoni looked to get the innings back on track, but the former fell for 17, prompting Chennai to send in young Pawan Negi.

Dhoni upped the ante at his end, finishing unbeaten on 39 from 32 balls with the help of 2 sixes, but the real fireworks came from the other side of the wicket with Negi smashing 36 from just 17 balls to take a struggling Chennai side to a competitive total of 158-5.

Mumbai responded well to the target set in front of them with their openers Parthiv Patel (45) and Lendl Simmons (38) sharing an opening start worth 84 in exactly 10 overs. Patel was the more aggressive of the two, scoring at a strike rate above 140, but both set batsmen fell to Ravichandran Ashwin in the same over, with the returning Indian offspinner taking 2-17 from an excellent 4 over spell.

Rohit Sharma made a slow 18 from 22, while Kieron Pollard was run out for just 1 as Chennai appeared to take a strong hold of the game, however, Ambati Rayudu, who made 34 from just 19 balls, and Hardik Pandya, who chipped in with 21 from 8 stole the game away from Chennai with the latter smashing 3 sixes off the penultimate over, with Pawan Negi conceding 25 runs as Chennai suffered a rare defeat on home turf.

The win for Mumbai has repercussions across the breadth of the points table with Chennai now stuck on 14 points from 11 games, still level with the Rajasthan Royals, and far from secure of sealing a top 2 finish. Mumbai meanwhile move into fourth place with 12 points from 11 games, but can still be knocked off their perch by Royal Challengers Bangalore, who trail them by a point and have a game in hand.

Mini Scorecard:

Chennai Super Kings 158/5 (20 overs, 7.90rpo)

MS Dhoni 39* (32) V Kumar 1-33 (3)

P Negi 36 (17) M McClenaghan 1-34 (4)

Mumbai Indians 159/4 (19.2 overs, rpo)

L Simmons 38 (31) R Ashwin 2-17 (4)

P Patel 45 (32) D Bravo 1-12 (2.1)

Mumbai Indians win by 6 wickets