Probably the intense rivalry IPL has ever seen: Chennai Super Kings vs Mumbai Indians. Both the teams have been magnificent throughout all seasons. Their competent nature of this two teams can be seen in the stat of their head to head clash. Out of the 26 matches played between them, Mumbai Indians has won 14 matches edging out Chennai Super Kings by just 2 wins.
As win-the-toss-and-choose-to-bowl has been the trend in recent times, Rohit had no hesitation in bowling first. Mumbai started well with the ball by sending Shane Watson inside the powerplay. In came Suresh Raina and started his innings with a six. While Rayudu and Suresh batted beautifully but they have never let off the hook. Though they paced the innings nicely, they lacked some spark in the middle overs. MS Dhoni, as is known as a slow starter, did take his time to settle. However, he made up for dot balls faced by smashing some boundaries. But, his stay at the crease didn’t last long as CSK would have liked. Bravo, the savior of the last match against the same team in Wankhede, followed Dhoni with a duck. They couldn’t finish the innings as they would have liked to.
The chase began with a cautious start. With Surya Kumar Yadav taking most of the deliveries and playing sensible cricket to some extent, MI got a decent start. At the other end was Evin Lewis who didn’t get to face most of the deliveries of the powerplay. He went off the gas after the powerplay also hardly managing to rotate the strike. He looked to have some swing at the ball. But, it didn’t pay off though he struck lone six of Tahir’s bowling. Rohit Sharma — who hadn’t been in the best of the form this season — provided a captain’s knock under pressure. Despite the wicket of Surya Kumar Yadav, Rohit Sharma, aka Hitman, guided MI’s innings from one end to victory.
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By Sudarshan Regmi