Super Kings v Mumbai Indians, IPL, Dubai April 25, 2014

McCullum, Mohit keep Mumbai Indians winless


Chennai Super Kings 142 for 3 (McCullum 71*) beat Mumbai Indians 141 for 7 (Rohit 50, Mohit 4-14) by seven wickets
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Keep your competition buried when they are down, say some. Chennai Super Kings, led by Mohit Sharma's best IPL figures and Brendon McCullum's second half-century in four matches, cemented their position near the top of the table with a crushing victory against defending champions Mumbai Indians, who are yet to register a win.

Super Kings had been alternating between good bowling and good batting performances in their previous three matches. In their fourth one though, they were strong with both bat and ball. As Mumbai Indians eyed a late surge in the last five overs, they lost their set batsmen, Rohit Sharma and Corey Anderson, in quick succession, before Mohit cleaned up the middle order in just one over to end up with figures of 4 for 14.

At the break, Mohit said it wouldn't be an easy chase for the Super Kings batsmen on the slow pitch. The way Dwayne Smith and McCullum played the first two overs suggested they had taken Mohit's advice seriously; only two runs came. However, with the words of their top performer honoured, Smith switched to his usual modus operandi, hitting three sixes in the next seven balls, all straight hits.

Once the chase was set in motion though, it was McCullum who took the front seat, blitzing powerful boundaries through extra cover and midwicket off successive Zaheer Khan deliveries. The sight of his fellow countryman Corey Anderson seemed to charge him up even more as he used his incredible bat speed to power three boundaries through the cover region.

With 51 runs in the Powerplay, Mumbai Indians' only chance in the match was to somehow dismantle the strong batting order. They did get a sniff as Smith and Suresh Raina departed in successive overs. That was to have no effect on McCullum though, who, apart from giving respect to Lasith Malinga, kept on peppering the boundary regularly off other bowlers and brought up his half-century in 36 balls.

Super Kings were almost level with Mumbai Indians' score at the 15-over stage, but they were in no mood to commit the same errors and cantered past the target with an over to spare.

Mumbai Indians had much to thank Rohit and Anderson, who revived the innings with a measured 84-run stand for the third wicket after the early loss of their openers. Both batsmen found it tough to push the scoring early on. A six by Anderson off the last ball of the 10th over signalled some intent, but the scoring-rate still lingered below six an over.

Rohit picked up the scoring from there on though, smacking a couple of sixes over the leg side as 51 runs came off the next five overs. But all hopes of a late surge were dashed once Super Kings got an opening with the dismissal of Anderson. Rohit, immediately after reaching his half-century, was caught in the deep off Ben Hilfenhaus and Mohit, in the 19th over, burst the balloon with three wickets, all with superbly controlled slower balls. The final total of 141 was 10 to 15 runs short of what Mumbai Indians would have eyed at one stage.

Devashish Fuloria is a sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • Street on April 27, 2014, 6:16 GMT

    @Tanuj Birua "Teach the other team a lesson"? Mind your words kid. Well, this is a sport ,not a war. Cricinfo is for sportive people and you should restrain yourself to FaceBook or YouTube if you wanna comment some posts like this :P

  • Satish on April 27, 2014, 0:25 GMT

    CSK is doing well. Ishwar Pandey bowled very well , though wicketless. It is strange that Dhoni never picked him for India, specially on foreign tours with green top wickets. Though Dhoni is propagating for young players, he hasn't given any chance to a young player - Baba Aprajith. Baba Aprajith is a good allrounder and was a key player of 2012 ICC Under 19 World Cup winning team. During 2012 U 19 World Cup, he scored 171 runs (avg 29) and bowled 50 overs in 6 matches. But surprisingly he hasn't played a single match for CSK.

  • Sharyn on April 26, 2014, 21:28 GMT

    I don't understand why Hussey is opening in this. He used to open for his state many years ago in long form cricket, but hasn't done that for years. He should be coming in at 4 or 5, that's where he is best. Ben Dunk is a gun bat and it also surprises me that he hasn't played yet, especially when they have lost every game. Give him a go. He was the best bat in the Big Bash out of all of them.

  • Venkatesh on April 26, 2014, 18:55 GMT

    @Arjun Cn : I don't think just swapping the batting order will work out for MI.If that was the case DD would not have finished at the bottom of the table last year.I agree it's just 3 games but when you're looking at entering playoffs it's too bad for MI.Do you think they can win 9-10 games out of next 11 ?? They should fight hard to finish at mid table.

  • Ramya on April 26, 2014, 14:13 GMT

    @ Jose Puliampatta - Kings XI have only 2 batsmen firing - Maxie and Miller have scored 60% of the entire scores of Kings XI this season - which can go haywire as these two cant fire all the time... whereas for CSK - the top 5 have done well, so I do believe tht CSK has the best batting line-up in the current scenario!

  • Devadatta on April 26, 2014, 13:32 GMT

    Worth trying the following XI (in batting order): Tare, Dunk, Anderson, Rohit, Rayudu, Gautam, Harbhajan, Zaheer, Malinga, Santokie, Ojha.

  • vas on April 26, 2014, 11:21 GMT

    CSK Team has vibrant players. Most of the foreign players are in their early 30s. They are experienced and also will last for the next two years. If Smith or McCullum stays for 10 overs they are sure to give a good platform for the middle order put up decent totals. CSK is on course for yet another play offs.

  • Altaf on April 26, 2014, 11:17 GMT

    Mumbai has problem of under-using foreign players. they wasted Pollard since his inclusion in the team from 2010. they did same with MaxWell last year and didn't bother to retain him, now see what mistake they did.

  • Joe on April 26, 2014, 11:14 GMT

    Requesting again to test the CSK team with Raina/Duplesis[Since they are free thinkers ] as captain [& giving Mccullum the WK role],. Ideally I was expecting either Dhoni or Raina to get released to play with DD or RCB respectively while auctioning.

  • Android on April 26, 2014, 10:13 GMT

    mumbai will take csk on in wankhede stadium. hoping for a Jayasuriya like inning from hussey or anderson and hope they keep their record of remaining unbeaten at home.hope atleast they make it to seem like they are struggling in uae.when tournament shift to india they will teach other team a lesson. good luck

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