Thilak Varma struck an unbeaten 34 as Mumbai Indians recovered from a precarious place after bowling out Chennai Tremendous Kings for 97 — due to a superlative effort by their bowlers — to register a five-wicket win in Match 59 of the IPL 2022 on the Wankhede Stadium right here on Thursday.
After Daniel Sams claimed 3/16 and Riley Meredith (2/27) and Kumar Kartikeya (2/22) too contributed nicely with the ball to assist bundle out CSK to a low rating, Mumbai Indians have been in hassle at 33/4, shedding their prime batters Ishan Kishan and skipper Rohit Sharma cheaply.
Nonetheless, wise batting by Thilak Varma (34 not out, 32 balls, 4×4), Hrithik Shokeen (18, 23 balls, 2 x 4), and Tim David (16 not out, 7 balls, 6 x 2), helped them attain 103/5 and register their third victory in 12 matches.
Selecting to bowl first, the Mumbai Indians pacers bowled good traces and onerous size and used the juice within the wicket nicely. The ball was swinging even within the eighth over however there have been no demons within the pitch. CSK have been hard-done on some events however their batters too didn’t present needed software to counter the situation and good bowling.
Opening the bowling, Daniel Sams claimed 3/16 whereas Riley Meredith (2/27) and Kumar Kartikeya (2/22) stored up the strain as CSK have been bowled out for a paltry 97 in 16 overs, struggling to get well from the early blows.
CSK skipper MS Dhoni waged a lone battle as he remained not out with 36 runs, hitting 4 boundaries and two sixes. He and Dwayne Bravo raised 39 runs for the seventh wicket earlier than the West Indies allrounder was caught brilliantly by Tilak Varma at brief cowl.
In reply, Mumbai appeared in hassle as they ended the powerplay at 36/4, solely a barely higher place in comparison with CSK who have been 32/5. Mukesh Choudhary bowled brilliantly, claiming 3/23 in 4 unchanged overs, troubling the Mumbai Indian batters together with his very good line and size, utilizing the juice within the pitch. However in the long run, the rating of 97 didn’t give CSK sufficient leeway.
Chennai Tremendous Kings 97 all out in 16 overs (MS Dhoni 36 not out; Daniel Sams 3/16, Riley Meredith 2/27, Kumar Karthikeya 2/22) misplaced to Mumbai Indians 103/5 in 14.5 overs (Rohit Sharma 18, Thilak Varma 34 not out, Hrithik Shokeen 18, Tim David 16 not out; Mukesh Choudhary 3/23) by 5 wickets.