Indian Premier League - 49th match

Mumbai Indians v Chennai Super Kings

Mumbai Indians won by 60 runs

The Mumbai openers have made their way out. We are set for the start. Dwayne Smith to face Jadeja, a slip in place

Vansh D: "@Gareth - Yes. When picking your Fantasy team, its really obvious. You've got emerging, solid performers like Faulkner (who has performed very well this season) only being bought for what? - 7 million. And then you got Punter for so much money, who hasn't been in much form lately. But big names like Punter in contrast to Faulkner will create a bigger fan base, so that is pro of paying the big bucks for the famous, yet not the best, players."

Finny: "I think vijay will be scrutinised on how he plays today as the squad for champions trophy is out now. If he fails today as well there will be a lot of questions on the selection. The selection baffles me given his technique against good seam bowling."

Sivaraj: "@Gareth: May be they preserve Maxwell for later part of the series. But, case of Punter is pathetic... Started the series as captain and left out of the team due to poor form.. Miss you Punter!!"

Maryann Britto : "The only four teams with unbreachable fortresses are MI, RR, SRH and RCB. CSK have won 4/4 away, now 4 left against the above-mentioned teams. The IPL scheduling has been perfect. Starting from today, the next four away matches for CSK will be a case of the unbeatable sword and the unbreakable shield. Looking forward to some juicy contests!!!!!"

Gareth: "Mumbai spent 1.5mil securing Punter and Maxwell, and now both are on the bench. I'm not saying that they should be in the side, but you'd have to agree that's the worst financial move I've heard of."

Rathnavel: "Oops ... I was so happy that it was Ben Hilfenhaus ... How I wish he was picked instead of Laughlin?! Good riddance that ... Hilfy is the best possible bowling option we have and even better than Bravo and Sharma"

Gaurav Manchanda: "Ben Laughlin is rated as the one of the best death bowlers in the Australian domestic circuit. In last Big Bash, he took 14 wickets in 8 T20s with an economy rate of 7.16. Lets see how he performs today?"

Thanks for pointing that out, it's Laughlin and not Hilfy.

Karan Mamgain: "Umm, because Chepauk hasn't been CSK's real fortress this year: four out of six. Furthermore, Delhi has only played two games at Raipur. @Kiran: Earlier in the season, RCB already has both the caps at the same time, when Vinay and Gayle held purple and orange, respectively. In the last match, against Punjab, Hussey and Bravo held those caps, so CSK had both for some two hours, before Gayle came out to bat against PWI and scored 21 runs to reclaim it."

hardik raychanda: "Kiran, you forgot that both VK (Virat Kohli and Vinay Kumar) were having Purple and Orange cap at the same time in this season only for Banglore."

Siddhesh: "Already anticipating Mumbai to score heavy, and Dhoni to ensure a nail biting finish for CSK. Should be a good one, irrespective of the result."

mani: "@Ishan - You have the answer, the top teams are not being beaten by the other top teams at their background. The team that defeats them will be on top and hence you see Chennai having an upper hand."

Kiran: "Hussey needs just 21 runs to get back the Orange cap. Will CSK be the first team this season to have both orange and purple caps?"

Ishan Jain: "Chinnaswamy has been fortress for RCB, so is Sawai Man Singh for Jaipur..and so is Chepauk for Chennai, Hyderabad for SRH and again Wankhede for Mumbai..even DD managed to get a win percentage of 100 at Raipur..plz tell me if everyone's winning..then why the competition is getting tougher and tougher!"

