second win of the season for Mumbai Indians! They're still alive in the competition. The scorecard may suggest a last-over win but this has been a very comprehensive one. Uses the pace to steer this past short third man. Too easy. Just the second loss for CSK
Right, that brings us to end of our coverage today. Hope you enjoyed it as much as we did bringing it to you. Until next time, it's goodbye from Shashank Kishore and Akshay Gopalakrishnan. Do join us for the double-header Sunday. Royals run in to the red-hot Sunrisers first-up. Then later at night, we've got Royal Challengers looking to arrest their death bowling woes against Kolkata Knight Riders at home. Hope to see you then. Buhbye
A relieved Rohit Sharma who is also Man of the Match says: "Very much alive (laughs). Wanted this win desperately. Spoke to the boys that we didn't want to take any decisions for the team in desperation. We wanted to be calm, today was a perfect game. When you want to win games like this, all three departments have to come collectively. That's when you get results."
Rohit, take two: "Except the Sunrisers game where we batted poorly, we got 190 plus in rest of the games Even when we were defending, the bowlers nearly pulled it out for us. Hope we will continue from here on, this should give us momentum. We saw how this tournament is, batting-dominated tournament. Few bowling teams like Sunrisers have defended low scores, but for me as captain, I need to understand what our strengths are. Guys are ready to miss out if team balance demands, we have a positive atmosphere in the dressing room, we still backed our team.
Rohit, take three: "Leaving out Pollard was tough, it was hard. He was ready to accept that, going forward I dont' want to dismiss him completely. He'll still be a match-winner but we've go with whatever gives us a chance to win. JP had done well for us, as he's done for Delhi. I don't want to be dismissive of anyone. We may have a few surprise changes going forward, whatever gives us a chance to win."
Mumbai Indians made two changes. JP Duminy and Ben Cutting replaced Kieron Pollard and Mustafizur. As it turns out, both didn't get an opportunity to make too much of a difference. Cutting bowled all of one over, while Duminy didn't get an opportunity to bat.
Dilip Sah: "Cricinfo shows MI's score 170/2 in 19.4 overs whereas Cricbuzz shows 173/2 in 19.4 overs, I am confused. Was the last ball hit for a boundary?" -- The batsmen crossed before the ball touched the ropes. So it counts as just a single.
Mumbai Indians move to sixth spot with four points, push Royal Challengers back. Delhi Daredevils are back at the bottom as a result. Check out the points table here.
Let's see what the captains have to say:
MS Dhoni says: "It's important to realise what went wrong. Losses like these makes you learn a lot. We've relied on brilliant individual performances, but here we were 10-15 short. Mumbai Indians bowled well in the middle overs. You need pace on this wicket, they bowled back of length, so it wasn't coming on. If you have pace, you can push the batsmen back. Playing cross-batted shots weren't easy. Their spinners also bowled well. Choice of deliveries could've been better from our bowlers.
"Losses like these make you humble. If you keep winning, you don't know the areas you've to work hard. It's a good game, gives us an idea of what we should do in such situations: whether we need to score 20 runs more. It's still early in the competition."
Suryakumar Yadav, who got Mumbai off to a start, says: "It was a good wicket to bat on. The start was very important in the chase. This was one of the days when Lewis missed it, he's a brilliant player. I want to hit the gaps and take boundaries. I'm enjoying the new role of opening the batting. We had only eight games left, was important to win this. Beating one of the best sides in the competition can help give us momentum. We needed Rohit to take it through, the way he batted was brilliant."
Bharat Seervi with a stat nugget: In first 10 IPL seasons, Mumbai Indians' top three had all never 40+ in same match.. This year they have done it twice!
11.35pm The smiles are back. In their only win of the competition, Rohit scored 94 against RCB. Now, with the pressure of going big after Lewis' slow innings on him, Rohit calculated his chase to perfection. What this does is it takes Mumbai Indians off the bottom of the table. How a win can galvanise a team. Only time will tell if this is the spark they needed to script the kind of turnaround that isn't unfamiliar to them. When CSK look back, they'll probably rue missing out on 10-15 runs with the bat despite Suresh Raina making an unbeaten 75.
through with the pull too early, toe-ends his past midwicket. Scores level
steps out and works this with the angle towards deep midwicket. Thakur caught napping, they're back for the second easily.
punches this length delivery to long on
Tahir it is
swept from outside off, picks the gap at deep square leg. Half-century for the captain and what a time to do so. Brave. Shardul went full, Rohit could've used the pace to go behind point but preferred the leg side because he was well aware
beaten for pace. Rohit stayed back to steer this behind point
slower length ball, Rohit holds his shape and plays the dab really late to bisect backward point and short third man.
full on middle, Rohit walks across - at the risk of missing it and being lbw - and flicks this to the fine leg boundary
sliced over point. Too full, too wide. Rohit sliced this full toss over Harbhajan. No chance for third man. That should ease some pressure in the Mumbai dug out
half_tracker: "In modern day T20 cricket chasing 170 you should never be in a position requiring 11 runs per over in the last 3 with just 2 wickets down, yes they should win this, but somebody can easily bowl and exceptional over. Poor poor innings from Lewis may cost them the game."
yorker length just outside off, squeezed to deep cover. Good ball first up.
Shardul it is
Bravo or Thakur?
sees the batsman stepping out and bowls this full and wide, Rohit reaches out to squeeze this to deep cover where M Vijay cuts this off.
into the blockhole, squeezes this to deep midwicket
holds his shape, swings through the line and clears long on effortlessly. Beautiful swing of the bat, poor from Watson. Can't bowl length.
works this from length outside off to wide long on
Straightaway MS Dhoni jettisons him from there to square leg. M Vijay moves to sweeper cover
length ball outside off, Rohit lofts through the line. Tahir can't bend low to cut that off at sweeper cover. Poor effort.
fires this full and just outside the wide line. Rohit left this, quite a brave call.
By the way, that was 100th wicket for Bravo for CSK. Only Ashwin has more with 120
width outside off, flayed on the up but can't beat mid off.
looks to turn this slower delivery to long on but this one gripped the surface and bounced more to hit the top part of the bat. Defended back. Top over from Bravo
back of length outside off, he punches this into the gap at sweeper cover. Good work by Shardul
length ball outside off, eased wide of point