IPL 2020: Mumbai Indians have CSK under the pump
Kiwi pacer Trent Boult snaps up four wickets
Mumbai Indians bowling attack had the Chennai Super Kings right under the pump to restrict them to a paltry total in the IPL's 'El Clasico' in Sharjah on Friday night.
New Zealand left-arm pacer Trent Boult snaffled four wickets, while leg spinner Rahul Chahar and pacer Jasprit Bumrah picked two each as the Chennai Super Kings managed to put together 114 for nine at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium.
Four overs. 18 runs. Four wickets. One maiden. Pure class from Boulty! pic.twitter.com/U7vYS5Mn57- Mumbai Indians (@mipaltan) October 23, 2020
And it was thanks to Sam Curran that the Chennai Super Kings reached that total after being 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 for the three-time winners as the defending champions strangled them with an exemplary bowling show, led by Boult.
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 stand-in captain Pollard was successful with the review.
Ambati Rayudu then tried to pull Jasprit Bumrah but could only glove it into the hands of wicketkeeper Quinton de Kock, who had a great night behind the stumps. The South African captain took three catches and also effected a stumping.
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 Shardul 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) vs Mumbai Indians.
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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