Toss: Albie Morkel and Saha are out due to injuries. Vijay is back. Mumbai have won and chosen to bat. Dhoni says Chennai would have batted had it won. Dhawal Kulkarni misses out due to injury, left-arm seamer Pawan Suval comes in. Ben Laughlin replaces Morkel for Chennai.

shashi: "Michael Hussey, Suresh Raina and MS Dhoni have won matches for the Chennai Super Kings single-handedly, while the likes of S Badrinath and Ravindra Jadeja have played their part whenever they have got the opportunity. With the ball too, CSK have several performers; Dwayne Bravo holds the Purple Cap, while Mohit Sharma, R Ashwin and Chris Morris have delivered wickets whenever they have been thrown the ball. Wriddhiman Saha is reported to be carrying a niggle and if he does not recover in time, Murali Vijay could be called upon to partner Hussey at the top.."

Hello and welcome to our coverage of the 49th game of this IPL. It's a big one, between Mumbai Indians and Chennai Super Kings. Here's the preview for the game.

0.1

Jadeja to Smith, no run, angling in towards middle, driven past the bowler towards mid-on

0.2

Jadeja to Smith, no run, slightly short on the off, gets on the back foot and punches it into the leg side

0.3

Jadeja to Smith, no run, flat on middle, pushed back towards the bowler

0.4

Jadeja to Smith, 1 run, sliding on the pads, pushed in front of square leg for a single

Tendulkar to face nw

0.5

Jadeja to Tendulkar, 1 run, tossed up on the of, drives it past Jadeja who misfields and allows Sachin to take the single

0.6

Jadeja to Smith, 2 runs, fired it on middle and leg, that's been clipped through square leg into the deep for a couple of runs

End of over 1 (4 runs) Mumbai Indians 4/0 (RR: 4.00)
DR Smith    3* (5b)      RA Jadeja    1-0-4-0
SR Tendulkar    1* (1b)     

Mohit Sharma to bowl, has a slip

1.1

Sharma to Tendulkar, 1 wide, begins with a wide down the leg side

1.1

Sharma to Tendulkar, no run, in the channel outside off stump this time and Tendulkar leaves that alone to the keeper

1.2

Sharma to Tendulkar, no run, bowled that on a length on the off, drives it solidly towards mid-off

1.3

Sharma to Tendulkar, no run, short of a good length on the off, rocks on the back foot and punches it towards cover

1.4

Sharma to Tendulkar, no run, big stride out, nipped back in from outside off, struck him in line, clips the pads and lobs up, hit the top of the pads and would have gone over

1.5

Sharma to Tendulkar, no run, swinging in, fullish on middle, clips it wide of square leg but cannot pierce the field, no run on offer there

1.6

Sharma to Tendulkar, no run, short of a length outside off, mistimes a cut towards point, can't get it past that fielder

End of over 2 (1 run) Mumbai Indians 5/0 (RR: 2.50)
SR Tendulkar    1* (7b)      MM Sharma    1-0-1-0
DR Smith    3* (5b)      RA Jadeja    1-0-4-0

Good start from Mohit there. Morris comes on now

2.1

Morris to Smith, no run, angling in towards off and middle and that's been played into the leg side

2.2

Morris to Smith, no run, sliding on the pads, tries to force it through the leg side, struck high on the pads

2.3

Morris to Smith, 1 run, goodish length on middle, defended wide of midwicket for a single

2.4

Morris to Tendulkar, 1 wide, slides that one down the leg side, the second one to Tendulkar today

2.4

Morris to Tendulkar, 1 run, shortish on the off, runs that one down to third man for a single

2.5

Morris to Smith, 3 runs, dropped that short on the off, jabs it wide of mid-on for a couple of runs, Vijay at mid-on slides and tries to flip the ball to Hussey, misses, it ends up going over his head, an extra run to Mumbai

2.6

Morris to Tendulkar, no run, on a good length outside off, Tendulkar follows it and punches it towards extra cover

End of over 3 (6 runs) Mumbai Indians 11/0 (RR: 3.66)
SR Tendulkar    2* (9b)      CH Morris    1-0-6-0
DR Smith    7* (9b)      MM Sharma    1-0-1-0

3.1

Sharma to Smith, no run, short of a good length on middle, rocks on the back foot and defends it in front of the bowler

3.2

Sharma to Smith, no run, tries to punch it past extra cover, that kept a little low, gets an inside edge onto the pads

Harish: "This a perfect analogy of a unstoppable force meets an immovable object..chennai swept away all teams at their home and mumbai is immovable at home.."

