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Mumbai Indians 170 for 5 (Suryakumar 59, Krunal 42, Jadeja 1-10) beat Chennai Super Kings 133 for 8 (Jadhav 58, Hardik 3-20, Malinga 3-34) by 37 runs

Sometimes six overs is all it takes in T20 cricket. For 14 overs, Chennai Super Kings’ bowlers were all over the Mumbai Indians batting order, restraining them in supreme fashion. At 82 for 3, Mumbai were going at less than six an over, and seemed incapable of breaking out of the straitjacket the likes of Deepak Chahar, Ravindra Jadeja and Imran Tahir had put them in.

Vitally, though, although Mumbai were being tied down, they did not collapse. Krunal Pandya and Suryakumar Yadav put on 62 off 49 together through the middle overs, laying a platform. With clean hitters like Hardik Pandya and Kieron Pollard to come, perhaps laying a quiet platform is all Mumbai’s top order needed to do.

Hardik and Pollard were unstoppable in the last two overs of the innings, propelling the team from 125 for 5 at the end of the 18th over, to 170 for 5 after 20 – their partnership worth an invaluable 45 off 12 deliveries. Hardik was the more brutal of the two, walloping two sixes over midwicket and another over third man, as well as crashing a four through the covers, to reap 25 not out off eight deliveries. Pollard reminded the IPL of his own devastating potential, making 17 not out off seven.

It was one of the IPL’s most efficient – Dwayne Bravo – that the pair took to pieces in the final over of the Mumbai innings, plundering 29, after Bravo had conceded only 20 from his first three overs.

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