In the IPL 2024 match between MI and CSK, Mumbai won the toss and chose to bowl first. Chennai Super Kings set a formidable total of 206/4 at Wankhede Stadium, led by impressive performances from Ruturaj Gaikwad, Shivam Dube, and a late surge from MS Dhoni.

Despite a strong start by Mumbai Indians with a 70-run opening partnership from Rohit Sharma and Ishan Kishan, Matheesha Pathirana’s crucial breakthroughs halted their momentum. Pathirana’s dismissals of Kishan and later Tilak Varma, who contributed to a 60-run stand, shifted the game back in CSK’s favor.

Earlier in the first innings, MI appeared to have contained CSK’s total below 200 after Hardik Pandya removed Daryl Mitchell. However, MS Dhoni’s explosive cameo, comprising three sixes and two runs off four balls, boosted CSK’s score to 206. Meanwhile, Shivam Dube’s aggressive innings, supported by Ruturaj Gaikwad’s solid contribution, propelled CSK to a commanding position.

Pandya halted Gaikwad’s onslaught, dismissing him in the 16th over, but not before Gaikwad had scored 69 runs in 40 balls. Gaikwad and Dube’s partnership of 90 runs off 45 balls tilted the game in CSK’s favor, with Dube reaching his half-century in just 28 deliveries.

Mumbai’s loss will sting as they squandered a commanding position both with bat and ball. Rohit Sharma and Ishan Kishan’s solid start was dented by quick dismissals, disrupting their momentum. Despite Rohit’s half-century and a brisk cameo from Tilak Varma, Mumbai faltered. Hardik Pandya’s failure to accelerate, followed by Tim David’s brief fireworks, added to their woes. Chennai secured a 20-run victory despite Rohit Sharma’s century(105*), marking his second IPL hundred after a 12-year hiatus.

Last Updated on April 14, 2024

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