3.3

Sharma to Smith, no run, angling in towards off and middle, pushes it towards the bowler

3.4

Sharma to Smith, FOUR, That wasn't Tendulkar but it did remind you of him, in the slot on middle and Dwayne Smith launches that over the bowler's head, lovely straight hit

3.5

Sharma to Smith, no run, angling in towards off and middle, gets back and pushes it down the pitch

Ayush: "Dhoni likes bowling Mohit out at the start. Why doesn't he try and save an over for him at the end? It'll be nice to see if he can be accurate with his yorkers as well."

3.6

Sharma to Smith, no run, tries to push that through extra cover off the front foot, gets an inside edge onto the pads

End of over 4 (4 runs) Mumbai Indians 15/0 (RR: 3.75)
DR Smith    11* (15b 1x4)      MM Sharma    2-0-5-0
SR Tendulkar    2* (9b)      CH Morris    1-0-6-0

4.1

Morris to Tendulkar, no run, Tendulkar swivels and tries to dispatch that behind square, went a little down the leg side, may have just gone over the stumps there, Tendulkar moved well across there

rajas.haris: "Finally Glenn Maxwell has got some job to do in front of the crowd , but it's on the mike.."

4.2

Morris to Tendulkar, no run, on a good length outside off and he pushes that loosely towards cover

4.3

Morris to Tendulkar, 1 wide, this one is a wide, down the leg side this time, comfortably, and the umpire calls it

4.3

Morris to Tendulkar, 1 run, full on the off, drives it past the bowler towards mid-off, Bravo dives to his right and stops that

4.4

Morris to Smith, no run, slower one bowled on a length on the off, Smith stays in his crease and gets an inside edge onto the pads

4.5

Morris to Smith, no run, short and wide, slashes that, tries to crash that through point, misses

Aaram: "It might well be Newton's first law of motion at work. Mumbai has been in a state of immovability and the CSK juggernaut could well be the external force that acts upon them to change their state."

4.6

Morris to Smith, FOUR, angling in towards middle and Smith gets rid of that one, flicking it hard between mid-on and midwicket

End of over 5 (6 runs) Mumbai Indians 21/0 (RR: 4.20)
DR Smith    15* (18b 2x4)      CH Morris    2-0-12-0
SR Tendulkar    3* (12b)      MM Sharma    2-0-5-0

siddharth: "@ Ayush: Why would Dhoni change something when it is working for him? I feel Mohit is more than doing his job as an opening bowler and has been the highest wicket taker in the power play overs this season!"

5.1

Sharma to Tendulkar, no run, on a good length, gets forward and turns it towards midwicket

Faruque: "@Ayush, Cause you should never bank on the death bowling skills of Indian seamers. Time and again they leaked runs, by bowling full toss or length bowls, at medium pace, instead of yorkers, and some even bowled no balls like RP and Vinay."

5.2

Sharma to Tendulkar, FOUR, Tendulkar attacks, on a good length and he smashes that past the bowler, over the umpire, on the up, gets enough on it to send it for four

5.3

Sharma to Tendulkar, SIX, superbly done, Tendulkar gets across to Mohit and scoops it over short fine, in fact he cleared the fine-leg boundary comfortably, used the pace wonderfully there

5.4

Sharma to Tendulkar, 1 run, on the off stump, whips it wide of square leg for a single, thinks of a second but it's not there

deepak: "Last time these two sides met here it was dwayne smith who smashed 16 of the last 3 deliveries against ben hilfi.one of those many thrilling encounters in ipl 5"

5.5

Sharma to Smith, no run, on a good length, drops it towards point and thinks of a single but it's not there

5.6

Sharma to Smith, no run, shortish on the off, crunched towards extra cover from the crease

End of over 6 (11 runs) Mumbai Indians 32/0 (RR: 5.33)
DR Smith    15* (20b 2x4)      MM Sharma    3-0-16-0
SR Tendulkar    14* (16b 1x4 1x6)      CH Morris    2-0-12-0

Karthik: "Considering that scoring heavily off the last few overs of the innings is becoming a norm of late, captains shouldn't refrain from getting some good overs in at the start. The bowlers are going to leak towards the end anyway, so you might as well do the damage you can at the start."

