Impressive Mumbai kick off with win
The Mumbai Indians beat the Chennai Super Kings by 19 runs in the first match of the second edition of the Indian Premier League at Cape Town in Newlands on Saturday afternoon.
Chasing a victory target of 166 runs, Chennai Super Kings managed 146/7 in their 20 overs.
The last wicket to fall was of captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni who was clean bowled by a reverse swinging full toss by Lasith Malinga. Dhoni hit 2 sixes and a four 36-run knock that came off 26 balls.
Subramaniam Badrinath (0) too fell to Malinga when he hit a delivery to long on for Dwayne Bravo to take the catch.
Jacob Oram (8) mistimed a hit up in the air for wicket keeper Pinal Shah to take the catch off Sanath Jayasuriya, who earlier dismissed Matthew Hayden who smashed to extra cover where Zaheer Khan dived to his right to take a superb catch. Hayden hit a six and 6 fours in his 44-run knock that came off 35 balls.
Dhoni's team got off to a poor start as they lost Parthiv Patel on the second ball of their run chase when he edged a Lasith Malinga delivery to first slip for Sachin Tendulkar to take the catch.
Suresh Raina (8) was the next to fall when Rohan Raje took an excellent catch over his head just in front of the ropes at deep square leg.
Harbhajan Singh got his team the third breakthrough when he dismissed the dangerous Andrew Flintoff, who was looking to hit over mid-wicket, but edgeg it high up in the air for Harbhajan to take a simple catch in front of mid-off. Flintoff hit a six and two fours in his 24-run knock that came off 23 deliveries.