MI vs CSK: As it happened(AP)
MI vs CSK: As it happened(AP)

IPL 2019, MI vs CSK, Highlights: As It Happened

As it happened: Hardik gets the job done, he has had a brilliant match, first with the bat and then with the ball, he was on song all day. MI win by 37 runs, CSK have their first win of the season. Mumbai’s campaign back on track, this is their fortress and they have defended it well today. (Full scorecard)

Follow the highlights of the match:

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON APR 06, 2019 10:25 AM IST
23:57 hrs IST

Mumbai Win

Hardik gets the job done, he has had a brilliant match, first with the bat and then with the ball, he was on song all day. MI win by 37 runs, CSK have their first win of the season. Mumbai’s campaign back on track, this is their fortress and they have defended it well today

23:45 hrs IST

And now Bravo departs

Full ball angled in, Bravo takes an almighty swing, the ball takes the inside edge and flies to Quinton de Kock who dives and takes a stunning catch. CSK sinking here

23:43 hrs IST

Jadhav departs

Slower ball, Jadhav swishes across the line, nicks it and Quinny takes the catch. An amazing innings comes to an end and this could well be the match for CSK?

23:32 hrs IST

Kedar scores his 50

It has been a stunning innings by Kedar, using the pace of the bowlers perfectly, he needs to keep going and get his side over the line. Bravo and Jadhav did it for their side last year, can they repeat their heroics?

23:27 hrs IST

Jadeja dismissed

Two wickets for Hardik in this over, Jadeja too backs away, tries to cut Hardik up and over point, outside edge taken and Quinton takes a smart catch. This is a brilliant over by Hardik, Mumbai now have control of this game

23:23 hrs IST

Dhoni departs

Dhoni chips down the track, Hardik bangs the ball, Dhoni still attempts to pull it away, miscues it and the man at short square leg gets a very simple catch, SK Yadav takes the catch as MI are all over the place

23:21 hrs IST

Asking rate climbs

Dhoni is still content on prodding and defending, he is looking to churn over the strike right now. However, the asking rate is climbing all the time

23:00 hrs IST

Dhoni takes his time

Rahul Chahar has been bowling well, Dhoni is taking his time, but well, he also takes it till the end, so Mumbai will have to take his wicket as soon as possible

22:46 hrs IST

Kedar attacks Bumrah

This has been a good counter-attack by Kedar Jadhav. Three boundaries in that over and suddenly, CSK have found some momentum. MI cannot afford to relax, they need to press on for more wickets

22:35 hrs IST

Pollard, you beauty

Suresh Raina backs away, slaps a length ball, the ball flies to Kieron Pollard at deep cover. Now, Pollard takes a few steps back, leaps and takes a stunning catch at the boundary ropes. It was absolute magic, MI rocking along as CSK lose a huge wicket

22:27 hrs IST

Excellent stuff from Behrendorff

The pacer has hit the ground running with a lot of positive intent, he has bowled a lot of dot balls and this has helped build pressure on CSK. How will Raina and Jadhav respond now will determine the course of this match

22:16 hrs IST

Malinga gets rid of Watson

That ball was short and wide, Watson cuts, straight to Pollard who leaps and takes a juggling catch. Mumbai Indians have started with a bang, this pitch is assisting them

22:09 hrs IST

Rayudu departs

What a ball from the big Jason Behrendorff, gets the ball to bounce and Rayudu has nowhere to go, he fends and the ball takes the gloves. Quinton de Kock takes an easy catch, Wankhede roars as MI strike early

22:05 hrs IST

Chase is on

Shane Watson and Ambati Rayudu are out there. Jason Behrendorff with the new ball, his first game for the Mumbai Indians. The hosts need quick wickets up front with this new ball

21:52 hrs IST

29 runs from that last over

What a huge, huge over. Pollard starts the carnage, Hardik takes over the mantle, and 29 runs came from that over. 170 is what Mumbai Indians end with. After a slow start, Surya and Krunal anchored the innings nicely, before Hardik arrived and gave the rapid finish. Will this score be enough?

