Mumbai beat The Lions in “Their Den”

Richard Levi

Yesterday the Mumbai Indians had a good outing in which they overcame the Defending Champions by 8 wickets with 19 balls to spare (3.1 overs). Winning the toss, MI skipper Harbhajan Singh asked the Chennai Super Kings to have a bat first. Things looked a bit strange with Faf du Plessis coming out to face the first ball of IPL 5. Malinga, however, was not in the yorker-bowling wicket-taking form that he was in last year, but was keeping the batsmen quiet. Despite that, disaster struck in the very first over. du Plessis was run out by Ambati Rayudu trying to take a cheeky single offered by Murali Vijay. Then Suresh Raina began to rebuild the innings with Vijay, striking the solitary six of the innings, in Abu Nechim’s bowling. However, Vijay, who was looking very uncomfortable and was not even scoring at run-a-ball, chipped a James Franklin delivery straight to Harbhajan, who made no mistake. Then Raina took the assistance of Dwane Bravo , who was moved up the order, and the two were chipping in the runs comfortably at 7 an over, and hitting the boundary occasionally. However, all that followed was disaster. Left arm spinner Praghyan Ojha triggered a batting collapse, removing Raina (36) and Bravo (19) in consecutive overs. Then West Indian Kieron Pollard removed the dangerous Albie Morkel (3) and Subramaniam Badrinath (10) in two consecutive overs. Then Dhoni (4) and Ashwin (3) were both run out. Then Malinga picked up Ravindra Jadeja (3) and Doug Bollinger (3). Shadab Jakati remained unbeaten on 6. With only 112 runs to defend, CSK needed a miracle. However, they were denied that as IPL debutant and T2o sensation Richard Levi. He bludgeoned all the bowlers, particularly Jadeja, to bring up his 50 in 34 balls with 6 fours and 3 sixes. However, he holed out in the 35th ball to Doug Bollinger in the deep, off Dwane Bravo‘s bowling. Sachin Tendulkar, who was anchoring the innings, was doing it slowly, at a little more that run-a-ball. Soon Rohit Sharma was caught behind off an inside edge off Bollinger for a duck. More worries came as Sachin, was injured as a Bollinger bouncer hit him on the finger, and forced too laeve the field. However, James Franklin, and Ambati Rayudu hung around long enough to secure victory for their team. Levi was named Man of The Match for his blazing cameo of 50 in 35.