Mumbai Indians v Chennai Super Kings, IPL, Mumbai

Mumbai's huge win stops CSK streak

The Report by Sidharth Monga

May 5, 2013

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Mumbai Indians 139 for 5 (Rohit Sharma 39*, Jadeja 3-29) beat Chennai Super Kings 79 (Ojha 3-11, Johnson 3-27) by 60 runs
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Mitchell Johnson celebrates a wicket, Mumbai Indians v Chennai Super Kings, IPL, Mumbai, May 5, 2013
Mitchell Johnson bowled Mumbai to a win again © BCCI
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It was as if the Chennai Super Kings batsmen wanted to beat the evening crowds in the Mumbai local trains. So as opposed to chasing the below-par 140 in a hurry, they kept throwing away their wickets away, folding for the lowest total this IPL and losing by 60 runs to end their seven-match winning streak.

No matter how much credit you give to Mumbai Indians' bowling - one of the more watchable acts of the IPL - it was a surreal case of mediocrity manufacturing excitement in the first few overs of the chase. In the first over of the chase, Mitchell Johnson kept bowling short and wide, Michael Hussey kept cutting it to Kieron Pollard at point, and Pollard kept dropping. The third successive one of those cut Pollard's nose, and he walked off the field even as the Wankhede Stadium rubbed its collective eyes.

You could argue Johnson came back with a superb second over, but that began with a loose shot from M Vijay, who dragged a wide length ball on. Suresh Raina played across one, and got a leading edge to Pollard at point. This time Pollard dived in front and half-redeemed himself. As is the rule with Super Kings, they sent S Badrinath to face the crisis, and he nearly edged the hat-trick ball. Soon, Johnson beat his other edge with a left-arm bowlers' outswinger, and was denied a triple-wicket maiden only by Dwayne Bravo.

And Wankhede was yet to finish rubbing its eyes. In the next over, Bravo drove a shortish Pawan Suyal delivery off the back foot straight to cover. At 18 for 4, MS Dhoni held himself and Ravindra Jadeja back, and sent in R Ashwin, who soon fell to the veteran offspinner he has usurped, Harbhajan Singh. In came Dhoni with the asking rate past eight and only five wickets in hand.

Hussey regained his orange cap, but his innings was never fluent. Lasith Malinga's over to him was striking as the bouncers did Hussey in with both the slowness and then pace. Under immense pressure, Hussey looked for release the moment Pragyan Ojha came on to bowl, and lofted him straight to deep midwicket to make it 40 for 6 in 9.1 overs.

Too much was left for Dhoni to do, and he too holed out off Ojha. Malinga ran through the rest, and Mumbai kept themselves in the top four with the end of the league approaching. It shouldn't have been that easy, though, after they managed about 50 fewer than the average first-innings score in Mumbai this season. Once again, they were off to a slow start, and five of their top six failed to score at more than a run a ball.

The two who did, captain Rohit Sharma and Harbhajan, went on to bat until the end. When they took it to the end, they got a loose last over from Ben Laughlin and took 19 runs off it. It didn't seem the case then, but the momentum had shifted.

Sidharth Monga is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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Posted by TRAM on (May 7, 2013, 7:23 GMT)

I think this is just a bluff by csk for many reasons: 1. Hussey playing the short-wide balls in air at reachable heights (he wants bowlers in next matches to bowl like that) 2. Weird batting order changes 3. Most csk batsmen never showed intent to stay - in spite of the pitch reasonably good for batting. 4. Dhoni lifting the ball with half power to what he usually does and getting out at crucial point 5. Csk players including Dhoni were all smiling at the end of the match (more than usually) and did not show any remorse. 6. There seems motive in giving helping hand to MI to come up in the table, with good 2 points and nrr donated.

Posted by Dilip1118 on (May 7, 2013, 6:21 GMT)

If CSK wins the game only the CSK fans would be happy,if CSK lost the game all 8 IPL Teams would be happy. I am sure CSK would bounce back and win all other games including the match vs mumbai in play offs provided MI should qualify

Posted by   on (May 7, 2013, 4:37 GMT)

bby played better cricket no doubtg about it. they did not bat weel. but they bowled with conviction. but what puzzles is the 3 dropped catch saga and dhoni sending ashwin at a critical situation. Dhoni chipping the ball to long off wo power...all these are weird events that makes people think otherwise. whatever it is - a loss is a loss and that too a humiliating loss.

Posted by   on (May 6, 2013, 18:37 GMT)

@Gaurav Manchanda but Dravid averages a pathetic 29 in SA and 41 in Aus. And his average outside sub continent is not 57, its 53.

Posted by Shan156 on (May 6, 2013, 18:18 GMT)

So, CSK's poor record against MI continues (5 wins and 8 losses). Perhaps MI is their bogey team. However, in their h2h, CSK have won the games that matter (finals of the 2010 edition comes to mind immediately). This was a thrashing alright but the fact is CSK is the only team to have won the IPL twice, reach the finals four times and reach at least the semis in every edition of the IPL. They are still sitting pretty at the top in this edition. MI fans can enjoy this well deserved victory but it doesn't change the fact that CSK is the most successful IPL team and MI is the most hyped up team ever.

Posted by _Skipper on (May 6, 2013, 16:36 GMT)

I believe CSK played this match in style and intent for Mumbai to win, a strategy adapted for what ever reason that I could tell from the CSK batting; may be doing Mumbai a favor so that they could stay in the play-offs. It didn't appear that CSK was complacent in anyway. A smile on Dhoni's face during the presentation gave this away too. So overall this was an intended loss for CSK, so really no one to blame. I believe they'll come back with full guns in the next one when they face SRH. I don't want to see SRH in the playoffs period, rather see Mumbai there.

Posted by alarky on (May 6, 2013, 16:13 GMT)

My main person of focus in this present IPL is India's best batsman ever, the Gt Rahul Dravid. I think he only played IPL 6 to prove a point to the Indian authorities and some other people who have been manufacturing all sorts of excuses (age, waining reflexes, etc) to explain why certain "used-to-be" big names in batting can't perform - showing the world the example of a truly a great batsman. People like Bradman, Hobbs, Sobers, Lara and now Dravid and Kallis are showing that at any age, be it the late 30s to early 40s, a player, if he were TRULY GREAT would still play NEARLY as well as when they were in their prime. When Dravid joined the Indian team, very quickly he became the team's best batsman, but he was never given the necessary credit, but due to his awesome humility, he never complained. It was not his time to retire when he did, as he was still India's best batsman, but he did free up some some space for young talents like Pujara. In the IPL now, he's batting as if he's 22

Posted by GrindAR on (May 6, 2013, 14:04 GMT)

MI got CSK when they were sleep walking... Look like the center of gravity for CSK was as if they were in moon... :-)) CSK bowlers did good. As MSD mentioned... it was a comedy of errors during their chase... think about hat-trick of dropped catches not only on same bowler, but as well by same fielder... this will be a tough one to beat in any form. Anyways... It is a good shake up for CSK to reset themselves out of complacency...

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