21:36 hrs IST

Surya perishes

Bravo strikes again, fullish ball, Surya wants to smoke it over long on, does not time it perfectly and is caught nicely by Ravindra Jadeja at long on. A good innings comes to an end

21:29 hrs IST

Krunal departs

He has not been timing his strokes and finally, he skews a drive, a Jadeja runs forward from long off to take a safe catch as he tumbles to the ground

21:26 hrs IST

Dhoni shuffling his field

Krunal and Surya are going for everything right now, they are having luck on their way, Dhoni is shuffling his field around. Mumbai are below par right now, and they need a final flourish to get a safer score

21:18 hrs IST

Tahir finishes his spell

25 runs conceded, 1 wicket claimed. Good spell from Imran Tahir, he always is a threat. How much will be enough for Mumbai Indians on this track?

21:07 hrs IST

Sloppy from CSK, Krunal survives

Krunal wants to break free, he has been dropped at mid off. And then Kedar Jadhav over-runs a ball at third man. Thakur comes from around the wicket and traps Krunal in front of the stumps, he has gone for a referral, is there bat, it could well be, there is a spike on ultraedge and Krunal survives

20:55 hrs IST

Suryakumar holds the key

He has looked fluent today and now needs to carry on and get a big score and also drag this innings along with him. Krunal has started well at the other end, Mumbai need to consolidate and then go big towards the end

20:44 hrs IST

Mumbai slide

Tahir strikes, tosses the ball on off stump, Yuvraj wants to muscle the ball over long off, does not get the required timing, Ambati Rayudu jumps at the boundary and holds on to a smart catch. The third umpire takes his time verifying the claim and then sends Yuvraj back

20:35 hrs IST

Jadeja on the money

Dhoni’s magic is at it again, the ball spins away from Rohit, Dhoni collects the ball after the ball takes the outside edge. Rohit is walking off, Jadeja’s front foot is checked, he is very very close to that line, but the umpire says, it’s all cool. Mumbai lose their skipper

20:27 hrs IST

Suryakumar is looking very good

Stunning timing so far from the local lad, he has motored off the block today, creaming boundaries and getting back momentum for his side. He needs to keep it going as Rohit is taking his time to settle down

20:14 hrs IST

Chahar strikes

Quinton de Kock runs out of patience, he walks down the track, and tries to pull Chahar, but finds short square leg perfectly. Good start for CSK and Chahar continues his great form for CSK up front with the new ball

20:05 hrs IST

Steady start by Deepak Chahar

On the money with the first ball, Chahar has bowled the perfect first over. Mumbai have got 2 runs from that over, a leg bye and then Rohit gets off the mark

20:00 hrs IST

Out walk the players

Rohit Sharma and Quinton de Kock walk out, followed by the CSK players. The crowd has built up perfectly, this promises to be a ripper of a contest. Deepak Chahar with the new ball, he has quite brilliant so far

19:46 hrs IST

Yuvraj looking good

Pietersen asks Yuvraj on the strapping on his fingers and knee guards and the southpaw says, he’s all good: I’m all good. These are just precautionary measures.

19:37 hrs IST

Teams

Playing XIs:

Mumbai Indians (Playing XI): Rohit Sharma(c), Quinton de Kock(w), Suryakumar Yadav, Yuvraj Singh, Kieron Pollard, Hardik Pandya, Krunal Pandya, Rahul Chahar, Jasprit Bumrah, Lasith Malinga, Jason Behrendorff

Chennai Super Kings (Playing XI): Ambati Rayudu, Shane Watson, Suresh Raina, MS Dhoni(w/c), Kedar Jadhav, Dwayne Bravo, Ravindra Jadeja, Deepak Chahar, Mohit Sharma, Shardul Thakur, Imran Tahir

19:35 hrs IST

MS wins the toss

CSk will field first, Santner misses out, Mohit Sharma replaces him.

For Mumbai, Mitchell McClenaghanis dropped and Jason Behrendorff replaces him. Also, Mayank Markande misses out and Rahul Chahar takes his place

19:25 hrs IST

Rohit’s form is a big plus for Mumbai

In 23 matches, Rohit has scored 606 runs against CSK and he sits pretty at the second spot in the list of most runs scored against the MS Dhoni-led team. Royal Challengers Bangalore skipper Virat Kohli tops the list with 738 runs in as many games.

19:21 hrs IST

Predicted Xis

This is how CSK are expected to line up.

