IPL 2019: Match 15, MI vs CSK – Mumbai Indians Player Ratings

IPL 2019: Match 15, MI vs CSK – Mumbai Indians Player Ratings

Mumbai Indians handed the Chennai Super Kings their first defeat of the season.

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Mumbai Indians. (Photo: Surjeet Yadav/IANS)

The merry unbeaten run of the defending champions, Chennai Super Kings, came to an end in the 2019 edition of the IPL. After having won their previous three matches, the Men in Yellow were handed their first defeat by their arch-rivals, the Mumbai Indians. The fancied rivalry went underway at the iconic Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai, the venue where these two sides were involved in a humdinger in the last season. This time around, though, it was a rather one-sided affair with MI winning the game comfortably.

After having won the toss, the Super Kings opted to bowl first. They had a dream start as both the MI openers headed back to the pavilion cheaply. The wicket of Yuvraj Singh soon after only made things worse. Amidst dwindling fortunes, Suryakumar Yadav stood firm to top score with an anchoring 59. The innings, however, picked up serious pace in the end overs. Owing to batting heroics of the Pandya brothers and Kieron Pollard, MI rallied from 125/5 in 18 overs to a total of 170/5 in their 20 overs.

In the run chase, CSK had a dismal start with Ambati Rayudu failing yet again. Shane Watson and Suresh Raina fell prey to some outstanding catching by Kieron Pollard. At 33/3, the visitors needed a rebuild. Kedar Jadhav and MS Dhoni seemed to be working fine until Hardik Pandya removed Dhoni to strengthen MI’s hold in the game. The wickets kept tumbling and the scorecard never really got a move on. Despite a fighting fifty from Kedar Jadhav, the Super Kings failed to overhaul the hosts at their fortress.

Here are the MI Player Ratings for the match:

Quinton de Kock – 2/10

Quinton de Kock has had a decent run in the IPL thus far. In this game, he failed to get going and was dismissed in the third over itself. The pressure of dot balls got to him pretty quick and he perished to a Deepak Chahar delivery. Later in the game, de Kock made his presence felt with some wonderful takes behind the stump, including a stunner to dismiss Ravindra Jadeja.

Rohit Sharma – 3/10

A lot has always been spoken about MS Dhoni’s captaincy and how collective and calm he remains on the field. Similar traits can actually be noticed in Rohit Sharma’s leadership as well. Rohit showed great skills in leading his side and used his bowling options to perfection. On the personal front, he had a failure with the bat and could only score 13 off 18 balls before getting out.

Suryakumar Yadav – 9/10

Suryakumar Yadav has been one of the unsung heroes of this Mumbai Indians lineup. The veteran Mumbai lad played a very handy knock in this match. MI were struggling big time when the wicket of Yuvraj fell in the innings. They wanted someone to hold the fort after the three quick wickets. They found respite in the form of Suryakumar Yadav who played a magnificent knock of 59 that came off just 43 deliveries with 8 fours and a six to his name.

Yuvraj Singh – 2/10

Yuvraj had an off day at work today. He failed to live up to the expectations. He had the stage set to play a crucial knock and prove his worth yet again. But the veteran batter could only manage to score 4 before Imran Tahir got the better of him. Yet again, he was not tested with the ball.

Krunal Pandya – 8/10

Krunal Pandya joined hands with Suryakumar Yadav to rebuild the MI innings in the match. The two batters added 62 runs for the fourth wicket to keep their side interested. Krunal played exceptionally well to dominate in the partnership. He scored a crucial 42 off just 32 deliveries. During his stay at the crease, he hit a six and 5 boundaries. Later in the game, with the ball in hand, he bowled a couple of overs and conceded 12 runs.

Hardik Pandya – 9.5/10

Hardik Pandya proved to be the game changer for the Mumbai Indians in the match. It was Hardik’s herculean effort that helped the hosts post a total of 170. Hardik faced just 8 deliveries and clobbered 3 sixes and a four during his unbeaten stay at the crease. He finished with 25 to his name. He then proved to be the pick of the bowlers as well. He got the crucial wicket of MS Dhoni that proved to be the game-changing moment. He wrapped up with 3/20 to his name in 4 overs.

Kieron Pollard – 8.5/10

Kieron Pollard was yet another batsman who played an important role in providing the final flourish to the MI innings. Pollard hit a couple of maximums in his unbeaten 7-ball 17. He had not got an opportunity to show his skills with the ball yet. But he managed to make his presence felt on the field by taking two blinders to dismiss Suresh Raina and Shane Watson.

Rahul Chahar – 5/10

Rahul Chahar played for the Rising Pune Supergiant previously. He got his first opportunity to play for the Mumbai Indians in this particular game. He replaced an in-form Mayank Markande. His services were not needed a lot as the pacers did a fine job for the hosts. Chahar bowled a couple of overs and conceded 11 runs to look impressive on his MI debut.

Jasprit Bumrah – 5/10

Jasprit Bumrah has been the bowling spearhead for the Mumbai Indians over the years. He had a decent time with the ball in this match as well. Much against his liking though, he failed to pick up any wicket. But he was very economical with the ball. Bumrah returned with figures of 0/27 in his complete quota of 4 overs.

Lasith Malinga – 7/10

After having missed out on the entire season of the IPL last year, many felt that veteran Sri Lankan pacer Lasith Malinga would be a little scratchy this season. But the veteran master has proved everyone wrong. His wicket-taking ability seems to have been with him this year as well. Malinga finished with 3 wickets to his name in the match. He accounted for the wickets of Shane Watson, Dwayne Bravo, and Kedar Jadhav. He finished with 3/34 to his name.

Jason Behrendorff – 8/10

Jason Behrendorff made his IPL debut in this game. The lanky Australian pacer, who has tasted success on the Indian soil earlier as well, was very impressive with his bowling. The Aussie pacer dismissed Ambati Rayudu in the very first over of the CSK innings. A couple of overs later, he dismissed Suresh Raina as well. Behrendorff was very economical with his bowling and he returned with impressive numbers of 2/22 in his four overs.

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