Team Mumbai, led by Rohit Sharma, defeated Chennai by 46 runs in the 44th match of the twelfth edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL).
Here are the highlights:
# Mumbai win by 46 runs!
# Chennai dismissed for 109 in 17.4 overs as Harbhajan Singh and Mitchell Santner are dismissed for 1 and 22 runs respectively while attempting big hits without proper contact!
# Need 53 runs from 18 deliveries!
# 4 runs and a wicket off the over, Chennai 103/8 (17 overs)
# Harbhajan Singh is the new man in!
# Wicket! Deepak Chahar dismissed for a duck off 2 deliveries as he attempts to go for a big hit off a length delivery, handing a catch to Krunal Pandya. Chennai 101/8 (16.3 overs)
# Jasprit Bumrah to bowl his third over!
# Deepak Chahar is the new batsman in!
# Need 56 runs from 24 deliveries!
# Wicket! Bravo departs for 20 runs off 17 deliveries as he chips the slower ball straight to Lasith Malinga, Chennai 99/7 (16 overs)
# Lasith Malinga to bowl his third over!
# Need 68 runs from 30 deliveries!
# 14 runs from the 13th and 14th overs of the innings bowled by Anukul Roy and Hardik Pandya, as the spinner concedes four runs from his second over. Chennai score 10 runs off Hardik Pandya's second over, reaching 80/6 (14 overs)
# 2 runs from the over, Chennai 66/6 (12 overs)
# Mitchell Santner is the new man in!
# Wicket! Murali Vijay dismissed for 38 runs off 35 deliveries as he edges a back of the length delivery to Suryakumar Yadav. Chennai 66/6 (11.4 overs)
# Jasprit Bumrah to bowl his second over!
# Chennai 64/5 (11 overs), with four runs off Rahul Chahar's third over!
# Dwayne Bravo is the new man in!
# Wicket! Dhruv Shorey dismissed for 5 runs off 8 deliveries as he attempts to go for a big hit off the final delivery of the over, handing a catch to Rahul Chahar. Chennai 60/5 (9.6 overs)
# Anukul Roy to bowl his maiden over in the IPL!
# 6 runs from the over, Chennai 53/4 (9 overs)
# Rahul Chahar to bowl his second over!
# 3 runs and a wicket off the over, Chennai 47/4 (8 overs)
# Dhruv Shorey is the new man in!
# Wicket! Kedar Jadhav dismissed for 6 runs off 11 deliveries as he edges a turning ball on to the stumps, Chennai 45/4 (7.2 overs)
# Krunal Pandya to bowl his third over!
# Chennai 43/ 3 (7 overs) after scoring 8 runs from the sixth and seventh overs bowled by Jasprit Bumrah and Rahul Chahar who are introduced into the attack. Vijay scores a boundary off the final delivery of Bumrah's over towards backward square to mark the only big hit in the two overs.
# 1 run and a wicket off the over, Chennai 35/3 (5 overs)
# Kedar Jadhav is the new man in!
# Wicket! Ambati Rayadu dismissed for a duck off 2 deliveries as he fails to negotiate the turning delivery, which goes on to hit the stumps. Chennai 34/3 (4.3 overs)
# Krunal Pandya to bowl his second over!
# 12 runs from the over as Murali Vijay smashes a boundary and a six over backward square leg and straight down the ground, Chennai 34/2 (4 overs)
# Ambati Rayadu is the new man in!
# Wicket! Raina departs for 2 runs from 4 deliveries as he swings at a length delivery, handing a catch to Suryakumar Yadav to backward point. Chennai 22/2 (3.1 overs)
# Hardik Pandya into the attack!
# 13 runs off the second and third overs of the innings bowled by Krunal Pandya and Lasith Malinga. Chennai score 2 runs off Krunal Pandya before Vijay scores a boundary off Malinga's second over to make it 11 runs from the over. Chennai 22/1 (3 overs)
# Suresh Raina is the new man in!
# Wicket! Shane Watson departs for 8 runs off four deliveries as he edges the ball to Rahul Chahar to short fine leg. Chennai 9/1 (1 over)
# 8 runs from the second and third deliveries of the over as Watson hits the ball through covers and short fine leg for a boundary.
