IPL 2014 Match 13 Review: CSK Joins Top, MI Sink Further at Bottom

On Day 11 of IPL 2014, there was double header. As predicted Sunrisers finally registered there first win in a batsmen-dominated close match. On the other hand, the dominant CSK registered another easy win. For the first time since 2008 when they won their first four matches, CSK has won 3 of their first 4 matches. It is just a strange coincidence that in the match between the top two teams of IPL, CSK registered its 2nd best performance in IPL since 2008, while Mumbai Indians registered its 2nd worst performance since 2008. CSK joins the group topper Kings XI, while MI goes further down at the bottom of Points tally.

In IPL 2008, CSK has won 4 consecutive matches to start the edition, this time they have won 3 of the 4 matches played. Mumbai Indians lost the first four matches in 2008 edition, now they have lost the first three matches.

In IPL 2013 the matches that CSK won against MI at Group Stage and in Playoff, Michaell Hussey was the Player of the Match. Playing for Mumbai Indians, against his old team he could not succeed, and was bowled for 1 run by Aussie compatriot Hilfenhaus in the 2nd over after facing 7 balls.

MI Scores 141/7
Electing to bat appeared a good decision as despite the loss of Michael Hussey in the second over, Mumbai Indians had lost only 2 wickets by the end of 15th over and Anderson was looking settled with Rohit Sharma although they had scored only at the run rate of almost 7 runs per over. When everyone was counting how many can they score in the next five overs with Pollard and Rayudu to come, they surprised all as they were able to add only 36 runs losing 5 wickets. Tare (19-ball 23 runs) perished in 5th over and then Anderson and Rohit added 84 runs when promoted to No. 3 Anderson (31-ball 39 runs with 3 4s and a six) was run out by a direct throw from Ashwin. Rohit completed hard made 41-ball 50 runs (2 6s and 3 4s) and was out in 18th over. Rayudu (1 run) did not trouble the scorecard much. Pollard was again struggling scoring only 12 runs in 11 balls.

For CSK, Mohit Sharma was the surprise performer with 4/14 accounting for the wicket of Tare, Pollard, Rayudu and Harbhajan (0). Ishwar Pandey (0/21) was again impressive, Ashwin (0/20) was again economical. Hilfenhaus was expensive with 2/32, Raina (0/32 in 3 overs) could not succeed today, and last match MOM Jadeja gave away 14 runs in 1 over. Still overall the bowlers did a good job.

Brendum McCullum Powers them to Easy Win
Smith and Brendum were again in good sync. Pragyan Ojha bowled the first over to Smith and it was a maiden. He was punished for that in the next over as Smith hit two sixes. But Smith (22-ball 29 runs with 4 6s) perished in 7th over as score read 57/1). Raina(1) was stump of the bowling of Harbhajan brining slight urgency. Plessis (25-ball 20 runs) also met the same fate as Harbhajan got 2nd wicket. But the score read comfortable 114/3 after 16 overs, and they needed only 28 more runs in 4 overs with Dhoni (11-ball 14 runs with a six and four) joining the mercurial McCulllum (53-ball 71 runs with 2 6s and 8 4s). Both took CSK to third consecutive easy win with an over remaining.

For MI, as usual Malinga was the most economical with 0/22 but failed to get a wicket and was hit the most when MI in the 18th over when MI needed to tighten the noose the most. Pollard dropped an easy catch of Brendum, adding to the woes. Ojha (1/25) with a maiden was impressive. Harbhajan (2/27) was also decent. But Zaheer (0/31), Anderson (0/23 in 2 overs) and Pollard (0/10 in 1 over) could not contain Brendum.

MOM: Mohit Sharma
On a batting track where four teams lost only 15 wickets scoring plenty of runs, Mohit Sharma was not only the player of the match, but bowler of the day with his stunning performance of 4/14 in 4 overs.
Coming to bowl as no. 4 bowler of CSK in the 5th over, his first over earned him Tare’s wicket and he gave only 1 run. His second over saw him giving 6 runs that included a boundary hit by Rohit. He bowled his third over in the 16th over and the dangerous appearing third wicket partnership was broken as Anderson was run out. Sharma gave 5 singles in that over. His last over was the 19th over of the MIs innings. He grabbed 3 wickets in the over grabbing the wickets of Rayudu, Pollard and Harbhajan giving away only 2 runs.

MI is the only team to have won more matches against CSK than they have lost. In the 15 matches they played before today’s matches, MI has won one more than CSK. MI won 8 and CSK equaled that with today’s win in IPL 2014.

Both have won now 8 matches each in 16 face offs.

    2008: 1 win each for both
    2009: 1 win each for both
    2010: 1 win each for both at group stage, but CSK also won in knockout
    2011: MI won their only clash of season
    2011: 1 win each for both at group stage, but MI also won in knockout
    2013: Both won 2 matches each, including the final.
    2014: CSK won the first match.

Performances in Different Editions
CSK won their 61st match today, while MI is second with 59 wins, still to open account after three losses in 2014 edition.

    2008: CSK 9 wins, 7 losses. MI 7 wins, 7 losses.
    2009: CSK 8 wins, 6 losses. MI 5 wins, 8 losses.
    2010: CSK 9 wins, 7 losses. MI 11 wins, 5 losses.
    2011: CSK 11 wins, 5 losses. MI 10 wins, 6 losses.
    2012: CSK 10 wins, 8 losses. MI 10 wins, 7 losses.
    2013: CSK 9 wins, 2 losses. MI 6 wins, 4 losses.
    2014: CSK won 3, lost 1, MI lost 3

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