Mumbai Indians beat Chennai Super Kings to reach their fifth IPL as Rahul Chahar starred with the ball while Suryakumar Yadav hit a breezy 71 not out as Mumbai Indians defeated defending champions Chennai Super Kings by 6 wickets on Tuesday in Qualifier 1 of the 2019 Indian Premier League at Chepauk to reach their 5th final.
Mumbai Indian won the IPL three times in past. Mumbai Indians had first reached the final in 2010 when they lost to Chennai Super Kings. In 2013, 2015 and 2017, Mumbai Indians won the IPL.
Chennai Super Kings will now play the winner of the Delhi Capitals and Sunrisers Hyderabad on May 10 for another shot at the title clash.
This is the 3rd time season that Mumbai Indians defeated CSK this season and on Tuesday, they continued their 9-year unbeaten run at the M.A. Chidambaram Stadium.
In 2019, Chennai Super Kings have relied on their spinners to waylay visiting teams on slow, low surfaces. But Mumbai Indians paid CSK back in their own coin in a high-stakes game. Leg-spinner Rahul Chahar picked 2 for 14 off 4 overs while Krunal Pandya and Jayant Yadav captured crucial wickets before the powerplay to pave the way for MI’s 5th final.
Chasing an easy target of 132, Mumbai Indians lost Rohit Sharma to Deepak Chahar in the 1st over while Harbhajan Singh dismissed Quinton de Kock the 4th over.
In the end, it’s a comfortable win for MI, thanks to a mature innings from Suryakumar. He finishes unbeaten on 71, with Hardik Pandya providing support in a 31-run stand as Mumbai Indians get over the line with six wickets in hand and 1.3 overs to spare.