Hardik Pandya Brilliant All-round performance ends CSK unbeaten run

Hardik Pandya

Chennai Super Kings tasted their first defeat of the season as Mumbai Indians rally past the table-toppers by 37 runs at Mumbai’s Wankhede stadium on Wednesday evening. Chasing 171 runs for the victory, Mumbai Indians restricted the visitors to 133/8. This win was Mumbai Indians 100th IPL victory.

* As it Happened:

Chennai Super Kings Skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni won the toss and elected to bowl first. As put into bat first the openers of Mumbai Indians – Quinton de Kock and Rohit Sharma were tested by Deepak Chahar and Shradul Thakur brilliant bowling in the first three overs. Frustrated at the tempo of the early exchanges the host lost Quinton de Kock in the third over when he got cramped on the pull shot and hit it straight to Kedhar Jadhav. Rohit Sharma too battled hard, but Suryakumar Yadav took the charge on his shoulders as he punished Shradul Thakur’s second over with consecutive boundaries. The fourth over of the innings went for 16 runs which were followed by Deepak Chahar 14 runs over where Suryakumar Yadav took him for three boundaries in a row. The pair added 38 runs for the second wicket stand before the skipper Rohit Sharma (13 from 18 balls) got dismissed by Ravindra Jadeja. Yuvraj Singh to gets dismissed on the very next over of the innings as Mumbai Indians slipped to 50/3 in the 9th over.

Thereafter Suryakumar Yadav and Krunal Pandya took the course and shimmered together a 62 run partnership of 49 balls. The latter played the role of aggressor and Surya Kumar Yadav too managed to score the Half-century. However, both the batsmen departed in quick session. Krunal Pandya (42) dismissed in the 17th  over and Surya Kumar Yadav (59) in the next over. At this stage, despite good partnership, Mumbai Indians were struggling at 125/5 at the end of 18 overs. But Hardik Pandya at sixth and Pollard at seventh had different plans, Both the batsmen were unstoppable in the last two overs. The  19th over of the innings from Shradul  Thakur went for 16 runs ( Two Sixes) which was nothing when compared to Dwayne Bravo final over. The duo struck three sixes and one four and yielded 29 runs and Mumbai Indians propoled to the total of 170 runs.

In the second innings, while chasing 171, Chennai Super Kings got off to a horrible start. Ambati Rayudu got out for a golden duck on the very first ball of the match by the IPL debutant Jason Behrendroff. Lasith Malinga then got rid of Shane Watson by bowling a short and wide delivery in the very next over. And indeed despite hitting two successive boundaries in the fifth over of Jason Behrendroff, Suresh Raina got dismissed by an absolute stunner from the pollard on the last ball of the same over and leave the visitors at 33/3. Kedhar Jadhav and MS Dhoni then reconstructed the innings. The duo added 54 runs partnership to give some hope to the visitors but the partnership took 55 balls and when its time to get going, Hadrik Pandya returned and get rid off Dhoni and Jadeja in the 15th over. Kedhar Jadhav ( 58 runs from 54 balls)  and Dwayne Bravo too got dismissed by Lasith Malinga in the 18 over and leave CSK to just 133-8. Mumbai Indians registered a comfortable 37 runs victory.

* The Game Changer:

Hardik Pandya with his brilliant batting of 25 runs from just 8 balls at the end and returning bowling figures of 3-20 become the game changer of the match.

* Brief Scores:

Mumbai Indians: 170-5.

(Suryakumar Yadav 59, Krunal Pandya 42, Hardik Pandya 25*)

Chennai Super Kings: 133-8.

(Kedar Jadhav 58, Jason Behrendorff 2-22, Lasith Malinga 3-34, Hardik Pandya 3-20)

* Man of the Match:

Hardik Pandya.

* Record Alerts:

Mumbai Indians from the yesterday’s victory become the first team to win 100 matches in the history of Indian Premier League.