854dThe Report by Arun Venugopal

Pollard, Harbhajan put Mumbai in third final

Mumbai Indians dished out the perfect formulaic fare - win toss, score enough runs and throttle the opponent in the field - to subdue Chennai Super Kings by 25 runs and march into the final

Match Centre

Statistics

Best performances - Batsmen

LMP Simmons
LMP Simmons
65(51) 3x4 - 5x6
Control %73%
  • Productive Shot
  • off drive
  • 15 runs
  • 2x4 - 1x6
2 6 4 2 10 17 13 11
F du Plessis
F du Plessis
45(34) 5x4 - 1x6
Control %79%
  • Productive Shot
  • pull
  • 8 runs
  • 2x4 - 0x6
6 5 7 6 4 2 7 8

Best performances - Bowlers

SL Malinga
SL Malinga
O4
M0
R23
W3
Eco5.75
RHB
OFFLEG
1W
1W
1W
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF
DJ Bravo
O4
M0
R40
W3
Eco10.00
RHB
OFFLEG
1W1W
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF
1W

Scorer: Chandan Duorah | Commentator: Vishal Dikshit

END OF OVER:
19 | 5 Runs 2 Wkts | CSK: 162/10 (26 runs required from 6 balls, RR: 8.52, RRR: 26.00)

  • Mohit Sharma3 (3b)
  • Lasith Malinga4-0-23-3
  • Mitchell McClenaghan3-0-46-1

11.48pm Look how Mumbai have turned things around, from first four losses to being the first team to make the finals! They started a bit cautiously and put on a competitive score with the help of Simmons and Pollard. Then it was the experience of Malinga and Harbhajan that did the rest. Malinga stifled CSK early and Bhajji removed Raina and Dhoni on consecutive balls which pretty much sealed the win for them.

Dhoni: We were soft on our batting. It's always difficult to chase 180+. We lost momentum in the middle, and not to forget Smith got a horrible decision. We need to lift our game and it would have been better to take a wicket by the sixth over but I was quite happy with our bowling. 180 was close to par on this pitch here but we needed to bat well. We were in a good position after the 10th over. We have always done well with our back to the wall, so that's what we can go to Ranchi with. We haven't played too much there, there will be a mixed support but they would want me to do well.

Rohit Sharma: I couldn't have asked for anything better. Our performance right form the start was good and defending the total was amazing. Not just this match, we have been consistent once we started winning. We know the job is not done as we go to Calcutta. The support staff has held the team together because it's easy to drift away after a few losses. Kolkata will be a different ball game, Mumbai was brilliant and I loved coming and playing here.

Man of the Match Pollard: Happy birthday to my mom today and my friend's mom as well. Being able to hit sixes is always thrust on me and credit goes to the openers for laying the foundation. It was a good total, just above par. But CSK is a dangerous team and we had to play well in all three departments. We'll try to relax for a couple of days and come back right into it.

That's all from us from the qualifier which has taken Mumbai Indians forward. The eliminator will be played tomorrow now, between RCB and Rajasthan Royals so join us for that as well. Until then, good bye and good luck!

Shripad: "It was surprising to see that MSD mentioned the Smith decision! Such decisions should be taken sportingly and they even out in the end!"

18.6
W
Malinga to Nehra, OUT, it's high, it's taken, it's all over! Nehra on his first ball swivels his bat for the slower delivery which goes in the air towards deep square leg. Simmons can take the toughest catches, he takes these simple ones too

A Nehra c Simmons b Malinga 0 (1m 1b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

18.5
1
Malinga to Sharma, 1 run, he waits for the short of length ball cutting in and defends on the leg side for one

Last wicket left

18.4
W
Malinga to Ashwin, OUT, tries another one and holes out to deep midwicket! Length delivery on the leg stump, Ashwin slogged on the leg side and didn't send it too far as Rayudu ran in from the deep to take it safely

R Ashwin c Rayudu b Malinga 23 (19m 12b 2x4 1x6) SR: 191.66

18.3
2
Malinga to Ashwin, 2 runs, full on the stumps, Ashwin drives it nicely with a straight bat on the off side but doesn't get the distance. Pollard runs to his left from long-off and saves two
18.2
1
Malinga to Sharma, 1 run, full on the off stump, driven late and square to deep point for one
18.1
1
Malinga to Ashwin, 1 run, full outswinger outside off, slogged over the non-striker to long-on for one

Malinga for his final over. CSK need 31 from 12

Prem Tripathi: "More than Pollard, Harbhajan changed the fate of this match"

Advantage Chennai

4-1

Chennai's win-loss record against Mumbai in the playoffs. They only lost the 2013 Final to Mumbai

Looks like a plan

1

Number of previous occasions this IPL when Ashwin has opened the bowling, also against Mumbai

Coming Good

6

Number of consecutive seasons where Mumbai have reached the final-four stage of the IPL

Parthiv Survives today

6

Parthiv's average against Ashwin in the IPL. He had scored 18 runs off 31 balls (SR - 58) and been dismissed thrice

Valuable

5

Number of 50+ scores for Simmons this season, the joint-most by a Mumbai batsman along with Tendulkar and Duminy

Bravo the Bowler

32

Most wickets taken by a bowler in a single IPL - Bravo in 2013. Bravo is the leading the table with 22 wickets this IPL

Mohit v Rayudu

4

Number of times Mohit has dismissed Rayudu in 7 IPL innings. He only averages 8.3 against him

A Bunny

5

Number of times Mohit has dismissed Rayudu in the IPL. He has not dismissed any other batsman more than twice

Death over specialist

21

Wickets taken by Dwayne Bravo in the last-5 overs of an innings this IPL, the same number as RR and KKR

T20 double ton

200

Number of matches as captain for MS Dhoni in T20, the first person to this mark

MS Goldie

1

Number of golden ducks for MS Dhoni in the IPL prior to today's game (v Royals, 2010)