6.1

Jadeja to Tendulkar, 1 run, on middle and off, turned through square leg into the deep for a single

Vansh D: "Don't mind Aaram. He's just cramming for his Physics yearly and is testing out his newfound knowledge. Next he'll be telling that us how Kohli satisfies Newton's 3rd Law (For every action, there is an equal & opposite reaction.) by shouting at every crowd member who shouts at him. =P"

6.2

Jadeja to Smith, SIX, in the slot and Smith doesn't waste it, smashes it hard over the long-on boundary, clears the ropes by a fair distance

6.3

Jadeja to Smith, no run, rocks forward and plays it back to the bowler

6.4

Jadeja to Smith, 1 run, shortish on middle and leg, turns it towards short fine for a single

6.5

Jadeja to Tendulkar, OUT, Tendulkar's been given out lbw, bowled it quicker through the air on middle and leg, appeared to pitch in line, Tendulkar tried to work it into the leg side, seemed to be struck in line of leg stump, Tendulkar missed it and it seemed quite adjacent, Tendulkar is gone

SR Tendulkar lbw b Jadeja 15 (32m 18b 1x4 1x6) SR: 83.33

An opening stand of 40, but it's taken some time.

SuMo : "Sorry Deepak, It wasnt 16, he smashed 14 off the last 3 deliveries to win the game for MI"

Dinesh Karthik is the new man

6.6

Jadeja to Karthik, 1 run, tossed up on the off, drives it towards long-off for a single

End of over 7 (9 runs) Mumbai Indians 41/1 (RR: 5.85)
KD Karthik    1* (1b)      RA Jadeja    2-0-13-1
DR Smith    22* (23b 2x4 1x6)      MM Sharma    3-0-16-0

Tuhinanshu: "@Deepak: You made me watch the last over of that match just now by reminding of that match. It was an ultimate finish by Dwayne Smith. Hoping for a similar matchup today."

Bravo runs in, has a slip

7.1

Bravo to Karthik, no run, bowled it on a good length on the off, knocked it into the off side towards cover

7.2

Bravo to Karthik, no run, drops it into the off side, wants the single but Smith wisely sends him back

Hari: "When they say it's a good pitch, good bounce, ball comes onto the bat, blah blah, it's a good pitch for batsmen. But what about bowlers? They are slogged! Why is it that batsmen are given more importance than bowlers in cricket all the time? They are players as well! Another example, batsmen can stay on the crease for the whole 20 overs or 50 overs if they don't get out, But bowlers have over restrictions."

7.3

Bravo to Karthik, 1 run, angling in towards middle, walks across and flicks it through square leg for a single

7.4

Bravo to Smith, OUT, Bravo snares Smith, short outside off and he tries to flat-bat that over the bowler's head, gets a top-edge, Bravo says "it's mine", judges it well and does a jig, Raina is stunned at the act

DR Smith c & b Bravo 22 (37m 24b 2x4 1x6) SR: 91.66

Rohit has been in good form this IPL, but it's Pollard who comes in

7.5

Bravo to Karthik, 1 run, angling in full on middle, drives it towards mid-on off the front foot

7.6

Bravo to Pollard, no run, dropped, tough to call it dropped, pitched up and he drove it hard back towards the bowler, Bravo was on his follow through but couldn't hold on, the ball ricocheted off the hands and just missed the stumps at the non-striker's end but Karthik was in

