Barring the uninhibited massive support from the fan base nothing rolled well for Chennai Super Kings (CSK) on the field of play that pushed the home team into the arms of defeat against Mumbai Indians by 46 runs on Friday in the Indian Premier League at the MAC Stadium. This is CSK’s first home defeat after five successful outcomes in this season.
It is the second reverse for CSK against MI this season, the former losing the match on April 3.
This disappointing verdict however did not affect the top spot for CSK on the table. CSK is leading with 16 points from 12 matches, but the result helped MI to reach the second place on the table. The team has recovered well from a poor start to the point of being debated for a possible trophy triumph. Of course, a lot remains on the way to the final.
It is difficult to decipher the factors behind CSK’s poor show. Denied of the inspiring leadership and guidance by that stalwart skipper MS Dhoni who missed the match, CSK batted and bowled uninspiringly. Chasing a total of 155 runs with its wealth of batting talent looked rather easy but the team, save for a brave innings by Murali Vijay, fumbled from the start. The man who broke the back of the CSK line up was Sri Lanka’s Lasith Malinga who captured four wickets for 37 runs with commendable support from a K Pandya and Jaspreet Bumrah who claimed two wicket each. Murali Vijay held on gamely amidst this ruin for his 38 runs in 35 balls with three 4s and a 6. The leading batsmen like Watson, Raina, and Rayudu failed miserably.
The Mumbai batsmen did not dominate that much on the tricky pitch, but skipper Rohit Sharma led from the front holding on for his 67 runs in 48 balls with six 4s and three 6s. Lewis contributed a useful 23 in 18 balls. None of the top bowlers Harbhajan Singh, Santner, Tahir and Bravo could force their way and the MI lost just four wickets in the 20 overs.
Rohit Sharma was declared as the Man of the match.
CSK takes on Delhi Capitals on May 1 while MI comes to grips with KKR tomorrow.