# Lasith Malinga to bowl the opening over!
# Chennai openers Shane Watson and Murali Vijay are set to kick off the chase!
# Chennai need 156 runs to win!
# Mumbai get past the 150-run mark!
# 10 runs off the third and fourth deliveries, as Hardik Pandya hits the ball straight down the ground!
# Boundary off the first delivery as Pollard hits the ball straight down the ground!
# Dwayne Bravo to bowl the final over of the innings!
# 10 runs from the over, as Pollard hits the ball past short fine leg for a boundary. Mumbai 138/4 (19 overs)
# Deepak Chahar to bowl his final over!
# 6 runs from the over as Dwayne Bravo makes it difficult for the batsmen to score with variations in line and length. Mumbai 128/4 (18 overs)
# Dwayne Bravo to bowl his third over!
# 1 run and a wicket off the over, Mumbai 122/4 (17 overs)
# Kieron Pollard is the new man in!
# Wicket! Rohit Sharma departs for 67 runs off 48 deliveries as Santner takes the pace off the ball, with Sharma handing a catch to Murali Vijay following a mishit. Mumbai 122/4 (16.2 overs)
# Santner to bowl his final over!
# Mumbai 121/3 (16 overs) as the batting side scores 18 runs from the 15th and 16th overs of the innings. Santner concedes two runs off his third over, before Rohit Sharma smashed two boundaries and a six, to make it 16 runs from the over.
# 2 runs and a wicket from the over, Mumbai 103/3 (14 overs)
# Hardik Pandya is the new man in!
# Wicket! Krunal Pandya dismissed for 1 run off 3 deliveries as he attempts to go for a big hit off a flighted delivery, resulting in a catch to Mitchell Santner who makes no mistakes. Mumbai 101/3 (13.1 overs)
# Imran Tahir to bowl his third over!
# Two runs from the over, as Rohit Sharma completes his maiden half-century of the season! Mumbai 101/2 (13 overs)
# Santner to bowl his second over!
# Krunal Pandya is the new batsman in!
# 15 runs from the 11th and 12th overs of the innings bowled by Mitchell Santner who is introduced into the attack and Dwayne Bravo. Rohit smashes a boundary apiece in the two overs, as Mumbai reach 99/1 (12 overs)
# Mumbai 84/1 (10 overs) as Lewis smashes a boundary and six off Tahir's second over, to make it 14 runs from the over. Just five runs from Dwayne Bravo's opening over.
# 20 runs from the seventh and eight overs of the innings bowled by Imran Tahir who is introduced into the attack and Harbhajan Singh. Six runs from Tahir's over before Rohit Sharma hits two sixes off Harbhajan Singh, as Mumbai reach 65/1 (8 overs)
# Four runs off the over, as Mumbai complete the final over of the powerplay with a score of 45/1 (6 overs)
# Harbhajan Singh to bowl his third over!
# 17 runs off the next two overs bowled by Harbhajan Singh and Deepak Chahar. The off-spinner concedes only a single before Mumbai score 16 runs off Chahar on the back of two boundaries by Lewis and one by Rohit Sharma. Mumbai 41/1 (5 overs)
# 11 runs and a wicket off the over, Mumbai 24/1 (3 overs)
# Evin Lewis is the new man in!
# Wicket! De Kock departs for 15 runs off 9 deliveries as he fails to identify a slower delivery from Chahar, resulting in a top edge to wicketkeeper Ambati Rayadu! Mumbai 24/1 (2.4 overs)
# Boundary off the second delivery to make it 10 runs from 2 deliveries as De Kock drives the ball through the covers!
# Six off the first delivery as Quinton de Kock identifies the length and hits the ball over deep square leg!
# Chahar to bowl his second over!
# 4 runs from the over, as Mumbai reach 13/0 (2 overs)
# Harbhajan Singh to share the new ball!
# 9 runs from the opening over as Rohit Sharma scores a boundary off the opening delivery wide of cover. Mumbai 9/0 (1 over)
# Deepak Chahar to bowl the opening over!
# Mumbai openers Rohit Sharma and Quinton de Kock are set to kick start the clash!
# The umpires have entered the field with the clash set to commence in a few minutes!
# Suresh Raina is the highest run-scorer in matches between Chennai and Mumbai with 715 runs!
# Mumbai (Playing XI): Quinton de Kock(w), Evin Lewis, Rohit Sharma(c), Suryakumar Yadav, Hardik Pandya, Kieron Pollard, Krunal Pandya, Anukul Roy, Rahul Chahar, Lasith Malinga, Jasprit Bumrah
# Chennai (Playing XI): Shane Watson, Murali Vijay, Suresh Raina(c), Ambati Rayudu(w), Dhruv Shorey, Kedar Jadhav, Dwayne Bravo, Mitchell Santner, Deepak Chahar, Harbhajan Singh, Imran Tahir
# Dwayne Bravo and Lasith Malinga are the highest wicket-takers with 32 wickets apiece in matches between Chennai and Mumbai!