End of over 8 (2 runs) Mumbai Indians 43/2 (RR: 5.37)
KA Pollard    0* (1b)      DJ Bravo    1-0-2-1
KD Karthik    3* (5b)      RA Jadeja    2-0-13-1

Morris returns

8.1

Morris to Karthik, no run, slightly short outside off, chopped towards point from the crease

8.2

Morris to Karthik, no run, dropped that short and he saw it through to the keeper, one for the over

8.3

Morris to Karthik, no run, full toss on middle, he gets across and pushes it back down the pitch but Morris fields it well

8.4

Morris to Karthik, 1 run, wristy from Karthik, gets across and flicks it towards fine leg for a single

8.5

Morris to Pollard, 1 run, angling in towards middle, pushed through midwicket into the deep for a single

8.6

Morris to Karthik, no run, fullish on the off, gets forward and drives that towards extra cover, time-out time

End of over 9 (2 runs) Mumbai Indians 45/2 (RR: 5.00)
KD Karthik    4* (10b)      CH Morris    3-0-14-0
KA Pollard    1* (2b)      DJ Bravo    1-0-2-1

KM: "Pollard at four? Nice... enterprising move by Rohit. If Polly's gonna fire, better to give him the maximum time possible, so he can inflict the maximum damage."

9.1

Jadeja to Pollard, OUT, Jadeja gets another. Pollard has crumbled under the pressure. Gets a length ball, middle and leg, and he wants to hit it for a six. However, he fails to time it, and holes out to long-on

KA Pollard c Raina b Jadeja 1 (9m 3b 0x4 0x6) SR: 33.33

In come Rohit Sharma. They didn't cross last ball

9.2

Jadeja to Sharma, 1 run, full, on off, driven to long-off

9.3

Jadeja to Karthik, no run, defended off the front foot

9.4

Jadeja to Karthik, no run, tries the reverse sweep, is hit on the pad by a full ball. Has just got outside the line, though

9.5

Jadeja to Karthik, 1 run, driven to long-off for one

9.6

Jadeja to Sharma, no run, flighted outside off, defended to cover

End of over 10 (2 runs) Mumbai Indians 47/3 (RR: 4.70)
RG Sharma    1* (2b)      RA Jadeja    3-0-15-2
KD Karthik    5* (13b)      CH Morris    3-0-14-0

Laughlin runs in now, he's replaced Morkel

10.1

Laughlin to Karthik, no run, bowled it full, he rocks on the front foot and plays it into the leg side

10.2

Laughlin to Karthik, 2 runs, short of a length, cut away through point into the deep for a couple of runs, Rohit survives a run-out chance, Morris returns a throw from the deep to the non-striker's end and Laughlin misses while trying to throw down the stumps

10.3

Laughlin to Karthik, no run

10.4

Laughlin to Karthik, 1 run, played that one away behind square on the leg side for a single

10.5

Laughlin to Sharma, 1 run, bowled it full on the off, opens the face and plays it to point for a single

10.6

Laughlin to Karthik, 1 run, full outside off, drives it over the bowler and towards mid-off for a single

End of over 11 (5 runs) Mumbai Indians 52/3 (RR: 4.72)
KD Karthik    9* (18b)      B Laughlin    1-0-5-0
RG Sharma    2* (3b)      RA Jadeja    3-0-15-2

rssampat: "@ Sid; "Pollard has crumbled under the pressure" And pray what or who created that pressure by batting that way on a placid batting beauty of a wicket??"

