Mumbai: A timely half-century by opener Lendl Simmons and some peculiarity bowling helped Mumbai Indians secure a place in a Indian Premier League (IPL) 2015 final with a 25-run feat over Chennai Super Kings (CSK) in a qualifier 1 during a Wankhede Stadium here on Tuesday.
Simmons rose to a arise as he scored 65 off 51 balls, that was followed by Kieron Pollard’s 17-ball 41 that helped Mumbai post a severe 187/6.
In reply, Chennai mislaid wickets during unchanging intervals and were all out for 162 in 19 overs.
With this win, Mumbai entered a tournament’s final that will be played during a Eden Gardens in Kolkata on May 24.
Chennai will get a second possibility to make it to a final. They will face a leader of a eliminator to be played on Wednesday between Rajasthan Royals and Royal Challengers Bangalore, in a second qualifier in Ranchi on May 22.
Lasith Malinga (3/23), Harbhajan Singh (2/26) and R. Vinay Kumar (2/26) were a collect of a Mumbai bowlers.
Chasing 188 to win, CSK got off to a misfortune probable start losing opener Dwayne Smith but scoring off a fourth round of a initial over.
A full toss from pacer Lasith Malinga strike true into Smith’s front pad that done it easy for a referee to give a batsman out.
Incoming batsman Faf du Plessis looked in excellent form right from a start. The South African along with opener Michael Hussey didn’t let a early wicket impact their scoring. With a integrate of bounds and sixes, CSK reached 46 in 5 overs.
But a really initial round of a sixth over brought a brakes in Chennai’s scoring as bowler Vinay Kumar got a critical wicket of Hussey (16). CSK were 46/2 in 5.1 overs then.
Suresh Raina and du Plessis took it from there to assistance a group strech a measure of 86/2 in 10 overs.
But a over that followed saw a compare overhanging in a home side’s foster as Harbhajan Singh got absolved of Raina (25) and skipper M.S. Dhoni (0) in unbroken deliveries to assistance Mumbai stay in a hunt.
Mumbai bowlers kept a bowling tight, creation it formidable for a visitors to score.
Set batsman du Plessis (45 off 34 balls), looking to adult a scoring rate, over in a 14th over off a bowling of Jagadeesha Suchith.
It wasn’t over yet. Dwayne Bravo (20), Ravindra Jadeja (19), Pawan Negi (3) all fell thereafter.
Earlier, opting to bat, Mumbai got off to a medium start with openers Lendl Simmons and Parthiv Patel holding their time to get staid in a initial 4 overs, scoring only 22.
Simmons pennyless a shackles in a fifth over as spinner Ravichandran Ashwin was strike for dual sixes. Thirteen runs were scored of a over.
The over of Ashwin set a movement for a home side as both a openers kept on distinguished a round sweetly to all tools of a park so bringing adult a team’s 50 in 6.2 overs.
Simmons, who is Mumbai’s heading run-scorer in a ongoing season, once again valid his value as he done a hoax of a bowling, so bringing adult his half-century off only 38 balls.
The West Indian also became a third batsman after Sachin Tendulkar and J.P. Duminy to measure 5 half-centuries in an IPL deteriorate for Mumbai.
A bowling change by skipper M.S. Dhoni worked wonders for CSK as Dwayne Bravo got Parthiv (35) held during prolonged off. Mumbai’s measure was 90/1 in 10.4 overs.
Simmons (65; 51b, 3×4, 5×6) who was looking good for a large measure fell shortly after in a 14th over off a bowling of Ravindra Jadeja.
Incoming batsmen, skipper Rohit Sharma (19), Hardik Pandya (1), Ambati Rayudu (10) too went behind to a pavilion in space of 4 overs.
Kieron Pollard (41; 17b, 1×4, 5×6) chipped in with a late cameo to assistance Mumbai strech a severe score.