After winning the toss, Rohit Sharma opted to bowl first. The pitch was good to bat on but the five-time IPL champions had some other plans. Daniel Sams created havoc in the powerplay which ruined CSK’s top order. Riley Meredith and Jasprit Bumrah were also economical tonight. A top bowling effort restricted CSK to just 97/10 in 16 overs.
In the chase, Mumbai Indians also had early hurdles as they lost four wickets in the powerplay. Rohit Sharma (18) got a good start but couldn’t capitalise on it. Tilak Verma (34*) was the batsman who had the responsibility to seal the game and he did it with some style. A proper inning at a strike rate of 106.25 was much needed as MI were losing wickets. In the end, Verma’s little partnerships with Hritik Shokeen (18) and Tim David (16*) won the game for MI and pushed out CSK from the qualifiers race.
In the first innings, no batsman turned out good for CSK as the team bundled out in just 16 overs. Having Mahendra Singh Dhoni (36*) in the middle before six overs is always a mighty concern for fans. MS Dhoni’s knock helped CSK have bare minimum runs on the board. Just having 97 runs on the scorecard wasn’t enough on any kind of pitch.
Sams was the destructive bowler of the night as he scalped three wickets, that too in the powerplay. Along with him, Riley Meredith and Kumar Kartikeya also bagged two wickets each. Ramandeep Singh and Jasprit Bumrah also managed to get one wicket each.
Daniel Sams was adjudged Man of the Match for his powerful spell in the powerplay. Mumbai Indians with this win get to six points now and have officially knocked out CSK of the IPL 2022.
Chennai Super Kings: 97/10, Overs 16, Mahendra Singh Dhoni 36*, Daniel Sams 3/16
Mumbai Indians: 103/5, Overs 14.5. Tilak Verma 34*, Mukesh Choudhary 3/23