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So that's all we have for you. Alas, some El Clasico's are damp squibs. Until something not as fancy titles, but with hopefully some more fun in the cricket, ta ta!!
MS Dhoni: "At no point, I was worried. I just kept backing myself. I knew the day will come, today was the day. It's a massive boost to any opposition if he's (Dhoni) not around."
Suresh Raina: "We didn't bat really well and kept losing wickets every 2-3 overs, that cost us the game. We need to take responsibility as a batting unit. Our bowling has been amazing throughout the tournament."
ALL OVER. It's a tame finish and CSK barely turned up with the bat today. Again, this may be a fortress for Chennai, but year after year, they keep getting it breached when the tourists from Mumbai come over. It's a spanking, a 46-run-big spanking.
Stat: In their last 19 games at home (at Chepauk) from 22 Apr 2013, Chennai Super Kings has lost just two matches and on both occasions it was to Mumbai Indians - on 8 May 2015 and now one tonight!
Nope. Malinga kills it. Bumrah kills it further.
Hmmmm, a twist? Bravo and Santner haven't given up yet though. Clearly.
More controversy. This time it's against Mumbai, with a Hardik Pandya no ball called, but replays show the front foot at least two inches inside the crease. What's worse, the free-hit goes for a boundary.
This IPL and controversy are never far - this time with a catch controversy - So Suryakumar Yadav dives in front, but are his fingers underneath? A million replays, a million angles but each one of them are conclusive. Anyways, things stay with the soft signal, and VIjay's given marching orders. Are CSK's hopes with that too?
Well, well, well. It's official. It IS a collapse. So much so that it could've been worse had Anukul Roy held on to a dolly of a catch dished out to him by Vijay.
9-1 (Shane Watson, 0.5)
22-2 (Suresh Raina, 3.1)
34-3 (Ambati Rayudu, 4.3)
No captaincy charms. Suresh Raina, perpetually waiting for a short ball, hoicks ugly-ly at an off-cutter. He's had just the one fifty in this entire season.
Watto's return after the madness h smoked the other night against SRH -- 4, 4 and another certain boundary on a fall down leg that he ends up flicking straight to short fine leg. Malinga, revives his over.
Here, what happened and where it stands ..
Some things in life just don't change - a middle-order MI collapse and a Hardik Pandya flourish at the end. 27 off the final two overs, and Mumbai have something respectable. 155 it will be. But this is Chennai, there will be dew, and there's no Dhoni low down. Simple, you said eh?
WHAT A SPELL !! Take a bow, Mitch.
#1 -- 0 2 0 4 1 1
#2 -- W 0 0 1 0 1
#3 -- 0 0 0 1 0 1
#4 -- 1 W 0 0 0 0
4, 4, 1, 6 and that's all the entertainment Rohit Sharma would be providing us with tonight. Santner has another wicket - to another slog.
The season goes from bad to worse for the old Pandya -- He gets a promotion, thanks to MI's desperation of wanting a leftie with a rightie at the crease, and does himself no favours .. falling really quickly, piling on Lewis' wicket.
99-2 (Evin Lewis, 12.1) -- A miscued slog against Santner to mid-wicket
101-3 (Krunal Pandya, 13.1) -- A miscued slog against Tahir to mid-wicket
Just a gentle reminder - the head-to head stands: MI | 14 - 11 | CSK. And CSK have NEVER beaten Mumbai at the Chepauk since 2010. And you thought it was a fortress .. !!
So Mumbai were cutting loose -- with consecutive 14-run overs. But Chennai pull it back considerably well, sneaking in some quiet overs, with the usual suspect, the old fox Dwayne Bravo leading the pack.
Powerplay - Check. Chennai have pulled it back well, Harbhajan in particular has given out peanuts. Alas, Rohit doesn't let him finish on a high, ruining his last over post-powerplay with two sixes. Lewis is scratching around, but he decides to go after Tahir.
Just when Quinton de Kock was cutting loose, going after CSK's most prolific powerplay bowler Deepak Chahar, an off-cutter gets the better of him.
If it's Chennai, it better be spin quickly. Raina knows, doesn't disappoint and Harbhajan Singh is into bowling in the second over itself. Also, the Mumbai openers have a certified weakness when it comes to it.
Here's let's spoonfeed you the XIs -
Rohit Sharma: I would have chased too as dew comes in the second half which makes batting easier. The first half of the tournament was bit up and down. But now we know exactly what we need to do as a team. It is always challenging to play cricket here. We have made two changes in our team. Evin Lewis and Anukul Roy in place of Ben Cutting and Mayank Markande.
Suresh Raina: We will bowl first, wicket still looks the same. I think dew will be the factor. MS and Jaddu are not well, they have fever and they will miss today's game. We have three changes: MS, Jaddu and one more player is not playing (Faf). Dhruv Shorey, Murali Vijay and Santner come in.
Inexperienced's luck? Raina wins the toss -- CSK opt to bowl. Rohit Sharma says he would've done the same. After all, it is the SAME pitch that was used in the first match against RCB. Remember, 70 all-out ..
Not the best of news to kick off this big event, but MS Dhoni is down with an illness and won't be playing tonight. Who's keeping you ask? Well Rayudu, the wannabe 360-degree man is with the gloves. In something more positive, Anukul Roy has been handed over a debut cap by Mumbai.
Okay, here's the build up going ball by ball, and here's all the build up to it.
** Drumroll ** It's our desi version of the El Classico. In these business times, where everything translates in terms of points and NRRs, Chennai couldn't care less. They've qualified (unless something dramatically mathematically otherwise happens) and now it's down to sealing a Chennai play-off. Mumbai though have other worries - a six-day gap to shrug the rustiness and then reverse the last match's troubles. Anyway, let's start of with a hello ..
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