IPL Scorecard: Mumbai Indians vs Chennai Super Kings

En route their third entry to the summit round after 2010 and 2013, Mumbai Indians scored 187 for six largely due to the brilliant cameo from Kieron Pollard who smashed a 17-ball-41 on the platform laid by Lendl Simmons' 65 off 51 balls.

In reply, CSK's much vaunted line-up could muster only 162 in 19 overs as none of the top-order batsmen went onto play a match-winning knock.

The five-time finalists and two-time champions will get another crack during the second Qualifier to be played in Mahendra Singh Dhoni's hometown Ranchi.

The telling blow was dealt by Harbhajan Singh (2/26 in 4 overs), who removed the dangerous Suresh Raina (25) and skipper MS Dhoni (0) off successive deliveries to swing the match decisively in MI's favour. Lasith Malinga (3/23) and R Vinay Kumar (2/26) did play their part as MI have now won nine out of 11 matches.

Faf du Plessis (45) played well but just like Raina was deceived by slow nature of the pitch going for a big hit.

Opener Dwayne Smith (0) received a rough decision from umpire Richard Illingworth off Lasith Malinga's bowling and Mike Hussey (16) showed that he is still rusty having not played for better part last month and a half.

Dwayne Bravo (20) got a reprieve when Harbhajan dropped him off his own bowling to miss out on a third victim.

Earlier, Simmons started in style with a well-crafted 65 while Pollard blasted 41 off 17 balls to finish with flourish as Mumbai Indians scored competitive 187 for six in 20 overs after opting to bat first.

Along with Parthiv Patel (35), Simmons provided a solid opening stand of 90 runs at nearly 9 runs an over before MI lost quick wickets between the 11th and 16th overs to be in some sort of bother at 139 for 4.

It was then left to fellow Trinidadian Pollard to smash five huge sixes along with a boundary in just 17 balls to take MI closer to the 200-run mark.

For league's table toppers CSK, Dwayne Bravo was the pick of the bowlers with figures of 3 for 40 and was mainly responsible for MI not reaching a bigger score after their splendid beginning. Ashish Nehra was fairly economical with 1 for 28 from four overs.

Simmons completed his 5th half-century of the season off 38 balls studded with three fours and four sixes, in the tenth over at the end of which MI had advanced to 86 for no loss with Simmons on 51 and Patel on 32.

Dhoni summoned his 'Crisis Man' Bravo to stem the run flow and the ebullient West Indian all rounder clicked by having Patel caught at long on to reach a landmark of 100 IPL victims in his 89th IPL game overall.

Pollard then joined MI skipper Rohit Sharma and immediately started controlling the pace by clouting 2 sixes in one Negi over as the score leapt to 135 for 2 at the end of 15 overs. It was Pollard who kept hitting big shots as MI reached par score in the end.


Dwayne Smith, Michael Hussey, Suresh Raina, Faf du Plessis, MS Dhoni(w/c), Dwayne Bravo, Pawan Negi, Ravindra Jadeja, Ravichandran Ashwin, Ashish Nehra, Mohit Sharma.

Mumbai: Lendl Simmons, Parthiv Patel(w), Rohit Sharma(c), Ambati Rayudu, Kieron Pollard, Hardik Pandya, Harbhajan Singh, Jagadeesha Suchith, Vinay Kumar, Lasith Malinga, Mitchell McClenaghan.

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