IPL 2013: Chennai Super Kings crumble to their lowest total ever, lose to Mumbai Indians by 60 runs

Chasing 139, Chennai's solid batting line up never looked like reaching the target despite Pollard's three dropped chances in a row. The team folded on 79 - the fourth lowest total in IPL's history

updated: May 06, 2013 00:23 IST
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Mumbai: Given the nature of the Twenty20 format where one dropped chance could prove to be the difference in a match, Kieron Pollard should count himself lucky that he dropped three catches in as many deliveries and still ended up on the winning side. That perhaps summed up the mood in the Chennai Super Kings camp as their seven-match winning streak was brought to a complete standstill by Mumbai Indians, whose unbeaten run at home this season was extended. In the process, they jumped to the third spot in the Pepsi Indian Premier League 2013 standings. (Watch Analysis)

A capacity crowd of 33,000 that packed the Wankhede Stadium on Sunday (May 5) in anticipation of some fireworks, given the star power on display, instead witnessed a top-order self destruction from both teams. Fine cameos by Rohit Sharma and Harbhajan Singh, some ordinary fielding and an exhilarating spell of swing bowling by Mitchell Johnson set the foundation for Mumbai's massive 60-run victory. (Related read: The stats from the match)

Mumbai, who posted an average of 190 batting first in their four previous home games this season, were far from their best on a surface that was nowhere as menacing as some of the ones witnessed earlier in the tournament. Yet, the batting unit's inability to cash in set the alarm bells ringing as early as the 13th over when Mumbai were reduced to 66 for 4. It took a last-ditch effort from Rohit (39 off 30 balls) and Harbhajan (25 off 11 balls), who smashed 57 off the last 5 overs, to take them to a competitive 139 for 5 in 20 overs. (Also see: Match pics)

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