11.1

Jadeja to Karthik, no run, appeal for lbw, Karthik tries to sweep it square, shortish on leg, struck on the thigh, that may have missed leg

11.2

Jadeja to Karthik, FOUR, plays it really fine this time, takes it from off and middle and sweeps it over short fine leg for a boundary

11.3

Jadeja to Karthik, SIX, the slog-sweep this time, tossed up on the off, reaches forward and smacks that hard over deep midwicket

11.4

Jadeja to Karthik, FOUR, enterprising batting this, flat on the off and he helps it on its way past point with a reverse-sweep, lovely shot

11.5

Jadeja to Karthik, OUT, he's got a bit carried away there, floating it on middle and he goes for another slog-sweep, can't get the elevation and struck it straight to deep midwicket, Raina took it easily

KD Karthik c Raina b Jadeja 23 (24m 23b 2x4 1x6) SR: 100.00

Pradeep: "The way Sachin is batting at the moment is real threat to Anil Kumble's position in next IPL."

11.6

Jadeja to Rayudu, no run, angling in towards middle, drives that one back to the bowler

End of over 12 (14 runs) Mumbai Indians 66/4 (RR: 5.50)
AT Rayudu    0* (1b)      RA Jadeja    4-0-29-3
RG Sharma    2* (3b)      B Laughlin    1-0-5-0

Deepak: "Why do teams change their batting order in such a critical match and that too at a delicate situation? Rohit is in form - come out before Pollard! Only team I have seen effectively execute their changes in batting order is Chennai - and even they have failed on couple of occasions."

12.1

Laughlin to Sharma, 1 run, slower one bowled short outside off, cut towards third man for a single

Rayudu is the new man

12.2

Laughlin to Rayudu, no run, superb yorker first up, on middle and he manages to dig that out into the leg side

12.3

Laughlin to Rayudu, 2 runs, slower one bowled full outside off, drives that through extra cover into the deep for a couple of runs

12.4

Laughlin to Rayudu, FOUR, superbly done, short outside off and Rayudu guides that for six, just helping it over the keeper's head, landed just on the ropes, or may have landed just in front, given a four

12.5

Laughlin to Rayudu, 1 run, opens the face to guide it towards third man for a single

12.6

Laughlin to Sharma, 1 run, slower one bowled outside off, runs that to third man to keep strike

End of over 13 (9 runs) Mumbai Indians 75/4 (RR: 5.76)
RG Sharma    4* (5b)      B Laughlin    2-0-14-0
AT Rayudu    7* (5b 1x4)      RA Jadeja    4-0-29-3

Hari: "Getting carried away is an important part of Cricket. Especially in T20 format. After a couple of boundaries, going for a single and rotating strike is important. Because the bowler reads the state of batsman's mind. Ofcourse it's not an easy call as to when to start rotating strike. Woof, Cricket has never seemed so complicated"

Ashwin comes on

13.1

Ashwin to Sharma, 1 run, turns in from outside off, drops it in front of point after waiting for it to turn in

Anbu: "So now what is the opinion? Should Pollard come in around 12-15th over or as early as possible as he did today??I always believed he should come only with 6-7 overs remaining,not earlier"

13.2

Ashwin to Rayudu, no run, this one goes on straight, tries to open the face, misses

13.3

Ashwin to Rayudu, 1 run, played in the direction of short third man for a single

13.4

Ashwin to Sharma, no run, full on middle, comes down the track and drives it straight to midwicket

13.5

Ashwin to Sharma, 1 run, tossed up outside off, drives it through to long-off for a single

13.6

Ashwin to Rayudu, no run, quicker through the air, short on the off, gets back and defends it into the leg side

End of over 14 (3 runs) Mumbai Indians 78/4 (RR: 5.57)
AT Rayudu    8* (8b 1x4)      R Ashwin    1-0-3-0
RG Sharma    6* (8b)      B Laughlin    2-0-14-0

pranav: "@Deepak: A big reason behind Chennai's being able to post a respectable total everytime is their skipper Dhoni. Either their top three fire, or if they don't, then in that case, everytime Dhoni takes it as a responsibility upon himself to help them to a competitive total. No other batsman has been able to do the same this consistently in IPL."

