IPL 2019, Qualifier 1: Twitter erupts as Rohit Sharma takes MI to finals for the fourth time
The two strong sides of the Indian Premier League (IPL) faced each other for the third time this season in the all-important match. The winner in this qualifier one would book their place in the IPL 2019 finals at Hyderabad. The match was played on a sluggish wicket at The Chepauk. Chennai Super Kings skipper MS Dhoni won the toss and elected to bat first. CSK had lost both the matches to Mumbai Indians in the league stages & was determined to turn it around.
Mumbai Indians exploited the conditions on offer very early in the match by introducing spin. Skipper Rohit Sharma was brave enough to add Jayant Yadav in the playing XI in the all-important match. Rahul Chahar and Jayant sent the CSK top order back to pavilion in no time. The relentless spin attack had CSK reeling at 32/3 within powerplay. It was Ambati Rayudu & Murali Vijay who took their time to control further damage for CSK. Towards the end of the innings, a decent knock from Dhoni and Rayudu took CSK to a score of 132, which was below par.
In reply, Deepak Chahar struck early to get rid of Rohit Sharma & soon Quinton de Kock followed him. It was Suryakumar Yadav and Ishan Kishan who played sensibly to stitch a valuable partnership in the context of the game to take Mumbai closer to a place in the finals.
CSK had their moments in the game, but an unbeaten Suryakumar and Hardik Pandya took Mumbai Indians across the line. Suryakumar became the hero for Mumbai with an unbeaten knock of 71 runs. Mumbai will now play in the finals at Hyderabad against the winner of the Qualifier 2 at Vizag. It means Rohit Sharma has taken them to the finals in every alternate year since 2013.
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