Mumbai end CSK’s winning streak at home

Mumbai Indian's Rohit Sharma (left) and Lasith Malinga celebrate the dismissal of Chennai Super Kings' Shane Watson in Chennai on Friday. AFP

Skipper Rohit Sharma hit his maiden half-century of the season as Mumbai Indians produced an all-round effort to register a convincing 46-run win over defending champions Chennai Super Kings in an IPL match here on Friday.

MI’s win Friday ended CSK’s winning streak of five games at home this season.

The Rohit-led MI, a three-time champion, came up with an all-round performance to silence the Lions at its own den.

Rohit top-scored with 67 from 48 balls with the help of six fours and three sixes to help MI post 155 for four on a slow and turning Chepauk surface after being sent into bat.

And then MI bowlers led by Sri Lankan Lasith Malinga (4/37) bundled out CSK for 109 in 17.4 overs, the defending champions’ lowest total at home.

Besides Malinga, Krunal Pandya (2/7 in 3 overs) and Jasprit Bumrah (2/10 in 3 overs) did the damage.

By virtue of this win, MI has jumped to the second spot in the table with 14 points from 11 games. Despite the loss, CSK still lead the chart with 16 points from 12 matches.

Defending the total, MI spinners appeared to return the compliment after CSK tweakers had done a superb job in restricting the visiting team’s batsmen.

Murali Vijay (38 off 35 balls, 3x4, 1x6) was the top-scorer for CSK before being caught smartly by Suryakumar Yadav off Bumrah. Dwayne Bravo (20) and Mitchell Santner (22) were the only other batsmen of the home team to reach double figures.

Shane Watson hit Malinga for two fours but clipped a poor delivery from the Sri Lankan straight into the hands of Rahul Chahar at short fine-leg. He fell for eight in the first over to leave CSK at nine for one.

Skipper Suresh Raina didn’t look comfortable during his brief stay, before skying one to Suryakumar off Hardik Pandya for just two.

Ambati Rayudu endured another failure. He was castled by Krunal Pandya for a duck with a delivery that came in with the arm as CSK slipped into further trouble.

Kedar Jadhav’s poor form continued as he too was castled by Krunal Pandya.

Earlier, Rohit struck his first half-century of the ongoing IPL before CSK bowlers fought back brilliantly to restrict MI to 155 for four.

Sent in to bat by stand-in captain Raina after Mahendra Singh Dhoni was ruled out of the match due to fever, MI couldn’t capitalise on a good start, faltering against some accurate bowling by the home team.

From 103 for two in 13 overs, MI could only muster 52 runs in the final seven overs.

Hardik Pandya (23 not out off 18 balls, 1x4, 1x6) and Kieron Pollard (13 off 12 balls, 2x4s) couldn’t do much damage but still managed to get MI past the 150-run mark.

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