Mumbai Indians captain Rohit Sharma after winning the toss and electing to bat first than led his from the front with the bat as he made sure that the team does not go through the same fate as in the previous 2 games due to a bad start.
The decision of batting first didn’t look too promising as Michael Hussey once again failed to deliver the goods with the bat. Aditya Tare did look promising for the while he lasted on the pitch but he too departed owing to bad shot selection. While Hussey departed to a peach of a delivery from Ben Hilfenhaus, Tare tried to play one shot too many.
Corey Andersen who was promoted up the order played as good hand with the bat as made sure that there are no more major hiccups for the Mumbai Indians, sharing good partnership of 84 runs from just 64 deliveries after a slow start. Just when it looked like we might see the much famed slaughter from the Kiwi all rounder, he was dismissed while trying to steal a quick single. He made a well compiled 39, aided with 3 fours and a six.
It was Rohit Sharma’s innings though that made sure that the Mumbai Indians don’t lose their way and post a good enough total on the board. Sharma started off slow but picked up his pace once he was well set. He scored a well paced 50 and although he was dismissed in the 18th over, he made sure that the team has a good platform to capitalize on later in the innings. However the Mumbai Indians lost their way in the closing stage of the innings.
Chennai’s bowlers started off really well and Hilfenhaus in particular was extremely good in the start. He dismissed Hussy of an absolute peach of a delivery. He also came back in the later half of the innings and picked up the all important wicket of Rohit Sharma. Mohit Sharma also bowled really well and out shined even Ben Hilfenhaus. He picked up the wicket of Tare in the first half of the innings and then came back to pick up 3 wickets in the 19th over, a point where the Mumbai Indians were looking to capitalize on the Platform set by Rohit and Andersen.
Mumbai Indians: 141/7 (Rohit Sharma 50, Corey Andersen 39. Mohit Sharma 4/14, Ben Hilfenhaus)