Saturday, April 1, 2023

Mohit And McCullum Keeps MI At Bay

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MI was expected to do a lot better than what they have till now in this season of the Indian Premier League, but then they were playing against CSK one of the most strongest sides of IPL. MI did only one thing right and that is to bat first after winning the toss. But then they could not post a big total and with only Corey Anderson and Rohit Sharma could come to the party their fate was almost sealed. Mohit Sharma was bowling well, in particular and got four wickets in the end. CSK’s powerhouse opening pair gave them fantastic start and despite loosing Smith and Raina quickly CSK did not make any mistake and won the game comfortably.

IPL 7 | Match 13 | CSK Vs MI

Venue: Dubai International Cricket Stadium

Toss: MI and elected to bat first

Playing XIs:

MI: Michael Hussey, Aditya Tare, Corey Anderson, Rohit Sharma, Kieron Pollard, Ambaty Rayudu, CM Gautam, Harbhajan Singh, Zaheer Khan, Pragyan Ojha, Lasith Malinga

CSK: Dwayne Smith, Brendon McCullum, Suresh Raina, Faf du Plessis, Mahendra Singh Dhoni, Mithun Manhas, Ravindra Jadeja, Ravichandran Ashwin, Ben Hilfenhaus, Ishwar Pandey, Mohit Sharma

Mini Score Card:

MI 141/7 (20) Run rate: 7.05

Rohit Sharma 50 (41) | Mohit Sharma 4/14 (4)

Corey Anderson 39 (31) | Ben Hilfenhaus 2/39 (40)

CSK 142/3 (19.0) Run rate: 7.47

Brendon McCullum 71* (53) | Harbhajan Singh 2/27 (4)

Dwayne Smith 29 (22) | Pragyan Ojha 1/25 (4)

Result: CSK won by 7 wickets

Points: CSK 2 (Total 6), Mumbai 0 (Total 0)

Man of the match: Mohit Sharma (CSK)

Umpires: Billy Bowden | Marais Erasmus | S Ravi (3rd) | K Srinivasan (Reserve)

Match Referee: Graeme Labrooy

How they played the game:

Powerplay: MI 31 runs, 2 wickets | CSK 51 runs, 0 wickets

First 50 runs: MI 58 runs | CSK 36 balls

50-100 runs: MI 28 balls | CSK 44 balls

Best Partnership

MI: 3rd wicket – 84 runs off 64 balls between Sharma 46 (35) and Anderson 38 (29)

CSK: 1st wicket – 57 runs off 38 balls between Smith 29 (22) and McCullum 26* (16)

Fours and SIXES

MI: 12 Fours (4 by Tare, 3 each by Anderson and Sharma and 1 each by Pollard and Gautam) | 4 SIXES (2 by Sharma and 1 each by Anderson and Zaheer)

CSK: 9 Fours (8 by McCullum and 1 by Dhoni) | 7 SIXES (4 by Smith, 2 by McCullum and 1 by Dhoni)

Important facts about the match:

  • This was 100th match for Mahendra Singh Dhoni for CSK.
  • Dhoni became the 2nd player to play 100 games for CSK after Suresh Raina.
  • Michael Hussey (MI) and Dwayne Smith (CSK) were playing against their former franchises.
  • Mohit Sharma’s figures of 4/14 are his personal best figures in IPL.

In the PIC: Mohit Sharma getting congratulate by Hilfenhaus

Picture Courtesy: ESPN – Cricinfo

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