The Chennai Super Kings powered to a six wicket victory over the Mumbai Indians with 20 balls to spare after a 108 run opening stand between Brendon McCullum and Dwayne Smith in their Indian Premier League (IPL) encounter at the Wankhede Stadium on Friday. After winning the toss and choosing to bat the Indians they were in a spot of bother on 62/4 after 10 overs. The carnage began with Parthiv Patel who was dismissed early in the innings having faced just one ball to leave the men in blue on 1/1.
Corey Anderson was promoted up the order but only managed four runs before he was magnificently caught on the run by Faf Du Plessis and back in the hut an over later. The wickets continued to tumble at regular intervals as they went on to lose Lendl Simmons (5) and Harbhajan Singh (24) inside ten overs. Help did come in the form of Rohit Sharma, who made a helpful contribution in steadying his side’s innings with the help of Kieron Pollard.
The skipper managed to rack up a half century off 31 balls taking his side to 132/4 before he too was sent packing by Ashish Nehra (3/23). Pollard (64) continued from where his captain left off scoring four fours and five sixes in his 30 ball stay at the crease. His partner at the time Ambati Rayudu managed to score 29 runs before he too was back in the hut as they scored 183 runs for the loss of seven wickets at the end of their 20 overs.
In reply the 2011 IPL champions got off to a flyer as their openers Smith (62) and McCullum (46) put on a mammoth opening stand of 108 runs to reduce their target to 77 runs to get at almost a run a ball. However their partnership was soon broken as both batsmen departed within a space of four balls of each other. The Indians were not able to feel at all at ease as the two new batsmen at the crease were Suresh Raina and Du Plessis and together they managed to get CSK to 143/2 before the South African was castled by Lasith Malinga.
That brought Mahendra Singh Dhoni to the crease and with his Indian teammate managed to reduce the deficit even further getting them within 18 runs off 32 balls before the skipper was caught and bowled by Pollard for three. The established Raina and the new man Dwayne Bravo saw them home with 20 balls to spare as they recorded a six wicket victory.