Chennai Super Kings Eliminate Mumbai Indians

The Chennai Super Kings eliminated the Mumbai Indians from the 2014 Indian Premier League (IPL) with a seven wicket victory in their Eliminator in Mumbai on Wednesday.  Chennai won the toss and chose to field.  The Mumbai Indians openers Lendl Simmons and Michael Hussey (39) put on a 76-run partnership to get their side off to a good start before Hussey was cleaned bowled by Ravindra Jadeja (2/31), bringing in Corey Anderson, who only managed 20 before he top-edged towards deep backward square leg leaving them on 99/2.

Simmons (67) was joined by his skipper Rohit Sharma bringing up his half century and together took the Indians’ score to 143/2 before he was dismissed.  The Super Kings began to take control of the match dismissing Sharma for 20, followed by Kieron Pollard (14), Aditya Tare (0), Ambati Rayudu (2) and Praveen Kumar with the men in blue ending their 20 overs on 173/8.

Chennai’s reply also got off to a flyer with their opening pairing of Faf Du Plessis and Darren Smith taking them past the fifty mark before Smith (24) mistimed one to Pollard at long on followed by Du Plessis (35) who picked out the man at long off leaving them on 64/2.  Brendon McCullum and Suresh Raina were the new men at the crease who put on a 23-run partnership before McCullum departed for just 14.

David Hussey joined Suresh Raina at the crease and they went into to overdrive putting on an 89-run stand to see their side over the line ending their innings on 176/3 as they ran out winners by seven wickets.  The Chennai Super Kings will now face the Kings XI Punjab in the second Qualifier for a place in the 2014 IPL final on Sunday.