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MI lose at home, finally

Mumbai: Chennai Super Kings (CSK) finally breached Mumbai Indians (MI)’s home fortress after 10 games, by defeating the defending champions by four wickets, at the Wankhede Stadium here on Saturday.

Dwayne Smith and captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni led the charge in a thrilling match. Chasing 158 for a victory, CSK rode in-form opener Smith’s 51-ball 57 and significant contributions from Faf de Plessis (31) and Dhoni (22 not out of 12 balls) to make 160/6 in 19.3 overs. That ended MI’s winning streak at home, which went back to the beginning of last season.

Dhoni struck a six and a four in the last over bowled by Kieron Pollard to guide the visitors home, after they needed 17 off the last two overs and 11 in final over.

This was CSK’s seventh victory from nine games.

After Saturday’s defeat, MI, who had got their campaign back on track with back-to-back victories at this venue after five straight defeats in the UAE, went a step closer to elimination. They now need to win all their remaining games to avoid it.

CSK commenced their run chase at a slightly slower rate as compared to the hosts, making 38 for 1 at the end of the first six overs of power play.

Smith started off in a blazing fashion by hitting Praveen Kumar for two fours in the opening over.

Brendon McCullum (13) followed suit at the other end when he carted Jasprit Bumrah for a six and a four, before playing across to Kumar to be trapped leg before the wicket.

It was a blow to CSK as the openers had built the platform for big scores this season.

Suresh Raina (19) looked in good nick, though he was dropped at third man by substitute fielder Apoorv Wankhede off Bumraj when on five.

Earlier, Ambati Rayudu notched up his first half century of this IPL as defending champions MI battled their way to 157/6.

One-down batsman Rayudu, whose previous highest score this season was 48, made 59 with four sixes and two fours in 43 balls before he was out in the 19th over.