BY | April 6, 2013

Mumbai Indians defeated the formidable Chennai Super Kings in their own backyard for their first win in the Indian Premier League here Saturday.

The visitors pulled off a stunning win after Chennai fell short of their 148 for six by nine runs. Kieron Pollard starred for Mumbai by smashing 57 off 38 balls and led their recovery from 83 for six in 12 overs.

Mahendra Singh Dhoni took his team’s fight to the last over with an exhilarating 51 off 26 balls. But his dismissal in the first ball of the 20th over resulted in Chennai’s loss in what was their first match of the tournament. It was a welcome result for Mumbai, who had lost a close contest against Royal Challengers Bangalore Thursday.

Chennai stumbled in the chase, losing half their side for 66. But with dangerous Dhoni and Ravindra Jadeja in the middle, you could still not rule out the hosts getting the required 83 runs off 47 balls.

With Jadeja back in the hut on 16, the onus was once again on Dhoni to take the team home. The skipper hit an array of lusty blows to take the match down to the wire. Chennai needed 23 off the last 12 balls after Pollard bowled a 17-run over.

Mitchell Johnson came to bowl the 19th over and Dhoni did not spare him too. He brought his fifty with a cracking six over deep mid wicket, cutting the target to six off the final over with two wickets in hand.

With Dhoni in full flow, it seemed the massive crowd in attendance for the opening IPL game here would get their money’s worth. All of that changed one when Pollard pulled off a stunning catch at the boundary to dismiss Dhoni.

Earlier, Mumbai Indians were off to a bad start after winning the toss, losing the ‘dream’ opening combination of Sachin Tendulkar and Ricky Ponting (6) for 17.

The master blaster was adjudged leg before wicket off pacer Dirk Nannes on the first ball he faced. Apparently, he was not happy with the umpire’s decision.

The ball was doing a bit and Dhoni used his faster bowlers for the first nine overs. The ploy paid off as wickets kept on falling at regular intervals.

Besides Pollard’s power hitting, the innings also saw Dinesh Karthik (37) continuing with the form he displayed in Bangalore Thursday. The wicket-keeper looked set for his second fifty in a row before he fell to Dwayne Bravo, making it 59 for four.

Two more got out quickly leaving Pollard and Harbhajan Singh in the middle.

The West Indian expectedly scored the bulk of the runs in their 65-run stand, made exciting with his five sixes and four boundaries. Harbhajan played his part well by scoring run a ball 21.Update: After 9 overs Chennai Super Kings 49/3

Update: Mumbai Indians 148/6 (20/20 ov

Update: After 10 overs Mumbai Indians 72/4

Update: KD Karthik lbw b Bravo 37

Update: RG Sharma c Dhoni b Bravo 8  

Update: RT Ponting c Ashwin b Rajpoot 6   
It was a shocker from Nannes in his very first over in Mumbai Indians vs Chennai Super King IPL 2013 match. Live score shows Tendulkar lost his wicket in the very first over of the match

This is going to be a very tough match for both the teams and though today’s first game was also very tough and well fought, this promises to be better than the earlier one with great players and very balanced teams.

In today’s earlier match Delhi Daredevil that looked set to win the match rather easily were beaten squarely by a very determined Rajasthan Royals that continued trying till the end and didn’t give up. This was one of the best matches of the IPL 6 so far and I am sure the match between Mumbai Indians and Chennai Super King will be more interesting match due to several reasons.

The most important aspect of the match is the fact that India’s two top players are playing from two different teams. Sachin Tendulkar, the most successful Indian players till date and Mahendra Singh Dhoni, the Indian captain who is the captain of Chennai Super King.

In the meantime Mumbai Indians won the toss and decided to bat first. But the Mumbai Indians lost the advantage of winning toss when Tendulkar lost his wicket very early. He couldn’t score a single run. Nannes will cherish this wicket for a long time that he took in the very first over of the match.

Mumbai Indians
RT Ponting, SR Tendulkar, KD Karthik, RG Sharma, AT Rayudu, KA Pollard, DR Smith, MG Johnson, Harbhajan Singh, MM Patel, PP Ojha

Chennai Super King
M Vijay, MEK Hussey, SK Raina, S Badrinath, MS Dhoni*†, RA Jadeja, DJ Bravo, R Ashwin, DP Nannes, B Laughlin, AS Rajpoot

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