Mumbai Indians registered their 4th win in IPL 2021 as they beat Chennai Super Kings. Batting first, CSK posted a total of 218 on the board with a loss of 4 wickets. In reply, MI chased the total with 0 balls left and 4 wickets in hand. That said, here are 3 reasons why MI defeated CSK in the 27th match of IPL 2021:
3. CSK failed to scalp a single wicket in the powerplay overs
After posting a total of 218, all CSK had to do was keep picking wickets at regular intervals. However, none of the CSK bowlers failed to provide a breakthrough in the powerplay overs. Instead, the duo of Rohit Sharma and Quinton de Kock notched a solid 71 run partnership to keep MI in the match. Lungi Ngidi failed to impress with the ball, leaking 62 runs in just 4 overs. Deepak Chahar also bowled poorly, conceding 37 runs in 4 overs. Overall, a dismal bowling performance from CSK cost them the match against Mumbai Indians.
2. Ravindra Jadeja’s poor outing with the ball against MI
CSK finally made the breakthrough in the 8th over, with Rohit Sharma dismissed for 35. Suryakumar Yadav failed to impress with the bat and got out in the next over. By the end of the 10th over, MI had lost 3 wickets in quick succession. However, Kieron Pollard had other plans. The West Indian smacked Jadeja for 20 runs in Jadeja’s 2nd over of the match. In the next 3 overs, CSK leaked 55 runs, as Pollard ran riot against the CSK bowlers. Pollard’s unbeaten knock of 87 guided MI to a historic victory against CSK in IPL 2021.
1. Faf du Plessis drops Pollard’s catch
CSK had a glorious chance to dismiss Pollard and win the match against MI. In Shardul Thakur’s over, Pollard mistimed his shot, and it looked an easy catch for Faf du Plessis. Unfortunately, du Plessis could not catch the ball as Pollard was handed another lifeline. The West Indian finished things off in the last ball of MI’s innings, handing them their 19th victory against CSK in IPL history.