Mumbai Indians thrashed defending champions Chennai Super Kings by five wickets in a low-scoring match here on Thursday.
Deciding to bowl, MI pacer Daniel Sams (3/16 in 4 overs) bowled CSK out for 97 though MS Dhoni-led team’s top-order took three quick wickets in a blazing opening spell, and then jolted to overhaul. Small target of 96 runs with 31 balls left.
Tilak Verma (34 not out off 32 balls) and Ritwik Shuken (18) calmed the injured nerves by averaging 48 for the fifth wicket before MI lost four for 33 in the fifth over. MI reached 103 for 5 in 14.5 overs.
Tim David remained unbeaten on 17 off just seven balls.
With their eighth defeat in 12 games, CSK is out of count for play-off berths. They are in ninth place with eight points.
Long out of the count for a play-off berth, MI is 10th and bottom with three wins in 12 matches.
Both CSK and MI have two short matches left to play. This is the first time in the history of IPL that neither MI nor CSK will be a part of the play-offs.
In the 97th over, Mukesh Chowdhury (3/23) strikes in the fifth ball of the opening over as Ishan Kishan (6) pushes well from his body as he sees Dhoni go through a thin edge behind the stumps.
MI captain Rohit Sharma got four fours in the next two overs off Chowdhury and Simerjit Singh. But in the fourth over, Dhoni caught Rohit in the hands of Dhoni and Simarjit had the last laugh.
Chowdhury then gave Daniel Sams (1) and Tristan Stubbs (0) a three-ball lead in the fifth over to give CSK hope of a miracle.
MI scored 36 for 4 in the powerplay and Hrithik Shokin survived the review.
Moin Ali broke the fifth wicket partnership between Verma and Shaken in the 13th over but it was too late as MI needed just 17 runs in 7.2 overs.
Earlier, Sams tore the CSK off the top-order from which the Dhoni-led team could never recover.
Riley Meredith and Kumar Karthikeya took two wickets each and Jaspreet Bumrah and Ramandeep Singh got one each as CSK innings was reduced to 16 overs.
The power outage at a floodlight tower at Wankhede Stadium exacerbated CSK’s problems with the unavailability of the Decision Review System (DRS), when they lost three wickets at the start of their innings, including two LBW decisions.
Captain Dhoni scored an unbeaten 36 off 33 balls with four boundaries and two sixes in hand for CSK. None of his teammates helped him in his miserable batting performance.
Dwayne Bravo (12), who shared 39 runs for the seventh wicket with Dhoni, was the best pair in the CSK innings, the second best batsman. But CSK’s total would have been much lower if 15 extra Mumbai bowlers had conceded.
In the end, Dhoni’s partner ran out.
Conway played a 6-run knock in the CSK match against the Delhi Capitals, hitting the pads in the second ball of Sams’ bowled innings. The umpire raised his finger even though the ball hit him just below the knee-roll and it seemed to go underfoot. There was no DRS, and Conway had to go free.
Two balls later, Moin Ali (0) missed another Sams delivery by Hrithik Shuken for a catch at short midwicket, as CSK lost two wickets for five runs in the first over.
It was Bumrah’s turn to join the team because he fired Robin Uthappa (1) who could not seek a DRS review of the LBW decision.
CSK got some relief after the 10-ball knock but Sams did not yet as he removed opener Ruturaj Gaikwad (7) from behind the wicket to Ishan Kishan in the first ball of the fifth over. CSK 32 runs for 5 wickets in powerplay.
After Shivam Dubey was dismissed in the seventh over, Dhoni and Dwayne Bravo slowed down the procession in the dressing room as they took CSK to 72 for 6 at the end of the 12th over.
But Bravo, Simerjit Singh and Mahesh Thekshan fell in eight balls and CSK returned to Square One for 87 for 9 at the end of 15 overs.