5th match (N), Chennai, Apr 6 2013, Indian Premier League
(20 ov, target 149)
Mum Indians won by 9 runs
Player Of The Match
Mumbai Indians
CSK Innings
Full commentary
end of over 202 runs • 1 wicket
CSK: 139/9CRR: 6.95 
Ankit Rajpoot2 (6)
Dirk Nannes0 (0)
Munaf Patel4-0-29-3
Mitchell Johnson4-0-22-1

That brings us to the end of another cracker of a match. Abhishek Purohit's match report will be available soon. Thanks for all your comments and feedback, this is Devashish Fuloria signing off. Good night.


Ricky Ponting: "Last two games have both gone down the wire and I am happy that we have won this one. That partnership between Pollard and Harbhajan gave us a total that we could defend. The outfield was lusher and bigger than most Indian grounds and that helped us defend the total. Our bowlers did a great job, specially the spinners in the middle overs."

MS Dhoni: "The shot selection was bad in this game, the bowlers did very well, kept getting wickets at regular intervals. 150 runs target is what we should have chased. There was a time in the last two overs where I couldn't change strike because we didn't have wickets in hand. I didn't know what the strength of the current combination of bowlers were, we let them try it out and that allows Mumbai to get away, but we should have chased it down. The pitch is very good, fast bowlers had bounce, batsmen could play shots, but it will slow down as the tournament progresses."

Kieron Pollard is the Man of the Match: "Feeling very relieved after that over that I bowled to Dhoni. I like to contribute in all the departments of the game. That catch came to me in the end, had i dropped it, I would have been the match gone. I am not a finished product as a bat, but I am trying to do what the team situation requires. I told Harbhajan to just keeping knocking it around and build a partnership."

Pollard wins an award for hitting maximum sixes, Ponting wins the 'nayi soch' (new thinking) award.

Mumbai Indians win it in Chennai and it didn't come easy, Dhoni was threatening to take it away single-handedly like he has done so many times before. But that catch by Pollard made the difference.. The team owner is on the ground, she gives high-fives to Ponting and Tendulkar, then shakes hands with Munaf..

Mitchell Johnson: "It was nerve-wracking, the crowd was behind them, Dhoni got going too, but I bowled well and then Munaf bowled a good last over. It was tough to bowl in the sticky conditions and I was surprised when Ricky gave me a third over in a row, it worked out well. There was dew today, but it wasn't as bad as we thought."

Siva: "Munaf escaped with a descent stat for this match, thanks to Pollard's blinder!"

Kapil: "That catch by Pollard gives him the unique right to claim that he caught a ball that even his coach - Jonty Rhodes - could not have caught. Jonty isn't 6 ft and most players who are, are terrible fielders."

Rajesh Banda: "What a man Polly is, he is the one brought chennai back in game and he is the only man to throw them out of contest.. superb stuff.."

Patel to Rajpoot, no run
another short ball, it follows the batsman who ducks under it, but it's an ok delivery, Mumbai win, Ponting is all smiles, gives a hug to Munaf, DK and Polly.. and others in the queue..

Rohit Ramanathan: "Pollard seems to be breaking his own record of the best catches this year..towards the end of the year, the top ten best catches may all be Pollards.."