MUMBAI — Mumbai Indians defeated Chennai Super Kings by five wickets in Thursday’s Indian Premier League match, ending playoff hopes for the four-time IPL champion.
The Mumbai side managed by Rohit Sharma chased a paltry 98 runs to victory in 20 overs after their bowlers fielded the Super Kings for 97 in the sixteenth at their home Wankhede Stadium.
Sharma won the toss and went for the bowl before Australian point guard Daniel Sams broke Chennai’s best order on the power play.
Fellow Australians Riley Meredith and Jasprit Bumrah each took a wicket to stagger the opposition with 29 for five in the sixth.
New Zealanders Devon Conway and Moeen Ali were in on the action, while fly-half Ruturaj Gaikwad scored seven goals.
Chennai skipper MS Dhoni tried to put up some resistance with his unbeaten 36 but couldn’t line up any points as he regularly lost his team mates.
Kumar Kartikeya knocked out West Indian all-rounder Dwayne Bravo for 12, followed by Simarjeet Singh’s wicket in the same over.
Kumar came back with numbers of two for 22. Meredith conceded two wickets while Ramandeep Singh and Bumrah took one each.
Mumbai also stuttered on the power play, trailing by four wickets to 33 runs.
Ishan Kishan scored six runs while Sharma hit four 4s for 18 before being caught by Dhoni past Singh.
Sams was caught leg before the wicket by Mukesh Choudhary followed by the dismissal of Tristan Stubbs for nothing in the same over.
But Tilak Varma and Hrithik Shokeen kept the scoreboard going before Shokeen fell to Ali at 18. Varma went on for an unbeaten 34, while Tim David hit a quick 16 on seven balls as Mumbai chased the goal on 31 balls.
Choudhary pocketed three for 23 from his four while Singh and Ali took one each.
“The first games didn’t go as planned. I had some time to reflect on those accomplishments. I just realized that I was focusing too much on the batsman and not on my strengths,” said Sams, who won the player of the match award.
Chennai have lost eight games in the tournament and are knocked out of playoff contention. The Dhoni-led side are set to play two more games as they remain ninth in the IPL standings.
Five-time IPL winners Mumbai Indians, who sit in 10th place, are already out of the title race.