CHENNAI, May 7: The enormously talented Suryakumar Yadav played one of his finest knocks on a challenging track as Mumbai Indians beat Chennai Super Kings by six wickets in the first Qualifier, entering IPL final for the fifth time on Tuesday.
On a sluggish pitch, which offered considerable turn and odd bounce, Suryakumar batted in a copybook fashion scoring an unbeaten 71 off 54 balls with MI reaching the target in 18.3 overs.
However, CSK will get another chance to make it to their eighth final as they will now play the second Qualifier against the winner of the �Eliminator� between Delhi Capitals and Sunrisers Hyderabad.
The target of 132 was not a big one, but once the below-par Chepauk pitch was factored in, the chasing team had its own set of challenges. With Rohit Sharma (4) and Quinton de Kock (8) returning quickly, Surya and Ishan Kishan (28, 31 balls) traded their natural flair for caution adding 80 runs that set the platform. While Surya hit 10 fours, the normally aggressive Kishan had three fours and a six in his innings.
While Imran Tahir (2/33 in 4 overs) dismissed Kishan and Krunal Pandya (0) off successive balls in the 14th over, it was more of a minor scare as Surya anchored the chase with ease in Hardik Pandya�s company.
The best part about Surya�s batting was how late he played both Tahir and Ravindra Jadeja (0/18 in 4 overs) whenever they got the ball to turn away from the right-hander, playing it past the short third-man fielder. The best part was not taking undue risks against Jadeja, who looked menacing on this track. Deepak Chahar, after getting Rohit�s wicket erred in line and proved to be costly. Harbhajan Singh (1/25 in 4 overs) finished his quota primarily when at least one left-hander was at the crease.
Earlier, MS Dhoni failed to launch a brutal assault on a sluggish pitch but did enough in company of Ambati Rayudu to propel CSK to 131 for 4, which was more than a fighting total in testing conditions.
Chennai Super Kings: Faf du Plessis c (sub) Anmolpreet b Rahul Chahar 6, Shane Watson c J Yadav b K Pandya 10, Suresh Raina c&b
J Yadav 5, Murali Vijay st de Kock b Rahul Chahar 26, Ambati Rayudu not out 42, MS Dhoni not out 37; Extras (lb-1, w-1, nb-3) 5; Total (for 4 wkts, 20 overs) 131.
Fall of wickets: 1-6, 2-12, 3-32, 4-65.
Bowling: Malinga 3-0-26-0, Krunal Pandya 4-0-21-1, R Chahar 4-0-14-2, Jayant Yadav 3-0-25-1, Bumrah 4-0-31-0, Hardik Pandya 2-0-13-0.
Mumbai Indians: Rohit Sharma lbw D Chahar 4, Quinton de Kock c Du Plessis b Harbhajan 8, Suryakumar Yadav not out 71, Ishan Kishan b Tahir 28, Krunal Pandya c&b Tahir 0, Hardik Pandya not out 13. Extras (lb-1, w-7) 8. Total (for 4 wkts, 18.3 overs) 132.
Fall of wickets: 1-4, 2-21, 3-101, 4-101.
Bowling: Deepak Chahar 3.3-0-30-1, Harbhajan Singh 4-0-25-1, R Jadeja 4-0-18-0, Dwayne Bravo 3-0-25-0, Tahir 4-0-33-2. � PTI