Mumbai Indians registered a dominating victory over Chennai Super Kings in the El Classico of Indian Premier League, by securing the win by 5 wickets, with 31 balls left. MI has been knocked out of the tournament earlier on, and with this defeat of CSK, their little hopes for the playoffs has also been buried now. CSK batted first and got all out at the score of 97. MI chased down the target in 14.5 overs, losing 5 wickets. Here are 3 factors that led Mumbai to win the match.
MS Dhoni: the lone warrior
The first reason that ensured CSK’s defeat in the match, was their batters didn’t score many runs. Except for MS Dhoni who stood as a lone warrior, scoring 36 of 33 balls with 4 fours and 2 sixes, none were able to score much, with the next highest score being Dwayne Bravo’s 12 of 15 deliveries. Obviously, the bowlers of Mumbai got the credit for bowling impressively.
MI bowlers doing their job
The CSK batters didn’t score many runs with the reason of MI bowlers doing their job very well. Six bowlers bowled for Mumbai, and five of them picked up wickets, with Daniel Sams picking up 3 important wickets of the top three CSK batters and conceding 16 runs in 4 overs. Sams was also given the man of the match award for his brilliant performance.
Mumbai batters gradually chase down the target
Though there wasn’t any remarkable performance in the batting department of Mumbai Indians, they gradually moved closer to the target and chased it down. Still mentionable among them are Skipper Rohit Sharma who scored 18 of 14, Tilak Verma who scored 34 of 32 deliveries, and Tim David played a speedy knock of 16 of 7 balls with 2 sixes at the end.