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So a team which had never lost this season earns its first defeat. Courtesy Chennai's loss, Punjab move up the table to take the provisional pole position while Mumbai go up to 6th, sneaking past Rajasthan. Next stop? Delhi, who hosts Hyderabad. Join us for that game from the Kotla on Thursday, April 4, 2019 at 8 pm local (1430 GMT). ADIOS! TAKE CARE!
HARDIK PANDYA HAS BEEN NAMED THE MAN OF THE MATCH FOR HIS 8-BALL 25 AND 3/20. Feels humbled by the praises being showered on him and is happy to have contributed. On missing cricket, Hardik reminds us that he missed the game for around 7 months and he kept practicing during that time. Adds that it felt nice tonking the ball. Wants to dedicate this award to his family and friends. Stresses that his only focus is to play the Indian T20 League and make sure that India win the World Cup.
Victorious Mumbai skipper, Rohit Sharma, says that every game is important and after losing 2 games at the start, every match is even more important now. Does not want the headache of needing to win all the games towards the end. Praises his side for being on the money right from ball 1. On getting to 170, Sharma agrees that he did not think that was enough but it was a fighting total. During the break, he thought that if Mumbai could pick up early wickets, they could apply pressure and that is exactly what happened. On Behrendorff and Rahul Chahar, he praises the Aussie for leading the new-ball attack well, giving two wickets which were crucial. On Chahar, he feels sorry for him as the leggie was finding it tough to grip the wet ball and with Dhoni and Jadhav in the middle, he had to take Rahul off the attack and get seamers back on.
Kieron Pollard now comes up for a chat with Kevin Pietersen. Praises the Pandya brothers for doing consistently well. On his catch, he says that he always tries to make a difference at whatever opportunity. On his batting role, Pollard says that it varies according to different situations. On him not bowling, Kieron asks KP to ask that to Rohit Sharma. Says that Mumbai dwell on momentum. Observes that in all the games, they have batted well, scoring above 170. Hopes to take this momentum into the next game against Hyderabad. On Hardik Pandya's long hits, Pollard says that Hardik has a clear mind and hits the ball really hard. Hence, the team keeps encouraging him to keep batting the same way.
Chennai skipper, Mahendra Singh Dhoni says that quite a few things went wrong for them. Adds that they started well, were on top till the 12th-13th over but after that, the death bowling was not that great. Defends his bowlers as they are ones who rely more on yorkers and do not bowl back of a length. On the team meetings, MS says that they rarely have team meetings. Says further that one needs to assess which were the boundaries that could have been cut off in this game. On the change of momentum during the latter stage of the first innings, Dhoni feels that it does not matter and a team needs to start well with the bat during a run chase. On the upcoming game, MSD says that the pitch will have to be studied and also the fitness of some of the players as Bravo suffered a hamstring niggle in this match.
Mumbai sized up the pitch quite well. They had bowlers who could hit the deck hard and they prospered. Behrendorff struck early with his 2 scalps while Hardik Pandya provided the change in momentum, ripping through the middle order, taking 3 wickets. Towards the end, Malinga helped himself to a couple, finishing with 3 wickets overall.
Watch out for this guy - Jason Behrendorff. He made an impact for Australia against India in his debut T20I, getting Virat Kohli caught for a duck. Here, he made an impact on League debut, getting Rayudu in his opening over and then Raina later on. Being rocked at 33/3, Chennai looked for some stability and Dhoni and Jadhav provided that. But with the required rate mounting, the pressure eventually got to Dhoni and then, the side started to slip. Kedar Jadhav played a lone hand, scoring 58 but nothing much from the rest.
Supreme display of cricket by Mumbai to get to the century-mark in terms of wins. Not quite in the game for 14 overs but then superior quality exhibition in the next 26. Hardik and Pollard's explosion towards the end with the bat left Chennai gasping for breath and then they were choked further by some excellent fast bowling.
19.6HPandya to MSharma
Wide outside off, another slash and a miss. MUMBAI WIN BY 37 RUNS AND REGISTER THEIR 100TH WIN IN THE INDIAN T20 LEAGUE!
19.5HPandya to MSharma
Outside off, short in length, Mohit slashes but misses.
19.4HPandya to SThakur
Chips this straight back over the bowler for a single.
19.3HPandya to SThakur
FOUR! Beautiful shot again. Outside off, Thakur gives himself room to the leg side and punches it wide of mid off for a boundary!
19.2HPandya to SThakur
SIX! Not a bad shot at all. A length ball, outside off, Thakur swings hard, gets a bit high on the bat and manages to clear long off.
Mohit Sharma walks in at number 10, replacing Chahar.
