IPL 8: Pandya, Rayudu assistance MI crack CSK’s fortress

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Chennai: Mumbai Indians jumped to a fourth mark in a Indian Premier League (IPL) standings with a essential six-wicket feat over hosts Chennai Super Kings (CSK) in a organisation joining compare during a M.A Chaidambaram Stadium here on Friday.

With a win, Mumbai climbed to a fourth mark with 12 points from 11 matches. CSK notwithstanding a detriment stayed during a limit place with 14 points after 11 games. It was CSK’s initial detriment during their home belligerent in this year’s IPL.

Hardik Pandya launches a 6 opposite CSK. BCCIHardik Pandya launches a 6 opposite CSK. BCCI

Hardik Pandya launches a 6 opposite CSK. BCCI

Chasing 159 to win, Mumbai got a well-spoken start with opener Parthiv Patel (45) and Lendl Simmons (38) mixing effectively to get them to a clever position.

It looked cursed for a home group as Mumbai were looked set to journey to a gentle feat with no CSK bowler handling to difficulty a openers.

But only when it seemed all over for CSK, spinner Ravichandran Ashwin (2/17) struck twice in a 11th over to jar a Mumbai march.

They done serve inroads when a dangerous West Indian energy hitter Kieron Pollard (1) was run out in a subsequent over.

Mumbai afterwards found it formidable to get going. Skipper Rohit Sharma (18) and Ambati Rayadu (34 not out) attempted to build a partnership to keep Mumbai’s run-making routine ticking.

But Rohit was forsaken in a 16th over by du Plessis off a bowling of Bravo after removing fooled into creation an expanded shot and removing beaten by a slower delivery.

The skip could have jeopardised CSK’s hopes of a victory. But a budding 39-run partnership was damaged in a 18th over by Bravo when he again flummoxed Rohit into a fake cadence to be held in a low by Suresh Raina.

Hardik Pandya (21) came to a double and display no signs of nerves struck 3 strong sixes off left-arm spinner Pawan Negi’s 19th over to in. Mumbai closer to victory. The bowler went for 25 runs to extinguish CSK’s possibility to win.

Earlier, joining leaders Chennai Super Kings (CSK) posted a fighting sum of 158 for 5 on a delayed and low pitch.

CSK skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni won a toss and inaugurated to bat. They were on a descent from a really start with opener Dwayne Smith (27) and Brendon McCullum (23) melancholy to cut lax with assertive shots.

But 3 discerning wickets of McCullum, Suresh Raina (10) and Smith halted their progress

Faf du Plessis (17) and Dhoni (39 not out) resurrected their innings and gave them a required height to accelerate in a toil overs in a indolent pitch.

After du Plessis’ exclusion in a 16th over, Dhoni along with Pawan Negi (36) helped CSK post a fighting total.

Negi eclipsed Dhoni in energy hitting, holding only 17 balls for his useful knock, studded with 4 bounds and a 6 while Dhoni took 32 balls for his 39, attack dual fours and dual sixes.