Mumbai Indians extended their stranglehold over Chennai Super Kings this season to reach the IPL 2019 final with a clinical victory, winning the first qualifier by a comprehensive six wickets as Suryakumar Yadav anchored the chase with 71 off 54 after the spinners set Mumbai up well.
It was their third win over CSK in three attempts this season, a record that underpins their status as the team to beat in IPL 2019.
Rahul Chahar starred for the Mumbai bowlers, with 2/14 in his four overs, and he was ably backed up by fellow spinners Jayant Yadav and Krunal Pandya.
CHENNAI BATSMEN FAIL THEIR TEST
On the eve of this game, a exam question set by a professor at IIT Madras, one of India’s most prestigious colleges, went viral, because it asked students to determine what Mahendra Singh Dhoni should do if he won the toss.
In the event, he chose to bat, but it’s likely that those students did a better job passing their test compared to Chennai’s batsmen on their home pitch. Mumbai’s spinners had yet to take a wicket in the powerplay all season, but ended with three after six overs on Tuesday.
Dhoni, Ambati Rayudu, and, to an extent, Murali Vijay were the only batsmen who gave a good account of themselves. Suresh Raina, Faf du Plessis, and Shane Watson combined for 21 runs in 31 balls – nearly the entire powerplay.
Meanwhile, spinners Chahar, Krunal Pandya, and Jayant Yadav – an inspired selection from Mumbai – managed 4/70 in their 11 overs.
Shout out to Professor Vignesh at @iitmadras for making exams relevant to important, real-life issues!— ICC (@ICC) May 6, 2019
Can anyone help @msdhoni and @ChennaiIPL make a decision before the toss tomorrow? (and show your workings 😜) pic.twitter.com/8fp7rGI5BG
SURYAKUMAR HITTING FORM AT THE PERFECT TIME
The final game of the league stage and the first game of the playoffs – not a bad time to start hitting form. Yadav followed his 27-ball 46 from Mumbai’s win over Kolkata Knight Riders with a calm, match-winning innings to put his side in the final.
It’s no coincidence that both knocks have come while chasing small scores – the ideal situation for a batsman. Mumbai’s target against KKR was 134, two runs more than it was on Tuesday.
This innings came with higher stakes, and on a tougher pitch. But Yadav carried the confidence and momentum from his previous innings to make sure there were no slip-ups from Mumbai.
He rode his luck, dropped once on 11 with Murali Vijay missing a tough catch in the outfield and again on 53 when Shane Watson put down a sharp chance at slip. And he made sure to take full toll.
Chennai Super Kings 131/4 (20 overs)
Ambati Rayudu 42* (37)
MS Dhoni 37* (29)
Rahul Chahar 2/14
Suryakumar Yadav 71* (54)
Ishan Kishan 28 (31)
Imran Tahir 2/33
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