Sat, 24 September 2011
Malinga helps Mumbai beat Chennai in a thriller
Lasith Malinga starred with the bat as Mumbai Indians beat Chennai Super Kings by three wickets in a cliffhanger at the M Chidamabaram stadium on Saturday.
The Sri Lankan made 37 not out, his 18-ball knock comprising of three hits to the fence and an equal one over it.
It was the highest score by a No.9 batsman in a T20 game.
Malinga also put on 53 runs in an unbeaten eighth wicket stand with captain Harbhajan Singh (19 not out) to help Mumbai recover from a precarious 106 for seven.
R Sathish (14) hits Ashwin for a six and a boundary back-to-back. The bowler though has his revenge in the same over, trapping the batsman leg before with a carrom ball.
Mumbai lose their sixth wicket and captain Harbhajan Singh comes out to bat.
Morkel has Pollard (22) stumped. In comes Malinga and he regales the crowd with a few big hits, including successive sixes off Jakati.
Jakati is unlucky here as Raina drops Pollard off his bowling while Dhoni misses a chance to stump Malinga.
Mumbai 134 for seven after 18 overs.
Ambati Rayudu (5) and T Suman (5) are both out stumped, off Bravo and Raina respectively.
Kieron Pollard has come in to bat. But Bravo strikes a second time, having Symonds (3) caught by Albie Morkel at long on.
Mumbai 67 for five after 10 overs.
T Suman has come in to replace Jacobs.
Dwayne Bravo is handed the ball in the sixth over and Blizzard welcomes him with a boundary over point.
Suresh Raina is handed the ball in the seventh ball and he strikes third ball, cleaning up Blizzard (28). Ambati Rayudu comes in to bat.
Mumbai 52 for two after seven overs.
R Ashwin is handed the ball in the third over and just four runs come off his first over.
Bollinger comes in from the other end and Jacobs hits his third ball to the fence. Blizzard follows up with a maximum over backward point for six.
However, Ashwin provides Chennai the breakthrough in his second over having Jacobs (19) out stumped.
Mumbai 39 for one after five overs.
Aiden Blizzard and Davy Jacobs open for Mumbai and Doug Bollinger starts the proceedings for Chennai. Nine runs come off the first over, including a couple of boundaries by Blizzard.
Albie Morkel bowls the second over and Jacobs smashes him for successive boundaries.
Mumbai 18 for no loss after two overs.
A spectacular 57-ball 81 by Michael Hussey helps Chennai Super King to a formidable 158 for four against Mumbai Indians in a Champions League T20 match at the M Chidambaram stadium on Saturday.
The in-form Australian hit eight boundaries and three maximums during his knock.
Captain MS Dhoni made an 13-ball 22 not out late in the innings to prop the Chennai innings further.
A maximum by Hussey off Harbhajan over deep midwicket, his second, helps Chennai get past the 100-run mark in the 15th over.
Badrinath (16), having missed out on three balls by Nechim, hits the fourth ball straight to R Sathish at long-off. His dismissal ends a 48-run stand for the third wicket.
The skipper, MS Dhoni, comes in to bat and gets a boundary off his opposite number. Harbhajan concedes 12 runs in his final over.
Chennai 124 for three after 17 overs.
Hussey steps up the pedal, smashing a six off Chahal and follows it up with a boundary off Pollard. He has been the pivot around which this Chennai innings has revolved.
S Badrinath has so far given him some good support.
Hussey reaches his 12th T20 fifty with a single off Pollard.
Chennai 98 for two after 14 overs.
Andrew Symonds replaces his captain in the attack in the sixth over and Hussey welcomes him by smashing the first ball past midwicket for a boundary.
Chennai manage 36 in the first six overs of field restrictions.
Yuzvendra Chahal comes in to bowl the seventh over and concedes just four runs first up.
Symonds continues and Raina survives a run out appeal off the first ball. Raina recovers and responds with a boundary each off Symonds and Nechim.
Kieron Pollard comes into the attack in the 10th over and a brilliant piece of work from stumper Davy Jacobs sends Raina (18) back to the pavilion.
Chennai 67 for two after 10 overs.
Malinga replaced after just one over. Abu Nechim Ahmed to bowl the third over.
It is an expensive first over from the young bowler, 12 runs coming off it, with Hussey helping himself to a second boundary. Harbhajan continues and concedes four runs in what is his second over.
Malinga is back to replace Abu Nechim in the fifth over and Hussey smashes his second ball past cover for his third boundary.
However, the bowler responds by knocking Vijay's (8) stumps off. Suresh Raina comes out to bat.
And it is comic as Raina's bat comes off in the first ball that he faces.
Chennai 28 for one after five overs.
Michael Hussey and Murali Vijay open the batting for Chennai while it is Lasith Malinga who will bowl the first over for Mumbai.
Just a single comes from the opening over.
Harbhajan Singh bowls the second over and Hussey hits his third ball past point for the first boundary of the innings.
Chennai six without loss after two overs.
Chennai Super Kings:
Mahendra Singh Dhoni (captain), Murali Vijay, Michael Hussey, Suresh Raina, S Badrinath, Dwayne Bravo, Albie Morkel, Wridhimann Saha, R Ashwin, Doug Bollinger, Shadab Jakati.
Harbhajan Singh (captain), Aiden Blizzard, Davy Jacobs, Ambati Rayudu, T Suman, Andrew Symonds, Kieron Pollard, R Sathish, Lasith Malinga, Abu Nechim Ahmed, Yuzvendra Chahal.
Chennai Super Kings won the toss and elected to bat first against Mumbai Indians in the Champions League T20 encounter at the M Chidambaram Stadium on Saturday.
"In the shorter format the toss doesn't matter much," said MS Dhoni. His opposite number, Harbhajan Singh, though admitted his side would have batted first as well had they won the toss.