IPL MATCH CENTRE
Mumbai Indians scored 187 for six largely due to a brilliant cameo from Kieron Pollard who smashed a 17-ball-41 after a solid platform was laid by Lendl Simmons' 65 off 51 balls.
In reply, CSK's much-vaunted batting line-up could muster only 162 all out in 19 overs as none of the top-order batsmen went on to play a match-winning knock.
Such was the domination by the home team that Mumbai were almost always on top in the match.
But five-time finalists and two-time champions CSK will get another crack during the second Qualifier to be played in Mahendra Singh Dhoni's hometown Ranchi.
The telling blow was dealt by Harbhajan Singh (2/26 in 4 overs), who removed the dangerous Suresh Raina (25) and skipper MS Dhoni (0) off successive deliveries to swing the match decisively in MI's favour. Lasith Malinga (3/23) and R Vinay Kumar (2/26) played their part as well as MI have now won nine out of 11 matches.