Chennai Super Kings’ (CSK) remaining hopes of making it to the playoffs of the ongoing edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) was brought to a crushing death by Mumbai Indians on Friday at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium.
Thanks to Trent Boult’s 4-wicket haul and valuable contributions from Jasprit Bumrah and Rahul Chahar, Mumbai Indians restricted Chennai Super Kings for an embarassing total of 114/9.
Chasing the target, an unbeaten opening stand between Ishan Kishan (68 off 37 balls) and Quinton de Kock (46 off 37) helped Mumbai Indians in registering a 10-wicket victory with more than 7 overs to spare.
Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s team now has six points from 11 matches, out of which they have lost eight, and are now placed at the bottom of the eight-team table.
With Friday’s comprehensive win, three-time champions Mumbai have gone atop the table with 14 points. Although Delhi Capitals and Royals Challengers Bangalore also have 14 points, they are placed second and third respectively on net run rate.
Three times champions CSK, who suffered a batting collapse, had made as many as three changes in their playing XI. However, the decision backfired as just three of their batters — Sam Curran (52), Dhoni (16) and Shardul Thakur (11) — were able to touch the double digit.
CSK lost their top six batsmen with just 30 runs on board. However, it was Curran’s patience with the bat which helped him notch-up up a half-century besides taking his side past the 100-run mark.
In return, MI openers Quinton de Kock (46 not out) and Ishan Kishan (68 not out) made light of the small target as their unbeaten 116-run stand drove the team home quite comfortably with 46 balls to spare.
The two handed an ideal start to MI, taking their side to 52 runs in the initial six overs before adding another 46 runs in the next four overs to inch closer to victory. In the process, Kishan also completed his half-century off 29 balls.
de Kock put the final nail in the coffin, smashing Thakur for a boundary over square-leg to garner MI’s seventh win of the season.
The South African stumper’s innings contained five boundaries and couple of sixes while Kishan’s knock was laced with six fours and five maximums.
Brief scores: CSK 114/9 wkts in 20 overs (Sam Curran 52, MS Dhoni 15; Trent Boult 4/18) lost to MI 116/0 wkt in 12.2 overs (Ishan Kishan 68 not out, Quinton de Kock 46 not out; Hazlewood 0/17) by 10 wickets