IPL 2019

IPL 2019: Qualifier 1 – Mumbai Cruise to Victory to March Into Final

IPL 2019: Qualifier 1 - Mumbai Cruise to Victory to March Into Final
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The first qualifier – Mumbai Indians (MI) vs Chennai Super Kings (CSK) – has proved to be a single-sided contest as Mumbai Indians have qualified for the grand final. Chennai have once again lost to Mumbai at Chennai which marks their second defeat to Rohit’s men at Chennai this year. Dhoni’s team has lost all three matches against MI this season.

Match Report

Chennai Super Kings have turned in a miserly performance against Mumbai Indians yet again as the visitors romped to victory after chasing down a target of 132 with ease and grace. Batting first after winning the toss, Dhoni XI showed a lackluster performance as they only posted a meager total of 131 despite losing only 4 wickets in 20 overs. It was a walk in the park for Rohit XI as they stormed to victory and book their place in the final.

1st Innings: CSK in Shambles Early in the Innings

It was either very good bowling by Mumbai bowlers or some poor batting from the hosts, perhaps a bit of both, as Chennai’s scoreboard read 32/3 in 6 overs. A sub-par total in the Powerplay with three key batsmen, Faf du Plessis, Suresh Raina and Shane Watson back in the hut.

From there on, it was always about not succumbing to pressure all while scoring at a good rate. However, Mumbai bowlers were far too good. Rahul Chahar started it all with the wicket of du Plessis and he ended with figures of 2 wickets for 14 runs in 4 overs.

Dhoni the Savior

MS Dhoni’s batting has single-handedly taken his team to the Qualifier 1 despite some poor batting from the rest of the team throughout the season.

This time around, it was up to him and Ambati Rayudu to stabilize the innings and put a strong total on the board. Dhoni finished with the highest strike rate of 127.58, scoring 37* from 29, while Rayudu top scored with 42 from 37.

The three best strike rates for the hosts were 127.58, 113.51 (Rayudu) and 100.00 (Murali Vijay) which sums up the poor batting performance.

2nd Innings: The Other Chahar Strikes Gold, de Kock Also Fails

Deepak Chahar removed Mumbai captain, Rohit Sharma off the second ball of the innings after a boundary on the first ball. The wicket meant some hope for the desperate CSK fans who were hoping for a strong fight despite a miserly total on the board.

The other opener, Quinton de Kock couldn’t last long as Harbhajan Singh got rid of him in the 4th over at team score of 21/2.

Yadav and Ishan Help Mumbai Cruise to Victory

Suryakumar Yadav and Ishan Kishan, the two young guns, took it upon themselves to guide their team to victory. Another wicket at the stage where two batsmen walked out to bat would have allowed CSK bowlers to make inroads, however, the two batters made sure they kept their calm while chasing a small total. Run chases like this can get tricky, especially in Chennai and Dhoni as the opposition captain.

Imran Tahir sent back Ishan Kishan after a well-made 28, while Yadav ended with an unbeaten 71 from54 balls.

After Ishan’s wicket, Hardik Pandya nothing but sealed the game for the away team.

Moment of the Match

The partnership between Yadav and Ishan secured the win for Mumbai Indians.

Man of the Match

Suryakumar Yadav was awarded the man of the match.

Up Next

Delhi Capitals and Sunrisers Hyderabad face each other in first eliminator tomorrow.

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