MUMBAI (Sporting Alert) — Mumbai Indians put runs on the board and then held off Chennai Super Kings’ late surge to book their place in Sunday’s IPL final with a 25 runs victory.
Indian Premier League Qual 1 at The Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai – Qualifier 1
Date: 19th May 2015 Umpires: H D P K Dharmasena and R K Illingworth
Player of the match – KA Pollard (Mumbai Indians)
Winning the toss and deciding to bat first, Mumbai Indians reached 186 for 6 from their allotted overs, with West Indian allrounder Kieron Pollard and opening batsman Lendl Simmons leading the way with some brutal strikes.
Simmons, who shared in a first wicket stand of 90 runs with Parthiv Patel, top scored with 65 runs from 51 balls.
The West Indies opener smashed 5 sixes and 3 fours in his knock before he was superbly caught by Pawan Negi – running in from deep cover – when the score was 113 for 2.
Pollard, who was promoted to No. 4 because of his ability to score quickly, did exactly what was asked of him, after hitting a blistering 41 runs off just 17 deliveries.
The hard hitting Trinidad and Tobago batsman hammered 5 sixes and 1 four in his very brisk approach, while playing a huge part in spoiling fellow countryman Dwayne Bravo figures in the last overs.
Pollard was eventually caught going for another maximum off Bravo.
Also contributing with the bat for the Mumbai Indians was Patel, who hit 35 runs from 25 balls and smashed 5 fours and 1 six. Captain Rohit Sharma made 19 for the hosts.
With the ball, Bravo led the way for the Chennai Super Kings with three wickets for 40 runs. His last over cost 16 runs, as Pollard belted a four and six in the over.
There were also one wicket each for Ravindra Jadeja, Mohit Sharma and Ashish Nehra.
In their run chase, Chennai Super Kings were bowled out for 162 off 19 overs.
Faf du Plessis made a team high 45 runs from 34 balls, include hitting 5 fours and a six, while Suresh Raina made 25, Ashwin ended with 23 and Bravo (20).
Lasith Malinga, who got the ball rolling by removing Dwayne Smith on a controversial lbw decision, finished with three wickets for 23 runs.
Vinay Kumar and Harbhajan Singh collected two wickets apiece for the Mumbai Indians.
With the victory, the Mumbai Indians became the first team through to this year’s final.
They will now await their challengers, which will come after the winner of Wednesday’s second playoffs game between Royal Challengers Bangalore and Rajasthan Royals take on the Chennai Super Kings, who will get a second chance for their regular season top-two finish.
Chennai Super Kings team: 1 Dwayne Smith, 2 Michael Hussey, 3 Suresh Raina, 4 Faf du Plessis, 5 MS Dhoni (capt & wk), 6 Dwayne Bravo, 7 Pawan Negi, 8 Ravindra Jadeja, 9 R Ashwin, 10 Ashish Nehra, 11 Mohit Sharma.
Mumbai Indians team: 1 Lendl Simmons, 2 Parthiv Patel (wk), 3 Rohit Sharma (capt), 4 Ambati Rayudu, 5 Kieron Pollard, 6 Hardik Pandya, 7 Harbhajan Singh, 8 J Suchith, 9 Mitchell McClenaghan, 10 Vinay Kumar, 11 Lasith Malinga.