Mumbai go top after Boult and Bumrah burst sets up CSK drubbing

Ross Houston
October 24, 2020

After losing its last game in a humdinger that required two Super Overs, Mumbai Indians recovered well to produce a clinical display and thrash a hapless Chennai Super Kings by ten wickets at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium on Friday.

An unbeaten 116-run opening wicket partnership between Quinton de Kock and Ishan Kishan guided Mumbai Indians (MI) to a 10-wicket victory over Chennai Super Kings (CSK) in the 41st match of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2020 in Sharjah on Friday.

Ishan Kishan (68 n.o., 37b, 6x4, 5x6) and Quinton de Kock (46 n.o., 37b, 5x4, 2x6) then feasted on the CSK bowlers to triumph in just 12.2 overs. MI innings went exactly in contrast with the CSK.

It all started with Indians pacer Trent Boult sending back Ruturaj Gaikwad (0) in the first over itself.

Rock-bottom Chennai unravelled so quickly and spectacularly that at an early stage they appeared on track to post the lowest total in IPL history - the unwanted record now held by Royal Challengers Bangalore for their 49 all out against Kolkata Knight Riders in 2017 - before Curran saved their blushes.

Kieron Pollard replaced Rohit Sharma as the captain of Mumbai for this match as the latter is down with a hamstring injury. For Mumbai Indians, Trent Boult bowled the spell of his life by taking 4 wickets at an economy of 4.5. In the last over of the innings, Curran hit three fours and brought up a well-deserved half-century before getting out on the final ball as Boult disturbed the timber to pick his fourth wicket of the match. Bumrah (2/25) and leg-spinner Rahul Chahar (2/22) picked up two wickets each while Nathan Coulter-Nile ended with 1 for 25.

Bumrah followed up with two wickets in as many balls in the following over as Ambati Rayudu gloved behind and Narayan Jagadeesan was caught in the slips.

Incidentally, Curran's 43-run partnership for the ninth wicket with Imran Tahir (13 not out) was the highest partnership of the CSK innings which showed the rest of the batsmen in poor light. However, it didn't reap the desired results as it was the first time that the Yellow Army lost 5 wickets in the powerplay.

MS Dhoni (16) swayed out of the way of the short hat-trick ball but the procession continued as Faf Du Plessis snicked a temptingly-wide delivery from Boult behind and Ravindra Jadeja, looking to attack, advanced down the track only to pull the Kiwi seamer to short midwicket.

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