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Rohit Sharma scored 67 off 48 in his team's win

Rohit Sharma led from the front as Mumbai Indians moved up to the second spot in the points table with a 46-run win over Chennai Super Kings in Chennai on Friday (April 26). Rohit made 67 off 48, in a game heavily dominated by spinners, as the visitors posted a challenging 155 for 4. CSK folded for 109 - their lowest score at the MA Chidambaram Stadium - with Lasith Malinga picking up four wickets.

Rohit tames the spinners...

Rohit came into the contest with a high score of 48 in IPL 2019. The runs had dried up but the MI captain stood up just when it mattered. Both MI openers attacked Deepak Chahar early on - taking 20 off the first 10 deliveries by the pacer - before Quinton de Kock fell in the third over. With the track aiding spinners, it was crucial the batsmen showed application. Rohit and Evin Lewis (32) made 75 for the second wicket to lay the platform for MI's challenging score.

Harbhajan Singh had given away just nine in his first three overs. In his fourth - the eighth of the innings - Rohit smashed two sixes to get the innings going. Imran Tahir - CSK's biggest threat this season - too wasn't spared. Rohit faced 13 deliveries from the legspinner and stroked 21 with three boundaries and a six. Mitchell Santner was the most successful CSK spinner on the night - ending with 4-0-13-2 - and was the only bowlers who managed to keep the visiting captain on a leash. Rohit eventually fell to Santner but not before he had given his side the edge after being put in. On the night, CSK spinners gave away 73 from their 12 overs. Rohit made 47 off those - off 35 deliveries - to win the crucial battle on a tough surface.

The CSK comeback...

MI were 99 for 1 after 12 overs and were looking to push on. Lewis fell on the first ball of the 13th, to Santner, before Tahir removed Krunal Pandya. Rohit fell in the 17th. Both Hardik Pandya and Kieran Pollard struggled to get going and were able to collect only 33 in the last 22 deliveries. The big finish was delayed till the very last over and it was Pandya who made it up in the end. After Pollard struck the first ball for four, Pandya went on to smash a six and four to collect 17 from the final over and push the total above 150.

The chase...

Sans MS Dhoni, the CSK batting unit wore a thin look. And yet, the think-tank would have hoped for better application from the host batsmen. Set a challenging total, at least 15 over par, CSK kept struggling for momentum. Shane Watson fell in the first over, when he flicked a Lasith Malinga delivery to short fine, but was unlucky to find the fielder on a superbly timed shot. CSK batsmen were well aware that MI spinners will be tough to get away against and hence went after the pacers. Suresh Raina played a poor stroke - trying to launch Hardik over long-off - but ended up sending a top edge to point.

Ambati Rayudu continued to struggle and was dismissed for a duck while Kedar Jadhav laboured his way to 6 off 11 before losing his stumps to Krunal. The left-arm spinner and Rahul Chahar built up the pressure while Anukul Roy, on debut, made merry and picked up the wicket of Dhruv Shorey (5). From 9 for 1, CSK were 34 for 3 in the fifth and 66 for 6 in the 12th. Regular wickets meant the visitors bossed the game despite some late resistance by Bravo and Santner.

What was the key difference?

MI managed to smash 81 from eight overs by Chahar and Bravo. The assault gave them the much-needed cushion against the spinners and the batsmen weren't forced to take unnecessary risks. The MI pacers - Malinga, Hardik and Jasprit Bumrah - gave away just 69 runs from 8.4 overs and accounted for seven wickets. Malinga picked up four wickets and used his variations brilliantly to shut the game towards the end. In their last 19 games at Chepauk, CSK have lost just two matches and on both occasions, it's come against MI.

What next for the teams?

CSK play their last home game against Delhi Capitals on May 1 while MI head to Kolkata to take on Kolkata Knight Riders on April 28.

Brief scores: Mumbai Indians 155/4 in 20 overs (Rohit Sharma 67; Mitchell Santner 2-13) beat Chennai Super Kings 109 in 17.4 overs (M Vijay 38; Lasith Malinga 4-37) by 46 runs

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