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1st match, Cape Town, Apr 18 2009, Indian Premier League
(20 ov, target 166)146/7
Mumbai won by 19 runs
Player Of The Match
59* (49)
sachin-tendulkar
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• The Bulletin by Jamie Alter

Tendulkar's experience sets up Mumbai's win

Sachin Tendulkar paved the way with a crucial unbeaten 59 and the Mumbai Indians' spinners and the crafty Lasith Malinga combined to clinch a 20-run win over the Chennai Super Kings in Cape Town

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Scorecard summary
Mumbai Indians165/7(20 overs)
Chennai Super Kings146/7(20 overs)
end of over 205 runs • 1 wicket
CSK: 146/7CRR: 7.30 
Thilan Thushara1 (2)
Joginder Sharma16 (15)
Lasith Malinga 4-0-15-3
Zaheer Khan 4-0-34-0

So Mumbai kick off IPL 2 with a victory by 19 runs. Those two overs by Bravo and Zaheer - which cost 14 in total - towards the end was the turning point. Both bowled effectively at the death and Malinga didn't make life any easier for Chennai and Dhoni. Sachin Tendulkar should walk away with the Man of the Match award. He scored 59* and took a catch in the first over. Let's not forget Nayar's three sixes off Flintoff.

It baffles me why Ashwin didn't get to bowl. Chennai would have been better off picking an extra batsman. Stay with us for the presentation.

Dhoni: "I think Harbhajan did really well when Hayden and Flintoff were batting. I think 170-180 will be a par score on these kind of wickets. Even last year we struggled in the bowling department in the early stages but bounced back. Hopefully we will work on those areas."

Tendulkar is also the Man of the Match: "The first 7-8 overs were difficult but I thought Nayar played a brilliant innings. I thought 150-160 would be a good target. I don't want to take anything for granted but I'm glad we've started well."

There's not much time to breathe as the second match, between Bangalore and Rajasthan gets underway very soon. Thanks for your company and the mails. Cheers!

19.6
1
Malinga to Thushara, 1 run

Malinga raises his arms after Thushara takes a single to long-off

19.6
1w
Malinga to Thushara, 1 wide

slower ball and down the leg side

19.5
Malinga to Thushara, no run

bowls the slower ball and Thushara fine tunes his slog, too bad the ball was nowhere in the picture

The Mumbai flags are out

19.4
W
Malinga to Dhoni, OUT

it's a reverse swinging full toss and I don't think Dhoni saw that properly, pace like fire and the ball clips the pads and pushes the legstump back

MS Dhoni b Malinga 36 (26b 1x4 2x6) SR: 138.46
19.3
1
Malinga to Joginder Sharma, 1 run

fast inswinging yorker, another single, this time down to long-on, nothing much you can do with that

19.2
1
Malinga to Dhoni, 1 run

hoicks it down the ground to long-on ,ask Dhoni himself to describe the bat twirl / recoil after playing that shot!

19.1
1
Malinga to Joginder Sharma, 1 run

full and swinging in and he forces it hard to long-off

Final over, lots of glum faces at the Chennai dugout. The last couple of overs has made the difference

end of over 196 runs
CSK: 141/6CRR: 7.42 RRR: 25.00
Joginder Sharma14 (13)
MS Dhoni35 (24)
Zaheer Khan 4-0-34-0
Dwayne Bravo 4-0-27-1
18.6
1
Khan to Joginder Sharma, 1 run

that ends an excellent over, forced to the off side and it doesn't cost more than a single

18.5
2
Khan to Joginder Sharma, 2 runs

makes room and he whacks this down to deep extra cover

18.4
Khan to Joginder Sharma, no run

Zaheer fields well off his own bowling, another effective yorker length ball

18.3
1
Khan to Dhoni, 1 run

Zaheer's not making this easy, Dhoni pounds a full delivery down to long-on and it's only a single

18.2
1
Khan to Joginder Sharma, 1 run

swings hard at a full delivery but doesn't time it well enough, long-off picks it up

18.1
1
Khan to Dhoni, 1 run

yorker on middle and off and he slams this down to mid-off

31 off 2 overs. Stiff ask for Chennai

end of over 188 runs
CSK: 135/6CRR: 7.50 RRR: 15.50
MS Dhoni33 (22)
Joginder Sharma10 (9)
Dwayne Bravo 4-0-27-1
Zaheer Khan 3-0-28-0
17.6
1
Bravo to Dhoni, 1 run

it's a low full toss and Dhoni bashes it forcefully past the bowler, long-off picks it up

17.5
1
Bravo to Joginder Sharma, 1 run

slower ball and he swishes it down to deep midwicket

17.4
6
Bravo to Joginder Sharma, SIX runs

into the stands! can we have the ball back please? The bounce suits Joginder who clubs this one down to deep midwicket

17.3
Bravo to Joginder Sharma, no run

yup! And Joginder swings at a slower one and misses again, this was just wide of the leg stump

17.2
Bravo to Joginder Sharma, no run

poor Joginder swings and misses again, Bravo's winning this battle, slower ball next?

17.1
Bravo to Joginder Sharma, no run

goes for an almighty heave across the line and grunts after missing the ball, Chennai should cut down the dot balls

39 off 18, Mumbai should back themselves to win this

end of over 1713 runs
CSK: 127/6CRR: 7.47 RRR: 13.00
MS Dhoni32 (21)
Joginder Sharma3 (4)
Zaheer Khan 3-0-28-0
Lasith Malinga 3-0-10-2
16.6
2
Khan to Dhoni, 2 runs

fullish on the pads and he clips it past square leg, it tests the fielder at the boundary but he ensures it's only 2

Best performances - batters
Sachin Tendulkar
SR Tendulkar MI
59 runs (49)
7 fours
0 six
Productive shot
off side drive on back foot
16 runs
3 fours
0 six
9100325732
Matthew Hayden sits waiting for his turn in the nets
ML Hayden CSK
44 runs (35)
6 fours
1 six
Productive shot
off side drive on back foot
9 runs
1 four
0 six
41945867
Best performances - bowlers
Lasith Malinga portrait
SL Malinga MI
O
4
M
0
R
15
W
3
ECO
3.75
Manpreet Gony portrait
MS Gony CSK
O
4
M
0
R
32
W
2
ECO
8
Match details
Newlands, Cape Town
TossChennai Super Kings, elected to field first
SeriesIndian Premier League
Season2009
Player Of The Match
Sachin Tendulkar
Sachin Tendulkar
Hours of play (local time)12.30 start, First Session 12.30-13.55, Interval 13.55-14.10, Second Session 14.10-15.25
Match days18 April 2009 - day (20-over match)
Umpires
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Billy Doctrove
India Image
Krishna Hariharan
TV Umpire
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Russell Tiffin
Reserve Umpire
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Earl Hendrikse
Match Referee
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Gundappa Viswanath
PointsMumbai Indians 2, Chennai Super Kings 0