Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Day.26. IPL.3.Match.37. Chennai Super Kings Vs Mumbai Indians

In an absorbing game, Chennai Super Kings 165 for 4 beat Mumbai Indians 141 for 9 by 24 runs.

Winning the toss Dhoni promptly elected to bat, on a wicket expected to be slow and with low bounce. Riding on 35 of 31 by Hayden, 23 of 18 by Raina, 31 of 18 by Dhoni and 30 of 22 by Badrinath, CSK finished with a fighting score of 165 for 4. Pollard with, Abu and Harbhajan were amongst the wickets. Zaheer was rested for the match.

Mumbai started sedately,. but were loosing wickets at regular intervals. Other than Tendulkar 45 of 35 and Harbhajan with a characteristic 31 of 23, no other batsmen did anything of note. Batting second was definitely difficult in a dusty wicket, but it was an of day for Mumbai Indians. Added to their woe, Tendulkar had to retire when things were looking good for them at 61 for 1.

When Tendulkar was back for batting, things were beyond repair for the Indians, and they finished at 141 for 9 in twenty overs, loosing by 24 runs. Tushara and Ashwin picketd up two wickets each. Bollinger, Tyagi, Jakati, Raina with a wicket each finished the tally. Over all it was a good team effort by the Chennai Super Kings , which took them through.

Chennai with ten points in ten games are better placed than Rajasthan Royals in net run rate and are at the fourth position. Other than Mumbai Indians, it can be any body's game for the top slots. The upcoming matches will be absorbing.

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