Tilak Varma: “It was very important to play out overs early because it was gripping and seaming. We expected it to be dry but it played differently. Our plan was to play the whole 20 overs. I think we have a good score. If we bowl well, we should be able to defend. Our plan was that 145-150 was a good score, but with the dew, we need a few extra.”
Rohit Sharma: “In the end, it was a great fight from us. We were right in the game. After batting not so well, I thought the bowlers kept us in the game all through. But in the end, we all know how calming MS Dhoni can be and he took them home. It’s hard to put a finger on that [top order problems]. If you lose three or a couple of wickets upfront, it’s always going to be tough. You’re always playing that catching [up] game.
But in the end, we got to a very reasonable target where we thought with the ball we could put them under pressure. I thought till the last over, we had them under pressure. But in the end, MS and Pretorius were quite calm and got them home. We want to back ourselves with the ball. Whatever we have in front of us, we back ourselves to defend it. The pitch was good. We could have got more runs there, but as I said we lost a few wickets upfront and it was always going to be hard after that to play freely.”
Dwaine Pretorius: [On batting with MSD] “Unbelievable. He’s the master at finishing off games and he did it again tonight. [On his boundaries off Bumrah] I wanted to go for that scoop shot in the first over against Bumrah, but [Dhoni] said, ‘Wait, wait, wait. I waited and the next over I said, ‘Now I’m going.’ And he said to go for it. I went for it. We knew we need five boundaries, no dots and we could get over the line tonight. I’m working hard and just glad I could contribute to a win to the team today and hopefully we can win a few more. ”
Chennai Super Kings vs Mumbai Indians Highlights today, Thursday 21-4-2022. 33rd Match (N), Tata Indian Premier League from Dr DY Patil Sports Academy, Mumbai.
Toss: CSK won and chose to bat second.
Ravindra Jadeja says: the pitch looks a little damp, so he wants to take advantage of that. Two changes for CSK: Dwaine Pretorius and Mitch Santner in for Moeen Ali and Chris Jordan.
Riley Meredith, Hrithik Shokeen and Daniel Sams are in for MI. Meredith has been brought in for his pace. Shokeen is in as an offspinner to take the ball away from CSK’s left-hand batters.
Chennai Super Kings team: 1 Ruturaj Gaikwad, 2 Robin Uthappa, 3 Ambati Rayudu, 4 Shivam Dube, 5 MS Dhoni (wk), 6 Ravindra Jadeja (capt), 7 Dwayne Bravo, 8 Mitchell Santner, 9 Dwaine Pretorius, 10 Maheesh Theekshana, 11 Mukesh Choudhary.
Mumbai Indians team: 1 Ishan Kishan (wk), 2 Rohit Sharma (capt.), 3 Dewald Brewis, 4 Tilak Varma, 5 Suryakumar Yadav, 6 Kieron Pollard, 7 Daniel Sams, 8 Hrithik Shokeen, 9 Jasprit Bumrah, 10 Riley Meredith, 11 Jaydev Unadkat.
Jadeja: “Actually we were very tense, the way the game was going, but at some stage, we knew that the great finisher of the game was there and if he played to the last ball, he can definitely finish the match. He showed the world that he’s still here and he can finish the game. [On Rayudu and Bravo] We have plenty of experience in our team so they know when to perform and what to do. So if we’re not winning the game, still we look to be calm and relaxed. I don’t take fielding for granted and still work on it. We need to do some work on our fielding and take catches because we can’t keep dropping catches in every game.”
Head to head
Total matches played: 33
CSK Won: 14
MI Won: 19
Player of the Match is Mukesh Choudhary: [Translation into English] “Mine has been a different journey, I never thought I’d play cricket. I was at a boarding school in Pune and there I used to play all sports in the one hour of sports period every day. In grades 11 and 12 I started losing interest in studies so picked up cricket and that worked out. I’m not just a powerplay bowler but have to swing it while bowling in that period. (On Kishan’s dismissal) I’ve been working on my wrist position every day with the coaches for my swing, it’s been about a month now. I had been trying from the first game and it finally showed. There’s no pressure, all the seniors and stars help me in the dressing room and ask me to play freely.”
Match Timings: 14:00 GMT | 19:30 Local
Umpires – Bruce Oxenford, Ulhas Gandhe
TV Umpires – KN Ananthapadmanabhan
Match Referee – Narayanan Kutty
Reserve Umpire – Saidharshan Kumar
Match number – Tata IPL 2022 – Seasone 15, 33rd Match