Mohit comes back

14.1

Sharma to Sharma, no run, short of a good length on the off, gets on the back foot and guides him to point

14.2

Sharma to Sharma, no run, goes for the pull, slower one, shortish outside off, tried to go over square leg, missed

14.3

Sharma to Sharma, 1 run, goodish length, chops that one behind point for a single

AB: "What did the MI openers achieve by batting slowly??? They never stayed in.. ate up crucial deliveries at the top of the innings and failed, putting enormous pressure on the middle order!"

14.4

Sharma to Rayudu, 1 run, sneaks in a quick single by playing that towards mid-off

14.5

Sharma to Sharma, 1 run, short, comes down the track and slaps it towards extra cover, just the single

14.6

Sharma to Rayudu, 1 run, hard to dispatch, slower one bowled short outside off, comes down the track and cracks it straight to extra cover, just the single

Mohit ends an excellent spell, just 20 off it. He continues to have a good tournament.

End of over 15 (4 runs) Mumbai Indians 82/4 (RR: 5.46)
AT Rayudu    10* (10b 1x4)      MM Sharma    4-0-20-0
RG Sharma    8* (12b)      R Ashwin    1-0-3-0

15.1

Ashwin to Rayudu, OUT, bowled'im! Rayudu misses a short ball, the shot was on, turned in from outside off and he tried to smack that over square leg, just missed it and the ball knocked into the off stump

AT Rayudu b Ashwin 10 (13m 11b 1x4 0x6) SR: 90.90

Gururaj: "@Anbu: Now that Pollard has failed to make use of the oppurtunity, Rohit can't be blamed ! Pollard was needed to up the rate after such a slow start and it failed. Had it clicked, i am sure he would have got the 'Nayi soch award' :-)"

Harbhajan to face after the Time Out

15.2

Ashwin to Harbhajan Singh, SIX, tossed up and he's hit his first ball for six, in the slot on the off and he's drilled that over the long-on boundary

15.3

Ashwin to Harbhajan Singh, 1 run, shortish outside off, cut through point into the deep for a single

15.4

Ashwin to Sharma, 1 run, full on middle, drives it towards long-on for a single

15.5

Ashwin to Harbhajan Singh, no run, the carrom ball, it goes past the outside edge after landing outside off

15.6

Ashwin to Harbhajan Singh, no run, fullish on middle plays it wide of the bowler but cannot get it past midwicket

End of over 16 (8 runs) Mumbai Indians 90/5 (RR: 5.62)
Harbhajan Singh    7* (4b 1x6)      R Ashwin    2-0-11-1
RG Sharma    9* (13b)      MM Sharma    4-0-20-0

Manu: "This is what I don't get...with bowlers like Malinga, Johnson, Kulkarni at ur disposal, Mumbai should be preparing a green pitch, similar to the one in Punjab...their fast bowlers will use it better than the Chennai ones, and also u take Ashwin & Jadeja out of the equation...even when it comes to the batting, guys like Vijay, Raina, Jadeja etc. won't be able to do anything on those kind of surfaces....but on the other hand, Mumbai can bring in Ponting, who is a master at greentops, and you also have Sachin, Rohit, Smith etc. who are good players of fast bowling"

16.1

Bravo to Sharma, 1 run, short and wide, cuts that one towards third man for a single

16.2

Bravo to Harbhajan Singh, 1 run, back of a length, cut towards third man who is standing a little square, just the single

16.3

Bravo to Sharma, 1 run, on a length, driven towards extra cover and races through for a single

16.4

Bravo to Harbhajan Singh, 1 run, dropped wide of the keeper for a quick single

16.5

Bravo to Sharma, FOUR, a bit of relief for Mumbai, Dhoni was standing up, Bravo pushed one full and wide and Rohit went hard at that, smacking it over extra cover

16.6

Bravo to Sharma, 1 run, slower one on the off, swings it towards deep square leg for a single, didn't connect it well enough

End of over 17 (9 runs) Mumbai Indians 99/5 (RR: 5.82)
RG Sharma    16* (17b 1x4)      DJ Bravo    2-0-11-1
Harbhajan Singh    9* (6b 1x6)      R Ashwin    2-0-11-1

