Mumbai Indians v Super Kings, IPL 2014, Mumbai May 10, 2014

Mumbai's home streak ended at 10


Chennai Super Kings 160 for 6 (Smith 57, Malinga 2-15) beat Mumbai Indians 157 for 6 (Rayudu 59, Ashwin 3-30) by four wickets
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It's a tight Saturday prime-time IPL match involving the two highest profile franchises in the tournament. Guess who delivers when it's a big game? MS Dhoni is perhaps the best finisher in the limited-overs game, and when Chennai Super Kings needed a big hit in the final over, he duly obliged, as he has so many times in the past. It came down to 11 off the last over, and Dhoni responded by calmly whacking a six over deep midwicket before wrapping up the victory with three balls to spare.

The last time Mumbai Indians lost an IPL game at the Wankhede Stadium was back in 2012, so long ago that their openers were Sachin Tendulkar and Herschelle Gibbs. The 10-game winning streak at home was built on muscular batting and depth in the bowling, neither of which were in evidence today.

After the peerless Lasith Malinga had produced another superb Twenty20 burst to drag them back into the game, Mumbai had to turn to Kieron Pollard for the final over. #BreachTheFortress Super Kings had been tweeting all day, and when the fortress had to be defended from Dhoni in the final over by amiable medium-pace, there was only going to be one winner.

Mumbai didn't help their cause by again keeping their biggest guns in the holster too long - Rohit Sharma came in towards the end of the 12th over, Kieron Pollard got a look-in only in the 18th, and Corey Anderson even later. When Rohit walked in, the run-rate was still hovering around six. The inclusion of Lendl Simmons worked better than the ill-fated experiment with Ben Dunk, but they will still expect quicker innings than a run-a-ball 38 from their specialist overseas batsman.

On a surface where Super Kings brought in an extra spinner in Samuel Badree, and on which R Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja got plenty of assistance, Mumbai's spin department featured only Harbhajan Singh. Though chances of qualification for the play-offs are becoming remote, there were a couple of heartening things for Mumbai fans - Praveen Kumar showed he can be venomous with the new ball, and Ambati Rayudu shrugged off a run of lean scores with a half-century that anchored the innings.

Super Kings looked to be in control for much of the chase, helped along by a stop-start Dwayne Smith half-century, though they were rocked by a couple of woeful umpiring decisions. Brendon McCullum was sent on his way though the ball was clearly headed down the leg side, and the third umpire decided Suresh Raina was stumped though the replays suggested otherwise. They were also helped by the umpiring in the 17th over, just as the nerves were beginning to jangle: Jadeja was dead plumb to a full slower ball from Malinga, but the umpire somehow thought the ball would miss the stumps. He wasn't misled by Jadeja waving the bat as if to suggest he hit the ball, and the call of leg-byes only made the decision even more inexplicable.

Before the late drama, perhaps the highlight of the match was the astonishing range of boundary catches and drops - Mithun Manhas put down a sitter at long-on, Harbhajan Singh misjudged the line and could only get one hand on a midwicket six at a crucial juncture of the chase, Samuel Badree judged the ball perfectly at third man but could only push the ball over for six early on, Jadeja caught the ball at deep midwicket but failed to let the ball go before crossing the line, Simmons juggled three times before pocketing the ball at long-on, Raina took a couple of difficult tumbling efforts at midwicket, and the biggest wow-moment was Faf du Plessis flying across to catch a brutal hit at long-on before releasing the ball mid-air as he headed for the rope.

While the packed house roared on all that athleticism, they had come to see a Mumbai win. They got the second best thing - seeing the biggest name in Indian cricket do what he does best.

Siddarth Ravindran is a senior sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • Dummy4 on May 12, 2014, 9:07 GMT

    Harbhajan singh was performing well only in the home pitch. Comparing to him Chahal is bowling well even though condition not suites for spin. If Bhajji comes out of Mumbai surely he will get beaten. This MI is not great as that of previous IPL's one, looking like a minnows which can be beaten by any team in IPL. If pollard fails means they lost the match. Now they are depending on Pollard and Malinga only. None of others are worth to watch.

  • Sundar on May 12, 2014, 4:02 GMT

    Anderson is a good player and should play. Last year MI had Maxwell and never used him to his potential and see what he has done this year, given the opportunity to bat at No 3. MI should play both Anderson and Pollard at No 3 and 4. Rohit Sharma and Tare should open. Rayudu can come at No 5. On the bowling front, Harbhajan has been outstanding, having rediscovered the art of flighting the ball. MI need 5 specialist bowlers and leave out a batsman. Pollard should be asked to bowl only if absolutely necessary. I would therefore suggest the following team and order Rohit, Tare, Pollard,Simmons, Anderson, Rayudu,Harbhajan, Malinga, Praveen,Bumrah,Ojha

  • Android on May 11, 2014, 16:26 GMT

    Its funny to see some of the comments are filled with hatred for MI .I agree CSK is the best team in the IPL .That is a no brainer .But the only team who have still got a positive record against tgem is MI .Also of the current teams who stand a chance for playoffs none can beat CSK .Even though KXIP has beaten them twice finals will be different game altogether .MI has the second best win percentage after CSK of course and maybe this year we did not get it right but the squad was pretty decent and maybe the useless support staff is to blame . Best of luck to other teams and lets see how they fare against mighty CSK .

  • Android on May 11, 2014, 16:19 GMT

    Cricket fan 111 .Same thing with harbhajan . He is bowling very well .In my opinion much better than ashwin and jadeja .Only indian spinner doing better than him is Tambe .He has managed to tie down most hard hitting batsmen .Can still be an asset in limited overs cricket but Dhoni will not include him.IMO he is much better than Ashwin in limited overs cricket .Sehwag could make a serious comeback too .He has been giving some good starts to his team and has now hit a fifty .

  • ESPN on May 11, 2014, 14:34 GMT

    In my point of view, MI Playing XI for next match should be like this. Aditya Tare, CM Gautam, Simmons, Rohit, Pollard, Rayudu, Harbajhan, Santokie, Praveen kumar, Malinga, ojha. With Praveen kumar and santokie opening the bowling and Tare and Gautam opening the batting

  • ESPN on May 11, 2014, 14:10 GMT

    Mi should manage their team well for next match they should play geniune fifth blower pollard and Anderson are not bowling well which have lost them a match.... So in my point of view santokie/lange/hazelwood should be replaced with anderson because Anderson is not batting as well

  • Android on May 11, 2014, 13:38 GMT

    Chennai on the Top of the Table. So the Old IPL Folklore is gonna happen again!!! "IPL Is A Tournament Where Seven Teams Fight Themselves To Meet CHENNAI SUPER KINGS In The FINAL"!!!

  • Dummy4 on May 11, 2014, 12:07 GMT

    Happy Chennai won a tough fight.Inclusion of Badree adds strength to spin attack but with only two quick bowlers, can Chennai manage end overs against tougher opposition with big hitters?

  • Altaf on May 11, 2014, 9:50 GMT

    MI deserve loss and will continue the same till Pollard, Anderson come lower down the order.

  • Dummy4 on May 11, 2014, 9:04 GMT

    Mumbai Indians should give up all those advisors sitting around their dug out which making irritate to watch. Their presence definitely create some pressure among their young players which we can feel during their matches. And also those big names contributed nothing to MI in spite they lose only their valuable players like smith, maxwell, mitchell. If they are not advised to retain those players means what advice MI can expect from them. And also one more thing did they are really valuable to provide advice for a T20 match bcoz all those big names proved nothing in T20 Intnl games ?? As of now MI can save some points only if matches playing in their home ground with this hopeless team.

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