IPL 2022: Chennai Express derailed by Mumbai Indians
The Daniel Sams delivery, the second of the match, was clearly going down the legside and the appeal against Devon Conway was more out of hope than conviction. But umpire Chirra Ravikanthreddy put his finger up and as the in-form Conway was about to refer it to the third umpire, he found out that DRS was not working temporarily due to a power failure.
With no DRS available, Conway was dismissed and there was a sense of inevitability about everything that panned out from there. CSK, reeling under the Ravindra Jadeja controversy, failed miserably as a batting unit and were bowled out for 97, their second lowest total ever, and consequently lost the match by five wickets to end all hopes of qualification into the playoffs.
The fact that the ouster came against arch-rivals Mumbai Indians might hurt the pride of the CSK fans just a little bit more. Mumbai, though, tried their best to make heavy weather of the 98-run target. Against rookie left-arm pacer Mukesh Choudhary, Ishan Kishan looked like a novice throwing his wicket away.
Rohit Sharma continued his struggle with the bat, getting out to new boy Simarjeet Singh, and with the score on 33/4, it seemed CSK would pull off a miracle. But Tilak Varma (34 not out off 32 balls) showed some maturity with Hrithik Shokeen (18) at the other end and the 48-run fifth-wicket partnership all but sealed the game for Mumbai. Varma showed the application that is needed to succeed on the big stage and if things don’t go too wrong for him, the left-hander will be an asset for MI going forward.
The game, though, was set up by Mumbai’s pace trio of Jasprit Bumrah, Sams (3-16) and Riley Meredith (2-27) in the first half. Five wickets in the Powerplay was like a dream for Mumbai Indians and it broke the back of CSK. Only Dhoni (36 not out off 33 balls) stood tall as CSK’s wickets kept faling.