Mumbai Make IPL Finals

The Mumbai Indians defeated the Chennai Super Kings by 25 runs with an over to spare at the Wankhede Stadium on Tuesday.  Mumbai who came into the match having lost one out of the last eight fixtures and were in good form against perennial favourites and 2013 champions Chennai.  Opening pair Lendl Simmons (65) and Parthiv Patel (35) got their side off to a wonderful start with a 90 run partnership after 10.4 overs.

Patel was the first to fall to Dwayne Bravo (3/40) in the latter’s first over while strike bowler Ashish Nehra had a torrid time with the ball conceding 46 in his spell.  With Chennai struggling to do the basics right, Simmons (65) punished them with a superb knock which included five sixes before being caught by Pawan Negi off spinner Ravindra Jadeja (113/2).  Mumbai skipper Rohit Sharma (19), who averages 9.9 (S/R 80.74) in 12 knockout matches, was soon dismissed by an impressive Bravo.

The West Indian became the first cricketer in IPL history to reach a milestone of 1000 runs and 100 wickets.  Hardik Pandya (1) and Ambati Rayudu (10) were soon dismissed with the score on 164/5.  Kieron Pollard (41) saved the blushes of this team as he bludgeoned five sixes before being smartly caught by skipper Suresh Raina off Bravo.

Mumbai Indians scored 187/6 (20).  The Chennai innings got off to terrible start when Dwayne Smith was trapped lbw for a fourth ball duck by Lasith Malinga.  Michael Hussey (16) and Faf Du Plessis (45) steadied the ship before the former edged to wicketkeeper Patel off bowler Vinay Kumar with the score on 46/2 after 5.1overs.  Raina and Du Plessis added 40 runs to the total at the half way mark.

Raina (25) and MS Dhoni were dismissed in successive deliveries by Harbhajan Singh (2/40); Dhoni with a first ball duck.  Du Plessis and Bravo (20) were next to go with Chennai reeling on 119/6 after 15 overs.  Ravindra Jadeja (19) and Ravichandran Ashwin (23) succumbed to the striking duo of Mitchell McClenaghan and Malinga (3/23) in a desperate attempt to accelerate their innings.

The challenge was all but over at 147/8 in the 17th over with Chennai hoped for a miracle from their tailenders.  The Super Kings were eventually bundled out for 162 in 19 0vers as the Indians advanced to the finals.