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HindustanTimes Sun,07 Sep 2014
IPL 7: Raina's 50 helps Chennai win eliminator by 7 wickets
PTI
Mumbai, May 28, 2014
First Published: 23:48 IST(28/5/2014)
Last Updated: 10:52 IST(29/5/2014)

Powered by Suresh Raina's unbeaten 33-ball 54, Chennai Super Kings defeated Mumbai Indians by seven wickets in the IPL eliminator at the Brabourne Stadium in Mumbai on Wednesday.

David Hussey (40 off 29 balls) helped Raina on his way with Dwayne Smith (24 off 20 balls) and Faf du Plessis (35 off 20) balls making significant contributions.

Brendon McCullum was the only batsman who failed to contribute, fallinf for 14.

Among the bowlers, Harbhajan Singh and Praveen Kumar were the only ones able to keep the economy rates in single figues. Harbhajan picked up two wickets as well. The rest of the Mumbai bowling went for quite a few.

In the previous innings, Mumbai opener Lendl Simmons smashed a 44-ball 67 to get them to 173 for eight.

The 29-year old Simmons provided the ideal start to the defending champions along with Michael Hussey when they were put into bat by Mahendra Singh Dhoni after winning the toss.

The duo piled on quick 76 runs in 58 balls before left-arm spinner Ravindra Jadeja shattered Hussey's stumps.

The pair attacked Mohit Sharma in the sixth over, milking him for 19 runs, with the West Indian Simmons scoring the bulk - a four on extra cover, a six at mid-wicket and a four over point in consecutive balls.

The veteran Australian also looked in good touch and struck four fours and a six in his 33-ball 39.

New Zealand all rounder Corey Anderson, who came one-down, couldn't do much damage but his cameo of 20 runs off just eight deliveries consisted of a four and two sixes.

Simmons, who has been in good form throughout the tournament hit the bowlers all around the park and his 71 minutes stay at the crease yielded five fours and four sixes.

The Trinidadian, the only player to have scored a century this season, looked set for another big score but perished in the 17th over while trying to hit a big shot and was caught at long on by Suresh Raina off Jadeja.

Simmons added 44 runs with skipper Rohit Sharma for the third wicket but the latter too returned to the pavilion after five deliveries. Sharma's 20 comprised three fours.

Burly West Indian Kieron Pollard chanced his arm to hit a four and a six in his 14 but his departure triggered a batting order collapse as Mumbai started losing wickets in a clutch while trying to pace their innings.

Mumbai lost Pollard, Aditya Tare (0), Ambati Rayudu (2), Praveen Kumar (1) in quick succession to find themselves reduced to 166 for eight after the Simmons' departure at 163.

Mohit Sharma was expensive as he gave away 42 runs in his four overs but the Haryana pacer picked up three wickets, after conceding 25 runs in his first two overs. Ashish Nehra and Jadeja picked up two wickets a piece.

Chennai will now take on Kings XI Punjab in the second qualifier for a place in the finals. Punjab lost to Kolkata Knight Riders earlier in the first qualifier.


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