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Showman Hardik stars as Mumbai Indians humble CSK by 37 runs


MUMBAI: Hardik Pandya was characteristically quirky as well as breathtaking and the highlight was the helicopter shot in front of its synonym, Mahendra Singh Dhoni, as Mumbai Indians humbled Chennai Super Kings by 37 runs within the IPL on Wednesday.

Invited to bat on a observe that presented good jump, Mumbai creamed 29 runs within the final over with Hardik doing the majority of scoring, his eight-ball 25-run blitzkrieg bringing the high-flying visitors to earth.


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Struggling at 50 for 3 at one point, Mumbai raked in 45 runs within the final two overs to publish 170 for 5 and then halted their rivals at 133 for 8 to publish their 2d win in 4 video games. This was Super Kings' first defeat and so they moved right down to 2d within the standings with six issues.

MI had been indebted to a positive knock of 59 in 43 balls by Suryakumar Yadav, who hit 8 fours and a six while hanging on a half-century stand with Krunal Pandya (42 in 32 balls).

Towards the tip, Hardik and Kieron Pollard (17 in 7 balls) struck large to stay unbeaten and boosted the total, with the former placing 3 sixes and one 4 and the latter hitting twice over the ropes.

The title holders made a poor start within the run chase by shedding their top 3 batsmen – Shane Watson, Ambati Rayudu and Suresh Raina inside the power play period, with just 33 at the board.

Watson and Raina had been each caught square off the wicket by large West Indian Pollard, the bowlers to learn being Lasith Malinga and Jason Behrendorff.

Raina was caught off a full-blooded slash by Pollard who took a impressive one-handed jumping catch just inside the boundary line to ship again the free-stroking left-hander for 16 in 15 balls.

Kedar Jadhav, who appeared good in making 58 in 54 balls, with skipper MS Dhoni (12), repaired the wear and tear with a stand of 54.

Hardik struck large by having Dhoni caught at square leg and then sent again Ravindra Jadeja, too, in the same over to reduce Chennai to 89 for 5 within the 15th over.

The dismissals of Jadhav, who struck eight fours and a six, and Dwayne Bravo in quick succession ended the narrow hopes of the visitors.

For MI, Malinga and Hardik bagged 3 wickets apiece while Behrendorff secured two.


Earlier, MI had a sluggish start and likewise lost the wicket of Quinton de Kock within the third over with simplest 8 runs at the board.


The arrival of Yadav to the crease greater the run charge as he played handsome drives in front of the wicket on both sides off Deepak Chahar, who was hit for 3 fours in one over, and Shardul Thakur, who gave away 3 limitations in his 2d over.


Thanks to the stroke-filled start by Yadav, MI ended with 40 at the board on the finish of powerplay, but then lost skipper Rohit Sharma off the first ball of the 8th over, caught at the back of off Ravindra Jadeja for 13.


Yuvraj Singh, too, flopped, caught just inside the boundary line to go away MI at 50 for 3 within the ninth over earlier than Yadav and Krunal revived the sagging innings with their half-century stand.


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