Clinical Mumbai strike down Super Kings

Mumbai Indians v Chennai Super Kings, Qualifier 1, IPL 2015, Mumbai
Mumbai Indians were off to a slow start after opting to bat, but Lendl Simmons cut loose with two sixes of R Ashwin and set the tone for further attack© BCCI
© BCCIMumbai Indians were off to a slow start after opting to bat, but Lendl Simmons cut loose with two sixes of R Ashwin and set the tone for further attack
Before long, Parthiv Patel, too, joined in the act, and together they added 90 runs for the opening wicket, their fourth 50-plus stand this season© BCCI
© BCCIBefore long, Parthiv Patel, too, joined in the act, and together they added 90 runs for the opening wicket, their fourth 50-plus stand this season
It took a fine athletic catch from Pawan Negi to end Simmons' innings in the 14th over, for a 51-ball 65, and Mumbai had already reached 113 by then© BCCI
© BCCIIt took a fine athletic catch from Pawan Negi to end Simmons' innings in the 14th over, for a 51-ball 65, and Mumbai had already reached 113 by then
Kieron Pollard then blazed away despite wickets falling around him. His 17-ball 41 helped Mumbai score 52 runs in their last five overs and finish on 187 for 6© BCCI
© BCCIKieron Pollard then blazed away despite wickets falling around him. His 17-ball 41 helped Mumbai score 52 runs in their last five overs and finish on 187 for 6
Dwayne Bravo was expensive towards the end and finished with 3 for 40 despite starting strongly© BCCI
© BCCIDwayne Bravo was expensive towards the end and finished with 3 for 40 despite starting strongly
Lasith Malinga struck in the first over to remove Dwayne Smith, who was unlucky to be judged lbw after the impact was well outside leg stump© BCCI
© BCCILasith Malinga struck in the first over to remove Dwayne Smith, who was unlucky to be judged lbw after the impact was well outside leg stump
Harbhajan Singh decisively altered the course of the match by removing Suresh Raina and MS Dhoni in successive deliveries to leave Super Kings struggling on 86 for 4© BCCI
© BCCIHarbhajan Singh decisively altered the course of the match by removing Suresh Raina and MS Dhoni in successive deliveries to leave Super Kings struggling on 86 for 4
Faf du Plessis, who was reprieved on 14, continued to resist for a while, before he was dismissed for a 34-ball 45© BCCI
© BCCIFaf du Plessis, who was reprieved on 14, continued to resist for a while, before he was dismissed for a 34-ball 45
Thereafter, Super Kings kept losing wickets at regular intervals, and despite some late hitting from R Ashwin, fell 25 runs short of the target. Mumbai finished with their eighth win in nine games© BCCI
© BCCIThereafter, Super Kings kept losing wickets at regular intervals, and despite some late hitting from R Ashwin, fell 25 runs short of the target. Mumbai finished with their eighth win in nine games

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  • Venkat on May 21, 2015, 10:46 GMT

    CSK's progress is akin to a VVS Laxman boundary . When VVS hits the ball ' it gives the fielder an illusionary belief that he can reach the ball before it crosses the ropes. Invariably , the ball reaches the boundary after the fielder has spent a lot of energy . It is the timing which VVS always had. Similarly , MI and RCB will be having illusions of lifting the trophy . But CSK's timing will ensure that they emerge winners. Even against MI in the qualifier , the result would have gone the other way , if the LBW decision handed out to Smith had been correct .

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