Today was the first qualifier of the IPL 2015. Mumbai Indians faced Chennai Super Kings in a debatable one-sided match where Mumbai thrashed Chennai.
Mumbai Indians won the toss and batted first on a batsman’s paradise. Lendl Simmons and Partiv Patel gave Mumbai a good start with Simmons making 65. Another big score was by Pollard who made 41. With the help Simmons and Pollard and many other Mumbai got to 187 for 6. Chennai did really well containing Mumbai to 187 because at one stage it looked like Mumbai would get 200, 210 and even 220. Dwayne Bravo was the pick of the bowlers by picking up 3 wickets.
When Chennai started batting they kept losing wickets on a early interval. Dwayne Smith got out for a duck on his first ball by Lasith Malinga, he got out LBW. Next Michael Hussy got out for 16 by Vinay Kumar. Wickets kept falling until Chennai were all out of 162. The top scorer was Faf du Plessis with 45 and the pick of the bowlers was Malinga who picked up 3 wickets.
Mumbai Indians won the match by 25 runs.
The Cornered Tiger
Yesterday was one of the most anticipated mathces of the whole of the IPL 2015.
Chennai vs Kolkata was finally here and with a fantastic and experienced bowling attack, Kolkata chose to field first. The bowling attack delivered and took wickets on a regular basis and made CSK finish there innings on only 134. On a batsman dominated format 134 was a very low score. Andere Russel and Piyush Chawla both picked up 2 wickets and gave away 26 runs in there 4 overs spell. Brad Hogg made his IPL debut and had fantastic bowling statistics with 1 wicket and only gave away 18 runs in his 4 overs.
KKR’s innings started with a bang and they had a fantastic start but when the spinners came in they slowed the run rate down to only 2 runs per over. Ravi Ashwin had an economy of 2.50 and only gave away 5 runs with 2 wickets in his 2 overs. As a result of the run rate slowing down KKR needed 17 runs in the last over. The first 3 balls were slow ones and the batsman did not know how to play them. The 4th and 5th ball went for a 6 and a 4 and KKR needed 7 of the last ball. The match could have gone in super over but the last ball went for 4 and KKR lost by 2 runs.
Man of the match went to Dwayne Bravo as he took 3 wickets and an fantastic game of cricket came to the end. Keep watching the IPL for some more fantastic games of cricket.
The Cornered Tiger
Here you can watch the full match report: