Wednesday, 23 May 2012

DLF IPL 2012 Match - 74 Eliminator

MS Dhoni

Since the first ball MS Dhoni faced following Chennai Super Kings were called in to bat by Harbhajan Singh, he looked in gloomy touch. He came into bat after Michael Hussey and S Badrinath had guided the team out of a mini calamity they had lost two wickets early on in the innings.

Beginning there on he went on to score 51 runs off just 20 deliveries homicide Mumbai bowlers all over the park, constant dishing out his ‘Helicopter Shot’ to guide Chennai Super Kings to a total of 187/5. The total proved more than sufficient for the defending champions as Mumbai fell short of the total by 38 runs. The win takes CSK to the second qualifier.


Earlier, Dhawal Kulkarni took two wickets in two deliveries to put Mumbai further on in the eliminator match in front of a capability crowd at Bangalore. Dhawal, who was playing only his second game of IPL 5, was called in to bowl the second over of the match by his captain. His first release found the edge of Murali Vijay that was caught by keeper Dinesh Karthik. The next twisted another edge but landed on the stumps as Suresh Raina was out for a golden duck.

From there on, S Badrinath and Michael Hussey added 94 runs in 12 overs to conduct them out of trouble and provided their captain MS Dhoni a great platform to launch attack on the opposition bowlers. Both Hussey (49) and Badri (47) chop short of their fifty. Ravindra Jadeja was caught gone scoring just one but was replaced next to Dwayne Bravo in the middle, who then along with Dhoni added 73 in just 4.5 overs.

Kulkarni, who bowled a brilliant first over, wavering the ball was later taken to task first by Dhoni and then by Bravo. He ended up with three wickets while leaking 46 runs in his allocation of fours over. None of the Mumbai bowlers can make a crash, even Malinga, known for his deadly precision, looked off colour.

Mumbai Indians, not like CSK, had an optimistic start to their innings and swiftly moved to 47 runs in 4.5 overs before Sachin Tendulkar was run out. Barring Dwayne Smith, who scored 38 runs, none of Mumbai’s batsmen made any important contribution. The team unsuccessful to produce any joint venture and kept losing wickets at normal intervals. Their big guns, Rohit, Sachin, and Kerion failed when it mattered and they finished their innings at 149/9.

For Chennai, Albie Morkel and Dwayne Bravo took two wickets each. Chennai will now dead bolt horns with Delhi Daredevils in the second qualifier on Friday, the winner of which will face KKR in the finals of IPL 5.

Summarized Scores:

Chennai Super Kings 187-5 (20 Overs)

MS Dhoni*               51(20)                           DS Kulkarni    3-46
MEK Hussey            49(39)                           KA Pollard     1-26

Mumbai Indians 149-9 (20 Overs)

DR Smith                 38(22)                            DJ Bravo          2-10
SL Malinga              17(16)                            JA Morkel         2-31

Man of the Match:

MS Dhoni (CSK)


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