The MA Chidambaram Stadium has been Chennai Super Kings’ fortress over the years. In fact, MS Dhoni’s men have won 19 of their last 24 matches at the “Anbuden”.
Over the years, Chennai Super Kings have banked on their performances on the slow Chepauk pitches to outfox opponents and consistently qualify for playoffs. However, when Mumbai Indians invade, Chepauk no longer remains the three-time champions’ den.
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On a sluggish wicket at Chpeauk, Mumbai beat Chennai in their own game — use the spinners and strangulate the batting side.
Mumbai Indians clinched a comfortable six-wicket win after restricting Chennai Super Kings to a below-par 131 for 4 in 20 overs. Rahul Chahar (2 for 14), Krunal Pandya (1 for 21) and Jayant Yadav (1 for 25) put the brakes on the scoring rate and kept even the likes of MS Dhoni quiet in front of a sea of yellow.
Mumbai Indians have extended their positive record at Chepauk to 5-2 and are now unbeaten at CSK’s fortress since 2010. In IPL 2019, Mumbai have successfully overcome the Chepauk hurdle twice.
Shedding light on Mumbai Indians’ consistent success in Chennai over the years, captain Rohit Sharma said their all-conditions attack and a batting unit that is keen on executing its plans well have helped them tame CSK at their own backyard.
“We’ve got a balanced squad. Whatever the conditions are, we’ve got the squad for them. Have the balance we need on that kind of pitch. Even the batters are confident in what they want to execute. That’s probably one of the reasons we’ve had some success in Chennai because we play the conditions well and understand the conditions well,” Rohit Sharma said on Tuesday.
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Mumbai Indians reached the fifth IPL final after their dominant win over Chennai Super Kings on Tuesday. MS Dhoni’s men, on the other hand, will take a detour to Visakhapatnam to take on the winner of Wednesday’s Eliminator between Delhi Capitals and Sunrisers Hyderabad in the Qualifier 2 on Friday.
“Was a great effort. Great feeling to know that we’ll be playing the finals. Three days now in which we can switch off before the final. Much needed break,” an elated Rohit added.
Surykumar probably one of MI’s best batsmen: Rohit
Meanwhile, Rohit Sharma also heaped praise on Suryakumar Yadav, who stole the show with the bat with a well-paced 71 off just 54 balls.
Mumbai Indians were jolted early in their chase of 132 as they lost both openers Rohit and Quinton de Kock cheaply inside the powerplay. However, Suryakumar Yadav batted with a lot of maturity and kept the scoreboard ticking along without taking a lot of risks.
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Suryakumar remained unbeaten as he guided his team home. The Mumbai Ranji Trophy captain had hit 10 fours but not a single six on a difficult wicket against three quality spinners in Imran Tahir, Ravindra Jadeja and Harbhajan Singh.
“He [Suryakumar] is probably one of our best batsmen against spin. We knew the spin threat they possess will be a huge factor. Surya plays spin very well. I’ve seen him at close quarters. The shots he plays behind the wicket, those are not easy shots. Always knew he was going to come good at some stage,” Rohit said.