IPL Chennai Super Kings
Kolkata, May 27: Mumbai Indians lifted the Indian Premier League title for the first time with a 23-run victory over a hapless Chennai Super Kings in the final, played in the shadow of the raging spot fixing scam amid reports that some more players could be arrested after the Eden Gardens game Sunday night (May 26).
The Mumbai Indians successfully defended a modest 148/9, to hold an error-prone Chennai batsmen to 125/9 and extract sweet revenge for their 22-run defeat to the same rivals in a summit clash three years back.
For Chennai, skipper MS Dhoni ploughed a lonely furrow (63 not out; 45 b 3×4 5×6), as he joined in the middle with half the side gone and only 36 on the board into the seventh over.
Dhoni began by playing cautiously, but hit three sixes in an attempt to turn the game, but in the end that was not enough.
The one-sided game, played before packed galleries at the iconic venue, saw the Chennai Super Kings batsmen mostly go out to poor shots, though opener Mike Hussey was unlucky to be at the wrong end of a beautiful yorker length delivery from Sri Lankan pacer Lasith Malinga that swung back into the Australian.
Once Hussey got out, the floodgates were opened, and Malinga was on a hat-trick by claiming new man Suresh Raina with the next ball.
The Kings’ woes continued, as S. Badrinath needlessly edged an offering wide outside the off stump from Mitchell Johnson. Inside two overs, Chennai were 3/3.
Opener Murali Vijay, seeing the procession from the other end, tried to rectify the damage in the company of Dwayne Bravo, but the Trinidadian departed after picking up some boundaries with lofted strokes.
Ravindra Jadeja fell to another soft dismissal without bothering the scorer, reducing Chennai to 36/5 in the seventh over.
Vijay (18), who earlier got a “life” when he was dropped on 14, went back in the very next over, worsening Chennai’s position.
Earlier, backed by a spirited bowling and electric fielding, Chennai Super Kings restricted Mumbai Indians to a gettable total.
However, thanks to a quickfire unbeaten 60 from Kieron Pollard (32b 7×4 3×6), Mumbai recovered from a disastrous start to reach a position of respectability after opting to bat first.
Apart from Pollard’s blitzkrieg, only Ambati Rayudu (37) and Dinesh Karthick (21) made useful contributions. For Chennai, Dwayne Bravo (4/44) was the most successful bowler followed by Albie Morkel (2/12).
The big match did not have exactly the sort of build up that one would have expected it to have.
The raging spot fixing scam seemed to have pushed into the background the on-field happenings as the scandal snared cricketers, an administrator and a small time Bollywood personality.
What is worse, as the game was on, there came reports that a Delhi police team was in the city and three to four IPL players were likely to be arrested after the final match.
Kolkata, May 26: It was a night to remember for Mumbai Indians at the Eden Gardens on Sunday. MI were crowned the IPL 2013 champions after defeating two-time winners Chennai Super Kings by 23 runs in the final.
Chasing a target of 149, CSK were off to a disastrous start losing two wicket in as many balls in Lasith Malinga’s opening over. Poor shot selection from CSK batsmen led to their downfall.
With the innings in tatters at 58/8 in 11.3 overs, the match was virtually over. Captain MS Dhoni (63 not out) fought a losing battle in the end but his big hits were not enough. CSK were kept to 125/9 in 20 overs.
Earlier, Kieron Pollard’s 32-ball 60 not out helped Mumbai Indians to 148/9 in 20 overs
It was a shaky start for MI but Pollard’s hurricane innings towards the end ensured they had a good score.
Dwayne Bravo picked up the Purple Cap with four wickets tonight. He finished the tournament with 32 wickets, most by a bowler in a single IPL. Michael Hussey was the Orange Cap winner with 733 runs.
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Kolkata, May 26: Facing calls for suspension from the IPL following the arrest of its ‘team principal’ on charges of betting, Chennai Super Kings team today sought to distance itself from the scandal saying their players and support staff were not involved in betting or spot-fixing.
With CSK in turmoil after its ‘team principal’ Gurunath Meiyappa, who is also the son-in-law of BCCI President N Srinivasan, was arrested by Mumbai Police yesterday on charges of betting, captain MS Dhoni did not turn up for the scheduled official press conference on the eve of the IPL summit showdown.
