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Mumbai Indians Beats Chennai Super Kings in their hometown by 6 wickets


TOSS Report: CSK won the toss and elected to bat.
CSK innings report: League leaders Chennai Super Kings (CSK) posted 158 for five against Mumabi Indians in an Indian Premier League (IPL) match at the M.A. Chaidambaram Stadium here on Friday.
CSK skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni won the toss and elected to bat.
They were on the offensive from the very start with opener Dwayne Smith (27) and Brendon McCullum (23) threatening to cut loose with aggressive shots.
But three quick 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 necessary platform to accelerate in the slog overs in the sluggish pitch.
After du Plessis' dismissal in the 16th over, Dhoni along with Pawan Negi (36 not out) helped CSK post a fighting total.
Negi eclipsed Dhoni in power hitting, taking just 17 balls for his unbeaten 36, studded by four boundaries and a six while Dhoni took 32 balls for his 39, with two fours and two sixes.
For Chennai, spinner Ravichandra Ashwin returned to action after missing their last three matches with a finger injury. He replaced Ishwar Pandey in the team.
Mumbai also made a change, replacing Sri Lankan Lasith Malinga with South African Marchant de Lange.
CSK XI: Smith, McCullum, Raina, du Plessis, Jadeja, Dhoni, Bravo, Negi, Ashwin, M Sharma, Nehra.
MI XI: Simmons, Patel, Rohit, Rayudu, Pollard, Pandya, H Singh, Suchitch, Vinay, McClenaghan, de Lange.
Preview: Chennai: Following four consecutive wins, a confident Mumbai Indians will look to extend their winning streak and enter the top four when they take on table-toppers Chennai Super Kings (CSK) in the return leg of the Indian Premier League (IPL) at the M.A. Chidambaram Stadium here on Friday.
Mumbai are currently fifth in the standings with 10 points from 10 games, having won five and lost five, whereas CSK, with a superb run, are placed at the summit with 14 points from 10 games, winning seven and losing three. A win on Friday will seal their place in the playoffs.
File picture of Rohit Sharma. BCCI
File picture of Rohit Sharma. BCCI
In the previous meeting on April 17, the Chennai-based team came out victorious, beating home team Mumbai by six wickets. Batting first, Mumbai posted a challenging 183/7 in 20 overs but a superb batting display by the visitors helped them chase down the target with 20 On the other hand, CSK outplayed Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) by 24 runs in their last encounter on Monday. Suresh Raina struck a half-century to help his team to 148 while some tough bowling by CSK bowlers helped the team clinch a victory.
However, pacer Lasith Malinga will be missed on Friday as Sri Lankan cricketers are not allowed to play in Chennai. Other pacer Mitchell McClenaghan, who produced some match-winning spells for Mumbai in the past few matches, will look to deliver in Malinga's absence.
The squads:
Mumbai Indians: Rohit Sharma (captain), Lasith Malinga, Kieron Pollard, Ambati Rayudu, Harbhajan Singh, Colin Munro, Aditya Tare, Jasprit Bumrah, Marchant de Lange, Pawan Suyal, Shreyas Gopal, Lendl Simmons, Pragyan Ojha, Mitchell McClenaghan, Abhimanyu Mithun, Aiden Blizzard, Akshay Wakhare, Nitish Rana, Siddhesh Lad, Hardik Pandya, Jagadeesha Suchith, Unmukt Chand, Vinay Kumar, Parthiv Patel, Ben Hilfenhaus.
Chennai Super Kings: Mahendra Singh Dhoni (captain), Suresh Raina, Ravindra Jadeja, Ravichandran Ashwin, Mohit Sharma, Ashish Nehra, Baba Aparajith, Ishwar Pandey, Mithun Minhas, Pawan Negi, Ronit More, Rahul Sharma, Ankush Bains, Irfan Pathan, Pratyush Singh, Ekalavya Dwivedi, Dwayne Smith, Brendon McCullum, Dwayne Bravo, Francois du Plessis, Michael Hussey, Matt Henry, Samuel Badree, Kyle Abbott, Andrew Tye.
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