An unbeaten half century from Suryakumar Yadav helped the Mumbai Indians beat the Chennai Super Kings by six wickets in the first qualifier of IPL 2019.
Winning the toss, Chennai captain MS Dhoni opted to bat first.
The men in yellow got off to the worst possible start with their ‘top three’ giving away their wickets inside the powerplay overs.
Spinners ruled the roost for Mumbai Indians with Rahul Chahar dismissing Faf du Plessis for 6 runs off 11 balls.
In the next over, Jayant Yadav sent Suresh Raina back to the pavilion for a meager score of 5 runs off 7 balls.
Shane Watson scored 10 runs off 13 balls before being scalped by Krunal Pandya.
Murali Vijay, who stabilized the innings alongside Ambati Rayudu was stumped off a Chahar delivery after scoring 26 runs off 26 balls.
Rayudu and skipper Dhoni, both remaining unbeaten till the end, put together a partnership of 66 runs from the last eight overs.
Rayudu scored 42 runs off 37 balls hitting three boundaries and a solitary maximum.
Dhoni scored 37 runs off 29 deliveries smashing three brilliant maximums.
Chasing just 132, Mumbai lost their skipper Rohit Sharma on the second ball after the 32-year old smashed a boundary off the first ball.
Quinton de Kock scored 8 runs off 12 balls hitting two boundaries before falling victim to a flighted delivery from Harbhajan Singh.
Suryakumar Yadav and Ishan Kishan built an 80-run partnership that laid down the basic structure for Mumbai’s chase.
Ishan Kishan scored 28 runs off 31 balls scoring one four and one six getting clean bowled off an Imran Tahir delivery.
Krunal Pandya was dismissed on the very next ball going down for a golden duck in yet another important match.
Yadav played an unbeaten innings of 71 runs from 54 balls smashing ten boundaries and helping the Mumbai Indians take a fourth shot at winning an IPL trophy.