Super Kings humiliated

Super Kings humiliated

Hot favourite do a Daredevils; shot out for their lowest ever IPL total Mumbai Indians snapped Chennai Super Kings's seven-match winning streak...

Hot favourite do a Daredevils; shot out for their lowest ever IPL total mumbaiMumbai Indians snapped Chennai Super Kings's seven-match winning streak with a crushing 60-run victory in a lop-sided IPL match here on Sunday.A Electing to bat, Mumbai scored 139 for five with captain Rohit Sharma top-scoring with a 30-ball 39 not out and then shot out Chennai for just 79 in 15.2 overs at Wankhede Stadium to halt the visiting team's dream run in the tournament. Pragyan Ojha (3/11) and Mitchell Johnson (3/27) shared six wickets among them while Lasith Malinga grabbed two wickets for just six runs. Chennai's 79 all out turned out to be the lowest total posted by them in IPL, their previous lowest being 109 against Rajasthan Royals in 2008 in Jaipur. This was also the lowest total by any team this IPL season, beating Delhi Daredevils' 80 all out against Sunrisers Hyderabad yesterday. Today's loss was the heaviest defeat for Chennai in the IPL in terms of runs. They would have been in an even worse situation had the normally brilliant Mumbai fielder Kieron Pollard not dropped Chennai opener Michael Hussey (22) thrice in three successive balls in the first over of the innings bowled by Mitchell Johnson. Pollard later took catches of Suresh Raina (0) and Chennai captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni (10) but again dropped Ravindra Jadeja (2) though it was a difficult one. Despite this loss, their third in 12 matches, Chennai still lead the table with 18 points while Mumbai jumped to third place with 14 points from 11 games. With the win on Sunday, Mumbai maintained their unbeaten run at home this season while Chennai lost their first away match this year. Drama unfolded in the first over of Chennai run chase as Johnson scalped three wickets in his second over and the third of the innings in the form of Murali Vijay (2), Chennai's last match hero Suresh Raina (0) and S Badrinath (0). Johnson dismissed Vijay and Raina in successive balls while Badrinath was out two deliveries later. Next over -- the fourth of the innings -- saw pacer Pawan Suyal taking the wicket of Dwayne Bravo (9). Malinga and Harbhajan tied down the two in-form Chennai batsmen and Hussey fell victim of Ojha in the 10th over while trying to accelerate the innings, holing out to Dwayne Smith at midwicket. Two overs later, Dhoni perished becoming Ojha's second victim as the Chennai captain drove straight into the hands of Pollard at long-off and with it, the Chennai run chase virtually ended. Earlier, all-rounder Jadeja led a disciplined bowling performance by Chennai as they restricted Mumbai to 139 for five. Jadeja scalped three wickets for 29 runs and rattled the Mumbai Indians top order after the home side elected to bat. But captain Rohit Sharma's (39 not out) late flourish and Harbhajan (25 not out) useful contribution helped Mumbai post a challenging total with the duo sharing 52 runs from just 4.9 overs for the unfinished sixth wicket. Brief Scores: MI 139 for 5 (Rohit Sharma 39 no, Ravindra Jadeja 3/29) bt CSK 79 all out (Michael Hussey 22, Pragyan Ojha 3/11, Mitchell Johnson 3/27, Lasith Malinga 2/6).
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