Indian Premier League, 2019 |Match 15 |4/3/2019 Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai
So a team which had never lost this season earns its first defeat. Courtesy Chennai's loss, Punjab move up the table to take the provisional pole position while Mumbai go up to 6th, sneaking past Rajasthan. Next stop? Delhi, who hosts Hyderabad. Join us for that game from the Kotla on Thursday, April 4, 2019 at 8 pm local (1430 GMT). ADIOS! TAKE CARE!
HARDIK PANDYA HAS BEEN NAMED THE MAN OF THE MATCH FOR HIS 8-BALL 25 AND 3/20. Feels humbled by the praises being showered on him and is happy to have contributed. On missing cricket, Hardik reminds us that he missed the game for around 7 months and he kept practicing during that time. Adds that it felt nice tonking the ball. Wants to dedicate this award to his family and friends. Stresses that his only focus is to play the Indian T20 League and make sure that India win the World Cup.
Victorious Mumbai skipper, Rohit Sharma, says that every game is important and after losing 2 games at the start, every match is even more important now. Does not want the headache of needing to win all the games towards the end. Praises his side for being on the money right from ball 1. On getting to 170, Sharma agrees that he did not think that was enough but it was a fighting total. During the break, he thought that if Mumbai could pick up early wickets, they could apply pressure and that is exactly what happened. On Behrendorff and Rahul Chahar, he praises the Aussie for leading the new-ball attack well, giving two wickets which were crucial. On Chahar, he feels sorry for him as the leggie was finding it tough to grip the wet ball and with Dhoni and Jadhav in the middle, he had to take Rahul off the attack and get seamers back on.
Kieron Pollard now comes up for a chat with Kevin Pietersen. Praises the Pandya brothers for doing consistently well. On his catch, he says that he always tries to make a difference at whatever opportunity. On his batting role, Pollard says that it varies according to different situations. On him not bowling, Kieron asks KP to ask that to Rohit Sharma. Says that Mumbai dwell on momentum. Observes that in all the games, they have batted well, scoring above 170. Hopes to take this momentum into the next game against Hyderabad. On Hardik Pandya's long hits, Pollard says that Hardik has a clear mind and hits the ball really hard. Hence, the team keeps encouraging him to keep batting the same way.
Chennai skipper, Mahendra Singh Dhoni says that quite a few things went wrong for them. Adds that they started well, were on top till the 12th-13th over but after that, the death bowling was not that great. Defends his bowlers as they are ones who rely more on yorkers and do not bowl back of a length. On the team meetings, MS says that they rarely have team meetings. Says further that one needs to assess which were the boundaries that could have been cut off in this game. On the change of momentum during the latter stage of the first innings, Dhoni feels that it does not matter and a team needs to start well with the bat during a run chase. On the upcoming game, MSD says that the pitch will have to be studied and also the fitness of some of the players as Bravo suffered a hamstring niggle in this match.
Mumbai sized up the pitch quite well. They had bowlers who could hit the deck hard and they prospered. Behrendorff struck early with his 2 scalps while Hardik Pandya provided the change in momentum, ripping through the middle order, taking 3 wickets. Towards the end, Malinga helped himself to a couple, finishing with 3 wickets overall.
Watch out for this guy - Jason Behrendorff. He made an impact for Australia against India in his debut T20I, getting Virat Kohli caught for a duck. Here, he made an impact on League debut, getting Rayudu in his opening over and then Raina later on. Being rocked at 33/3, Chennai looked for some stability and Dhoni and Jadhav provided that. But with the required rate mounting, the pressure eventually got to Dhoni and then, the side started to slip. Kedar Jadhav played a lone hand, scoring 58 but nothing much from the rest.
Supreme display of cricket by Mumbai to get to the century-mark in terms of wins. Not quite in the game for 14 overs but then superior quality exhibition in the next 26. Hardik and Pollard's explosion towards the end with the bat left Chennai gasping for breath and then they were choked further by some excellent fast bowling.
H Pandya to M Sharma, Wide outside off, another slash and a miss. MUMBAI WIN BY 37 RUNS AND REGISTER THEIR 100TH WIN IN THE INDIAN T20 LEAGUE!
H Pandya to M Sharma, Outside off, short in length, Mohit slashes but misses.
H Pandya to S Thakur, Chips this straight back over the bowler for a single.
H Pandya to S Thakur, FOUR! Beautiful shot again. Outside off, Thakur gives himself room to the leg side and punches it wide of mid off for a boundary!
H Pandya to S Thakur, SIX! Not a bad shot at all. A length ball, outside off, Thakur swings hard, gets a bit high on the bat and manages to clear long off.
Mohit Sharma walks in at number 10, replacing Chahar.
H Pandya to D Chahar, OUT! Caught. Third wicket for Hardik. A short ball, around middle, Chahar swings hard but does not hit the middle of the bat. Jasprit Bumrah keeps his eyes on the ball and runs to his left from fine leg, hanging on to a neat catch.
END OF OVER 19 | 7 Runs & 1 Wkt | CSK 122/7
Hardik Pandya to bowl the final over. 3-0-9-2 so far.
J Bumrah to D Chahar, Pushes this through the covers for a run. Wicketless is Bumrah, but effective as well.
J Bumrah to D Chahar, Backs away to the leg side, a swing and a miss again.
J Bumrah to D Chahar, Outside off, a drive and a miss.
J Bumrah to D Chahar, FOUR! Nice shot. Outside off, Chahar leans and lofts it over cover for a boundary.
J Bumrah to S Thakur, On middle, pushed through mid on for a run.
J Bumrah to D Chahar, Down the leg side, helped fine for a single.
END OF OVER 18 | 7 Runs & 1 Wkt | CSK 115/7
L Malinga to S Thakur, Full and around middle, pushed back to the bowler. 7 runs and 2 wickets from the over, Malinga finishes with figures of 4-0-34-3.