Mumbai Indians 174-8 (Sachin Tendulkar 74, Rohit Sharma 60, Ravindra Jadeja 2-12) beat Chennai Super Kings 173-8 (Murali Vijay 41, Dwayne Bravo 40, Lasith Malinga 3-25) by 2 wickets.
Dwayne Smith mesmerised Chennai Super Kings by clinching the game away from them on the last ball of the match as Mumbai Indians grasped a sensational win.
Chennai Super Kings scored 173 runs with two wickets still in hand at the end of the scheduled 20 overs. Mumbai Indians achieved the target on the last ball of the match by thrashing 174 runs for the loss of 8 wickets.
Dwayne Smith (Mumbai Indians) was declared ‘Player of the match’ for his blistering knock of 14 runs on the last three balls.
The 49th match of the Indian Premier League was played at Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai on Sunday, May 6, 2012.
Earlier, Harbhajan Singh, the captain of Mumbai Indians won the toss and elected to bowl first. Chennai Super Kings started the innings with Murali Vijay and the man in form, Faf du Plessis and they initiated well by gathering 15 runs in the first two overs. Faf du Plessis was dropped on the fifth ball of the third over by RP Singh at short fine leg off Munaf Patel for just four runs.
Vijay murdered Patel for 23 runs in the fifth over with the assistance of a couple of lofty sixes and even fours and the first wicket partnership produced 47 runs in 5.2 overs when du Plessis was run out for 9 runs. Murali Vijay departed after the addition of five runs in the total at his individual score of 41 off just 29 balls with 3 sixes and 4 fours. Suresh Raina, Dwayne Bravo got together at the crease and continued escalating the run rate with occasional boundaries. Raina was the most aggressive of the two, dispatched one six alongwith a four in the 11th over and produced the same result two overs later while Dwayne Smith was the suffering bowler on both occasions.
The duo shared a 62 runs hurried partnership in 7.3 overs as Raina lost his wicket for 36 off 21 deliveries with 2 sixes and 3 fours. MS Dhoni came in next and preferred to attack in the remaining overs as Bravo kept on cruising from the other end. They associated 46 runs together in just 3.4 overs when Bravo was bowled by Lasith Malinga for 40 off 33 balls with one six and 4 fours. Dhoni followed him four runs later for 25 off 15 deliveries with one six and a couple of fours as Chennai Super Kings piled up 173 runs for the loss of 8 wickets.
RP Singh and Lasith Malinga were the top wicket takers with three wickets each as James Franklin claimed one.
Mumbai Indians lost an early wicket for just eight runs when Rohit Sharma tied up with Sachin Tendulkar in the centre. Tendulkar opened up his arms in the second over by clinching three rolling boundaries off Albie Morkel as Sharma followed up with a six and one four in the following over. Sharma added a couple of boundaries in the seventh over as the first fifty of the innings appeared on board and got a chance when dropped in the 9th over. Tendulkar punished Morkel for 14 runs with one six and two fours and scored his fifty as the hundred of the innings was posted in the 13th over when Sharma hit a six.
The duo raced towards the target as the boundaries showered from both ends and they added 126 quick fired runs in 13.3 overs. Rohit Sharma completed his fifty on the first ball of the 15th over and Sachin Tendulkar lost his wicket for 74 off just 44 deliveries with one six and 11fours. Chennai Super Kings struck back in the game with three quick wickets as Sharma became the fifth victim when he was clean bowled by Ravindra Jadeja for 60 off 46 balls with 2 sixes and 6 fours.
The fifth wicket was gone at 149 and Mumbai Indians were reeling at 158-7 after 19 overs. They required 16 runs to win the match as Ben Hilfenhaus started the final over and Dwayne smith took a single on the first ball. The stumps of Lasith Malinga were uprooted on the second ball and RP Singh took a quick single on the third ball. The equation was enhanced to 14 on the last three balls when Smith dispatched the fourth ball flying over the long on boundary for a six. Dwayne Smith powered the fifth ball over the bowler’s head for a four, smashed the last ball for another four and won the match for Mumbai Indians in his first appearance of the IPL 2012 as the whole stadium erupted by the unbelievable victory.
Ben Hilfenhaus, Dwayne Bravo and Ravindra Jadeja were the most successful bowlers with two wickets each as Ravichandran Ashwin held one.
Points achieved by both teams at the end of the 49th match of the IPL 2012:
Mumbai Indians – 14 from 11 games at a net run rate of -0.143.
Chennai Super Kings – 11 from 12 games at a net run rate of +0.013.