Chennai v Mumbai, IPL 2013, 1st qualifier, Delhi May 21, 2013

CSK crush Mumbai to reach fifth final

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Chennai Super Kings 192 for 1 (Hussey 86*, Raina 82*) beat Mumbai Indians 144 (Smith 68, Bravo 3-9, Jadeja 3-31) by 48 runs
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

The IPL faced new crises - including a hearing for alleged spot-fixers about 10km from the Feroz Shah Kotla Stadium and a hearing asking for a ban on the event itself - but on the field the same old story of Chennai Super Kings' domination of big IPL matches continued as they made it to their fifth final out of the six IPLs played.

Michael Hussey and Suresh Raina powered them with 80s, but the 192 seemed inadequate the way Dwayne Smith hit 68 off 28. Into the game came Ravindra Jadeja with the wickets of Smith, Dinesh Karthik and Kieron Pollard. Mumbai get another shot at making it to the final when they face the winner of the match between Sunrisers Hyderabad and Rajasthan Royals.

Super Kings looked a bit hassled in the eight-over slog against Royal Challengers Bangalore in their previous match, but in a full-duration big match you always back them to get back to their best. It was a typical Super Kings performance. It was Hussey and Raina first, who hardly ever disappoint in big matches, with an unbeaten 140-run partnership.

That partnership followed a solid unhurried opening between M Vijay and Hussey. Hussey and Raina then got together as if they have been playing IPL qualifiers on Feroz Shah Kotla tracks all their lives. There were no uncertain prods in the beginning, no hesitation in the running. Hussey, who reclaimed the orange cap during the innings, was special in how he took apart Lasith Malinga.

It was actually a good over from Malinga - the fifth of the match - featuring two excellent yorkers. Hussey not only kept the yorkers out, he pushed two balls of that over for fours. No back lift, just timing. Even when the two exploded towards the end, taking 123 runs off the last 10, it hardly looked like they were taking risks. It seemed the innings was headed towards its natural end.

What followed wasn't quite expected. Smith went absolutely berserk in the chase. Everything he touched seemed to be going for either four or six. He didn't spare the opening bowlers nor Chris Morris. He laid into R Ashwin too and took Mumbai to 86 for 1 in seven overs. Then Dhoni went to what has been his trump card all season.

On came Jadeja and just like that Smith sliced one inexplicably. Gone. Then went Karthik to a skidder: 95 for 3. Rohit Sharma fell under the pressure too, but when Pollard began to hit sixes, the flat track and small outfield promised anything was possible.

Not against Jadeja, though. Two sixes in that over were followed by a dart into the pads, which Pollard happened to flick straight to square leg. That was game over, but Super Kings went on to show brilliant pieces of fielding and celebrations.

Sidharth Monga is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • magicumesh on May 24, 2013, 6:15 GMT

    Fans complaining about CSK about full stars have to check the archive in iplt20 for season 1 and 2. Vijay, Ashwin, Badri wasn't even heard of and they got a very rookie deals and they just blossomed under CSK management. When Bravo was a failure in MI, CSK took him without any resistance from any other teams, look what he has achieved under the right guidance. Captain of WI for the upcoming champions trophy. They paid the lowest for 2 auctions combined, retained all the players they could, chased after all the players they had before even though they lost Murali when RCB fought with CSK over a bid of > 1 million and Balaji whose price skyrocketted from 50K to 800K to KKR. They paid the highest and got the first player of T20 of all people combined - Mr.M.S.Dhoni. Without it's roaring head a lion is useless and they understood the importance. They are not going to let him go anywhere for the rest of his life. More importantly they play FAIR

  • dummy4fb on May 23, 2013, 6:21 GMT

    T'kar would have made difference? Perhaps, with his fielding habits (I'm not saying he's a bad fielder, and hence the term habits) MI perhaps would have been chasing 200+

  • skWeb on May 22, 2013, 19:40 GMT

    MrCricketFan1981, you are absolutely correct!. Fans complaining about CSK about full stars have to check the archive in iplt20 for season 1 and 2. Vijay, Ashwin, Badri wasn't even heard of and they got a very rookie deals and they just blossomed under CSK management. When Bravo was a failure in MI, CSK took him without any resistance from any other teams, look what he has achieved under the right guidance. Captain of WI for the upcoming champions trophy. They paid the lowest for 2 auctions combined, retained all the players they could, chased after all the players they had before even though they lost Murali when RCB fought with CSK over a bid of > 1 million and Balaji whose price skyrocketted from 50K to 800K to KKR. They paid the highest and got the first player of T20 of all people combined - Mr.M.S.Dhoni. Without it's roaring head a lion is useless and they understood the importance. They are not going to let him go anywhere for the rest of his life. More importantly they play FAIR

  • CSreekumar on May 22, 2013, 15:48 GMT

    MI certainly have good enough bowlers to contain CSK, but RS couldn't use them properly. And he must use Johnson/Malinga against Huss even if their quota is getting over. Extract few overs from Smith/Pollard/himself and rotate the bowlers efficiently.

  • Abitha on May 22, 2013, 13:39 GMT

    Contactsai123. Orange Cap + Purple Cap + Yellow CAP ! Please make it as Glittering Yellow CUP Kashinath

  • ladycricfan on May 22, 2013, 12:56 GMT

    Mohit Sharma might one day play for India.

  • MrCricketFan1981 on May 22, 2013, 12:39 GMT

    Ha Ha, i read in another forum that CSK has 6 Indian international players while other teams have only 1 or 2, so it is unbalanaced. I understand the desperation of other team supporter. But actual truth is when team was formed CSK had less indian intnls than other only MSD & Raina. CSK created intl player for india Vijay, Ashwin, Badri, Balaji, Jakati, Gony.

    To me the main reason for so much success of CSK is because of local TN players in the 11. Badri, Vijay, Aswin, Balaji (b4 KKR). A player will always have a fire within when your playing with you local rivals like banglore, mumbai, to do better, just like how our players play better with pak.

    Everybody knows MSD, Morkel, Hussey will perform, but CSK also brought the best out of locals,, and now they are intl players. No other team has so many state locals in the playing 11. if they do, then they will also have many india intl players and be a better team.

    Bottom line CSK - Best Captain, coach, team, cricket, fans, spirit

  • magicumesh on May 22, 2013, 11:59 GMT

    Even After 5 finals in 6 editions, all CSK haters are saying MSD is lucky. Luck can hit everyone, but occasionally, not consistently as CSK. Cant understand why they are not ready to accept good consistent entertaining performances? But everyone knows the truth inside their mind and they are not ready to accept in public.Anyway hope every CSK hater and Dhoni Basher will accept the fact next sunday, after the Super Kings lift the Indian Premier League trophy for the third time. Go CSK Go. Consistent Super Kings Rockzzzzzz....

  • dummy4fb on May 22, 2013, 11:52 GMT

    well done csk ! awesome win.however mumbai had a real bad day in office. but notto get disheartened, they still have one more chance 2 aim d trophy & shut all d critics. my instinct says- they will. till that time all d MI Fans lets keep our chin up & bear d csk fan bashing, bcos we'll have d last laugh.

  • C_r_i_c_Fan on May 22, 2013, 11:37 GMT

    I loved the way dhoni said during the post match ceremony.... harsha to MSD : This is not CSK home groung but still u can hear fans shouting CSK in fact MSD... MSD to harsha: 35K ppl wer cheering for cricket and he loved that more than ne thing else...oh man!!! wat a statement this was... really very touching statement. Wel said MSD!!!! love u so much.