Chasing 193, CSK drew first blood through Albie Morkel as Aditya Tare (7) hit one straight to Murali Vijay at mid-on in the second over. MI came back hard straight away as Dwayne Smith slammed consecutive sixes off Mohit Sharma. Smith then smashed three consecutive boundaries of Albie Morkel as MI made 56 from their Power Play.
Jadeja struck again, trapping Dinesh Karthik (11) leg before, attempting a slog sweep only to miss the ball altogether. Wickets continued to fall as Rohit Sharma (8) holed out to Dwayne Bravo off Morris. Kieron Pollard (24) smashed two sixes off Jadeja before Michael Hussey pulled off a beautiful catch at backward square-leg. Needing 66 from 30 balls, Bravo dismissed Harbhajan Singh (0) caught on the fence by Vijay. Mitchell Johnson (6) perished as Suresh Raina pulled of a stunning catch off Bravo in the 18th over. Lasith Malinga (0) and Ambati Rayudu (15) followed suit as MI were bundled out for 144 with eight balls remaining. MI eventually finished 48 runs short.
Suresh Raina stepped down the track and hit Pragyan Ojha for a six before depositing Harbhajan over the cover ropes. Raina lofted Johnson for a maximum in the twelfth over before Hussey followed suit, pulling Pollard for yet another six. Raina and Hussey added 140 for the second wicket. The onslaught continued as Raina put Pollard over the ropes again to bring up his fifty. He was put down on 57 a couple balls later by Smith. Malinga's last over went for 19 runs as Hussey (86*) and Raina (82*) slammed a six each to help CSK finish at 192 for one.
21: Number of balls taken by Dwayne Smith to reach his fifty – second fastest by any Mumbai Indians batsman after Kieron Pollard’s 20-ball fifty against Sunrisers Hyderabad at Wankhede on May 13. It equaled the record of fastest fifty against Chennai Super Kings in IPL and was the third fastest fifty in IPL2013.
Chennai Super Kings booked their berth in the Pepsi IPL Final for the fourth consecutive season with a convincing 48-run victory over Mumbai Indians at the Feroz Shah Kotla Stadium in Delhi. Batting first CSK posted a mammoth 192 riding on a record-breaking partnership between Michael Hussey and Suresh Raina, before their bowlers bowled out MI for 144. (Also Read: We want to book our place in finals: Fleming #Qualifier1 #IPL6)
|Rohit Sharma and MS Dhoni at the toss during the qualifier 1 match of the 2013 Pepsi Indian Premier League between The Chennai Superkings and the Mumbai Indians held at the Feroz Shah Kotla Stadium, Delhi on the 21st May 2013|
Smith launched two monstrous sixes off Chris Morris as he brought up his fifty in just 21 balls – the third fastest effort in IPL history. Smith (68) deposited Ravichandran Ashwin over the ropes before miscuing Ravindra Jadeja to Suresh Raina at point. At the halfway stage, MI were 92 for two, still requiring 101 runs.
|The match coin during the qualifier 1 match of the 2013 Pepsi Indian Premier League between The Chennai Superkings and the Mumbai Indians held at the Feroz Shah Kotla Stadium, Delhi on the 21st May 2013|
Earlier CSK won the toss and elected to bat. Hussey got CSK rolling with a boundary off the first delivery. Vijay opened his account with consecutive boundaries off Munaf Patel in the second over. Hussey followed it with two more boundaries off Malinga as CSK made 47 from their Power Play. Pollard got the breakthrough as Vijay (23) was caught in the deep.
|Mumbai Indians during the qualifier 1 match of the 2013 Pepsi Indian Premier League between The Chennai Superkings and the Mumbai Indians held at the Feroz Shah Kotla Stadium, Delhi on the 21st May 2013|
|Chennai Super Kings during the qualifier 1 match of the 2013 Pepsi Indian Premier League between The Chennai Superkings and the Mumbai Indians held at the Feroz Shah Kotla Stadium, Delhi on the 21st May 2013|
Brief Scores: Chennai Super Kings 192 for 1 (M Hussey 86*, Kieron Pollard 1-28) defeated Mumbai Indians 144 all out (Dwayne Smith 68, Dwayne Bravo 3-9) by 48 runs.
732: Runs scored by Michael Hussey in IPL 2013 – second most by any batsman in a single edition of IPL, after Chris Gayle’s 733 in 2012.
414: Runs scored by Suresh Raina against Mumbai Indians in IPL – most by any batsman. He went ahead of Jacques Kallis’ tally of 403 runs.
354: Number of boundaries (fours and sixes) hit by Suresh Raina in IPL. Now only Chris Gayle is ahead of him with 384 boundaries.
86: Runs scored by Michael Hussey in the match – highest individual innings for Chennai Super Kings against Mumbai Indians in IPL. The previous best was Suresh Raina’s unbeaten 83 at the Brabourne Statdium in 2010.
67: Runs scored by Chennai Super Kings in last 5 overs of the match – most by a team against Mumbai Indians in IPL2013. Incidentally there have been six instances of a team scoring 65 or more runs against Mumbai Indians in the last five overs. Four of them have been by Chennai Super Kings.
56: Runs scored by Mumbai Indians in first 6 overs - maximum they have scored in Power Play overs in IPL2013.
28: Number of wickets taken by Dwayne Bravo in IPL2013. He now shares the record of taking most wickets in a single edition of IPL with Lasith Malinga, who had an identical tally in 2011.
|Dwayne Smith of Mumbai Indians hits over the top for six during the qualifier 1 match of the 2013 Pepsi Indian Premier League between The Chennai Superkings and the Mumbai Indians held at the Feroz Shah Kotla Stadium, Delhi on the 21st May 2013|
14: Number of catches taken by Dwayne Bravo in IPL2013 – most by a fielder in a single edition of IPL. AB de Villiers and Rohit Sharma shared the previous record with 13 catches in 2009 and 2012 edition respectively.
9: Number of batsmen who got out caught in Mumbai Indians’ innings. This equaled the IPL record of most such dismissals in a team’s innings.
5: Number of times Chennai Super Kings have reached IPL final. No other team has done this more than twice!
1: Suresh Raina became the first Indian batsman to aggregate 4000 runs in Twenty20 cricket.
1: For the first time Mumbai Indians managed to take only one wicket in an IPL match despite bowling full 20 overs.
Rohit: There's always a second chance, but disappointed the way we played. Dinesh and I got out at the wrong time, had a wonderful start but didn't capitalise. Not a good sign. Kolkata will be a different surface but we have had a good set of results there so hope it goes well.
Dhoni: We had a decent support last time we played in Delhi. Always good to have the support. We always tell our players that when you get a start, you need to grab it. Thought we were 10 runs short. Hussey gave us a good start but Raina gave us the edge in the middle of the innings. Sir Jadeja has declined us to tweet about him, so no more tweets about him!
Michael Hussey, Star Sports, champion of the match (which I think is the man-of-the-match): Lucky we got some fine players down the order, so I know there are some hitters down. Anything can happen in T20 on any day so I go about my business. I am sure the Australian team will be fine without me.
Purple Cap for Bravo. Orange for Hussey. Chennai in final.