Johannesburg: The IPL derby between defending champions Mumbai Indians and Chennai Super Kings might have been reduced to a dead-rubber even before its start but both the teams were desperate to win the match for pride, said Mumbai stumper Dinesh Karthik.
Even before the first ball was bowled last night, the match was rendered inconsequential after Highveld Lions notched up a five-wicket win over Yorkshire earlier in the day to become the second team from Group B after Sydney Sixers to reach the semifinals of the ongoing Champions League Twenty20, thus knocking out both Chennai and Mumbai.
"It (the match) was important for both the teams, and both wanted to win out of pride. Both play in the IPL, so we got a fight going on. It was good to play an important game and a game that had a close finish," said Karthik, whose whirlwind 74 went in vain as Chennai eked out a narrow six-run win over Mumbai in the high-scoring match.