Mumbai Indians Vs Chennai Super Kings is always a treat to watch. They are evenly matched and the head to head shows it. However this match was pretty an one sided affair, thanks largely to some splendid fielding and the powerful striking of Richard Levi.
This match is a testimony to the planning behind the team selection of Mumbai Indians. Richard Levi justified the faith placed on him, and it is now sure that he is going to open the batting along with Sachin for rest of the series sidelining the likes of Hershelle Gibbs and Blizzard who did reasonably well last season.
Chennai were in disarray right from the first over with the run out of du Plessis. The only phase where they looked like wresting back the momentum was when Raina and Bravo consolidated with some solid strikes, but Ohja got rid of both these players and the run out of Dhoni effectively sealed the fate of Chennai Super Kings.
Mumbai started off their innings in style with both Levi and Sachin looking score at a brisk pace. Sachin’s six will be spoken about through out this series. He has played similar shots several times, but to hit it in this pitch which offered inconsistent bounce and pace is truly special. Once again it was proved that Sachin’s performance was more important to the Chennai fans than CSK’s victory. Every single move of Sachin in the ground brought the roof down in the stadium. It is going to be scary series for the opposition bowlers, even the mis-hits Levi went over the ropes, and if he adapts to the Indian conditions, then no ground is big enough to contain him.
There was minor slump in the scoring rate, but Rayudu and Franklin made sure that no more wickets were lost and Rayudu finished the match off with a six over the keeper’s head. The only issue for Mumbai Indians is the seriousness of the injury of Sachin; We all hope he recovers soon enough to entertain us again.