# Anukul Roy and Evin Lewis replace Ben Cutting and Mayank Markande for Mumbai!
# Ravindra Jadeja, Faf du Plessis and MS Dhoni miss out for Chennai with Dhruv Shorey, Mitchell Santner and Murali Vijay to feature!
# Chennai win the toss and opt to field!
# The two captains are set for the toss!
# Chennai have won only 25% of their matches with MS Dhoni not involved as the skipper!
# The toss is set to take place in a few minutes!
# Harbhajan Singh has picked 9 wickets in 4 matches held in Chennai this season!
# Suresh Raina will be leading Chennai in his absence!
# MS Dhoni is down with fever and will not be featuring for Chennai!
# Rohit Sharma is yet to score a half-century this season!
# Chennai are top of the table with 16 points from 11 matches!
In what could be another riveting clash, defending champions Chennai will take on Mumbai in their return fixture of the Indian Premier League (IPL) at the MA Chidambaram Stadium on Friday.
After eight wins from 11 games and 16 points in their kitty, Chennai have already qualified for the playoffs. However, skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni would certainly like to keep the winning momentum going as the top two teams on the points table get an additional chance to make it to the final.
Mumbai are placed third with 12 points and are yet to consolidate their position in the top four, with at least two more wins necessary to seal a playoff berth. The Rohit Sharma-led side, however, had outclassed the yellow brigade by 37 runs when they last faced-off in Mumbai.
On the other hand in their last encounter, Mumbai suffered a five-wicket defeat against Rajasthan at Jaipur.
Rohit's men didn't do much wrong in the game as batting first they posted a respectable total of 161/5. The bowlers also bowled decently as they picked up wickets at crucial moments. However, Mumbai still failed to cross the line.
But to win against Chennai, who are in their top form, Mumbai will need to play as a single unit.
The three-time champions will once again rely on their opener Quinton de Kock, who has accumulated 378 runs from 10 games and has mostly given fine starts to his side. Also, a lot will depend on Hardik Pandya who has scored quick runs down the batting order many a time this season.
Their pace attack will be spearheaded by Jasprit Bumrah, who has 11 wickets from 10 games and has bowled well in the death overs. Apart from him, medium-pacer Hardik Pandya and Lasith Maling will also need to strike at regular intervals. The spin responsibility will be on the shoulders of Rahul Chahar and Krunal Pandya.
Overall, another exciting clash is on the cards as the two arch-rivals and also the two best teams in the league's history face-off in the business end of the tournament.
Chennai: MS Dhoni (Captain/wicket-keeper), Faf du Plessis, Kedar Jadhav, Suresh Raina, Ravindra Jadeja, Shane Watson, Harbhajan Singh, Ambati Rayudu, Murali Vijay, Deepak Chahar, Imran Tahir, Mitchell Santner, Dwayne Bravo, Sam Billings, Shardul Thakur, N Jagadeesan, Karn Sharma, Dhruv Shorey, Chaitanya Bishnoi, Monu Kumar, Mohit Sharma, Ruturaj Gaikwad, KM Asif, David Willey.
Mumbai: Rohit Sharma (Captain), Quinton de Kock (wicket-keeper), Ishan Kishan, Evin Lewis, Adam Milne, Hardik Pandya, Krunal Pandya, Kieron Pollard, Rahul Chahar, Ben Cutting, Mayank Markande, Suryakumar Yadav, Jasprit Bumrah, Lasith Malinga, Siddhesh Lad, Anmolpreet Singh, Mitchell McClenaghan, Jason Behrendorff, Yuvraj Singh, Aditya Tare, Anukul Sudhakar Roy, Rasikh Salam, Barinder Sran, Pankaj Jaiswal.
(With PTI Inputs)