Mumbai sneak win against Chennai


A game changing 19th over enabled the Mumbai Indians to come back from the dead and snatch a six-wicket victory over their hosts, the Chennai Super Kings, in the IPL on Friday.

Chasing a target of 159 and having just lost their captain Rohit Sharma (18) in the previous over, Mumbai needed 30 from 12 balls and some big hits. They got just that with new man to crease Hardik Pandya (21* from eight balls) smashing left-arm spinner Pawan Negi for three sixes off the first four balls of the penultimate over.

The batsmen then scrambled a single off the fifth ball only for Ambati Rayudu (34* off 19 balls) to smoke the last ball of the over into stands for another maximum, with Mumbai taking 25 runs off the over which meant the match was all but over with the visitors needing a mere five runs from the final six balls, and they finished off the job with the first two balls of the final over.

The chase was set up by openers Lendl Simmons (38) and Parthiv Patel (45) who shared in a partnership of 84 in 10 overs before both were removed by offspinner Ravi Ashwin in the space of four balls in the 11th over of the innings.

Chennai then ran out Kieron Pollard to leave Mumbai at 86 for three as the match tilted in favour of the Super Kings. Rohit and Rayudu restored some calm with a partnership of 36 for the fourth wicket before the heroics of Pandya and Rayudu finished the game.

Earlier a 54-run stand for the fifth wicket between MS Dhoni (39*) and Negi (36) was the cornerstone as the home side reached 158 for five in their 20 overs. The pair came together at 104 for four and gave their team a competitive target to defend, but it was not enough.