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A crucial partnership between Tilak Varma and Hrithik Shokeen and a quick unbeaten 16 by Tim David helped Mumbai Indians register a third win against Chennai Super Kings here at Wankhede Stadium on Thursday.
With this win, MI are currently at the bottom of the points table with six points while CSK are ninth with 8 points.
Chasing just a mere 98 runs target, Mumbai Indians got off a poor start, losing the opener Ishan Kishan on the fifth ball of the innings.
Soon, Simarjeet Singh dismissed skipper Rohit Sharma for 18 runs leaving MI’s total at 30/2 in 3.3 overs.
Tilak Varma then joined Daniel Sams to keep Mumbai’s scoreboard moving. Things started to pick up for CSK after Mukesh Choudhary’s picked his second wicket of the match as he dismissed Sams for only one run. This wicket rattled Mumbai’s batting order leaving the team’s total at 33/3 in 4.3 overs. In the same over Choudhary struck again and sent the debutant Tristan Stubbs back to the pavilion without scoring a run.
At that point, Mumbai needed a steady partnership to achieve the target in the remaining balls. The duo of Hrithik Shokeen and Tilak Varma batted aggressively against CSK and smashed them all around the ground.
The duo took their team’s total beyond the 50-runs mark in the 8.2 overs. Both the batter continued to pile up runs further. By the time ten overs ended, MI had recovered from the early hiccups and stood at a solid 66-4, with Varma (17*) and Shokeen (15*).
Earlier, CSK captain MS Dhoni (36*) was left-hanging as the lone warrior for his side as Mumbai Indians bowlers skittled out the Men in Yellow for 97.
It was a poor outing for CSK batters, as except Dhoni, Ambati Rayadu, Dwayne Bravo (12), Shivam Dube (10), nobody could touch double figures.
Scores: Chennai Super Kings 97 (MS Dhoni 36*, Dwayne Bravo 12, Daniel Sams 3/16) lost to Mumbai Indians 103/5 (Tilak Varma 34* Tim David 16*; Mukesh Choudhary 3-23).
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