All-round Chennai beat Mumbai by 6 wickets, jump to second spot
Chennai Super Kings cruised to a six-wicket victory over Mumbai Indians in Match 49. Mumbai Indians managed a below-par 139 for 8 after being put into bat. Skipper Rohit Sharma (0) failed to score for the second game in a row, and Nehal Wadhera’s 64 off 51 balls was the only saving grace, while Suryakumar Yadav’s 26 off 22 balls was the second-best score. For CSK, pacers Deepak Chahar (2/18 in 3 overs), Tushar Deshpande (2/26 in 4 overs) and Matheesha Pathirana (3/15 in 4 overs) were all among wickets. In reply, CSK scored the runs in 17.4 overs with Ruturaj Gaikwad (30 off 16 balls) and Devon Conway (44 off 42 balls) scoring the bulk of the runs.
MS.DHONI after Victory: It was a very crucial game for a simple reason, if you see the points table there’s a muddle in the middle. Last few games the results have not gone in our favour and so it is good to be on the winning side. I was doubtful with the decision at the toss, I wanted to bat first but the think tank thought about the rain, I was slightly outnumbered and so we went with the majority. If there is some kind of a confusion then we sit and talk about it. I felt the wicket will slow down and that was the reason behind it, and even if rain comes then the majority of the game would have been done. People who don’t have a very clean action batters find it difficult to pick them. It is not the pace or variations, but the consistency. I would prefer him not to play red-ball cricket and play all the ICC tournaments, he would be a great asset for Sri Lanka. He was slightly lean last season and has added muscle this season.
Rohit Sharma after defeat :Everywhere I guess (on what went wrong), we didn’t bat well enough, didn’t put enough runs for the bowlers to defend. We had an off-day as a batting unit. We just did what we felt was comfortable (on him going down to 3), needed an Indian batter to bat in the middle overs against spin after unfortunately losing Tilak Varma, but we lost three wickets for just 16 runs. He’s bowling really well (on Piyush Chawla), the other bowlers need to rally around him, that’s what the team needs, everyone has to come forward and chip in contributions. There’s no such home advantage this season, everyone has won and lost at home, we need to do all the three departments of the game, we’ll play at home in the next two games, we’ll see how it goes.
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