This is how Mumbai Indians line up

19:06 hrs IST

Arnab - Chance for Bumrah to ace another Team India senior

Jasprit Bumrah is the best bowler in limited overs cricket currently and he has proved that time and again in a Team India jersey. Coming into the IPL there was a lot of talk about how the senior Team India batsmen will face him. Bumrah managed to get the better of Virat Kohli and now will have a crack at MS Dhoni. Let’s see who wins this battle, could well decide the match.

19:04 hrs IST

Toss will be the key

Wankhede has always been a ground which has been difficult to defend and hence, both captains would want to field first and when the dew falls, take full advantage during the chase

18:50 hrs IST

Sayan - But numbers don’t lie, do they?

Tahir has bowled 11 balls to Hardik, he has given away 7 runs and has already dismissed him once. So, well, yes, Hardik will face Tahir and he will fall to him for the second time. It’s all in the numbers, not fluff!

18:49 hrs IST

Arnab- For Tahir, we have Hardik

Hardik Pandya has been in great six-hitting form this season and he fancies the spinners. So, bring on Tahir, Hardik will take him to the cleaners,and let him bowl all his googlies, which will only spin towards him

18:41 hrs IST

Sayan - We have Imran Tahir

Well, CSK have their own trump card in Imran Tahir and his googlies against the left-handers have been immense across his career. He will be thrown the ball if Quinton gets moving and this battle between two South Africans will be fun

18:39 hrs IST

Arnab - Quinton de Kock factor

Quinton de Kock is among the top five run-getters this year – across competitions and across all the formats around the world. MI will once again expect a big contribution from the South African wicket-keeper this match

18:29 hrs IST

Sayan - Malinga’s form big worry

All that is in the past, let’s speak about the present scenario, let’s speak about Lasith Malinga this season.

His spells in 2019 are as follow:

o 24/0 in 3 overs (econ rate: 8.00)

o 47/0 in 4 overs (econ rate: 11.75)

47 runs conceded by Malinga is the most runs conceded by a MI bowler in IPL 2019 so far.

18:27 hrs IST

Arnab - We know how to contain Dhoni

In Jasprit Bumrah and Lasith Malinga, we have possibly two of the best bowlers to bowl to MS Dhoni. Both these bowlers have a great record against the CSK captain, and it could well be a bridge too far for even the ‘Thala’ of CSK

18:15 hrs IST

Sayan - CSK have Rohit’s nemesis

Chennai Super Kings have a big talisman in their ranks and that is Dwayne Bravo. He won the match for CSK against Rajasthan Royals with his guile and has created difficulties for Rohit Sharma over the years. The Caribbean stalwart has dismissed Rohit 5 times in the IPL previously and it won’t be wrong to say that Bravo has the MI skipper’s number.

18:08 hrs IST

Arnab - MI have ‘Captain Fantastic’

Mumbai Indians have always done well when captain Rohit Sharma fires and he has done that against CSK at teh Wankhede Stadium historically. He has scored 289 runs in 7 innings at a strike rate of 140.29 against the Dhoni’s team and the onus will once again be on Rohit to get the team off to a good start as they look to win their 100th IPL match.

18:02 hrs IST

Sayan - We have the ‘Insiders’

In Ambati Rayudu and Harbhajan Singh we have two former Mumbai Indians players who know it all about the team and how to do well at the Wankhede. Both have got great records at the Wankhede Stadium and will be CSK’s main weapons tonight.

17:58 hrs IST

Arnab responds with MI’s superior record

Agree completely with you Sayan. He is one man who has had the maximum impact on this league over the years. But you can’t discount the Mumbai Indians, who have not only won the title thrice but are also the only team to have a superior head-to-head record against CSK in IPL. Mumbai Indians have won 5 out of the 8 matches played between these two teams at the Wankhede and that will play a big role psychologically. Also, MI have won 4 out of the 5 matches against CSK, so bet against the Blue Brigade at your own peril.

17:52 hrs IST

Sayan fires first salvo - ‘Thala’ Dhoni

When you talk about the Indian Premier League, you only talk about one man - the Thala - MS Dhoni. It is difficult to look past this man both as a player and as captain. MSD of late has rediscovered the old magic with the bat and it was on display in the last match as his 75 powered the team to a big total. On the threshold of completing 4000 runs in the IPL, expect Dhoni to fire on all cylinders against the old nemesis Mumbai Indians.

17:45 hrs IST

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