IPL 2021 Match 27: Mumbai Indians beat Chennai Super Kings by 4 wickets — as it happened

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Mumbai Indians players celebrate the victory against Chennai Super Kings.
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Pollard blitz takes Mumbai Indians home in epic chase

Kolkata: It took an awe-inspiring display of power-hitting from Kieron Pollard as his 87 off 34 balls, studded with eight sixes and six fours, took Mumbai Indians over the line in a high-scoring thriller against Chennai Super Kings in New Delhi today.

A target of 219 looked out of the champions’ reach when they lost the top three of captain Rohit Sharma, the in-form Suryakumar Yadav and Quinton de Kock with 80-odd runs on the board. A 89-run stand for the fourth wicket, which saw Pollard and Krunal Pandya take advantage of a flat batting surface and the smaller square boundaries, kept the champions in the chase.

Earlier, Chennai Super Kings rode half-centuries by Faf du Plessis (50), Moeen Ali (58) and a ruthless 72 off 27 balls by Ambati Rayudu to reach a colossal total of 218 for four against Mumbai Indians in New Delhi. It was the yellow shirts’ highest ever total against Mumbai, two of the most decorated sides, in the history of IPL – which eventually fell short.

Relive the match as it happened …

Sam Curran
Sam Curran of Chennai Super Kings celebrates the wicket of Krunal Pandya of Mumbai Indians.
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Kieron Pollard
Kieron Pollard of Mumbai Indians hits a six.
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Shardul Thakur
Shardul Thakur of Chennai Super Kings bowls.
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Krunal Pandya
Krunal Pandya of Mumbai Indians plays a shot.
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Moeen Ali
Moeen Ali of Chennai Super Kings celebrates the wicket of Quinton de Kock of Mumbai Indians.
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Ravindra Jadeja
Ravindra Jadeja of Chennai Super Kings celebrates the wicket of Surya Kumar Yadav of Mumbai Indians.
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Shardul Thakur
Shardul Thakur (centre) of Chennai Super Kings celebrates the wicket of Rohit Sharma of Mumbai Indians.
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Quinton de Kock
Quinton de Kock of Mumbai Indians hits a boundary.
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Rohit Sharma
Rohit Sharma of Mumbai Indians plays a shot.
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Deepak Chahar
Deepak Chahar of Chennai Super Kings bowls.
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Rayudu blitz takes Chennai to highest total against Mumbai

Kolkata: It was an awesome batting display by Chennai Super Kings as they rode half-centuries by Faf du Plessis (50), Moeen Ali (58) and a ruthless 72 off 27 balls by Ambati Rayudu to reach a colossal total of 218 for four against Mumbai Indians in New Delhi.

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This is the yellow shirts’ highest ever total against Mumbai, two of the most decorated sides, in the history of IPL.

When Mumbai skipper Rohit Sharma decided to chase after winning the toss, he would have possibly shown confidence on his big-hitting line-up for a crack at a total in the region of 180-plus. However, they will need an extraordinary effort here to make a match of it.

Rayudu, coming in at number five, showed some extraordinary hitting – attack Jasprit Bumrah time and again to finish with seven sixes and four boundaries in his innings.

Ambati Rayudu
Ambati Rayudu of Chennai Super Kings plays a shot.
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Ambati Rayudu
Ambati Rayudu (right) of Chennai Super Kings celebrates his fifty.
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Ambati Rayudu
Ambati Rayudu of Chennai Super Kings hits over the top for a six.
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Ravindra Jadeja
Ravindra Jadeja of Chennai Super Kings plays a shot.
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Kieron Pollard
Kieron Pollard (centre) of Mumbai Indians celebrates the wicket of Faf du Plessis of Chennai Super Kings.
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Mumbai Indians players
Mumbai Indians players celebrate the wicket of Moeen Ali of Chennai Super Kings.
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Moeen Ali
Moeen Ali of Chennai Super Kings hits a boundary.
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Jasprit Bumrah
Jasprit Bumrah of Mumbai Indians bowls.
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Moeen Ali
Moeen Ali of Chennai Super Kings bats during the match.
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Faf du Plessis
Faf du Plessis of Chennai Super Kings plays a shot.
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Moeen Ali and Faf du Plessis
Moeen Ali and Faf du Plessis of Chennai Super Kings are seen in the middle.
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Trent Boult
Trent Boult (left) of Mumbai Indians, along with teammates, celebrate the wicket Ruturaj Gaikwad of Chennai Super Kings.
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MS Dhoni and Rohit Sharma
Captain of Chennai Super Kings MS Dhoni with captain of Mumbai Indians Rohit Sharma during the toss held at the Arun Jaitley Stadium, New Delhi.
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Mumbai, Chennai renew old rivalry on new turf

Kolkata: A Mumbai Indians versus Chennai Super Kings clash has been one of the traditional rivalries in the history of IPL – and it will be no different when they face off at the neutral venue of Arun Jaitley Stadium in New Delhi today.

It will be interesting to see if the current champions, in fourth spot of the table after their seven-wicket win over Rajasthan Royals on Thursday, can build on the last win which saw them chasing down a par target on a decent batting surface. Opener Quinton de Kock’s return to form was a heartening one for the Mumbai Paltan, though a few question marks still linger about their middle order.

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Chennai have looked the most well-rounded side at the halfway mark, with Dhoni’s captaincy always an added bonus for them. With the erstwhile Kotla wicket doing a bit for the seamers, Mumbai’s best chance lies in chasing after restricting the rivals with the Trent Boult-Jasprit Bumrah combination making early inroads.

Surely, we have a cracker of a contest on our hands.

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