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IPL 2023: Ajinkya Rahane stars as Chennai defeat Mumbai by 7 wickets

By Rohit - April 8, 2023 - Last updated on Apr 11, 2023 01:30 PM
IPL 2023: Ajinkya Rahane stars as Chennai defeat Mumbai by 7 wickets

The Indian Premier League is one of the most anticipated cricket tournaments in the world. Fans eagerly wait for their favorite teams to compete against each other, and when two of the biggest teams, Mumbai Indians and Chennai Super Kings, face off, the excitement reaches its peak. In their recent match, Chennai Super Kings emerged as winners with an impressive performance, largely due to Ajinkya Rahane's phenomenal innings.

We will discuss the recent IPL match between Mumbai Indians and Chennai Super Kings, where the latter emerged as winners by 7 wickets. We will analyze the performance of both teams, highlighting the key moments of the match.

Mumbai Indians' innings

Mumbai Indians won the toss and opted to bat first against Chennai Super Kings. They started well with their captain, Rohit Sharma, contributing 21 runs before being bowled by Tushar Deshpande. However, Mumbai Indians lost three quick wickets and found themselves in a spot of bother at 73 for four in the ninth over. Ishan Kishan was the top scorer for Mumbai Indians with 32 runs. 'Impact Player' Tim David scored 31 runs off 22 balls.

Chennai Super Kings bowlers put up an excellent performance, with Ravindra Jadeja returning impressive figures of 3/20 from his full quota of four overs. His left-arm spin bowling colleague, Mitchell Santner, picked up 2/28.

Chennai Super Kings' innings

Chennai Super Kings' skipper, Mahendra Singh Dhoni, opted to bowl first against Mumbai Indians. CSK was playing Dwaine Pretorius and Ajinkya Rahane in place of an injured Ben Stokes and an unwell Moeen Ali. Mumbai Indians rested pacer Jofra Archer in a precautionary move, according to Rohit Sharma.

Chasing a target of 158 runs, Chennai Super Kings started well with opener Ruturaj Gaikwad contributing 40 not out. However, it was Ajinkya Rahane's phenomenal innings that stole the show. He hit a scintillating 27-ball 61, the fastest half-century of the season, including seven fours and three sixes. His 50 came off only 19 balls, and he led Chennai Super Kings to an impressive victory in just 18.1 overs.

Ravindra Jadeja's all-round performance was instrumental in Chennai Super Kings' victory, and he was declared the Man of the Match.

Post-match comments

MS Dhoni, the skipper of Chennai Super Kings, expressed his satisfaction with the team's performance. He mentioned that losing Deepak Chahar in the first over was a different challenge, but the spinners bowled really well, and it was a two-paced wicket. He praised Sisanda Magala for bouncing back well and said that they believe in Tushar Deshpande and his potential to be more consistent. He also talked about his conversation with Ajinkya Rahane at the start of the competition, where they discussed his role, and he wanted him to back his strengths. He ended by saying that all games are important in the competition, and the first target is to win enough games for qualification.

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  • Who was the top scorer for Mumbai Indians in the match?

  • Answer: Ishan Kishan was the top scorer for Mumbai Indians with 32 runs off 21 balls.

  • Who were the key bowlers for Chennai Super Kings in the match?

  • Answer: Ravindra Jadeja was the most successful bowler for Chennai Super Kings with figures of 3/20 from his four overs, while Tushar Deshpande and Mitchell Santner took two wickets each.

  • How many matches have Chennai Super Kings won so far in IPL 2023?

  • Answer: Chennai Super Kings have won two matches out of three played so far in IPL 2023.

  • Who replaced Ben Stokes and Moeen Ali in the Chennai Super Kings playing XI for the match?

  • Answer: Dwaine Pretorius and Ajinkya Rahane replaced Ben Stokes and Moeen Ali in the Chennai Super Kings playing XI for the match.

POINTS TABLE -

#TeamPlayedWonLostTieNRNRRPointsRecent Forms
1Gujrat Titans - Q14104000.83520
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2Chennai Super Kings - Q1485010.65217
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3Lucknow Super Giants - Q1485010.28417
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4Mumbai Indians - Q148600-0.04416
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5Rajasthan Royals - E147700 0.14814
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6Royal Challengers Bangalore - E147700 0.13514
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7Kolkata Knight Riders - E146800-0.23912
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8Punjab Kings - E146800-0.30412
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9Delhi Capitals - E145900-0.80810
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10Sunrisers Hyderabad - E1441000-0.5908
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Recent Forms: W = Won, L = Lost, T = Tie, D = Draw, NR = No Result

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