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IPL 2022 – Chennai Super Kings vs Mumbai Indians Match 59 – Post Match Comments

On May 12, the Mumbai Indians defeated archrivals Chennai Super Kings by five wickets in Match 59 of the IPL 2022 in Mumbai’s Wankhede Stadium. While CSK tried their hardest to contend in this low-scoring thriller, it was not to be as the five-time champions held their nerves to prevail. The defeat terminated Chennai’s title defense and eliminated them from the competition.

Rohit Sharma, the Mumbai captain, won the toss and chose to bowl first. Devon Conway was expelled for a golden duck after being assessed lbw and had to walk back when a power outage at the site prevented him from taking a review. That was the tipping point, as CSK was shortly reduced to 39/6.

Captain MS Dhoni then took responsibility on his own, despite the fact that he had run out of partners on the other end. He was unbeaten on 33 balls, but a rushed moment ended in Mukesh Choudhary’s run out as CSK were all out for 97 with four overs remaining. Riley Meredith and Kumar Kartikeya both took two scalps, while Daniel Sams finished with figures of 3/16.

In response, Mumbai lost opener Ishan Kishan in the opening over before Rohit Sharma sought to finish the job with some nice hits. While Mumbai lost two more wickets shortly after, Tilak Varma (34*) stood firm from one end and received some much-needed help from Hrithik Shokeen (18) and Tim David (16*) as the previous champions crossed the finish line with more than five overs to spare. CSK’s best bowler was Mukesh Choudhary, who took 3/23, while Simarjeet Singh and Moeen Ali also grabbed a wicket.

The result of this game meant that the two most successful franchises in IPL history will not take part in the 2022 playoffs. This is what the two captains and the player of the match had to say.

MS Dhoni (Chennai Super Kings) – Losing Captain

 

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Irrespective of how the wicket is, anything below 130 is difficult to defend, but what I asked the bowlers was to show a lot of character and forget about the result. Both the young fast bowlers bowled really well and I feel a game like this really helps them in believing in themselves that irrespective of the conditions, whenever we start we need to have the same kind of attitude and that’s what is needed in the shortest format. We have gone through periods where we never really had that extraordinary bench of fast bowlers. Also, fast bowlers, take their time to mature, if you are lucky you get somebody who can feature in all formats in six months’ time and that is what IPL is doing and it is an opportunity for a lot of them. They bowl a bit courageous now which is very important in a format like this. And some players take their time before executing their plans better. The fast bowlers to have both of them really well is a big positive, and also we will have two more fast bowlers coming into the next season, also we have a few more up the sleeves, just want to give ample time for them to prepare. It’s the first few deliveries that are important when you are batting under that kind of pressure, so it was a chance of survival. Once they are past those first few deliveries, they can be themselves. It didn’t pay off today but I think they bowled really well. A bit of application was needed from our side, and a few of the batters got out on good deliveries, hopefully, they are learning with each and every game.

 

Rohit Sharma (Mumbai Indians) – Winning Captain

 

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Looking at how the pitch was playing and to lose wickets upfront, there were tense moments in the middle. It was just about keeping calm and getting the job done. After losing those wickets at the start, we were a little calm and got the job done in the end. We have played a lot of cricket here. On so many occasions, we’ve had pitches like this. It’s nice to get bowlers into the game as well at times. It’s been batting-friendly pitches all over, it was good to see bounce and swing from both sides which was good to watch. We are keeping one eye (on the future). We want to win games and at the same time we try out certain players. There are options that we still want to try. He (Tilak) has been brilliant, playing for the first year, having such a calm head is never easy. I feel he’s going to be an all-format player for India pretty soon. He’s got the technique and temperament. A lot of things are looking bright for him. And there’s hunger as well. (On Bumrah) He knows what he needs to do and what the team expects him to do which are the most important things. He understands, magnificent spell upfront and we saw what he did in the last game as well. (On Pollard missing out) He’s been a stalwart for Mumbai, he came out and said that he’s okay with that. We are keeping one eye on what are the holes to be filled out for the next year.

 

Daniel Sams (Mumbai Indians) – Player of the Match

 

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The first few games didn’t go to plan. Had a little bit of time to reflect on those performances. I just figured out that I was focusing on the batter too much and not on my strengths. That was something to work on at training. We have different plans for different batters. We spoke about a lot – using the bouncer to all batters. (Batting at No. 3) I was really excited to get the opportunity, that’s something MJ (Mahela Jayawardene) spoke about to me today. Any opportunity with the bat, I am more than happy. The whole IPL, beautiful wickets to bowl on. It’s been enjoyable, today’s pitch was bowling-friendly. Good to see a T20 game where the bowlers dominate.