Sports IPL: MI derail Chennai express

IPL: MI derail Chennai express

Mumbai, May 12

Mumbai Indians snuffed out defending champions Chennai Super Kings’ faint hopes of making the IPL playoffs with a five-wicket win in a low-scoring match here.

Opting to bowl, MI shot out CSK for 97, with pacer Daniel Sams (3/16) running through the MS Dhoni-led side’s top-order with a fiery opening spell.

The Rohit Sharma-led MI then huffed and puffed to overhaul the small target.

MI were four wickets down for 33 runs in the fifth over, with Mukesh Choudhary (3/23) doing most of the damage. However, Tilak Varma (34 not out off 32 balls) and Hrithik Shouken (18) calmed the frayed nerves with a 48-run stand for the fifth wicket. MI reached 103/ 5 in 14.5 overs. Tim David remained not out on 16 off just seven balls.

“The opposition bowled really well and a bit of application was needed from our side. These are the kind of games where you learn a lot,” Dhoni said after the game.

Brief scores: CSK 97 all out in 16 overs (Dhoni 36*; Sams 3/16, Kartickeya 2/22, Meredith 2/27); MI: 103/5 in 14.5 overs (Varma 34*; Choudhary 3/23). — PTI

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