17.1

Laughlin to Sharma, no run, bowled it full on the off, that's been defended towards point

17.2

Laughlin to Sharma, SIX, erring in length there, that landed right in the slot on the off and it was thrashed miles over the long-on boundary

17.3

Laughlin to Sharma, 2 runs, short and that's pulled away into the deep on the leg side for a single

17.4

Laughlin to Sharma, 1 run, well fielded at long-on by Bravo, on a length on middle and that was struck hard past the bowler, Bravo ran to his left and kept them to a single

17.5

Laughlin to Harbhajan Singh, no run, bowled full outside off, reaches for it to squeeze it towards third man, misses

17.6

Laughlin to Harbhajan Singh, FOUR, nicely struck, pitched up outside off, plenty of width there and he smacks that hard past extra cover, lots of width there for him to free his arms

Mumbai's run-rate goes past six an over, not sure that's enough at this point.

End of over 18 (13 runs) Mumbai Indians 112/5 (RR: 6.22)
Harbhajan Singh    13* (8b 1x4 1x6)      B Laughlin    3-0-27-0
RG Sharma    25* (21b 1x4 1x6)      DJ Bravo    2-0-11-1

18.1

Bravo to Sharma, FOUR, he'll take it, full outside off, tries to drive it through off, gets a thick edge past Dhoni to the third-man boundary

18.2

Bravo to Sharma, no run, ooh, Rohit will feel he missed out there, tried to launch that through the line over long-off, missed

18.3

Bravo to Sharma, 2 runs, dropped, hard chance for Raina, pitched up and Rohit absolutely crashed that through point, Raina dived over and to his right, couldn't hold on

18.4

Bravo to Sharma, no run, misses, full and wide and he tried to slice that over point, missed

18.5

Bravo to Sharma, 1 wide, slower one, the legcutter, this has been called a wide, tried to swing that over long-on

18.5

Bravo to Sharma, no run, yorker length on the off, can only dig it out back to the bowler

18.6

Bravo to Sharma, 1 run, low full toss outside off, comes down the track and cracks it towards deep cover for a single

End of over 19 (8 runs) Mumbai Indians 120/5 (RR: 6.31)
RG Sharma    32* (27b 2x4 1x6)      DJ Bravo    3-0-19-1
Harbhajan Singh    13* (8b 1x4 1x6)      B Laughlin    3-0-27-0

Sunny Thanki: "Mumbai's late surge here just shows how good a batting track this still is. 140 just won't be enough here with Chennai's formidable batting lineup. Can Malinga finally come good though?"

19.1

Laughlin to Sharma, FOUR, third man is up and Rohit plays that smartly, the slower one there, waited for it and beat that gap between point and short third

19.2

Laughlin to Sharma, 2 runs, tries to swing that over midwicket, gets a thick inside edge for a couple of runs

19.3

Laughlin to Sharma, 1 run, plays that one away for a single

19.4

Laughlin to Harbhajan Singh, SIX, bowled on a length outside off and Harbhajan's been waiting for that one, gives it a big swing, connects well and clears the long-on boundary

19.5

Laughlin to Harbhajan Singh, FOUR, full toss and Harbhajan finds the gap, smacks it away over square leg for four more

19.6

Laughlin to Harbhajan Singh, 2 runs, fullish, can't connect as well as he would have liked, thick inside edge through square leg for a couple of runs

Laughlin has gone for aplenty today, but the others bowled well for Chennai. 139 is a competitive score, but Chennai would have taken it at the start of the day. Rohit continues to be good this IPL, Harbhajan supported him well. Join us in a bit for the chase.

End of over 20 (19 runs) Mumbai Indians 139/5
Harbhajan Singh    25* (11b 2x4 2x6)      B Laughlin    4-0-46-0
RG Sharma    39* (30b 3x4 1x6)      DJ Bravo    3-0-19-1
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