2014 IPL 7th Season Chennai Super Kings to turn it on when they have to Faced with elimination in the, well, ‘Eliminator’, MS Dhoni’s team cruise past caring champions Mumbai Indians without so much as a rivulet of sweat stain their yellow jerseys.
After restricting Mumbai Indians to a below-par 173 at Brabourne Stadium. Chennai super kings Suresh Raina, named captain of India for the ODI tour of Bangladesh celebrated the new role by hitting yet another IPL fifty, a 33-ball 54. Dhoni’s choice to field did not seem to be a wise one after Mumbai Indians openers Michael Hussey and Lendl Simmons had put on 54 in the Power play. Mumbai’s total (173).
Chennai super kings FAF du Plessis (35) and Dwayne Smith (24) made the most of their chances to lay a foundation and took Chennai Super Kings to 60 without loss in 6 overs. He scratched around for 5 off ten balls, but when medium pace was reintroduced in the form of Bumrah, Hussey cut with authority for his first boundary. A spate of sixes in Ojha's last over followed and Hussey over with a 29-ball 40, having featured in a game-changing partnership of 89 in 9.1 overs with Suresh Raina. The end came when Raina, fittingly, flicked the 4th ball of the 18th over to the fence for the winning runs.
Mumbai Indians were 143/2 in the 17th over with Simmons (67) having hit top-gear soon after reaching a half-century, but gathered just 30 from the remaining 20 balls amid a torrent of wickets. Their chain of heavy hitters - Corey Anderson, Rohit Sharma, Kieron Pollard, Ambati Rayudu and Aditya Tare - was all out forcing the pace.
But none of them wasted time as they contribute a total of 56 in 38 balls. The final push however never arrived and the innings rode almost entirely on the impetus of the 76-run opening stand between Michael Hussey and Simmons.
Chennai Super Kings-176/3(18.4)
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