Mumbai, April 21: Pacer Mukesh Choudhary’s (3/19) sensational bowling performance helped Chennai Super Kings restrict Mumbai Indians to 155/7 despite a half-century of struggle from Tilak Varma (51 not out of 43) in one match of IPL 2022 at the DY Patil stadium, here on Thursday.
Invited to bat first, Mumbai got off to a horrible start when pacemaker Mukesh Choudhary sacked both starters Rohit Sharma and Ishan Kishan for ducks in the first over of the innings.
Chennai could have picked a couple more wickets in the second, but MS Dhoni missed stuming Suryakumar Yadav and skipper Ravindra Jadeja dropped the catch on Dewald Brevis. However, CSK didn’t have to wait long for the next wicket as Choudhary unwrapped Brevis (4) in his second over.
Tilak Varma then joined Yadav in the middle and the southpaw was dropped by DJ Bravo in a slip. Despite all the action around him, Yadav looked comfortable in the middle and took Mumbai to 42/3 after 6 overs along with Tilak Varma, who went into defensive mode after earning a reprieve.
Just when it looked like Yadav would continue his fight, Mitchell Santner went back on the attack and struck to dispose of the batsman for 32 as MI fell to 47-4.
After losing wickets at regular intervals, Mumbai was in desperate need of a partnership with two young batsmen: debutant Hrithik Shokeen and Verma showed courage under tremendous pressure. The duo picked some timely bounds to keep the scoreboard going for Mumbai.
They were also helped by Chennai’s sloppy fielding as Jadeja dropped his second catch and gave Hrithik a breather. But the rookie couldn’t take advantage of that, as Dwayne Bravo went on the attack and struck immediately to eliminate Hrithik (25). Kieron Pollard (13), who came up to bat, then hit a six and a limit, but couldn’t last long and went out to spinner Theekshana. Daniel Sams couldn’t do much either and perished cheaply (5).
Wickets fell at the other end, but Verma continued his fight and reached crucial limits in slog overs to lift Mumbai out of a precarious position. He was supported by Jaydev Unadkat (19 for 9) as the duo was not left out and led Mumbai to 155/7 in 20 overs.
Aside from Choudhary, Dwayne Bravo (2/36), Mitchell Santner (1/16) and Maheesh Theekshana (1/35) were the CSK candidates.
Short scores: Mumbai Indians 155/7 in 20 overs (Tilak Varma 51 not out, Suryakumar Yadav 32; Mukesh Choudhary 3/19, Dwayne Bravo 2/36) vs Chennai Super Kings.