Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Chennai Super kings Brings mumbai to victory haul

Chennai ended Mumbai's winning run with a 24-run victory in the IPL at the MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai.
Chennai decided to bat first, but a meandering effort only produced a total of 165 for four, thanks to contributions from Matthew Hayden (35), Mahendra Singh Dhoni (31) and Subramaniam Badrinath (30).
It's all about numbers
Mumbai were off to a bright start and had cantered along nicely until a fatigued Sachin Tendulkar retired at the end of the ninth over.

The match then turned on its head as Mumbai collapsed in a heap and although Tendulkar returned to bat again, his dismissal for 45 ensured victory for Chennai.

Murali Vijay (14) recorded his first failure since being promoted to opener but Chennai's innings got going briefly before tapering to a poor finish.

Suresh Raina fell for 23 but Hayden, who had looked scratchy through much of his innings, continued on gamely and together with Dhoni injected some pace into the home side's effort.

But, just when the duo looked set to take the attack to Mumbai's bowlers, both batsmen fell off successive deliveries in a Kieron Pollard over and the home side struggled from that point on.

Badrinath and Michael Hussey, playing his first match this season, failed to kick on, resulting in a meagre 45 runs in the seven-over period stretching from the12th to 18th overs, although Badrinath added some respectability to the score by hitting four boundaries over the last two overs.

Despite the fall of opener Shikhar Dhawan for 16, Mumbai's pursuit of that total had progressed smoothly until the heat and humidity took its toll on Tendulkar and he retired at the end of the ninth over on 38.

Mumbai were nicely perched at 62 for one at that stage, but they imploded once the captain left the field.
Ambati Rayudu was stumped by Dhoni, Thilan Thushara took a neat catch in the deep to get rid of Dwayne Bravo, Saurabh Tiwary pulled one straight to Hayden at midwicket and Vijay took a stunning catch at long-off to send off Pollard to leave them in trouble.

McLaren's dismissal in the 15th over brought Tendulkar back to the crease, with Mumbai requiring 77 from 34 deliveries.

Tendulkar added seven more to his tally before lofting straight to Vijay at long-on and, although Harbhajan made a fighting 33, Chennai were firmly in control.

Chennai: ML Hayden, M Vijay, SK Raina, MS Dhoni, MEK Hussey, S Badrinath, R Ashwin, SB Jakati, DE Bollinger, S Tyagi, T Thushara

Mumbai: SR Tendulkar, S Dhawan, SS Tiwary, R Sathish, AT Rayudu, DJ Bravo, KA Pollard, R McLaren, Harbhajan Singh, SL Malinga, AN Ahmed

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