19.1HPandya to DChahar
OUT! Caught. Third wicket for Hardik. A short ball, around middle, Chahar swings hard but does not hit the middle of the bat. Jasprit Bumrah keeps his eyes on the ball and runs to his left from fine leg, hanging on to a neat catch.
Hardik Pandya to bowl the final over. 3-0-9-2 so far.
18.6JBumrah to DChahar
Pushes this through the covers for a run. Wicketless is Bumrah, but effective as well.
18.5JBumrah to DChahar
Backs away to the leg side, a swing and a miss again.
18.4JBumrah to DChahar
Outside off, a drive and a miss.
18.3JBumrah to DChahar
FOUR! Nice shot. Outside off, Chahar leans and lofts it over cover for a boundary.
18.2JBumrah to SThakur
On middle, pushed through mid on for a run.
18.1JBumrah to DChahar
Down the leg side, helped fine for a single.
17.6LMalinga to SThakur
Full and around middle, pushed back to the bowler. 7 runs and 2 wickets from the over, Malinga finishes with figures of 4-0-34-3.
Shardul Thakur walks in next, at number 9, replacing Bravo.
17.5LMalinga to DBravo
OUT! Caught down the leg side! That is a delivery from Malinga of the old. Those slinging yorkers. Bravo departs, becoming Slinga's third victim. A firing yorker, outside leg, Bravo is opened up, as he looks to dig it out but all he gets is an inside edge behind. Normally, those run away to the boundary. But not if there is an obstruction named Quinton de Kock. He flings himself to his left acrobatically and takes a stunner. That should be the end of the chase now and Chennai might look at avoiding a massive loss and play out all the 20 overs.
17.4LMalinga to DBravo
SIX! CLUBBED! Bravo gets one into the stands. A length ball, Bravo swings it over mid-wicket for half a dozen!
17.3LMalinga to DBravo
That never arrived. A slow, slower, slowest, ultra-slowest ball from Malinga. Outside off, on a length, at 109.8 kph, Bravo reaches out to slap but is months early into the stroke and misses.
17.2LMalinga to DChahar
Works this down the leg side for a single.
Deepak Chahar walks in at number 8, replacing Jadhav.
17.1LMalinga to KJadhav
OUT! Caught behind! Another one in the coffin. Malinga has his second. A length ball, outside off, Jadhav swings hard but gets a thick outside edge behind. He does not go initially but then de Kock appeals along with the bowler and Tucker sends the batsman on the way. A valiant knock from Jadhav, ran out of partners, poor fellow.
16.6JBumrah to KJadhav
Full and outside off, Jadhav swings hard but gets hit on the pads. The ball flies past de Kock towards third man. A leg bye taken.
16.5JBumrah to DBravo
Another short ball, swung towards mid-wicket for a single.
16.4JBumrah to DBravo
A short ball, around off, Bravo swings hard but misses.
16.3JBumrah to KJadhav
Outside off, dabbed towards third man for a single.
16.2JBumrah to KJadhav
Short and outside off, Kedar slashes hard but misses. The pitch has had something in it all evening for the quicker bowlers. Extra bounce on this occasion.
16.1JBumrah to KJadhav
Full and down the leg side, Jadhav misses his flick and the ball goes off his pads to square leg. For some reason, they do not run.
STRATEGIC BREAK. Not Chennai's night, is it? They were on top till the 14th over of the first innings. Have been behind the eight-ball since. 66 needed from the last 4 overs and it will take a massive bit of a miracle. JASPRIT BUMRAH returns. 2-0-18-0 so far.
15.6LMalinga to DBravo
The batsman goes after a wide one but misses.
15.5LMalinga to KJadhav
Full and outside off, Jadhav looks to swing hard but gets a thick outside edge which flies past the keeper to third man. A single taken.
15.4LMalinga to DBravo
Full and on middle, flicked through mid-wicket for a run.
15.3LMalinga to KJadhav
Full and way down the leg side, flicked very fine but so is Bumrah at the ropes. Just a single.
15.2LMalinga to KJadhav
FOUR! Just using the pace. Full and down the leg side, Jadhav flicks it behind square leg and the ball races away!
15.1LMalinga to KJadhav
FOUR! Off the outside edge! Outside off, Jadhav looks to drive but the ball moves away a touch, takes the outside edge and flies out of de Kock's reach to the third man fence.
LASITH MALINGA is back on. 2-0-16-1 so far.
14.7HPandya to DBravo
FOUR LEG BYES! Too full and misdirected. Down the leg side, Bravo misses his flick and the ball goes off his pads to the fine leg fence. Just 7 runs and 2 wickets from the over.