Sanath super show seals victory
A superb 114 off only 48 deliveries by Sanath Jayasuriya saw the Mumbai Indians make short work of the Chennai Super Kings in their IPL match at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai.
Mumbai Indians' skipper Sachin, playing his first IPL match along with Jayasuriya started the inning in a flier, scoring 82 runs in 7.2 overs before the little master was bowled by Joginder Sharma in his first over.
Sanath Jayasuriya was awarded Man of the Match for his match winning inning.
Earlier, Subramaniam Badrinath and Mahendra Singh Dhoni revived Chennai Super Kings with a near-century stand after the Mumbai Indians' pace attack had taken early control of their Indian Premier League clash at the Wankhede Stadium.
Badrinath, struggling initially before picking up pace, struck his second successive half century in the IPL and shared a 95-run fifth-wicket stand with Dhoni to take Chennai to 156 for six.
Badrinath made 53 off 32 balls with seven fours and two sixes while his skipper Dhoni made an unbeaten 43 in 35 balls with six fours and a six.
Mumbai Indians pace attack put Chennai on the rack on a bouncy track to restrict them to 46 for four in the ninth over before Badrinath and Dhoni led their revival with a splendid stand.
Put in to bat, Chennai began well by hitting a string of boundaries in the second over before being rocked by the Mumbai attack to be pushed on the back foot.
However, the Chennai Kings' final tally looked inadequate against Mumbai Indians' strong batting line-up that included the fit-again Sachin Tendulkar for the first time in the tournament.
In the top-order Stephen Fleming (26), dropped on one, and fellow-opener Vidyut Sivaramakrishnan (16) got a start but failed to flourish to the full.
The visitors started with a flourish after a tight opening over from Pollock. Vidyut Sivaramakrishnan waded into Ashish Nehra, who had bowled well in Mumbai Indians' previous tie against Rajasthan Royals, and smacked the left arm bowler for three fours in the second over of the innings.
But at the other end, the extra bounce and movement extracted by Pollock almost undid Stephen Fleming (26) who got a 'life' when Sanath Jayasuriya could not judge a swirling catch at short third man off a mis-hit by the ex-New Zealand skipper and floored the catch. The batsman was on one.
With the batsmen having crossed over, Vidyut tried an injudicious lofted shot off the next ball and was easily caught at long off by Rohan Raje to give Pollock, who bowled a splendid first spell of three overs for nine runs.
The first strike by Mumbai started a slump in Chennai's fortunes as they lost three more wickets in quick succession to leave the visiting team, who are well-poised in the league to enter the last four, struggling at 46 for four by the ninth over.
Suresh Raina made only one run before edging a rising ball from Dwayne Bravo to 'keeper Yogesh Takawale to leave Chennai at 28 for two in the sixth over.
Then two wickets fell in one over of Dhawal Kulkarni at the same total of 46, those of Fleming who faced 29 balls and played the cut shot well to hit four fours, and man-in-hurry Chamara Kapugedara (1 in 2 balls).
Fleming, after striking the young medium pacer for a four to square point, dragged the next ball on to his stumps when playing well away from his body.
Sri Lankan Kapugedara was nearly run-out off the next ball when non-striker S Badrinath did not respond to a call for a single, but Jayasuriya's throw to the striker's end was blocked by the batsman with his bat as he tried to retrieve the crease.
But Kapugedara fell off the very next ball, edging a rising ball from Kulkarni that left him off the pitch to stumper Takawale.
Pollock then came back for his fourth and final over and troubled Dhoni also bowled a maiden over.
Badrinath, who played some audacious scoop shots to fine leg, and Dhoni, who hooked Rohan Raje for the first six of the innings in the 18th over, put on a half-century stand to take the score past the 100-mark in the 16th over.
The last five overs fetched 67 runs for the visiting team as the pace bowlers, after Pollock had finished his quota, were punished at will.
The Mumbai Indians' medium pacers were so much on top of the batsmen initially that Mumbai Indians skipper Sachin Tendulkar, making his debut in the IPL after missing the first seven ties because of a groin injury, did not utilise Jayasuriya's left arm spin at all.