IPL 2020: Boult from the blue sparks CSK
Defending champions Mumbai Indians win by 10 wickets
Football's famed 'El Clasico' between FC Barcelona and Real Madrid may be still hours away at the Camp Nou but the IPL's very own storied 'El Clasico' played out at the historic venue in Sharjah.
And the Mumbai Indians, four-time champions of the showpiece and gunning a fifth, provided a five-star performance on Friday night.
The Mumbai Indians bowling attack had the Chennai Super Kings right under the pump to render this to be a virtual no-contest between the two. At the end of it all, a top notch MI trampled the three-time winners by 10 wickets at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium.
Left-arm pacer Trent Boult produced a bolt from the blue to spark CSK. The Kiwi took flight by snaffling four wickets and joining in the party were leg spinner Rahul Chahar and pacer Jasprit Bumrah, who picked two wickets apiece. And it all went south from there on, for the Chennai Super Kings.
Boult's best figures of 4-18, also the best this season, saw the Chennai Super Kings scramble to 114 for nine. CSK owed that total to Sam Curran's fifty, but it was too little against a strong Mumbai Indians.
Four overs. 18 runs. Four wickets. One maiden. Pure class from Boulty! pic.twitter.com/U7vYS5Mn57- Mumbai Indians (@mipaltan) October 23, 2020
Openers Ishan Kishan and Quinton de Kock, who had a fine night behind the stumps earlier, taking three catches and effecting a stumping, zip-lined past CSK and took Mumbai Indians home with 46 deliveries still in hand.
Southpaw Kishan played some delightful strokes to swing his way to an unbeaten 68 from 37 balls that contained five fours and two sixes, his second half-century this season and fifth overall, while fellow left-hander de Kock cracked an unbeaten 46 from the same number of deliveries. His knock was generously peppered with five sixes and six boundaries, the last four off Shardul Thakur completing the resounding win.
Curran was the only one to show some spark after the CSK were in a sorry state, with the Englishman striking a defiant 52 from 47 deliveries that contained four boundaries and two sixes.
The rest of the scorecard made for some poor reading as the defending champions strangled them with an exemplary bowling show, led by Boult.
CSK ended up with some unwanted records to their name, with that score.
The joust between Mumbai Indians and the Delhi Capitals continued at the top of the table with the former retaking the berth at the perch.
Mumbai Indians skipper Rohit Sharma sat out the game after he suffered a left leg hamstring strain during their last outing against Kings XI Punjab in Dubai. West Indian Kieron Pollard led the side in his absence.
Boult began the slide by having the young opener Ruturaj Gaikwad, in for Shane Watson, leg before for nought, off the fifth ball of the match. It was initially turned down by the umpire but Mumbai Indians stand-in captain Kieron Pollard was successful with the review.
Ambati Rayudu then tried to pull Jasprit Bumrah but could only glove it into the hands of wicketkeeper de Kock.
N Jagadeesan, who had replaced Kedhar Jadhav, then edged Bumrah into the hands of Suryakumar Yadav at first slip to leave CSK 3-3 at the end of two overs.
The Chennai Super Kings were then four down for three runs after opener Faf du Plessis got the faintest of edges and de Kock held on to the offering.
Skipper MS Dhoni and Ravindra Jadeja tried to stem the rot by counter-attacking the Mumbai bowlers. Dhoni edged Bumrah between de Kock and first slip for a boundary and then punched him through to the cover fence. Jadeja then helped himself to a boundary as 13 runs came off that fourth over.
But it was a short-lived fightback as Jadeja's pull off Boult, struck the toe of his bat and straight down the throat of Krunal Pandya at midwicket. That was incidentally the end of the powerplay and the Chennai Super Kings were 24-5.
Dhoni smacked Rahul Chahar for a six but the leg spinner had the last laugh after the former Indian captain got a faint edge while trying to pummel him and de Kock just about managed to hold on to it on the edge of his glove.
Chahar then got one up on his cousin brother, having Deepak stumped by de Kock as the batsman attempted to slog sweep.
Curran and Thakur embarked on a damage limitation exercise by adding 28 runs for the eighth wicket. Curran then put on 43 runs for the ninth wicket with Imran Tahir, who had come in for Piyush Chawla.
Curran got to his half-century before being bowled by a yorker from Boult, who went on to complete his four wickets.
Chennai Super Kings: 114-9 in 20 overs (Sam Curran 52, Trent Boult 4-18, Rahul Chahar 2-22, Jasprit Bumrah 2-25) lost to Mumbai Indians: 116 for no loss in 12.2 overs (Ishan Kishan 68 not out, Quinton de Kock 46 not out) by 10 wickets.
Chennai Super Kings: Sam Curran, Faf du Plessis, Ambati Rayudu, N Jagadeesan, MS Dhoni (C) (wk), Ruturaj Gaikwad, Ravindra Jadeja, Deepak Chahar, Shardul Thakur, Josh Hazlewood, Imran Tahir.
Mumbai Indians: Quinton de Kock (wk), Saurabh Tiwary, Suryakumar Yadav, Ishan Kishan, Hardik Pandya, Kieron Pollard(c), Krunal Pandya, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Rahul Chahar, Trent Boult, Jasprit Bumrah.
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