CSK vs MI Qualifier 1: Mumbai Indians tame Chennai Super Kings on cruel gymnast to make fifth IPL final

CHENNAI: It Was A Familiar Sight Chennai Super Kings (CSK) Fans On Chepauk On Tuesday - A Left Arm Spinner, Leg Spinner And Off Spinner Applying The Choke And Having A Great Voice In The Procedure.

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Instead Of Ravindra Jadeja, Imran Tahir And Harbhajan Singh, It Was The Mumbai Indians Trio Of Krunal Pandya (1-21), Rahul Chahar (2-14) And Jayant Yadav (1-25) That Inflicted The Damage.

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They Were Helped By A Spider-friendly Pitch Where The Ball Occasionally Became Angry And CSK Limited To An Inadequate Total Of 131 For 4. Mumbai Had Little Difficulty Defeating The Goalkeeper With A Stylish Slap Of Suryakumar Yadav, Who Won With Six Wickets Nine Balls To Save And Seal A Place In The IPL 12 Final In The Process.

The Win Was Mumbai's Fifth In A Row Against CSK In The IPL At Chepauk And Once Again Highlighted That The Hosts' Independence On Stifling Teams With Spin Doesn't Quite Work Against Rohit Sharma The Boys. Quite Simply, Mumbai Have The Wherewithal To Pin Chennai Down In Their Own Game.

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While The Mumbai Spinners Played A Starring Role, The Victory Wouldn't Have Been Possible Without Suryakumar's Unbeaten 71 Off 54 Balls In Difficult Circumstances. He Did Give A Couple Of Chances On 11 And 53 Respectively, But Neither Murali Vijay At Mid-on Nor Shane Watson At Slip Could Take Those.

Mumbai Had A Far From Ideal Start To The Run Chase, Losing Big Guns Rohit Sharma (4) And Quinton De Kock (8) Cheaply. Having Reduced Mumbai To 21 For 2, CSK Seemed Right In The Game At That Stage. But Two Of Mumbai's Lesser Names - Suryakumar And Ishan Kishan - Led The Chase With A Partnership Of 80 Runs From 63 Balls.

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Suryakumar Was The Dominant Partner, Playing Some Delectable Drives And Late Cuts During His Stay. There Was A Small Flutter When Mumbai Releases Kishan And Krunal Pandya Off Successive Deliveries To Tahir, With The Visitors Needing 31 Runs From 36 Balls.

But Suryakumar And Hardik Pandya Retained Their Composition And Saw Them Through Comfortably.

Given The Nature Of The Surface, CSK Understandably Found It Difficult To Get Going Early And Managed Just 32 Runs In The Powerplay For The Loss Of Three Wickets. Faf Du Plessis (6), Suresh Raina (5) And Shane Watson (10) Were The Men Dismissed, Each Falling To The Three Different Mumbai Spinners In Operation.

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Watson's Failure Must Have Been Particularly Disappointing For CSK Considering His Barren Run Or Form This Season. A Pale Shadow Of His Dominant Best, He Finished While Trying To Pull Krunal Over Mid-on. While He Was Late On The Shot, The Dismissal Wouldn't Have Been Possible Without Jayant Running Backwards And Completing An Excellent Catch.

While M Vijay - Who Came In For The Injured Kedar Jadhav - Staged A Letter Recovery, It Was MS Dhoni And Rayudu Who Ensured That CSK Had An Assembly Or Chance With An Unbeaten 66-run Stand For The Fifth Wicket. Dhoni, Once Again, Showcased His Ability To Make Opponents Pay At The End When He Launched Lasith Malinga For Two Towering Sixes In The Penultimate Over. Jasprit Bumrah, Though, Did Not Concede A Single Boundary In The Final About Despite Bowling A No Ball In Dhoni's Wicket And Giving Away A Subsequent Free Hit.

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