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Qualifier 1: Mumbai Indians cruise past Chennai into the Final of IPL Season 8

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The Mumbai Indians produced yet another dominant performance, very much akin with their displays in the second half of this season, to power past the Chennai Super Kings by 25 runs into the Final of IPL Season 8.

Having won the toss, Mumbai decided to make first use of a slightly slow Wankhede Stadium pitch, and posted an excellent score of 187-6 on the board in their 20 overs. Their opening partnership of Lendl Simmons and Parthiv Patel continued to flourish, with the former making an outstanding 65 from just 51 deliveries, while the latter chipped in with 35 from 25 balls.

The opening wicket stand was worth 90 and laid an excellent foundation for the batsmen to follow to wield the long handle. Rohit Sharma chipped in with 19, but the real fireworks were provided late in the innings by Kieron Pollard, who struck 5 sixes as he smashed his way to 41 from just 17 balls.

The purple cap holder, Dwayne Bravo, added another 3 wickets to his tally this tournament, but was extremely expensive, conceding 40 runs from his 4 overs. Ashish Nehra, Ravindra Jadeja and Mohit Sharma, who had been picked ahead of Ishwar Pandey for this game, all chipped in with a wicket each.

Chennai had made another major selection decision, recalling an out of form Dwayne Smith to their side, in place of Brendon McCullum who was on his way to England on international duty. The move backfired with the West Indian opener falling for a 4-ball naught in the very first over of the run chase, given leg before to Lasith Malinga. The decision though was a rather poor one from Umpire Richard Illingworth, with the ball striking the batsman outside the stumps, and heading even further down the leg side.

Faf du Plessis held the Chennai innings together for a while, top scoring with 45 from 34 balls, but the South African got little support from the rest of the side. Michael Hussey (16) and Suresh Raina (25) offered some resistance at the top of the order, but Chennai were always behind the asking rate.

Former Indian off-spinner Harbhajan Singh landed a crucial double blow for his side, dismissing Raina caught and bowled, before trapping Chennai skipper MS Dhoni leg before for a golden duck.

Dwayne Bravo (20), Ravindra Jadeja (19) and R Ashwin (23) all made handy contributions, but Mumbai kept chipping away with wickets at crucial intervals, and bowled out the Super Kings in the 19th over. Malinga was unsurprisingly their most successful bowler, taking 3-23, but Bhajji's twin strike in the 11th over, and R Vinay Kumar's two wickets also made a big difference in the final outcome.

The Mumbai Indians will now head to Kolkata for the Final on Sunday, while Chennai will get a second bite at the cherry when they take on the winner of the play-off game between the Rajasthan Royals and the Royal Challengers Bangalore, in Ranchi, later this week.

Teams:

Mumbai Indians: Lendl Simmons, Parthiv Patel (wk), Rohit Sharma (c), Ambati Rayudu, Kieron Pollard, Hardik Pandya, Harbhajan Singh, J Suchith, Mitchell McClenaghan, Vinay Kumar, Lasith Malinga

Chennai Super Kings: Dwayne Smith, Michael Hussey, Suresh Raina, Faf du Plessis, MS Dhoni (c & wk), Dwayne Bravo, Pawan Negi, Ravindra Jadeja, Ravichandran Ashwin, Ashish Nehra, Mohit Sharma

Mini Scorecard:

Mumbai Indians 187/6 (20 overs, 9.35rpo)

L Simmons 65 (51) D Bravo 3-40 (4)

K Pollard 41 (17) R Jadeja 1-18 (2)

Chennai Super Kings 162 all out (19 overs, 8.52rpo)

F du Plessis 45 (34) L Malinga 3-23 (4)

S Raina 25 (20) H Singh 2-26 (4)

Mumbai win by 25 runs