Matthew Hayden’s 60* helped steer the Chennai Super Kings to a seven-wicket win over the Mumbai Indians in Port Elizabeth.
Having taken his time in the first half of the run chase, Hayden finally broke loose when he was joined at the crease by his captain MS Dhoni.
Needing 148 for victory, the Super Kings got off to a sluggish start and had moved to just 56-2 by the time the tactical time out came around. The time out has so far seen most teams lose momentum, but on this occasion the Super Kings came out after the break with a more positive attitude and stepped up their run-rate as they went in search of the win.
Earlier JP Duminy’s 62 helped the Mumbai Indians to a competitive 148 from their allotted overs, but on a good pitch in Port Elizabeth you sensed it was at least 10-20 runs short.
Duminy, the Indians’ most consistent batsman this season, once again formed the backbone of his side’s innings with a solid display of batting. But Mumbai failed to get the big hits they required in the final few overs to lift their total from competitive to intimidating.
The South African capitalised on an explosive start by Sanath Jayasuriya, anchoring the innings and reaching his fifth half-century of the tournament, but ultimately would have been a bit disappointed with his strike-rate.
The win means that Chennai are in a prime position to qualify for the semi-finals, while the Indians’ play-off hopes look to be done and dusted.
Mumbai Indians: JP Duminy 62, Abhishek Nayar 33*, Suresh Raina 1-22.
Chennai Super Kings: Matthew Hayden 60*, MS Dhoni 23*, Lasith Malinga 1-19.
Chennai won by seven wickets.
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