IPL 8: Simmons, Harbhajan energy Mumbai Indians into finals

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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.

Lendl Simmons in movement opposite CSK. BCCILendl Simmons in movement opposite CSK. BCCI

Lendl Simmons in movement opposite CSK. BCCI

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.

IANS

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