The Mumbai Indians defeated the Chennai Super Kings by six wickets in their Indian Premier League encounter in Chennai on Friday. The Super Kings lost Brendon McCullum in the fifth over for 23. Suresh Raina joined the other opening batsman Dwayne Smith and took their side to 59/1 before Raina was caught at cow corner by Parthiv Patel.
He was followed by Smith (27) two balls later when he was dismissed by Harbhajan Singh (1/36) as they found themselves on 65/3. The tides changed when Mahendra Singh Dhoni (30 not out) came to the crease. He joined Faf Du Plessis who only managed 17 runs before he departed but the skipper put on a 54-run partnership with Pawan Negi to lead his side to 158/5 before Negi’s (36) time at the crease was ended with last ball of the innings.
In reply the Mumbai openers, Patel and Lendl Simmons, put on an 84-run partnership before Patel departed five runs short of his half century. Simmons (38) followed two balls later and Kieron Pollard’s time at the crease was also short lived as he was run out for just one run as they found themselves on 86/3 requiring a further 73 runs off 48 balls. Sharma and Ambhati Rayudu put on a solid partnership to get their side within 34 runs off the target but Sharma (18) played one shot too many and he was caught by Dwayne Bravo at long on with the score on 125/3.
In the penultimate over young Negi was hit for 25 runs including four sixes by Rayudu (30 not out) leaving them with just five to get off the final over which they did with ease as they ran out winners by six wickets.