Dwayne Smith’s hurricane knock of 62 off just 30 balls sent Mumbai crashing to their 4th consecutive defeat of IPL 2015. Smith’s innings came in the wake of Kieron Pollard’s resurrection of the Mumbai Indians innings with a powerful 30 ball 64 which led them to 183/7 batting first. Smith and McCullum made short work of the target with a 109 run stand in just 7.2 overs, which left Mumbai with no chance of making a comeback later on.
Mumbai bat first, top order collapses
Rohit Sharma’s decision to bat first backfired badly! Ashish Nehra and Ishwar Pandey rocked the Mumbai Indians top order and left the hosts gasping for breath at 12/3 in the 4th over. Harbhajan Singh, promoted to No 5, came to the rescue of MI and built a 45 run partnership with his skipper. However, it was after Bhajji’s dismissal in the 10th over, for a well made 21 ball 24 that the Mumbai innings took off.
Kieron Pollard takes CSK to the cleaners
For the second time in two games, Kieron Pollard was on song for Mumbai! The West Indian wasted no time in settling down, and straightaway launched an attack on the CSK bowlers after coming to the crease. Rohit Sharma partnered him brilliantly with a 31 ball 50 during the middle overs. Ambati Rayudu chipped in with a knock of 29 off just 16 balls. The assault by Pollard, Rohit and Rayudu led to Mumbai garnering 84 runs between the 11th and the 17th overs, which is the highest ever scored in that period of play in the history of IPL. A total of 183 was put on the board and an exciting chase seemed to be on the cards.
Dwayne Smith, Brendon McCullum blow Mumbai away
No sooner had Pollard’s pyrotechnics ended that the crowd at Wankhede witnessed yet another bout of fierce T20 batting. This time it was the explosive opening duo of CSK – Dwayne Smith and Brendon McCullum! They took on every bowler that Rohit could unleash on them, and made a mockery of the home team’s bowling line up in no time. After 6 overs, the CSK scorecard read 90/0 and all of Mumbai’s hopes of breaking their 3-match-long losing streak looked well over. When Dwayne Smith was dismissed in the 8th over, his team needed just 69 runs in 12 overs!
Suresh Raina takes CSK home
It was a mere formality that the rest of the CSK batting line up had to complete, following the dismissal of McCullum and Smith. And Suresh Raina took the lead in taking his team home. The left hander hit an unbeaten 29 ball 43 to end the match in the 17th over.
Man of the Match – Ashish Nehra
Brief Scores – Chennai Super Kings (189/4 in 16.4 overs, Dwayne Smith 62, Harbhajan Singh 2/44) beat Mumbai Indians (183/7 in 20 overs, Kieron Pollard 64, Ashish Nehra 3/23) by 6 wickets