Instead, coach Stephen Fleming read out a statement, after apologising on behalf of Dhoni. “Firstly, apologies from the captain. With the rain, we decided to keep the team back at the hotel for the preparation for tomorrow’s match,” he said on Saturday (May 25).
Kolkata, May 25: Embroiled in the spot-fixing scam, becoming champions for a third time would be a daunting task for the Chennai Super Kings when they take on the formidable Mumbai Indians in the summit clash of the scandal-marred Indian Premier League 2013, here on Sunday May 26).
The arrest of its management official Gurunath Meiyappan, who is the son-in-law of the team owner and BCCI President N Srinivasan, on the suspicion of betting would have surely dented the morale of the MS Dhoni-led side.
It will be a huge challenge for the players and their skipper to cope up with the situation and play their natural game against a team, which is keen to win that elusive trophy.
Chennai have been a part of four consecutive, five overall, finals but it is the best chance for Mumbai to take a good shot at the title, avenge their 2010 final defeat.
It is one trophy that is missing from the cabinet of the milestone man of Indian cricket. He had a heartbreak as Mumbai Indians captain in 2010 when the team lost to Dhoni’s men by 22 runs.
It was CSK’s first IPL title and since then Dhoni`s team has grown in stature.
On paper, it’s a battle of equals with both Chennai and Mumbai boasting explosive Twenty20 specialists in Michael Hussey, Dwayne Smith, Ravindra Jadeja and Kieron Pollard.
Both teams have a penetrating pace attack with Albie Morkel and season`s find Mohit Sharma doing a tidy job for Chennai, while Mitchell Johnson, Lasith Malinga and Pollard make a terrific trio in the Mumbai ranks.
In conditions where spin-bowling could prove to be a decisive factor, Chennai have a star-studded line-up in Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja but Mumbai can match them with the experienced duo of Harbhajan Singh and Pragyan Ojha.
The return to form of Harbhajan (3/23), who had a man-of-the-match performance against the Rajasthan Royals last night, would augur well for Mumbai even as they face injury concerns with regards to Ojha who has hurt his elbow.
New Delhi, May 21: Two-time champions Chennai Super Kings made it to a 5th final in 6 years of Indian Premier League (IPL) with a resounding 48-run victory over Mumbai Indians in Qualifier 1 here at Feroz Shah Kotla on Tuesday night. MI will have another chance on May 24 to reach the title clash as they face the winners of Eliminator game between Rajasthan Royals and Sunrisers Hyderabad.
Once CSK had 192/1 batting first, they had one foot in the final. The bowlers complemented well despite an early onslaught by opener Dwayne Smith. MI’s chase ended at 144 all out in 18.4 overs.
Earlier, left-handers Michael Hussey (86 not out) and Suresh Raina (82 not out) powered CSK to a mammoth 192/1 in 20 overs. Hussey and Raina’s unfinished partnership for 2nd wicket yielded 140 runs in just 76 balls. Hussey reclaimed the Orange Cap and now has 732 runs this season.
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# CSK stormed into their 5th final in 6 years of IPL
# Final will be held in Kolkata on May 26
# MI will face the winner of Rajasthan Royals-Sunrisers Hyderabad game in Qualifier 2 on May 24 in Kolkata
New Delhi, May 20: It will be a ‘Battle of Equals’ when mighty Chennai Super Kings meet the formidable Mumbai Indians in the first play-off match of the Indian Premier League here on Tuesday (May 21).
On paper, there is very little to choose between the two teams, who have both won 11 out of their 16 matches and have a number of match-winners who can turn the tables on a given day.
Mumbai Indians under stewardship of Rohit Sharma has been a force to reckon with having won all their eight matches at home, while CSK’s season has been a mix and match but they have successfully finished off a number of close encounters, which has been their hallmark over the years.
Mumbai Indians might just have a psychological advantage having beaten the ‘Men in Yellow’ in both home and away games.
However it will be an altogether different test on a ‘neutral venue’ as they will be playing at the Feroze Shah Kotla which has been known for producing dodgy 22-yard strips over the years.
With both teams relying on their batsmen to do the trick, one can brace up for ‘some battles’ within the main contest.
It can be a Sachin Tendulkar versus R Ashwin, Mahendra Singh Dhoni versus Harbhajan Singh, Kieron Pollard against Mohit Sharma or Mike Hussey versus Pragyan Ojha affair.