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Chennai Super Kings defeat Mumbai Indians by 24 runs

The Chennai Super Kings broke table-topper Mumbai Indians' string of five wins with a stunning 24-run victory in the Indian Premier League in Chennai on Tuesday. Nikhilesh Bhattacharya reports.

cricket Updated: Apr 06, 2010 23:56 IST
Nikhilesh Bhattacharya

Dehydration did what the Chennai Super Kings' bowlers were unable to do for most of Sachin Tendulkar's innings. It laid low the Bandra Bomber and the remaining Mumbai Indians' batsmen fell like ninepins as the hosts won a crucial match here by 24 runs.

Early in the Mumbai Indians' chase, the match looked to be going in a completely different direction. In the very first over, Tendulkar stood in his crease and just extended his arms to hit through the line of a full delivery from Sudeep Tyagi. The ball raced to the cover boundary and Tendulkar was away.

Unfortunately, a dehydrated Tendulkar retired hurt after the time-out at the end of the ninth over. He came back later, but could not go on for much longer.

The spinners once again did the job for the hosts and Sri Lankan left-arm medium-pacer Thilan Thushara was miserly. The fielding was a revelation, complete with good catches and sharp run-outs.

The crowd must have been happy with the win, but they would have loved to have seen a bit more of Tendulkar. Fans never fail to turn up for an IPL match at the Chepauk, but one could not miss the extra buzz around the stadium before Tuesday's game. The roads were crowded and people jostled with one another at the entrances, which are so narrow that only one person can get in at a time.

“Most of this is for Tendulkar. Mahendra Singh Dhoni is a waste,” said a Chepauk regular, waiting for the rush to subside before making his way in.

The young man may have been exaggerating, but the cheers Tendulkar drew when he came out to toss were far louder than what greeted Dhoni. If that bothered the Super Kings' captain, he did not show it and won his second straight toss.

However, the hosts let the crowd down with a strangely anaemic batting performance in which Matthew Hayden's 35 was the top score and only two batsmen, Dhoni and S. Badrinath, scored at a strike rate of over 130.

Harbhajan Singh bowled a superb three-over spell with the new ball, giving away 16 runs and picking up Murali Vijay's wicket. It took some late

improvisation from Badrinath, who peppered the straight boundary behind the wicketkeeper with scoops and reverse scoops, to take the score to 165 for four.