Chennai Super Kings lost their must-win encounter against the Mumbai Indians by 5 wickets.
Mumbai Indians won the toss and decided to bowl first.
It was an unlucky match for the defending champions as, during the first half, there was no provision of the DRS system.
Chennai’s wickets just started tumbling one after the other and without the DRS, CSK looked in deep trouble.
When the DRS system came back on, it was already too late. CSK had lost 8 wickets by then.
In a panic, Chennai Super Kings could only muster 97 runs without even playing their full quota of overs.
Mumbai needed just 98 runs to win the match.
This was a must-win scenario for Chennai Super Kings but they didn’t capitalize on building a big inning for themselves.
Tilak Verma outshone with the bat for Mumbai Indians and they got the score quite easily in the end with 31 balls to spare.
Player of the Match
Daniel Sams for his 3/16 (4) and 1 (6)
Post Match Reactions
MS Dhoni, Chennai Super Kings skipper, said that 130 would have been a par score but anything below that would have been impossible to defend. Praised both Mukesh Choudhary and Simarjeet Singh and said that after playing a few matches, both have improved a lot and started believing in themselves as well. Added that the batters weren’t in form today, they should have batted more perfectly. Gave credit to Mumbai for bowling brilliantly but mentioned that the batters must have applied themselves more in the game. Ended by saying that hope the batsmen learn more with each passing game.
Rohit Sharma, Mumbai Indians captain, said that it got a bit intense when they lost sudden wickets in the powerplay overs but they remained calm and took the team over the finish line. Mentioned that he knows the Wankhede pitch well and so there was quite a lot of swing and bounce on both sides. Added that they are now giving the youngsters a lot of chances while the main motto is to win the game. Praised Tilak Verma and said that he is an all-format player and is on the right path at the moment. On Bumrah, he said that playing alongside him for so many years so he knows his role very well. Ended by saying that Pollard has been a stalwart for the team, but they decided to give him some rest and added that Pollard was okay with their decision.
Mumbai Indians will next play Sunrisers Hyderabad on the 17th of May at Wankhede Stadium.
Chennai Super Kings will be up against the Gujarat Titans on the 15th of May at the same venue.