IPL 2014 Match 33: Smith snaps Mumbai’s 10-game winning streak at home

Smith hammered five boundaries and three sixes during his knock of 57

Smith hammered five boundaries and three sixes during his knock of 57

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West Indies batsman Dwayne Smith smashed yet another half-century to help the Chennai Super Kings snap the Mumbai Indians’ 10-game winning streak at the Wankhede Stadium.

Smith was well supported by India spinner Ravichandran Ashwin, who took three wickets.

However, Mumbai Indians batsman Ambati Rayudu also deserves some credit for scoring a valiant half-century.

Chennai captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni would have been pleased with his decision to bowl first as Mumbai opener Chidhambaram Gautam was caught by Brendon McCullum at square leg off the bowling of Samuel Badree for nine runs.

West Indies batsman Lendl Simmons and Rayudu made up for the early loss of Gautam with a 61-run partnership before Simmons was caught by Faf du Plessis at long-on off the bowling of Ashwin for 38.

Mumbai skipper Rohit Sharma scored 19 runs before he was caught by Suresh Raina off the bowling of Ashwin.

Ashwin struck again just three balls later when Kieron Pollard was also caught by Raina for a golden duck.

Rayudu ended up scoring 59 off 43 balls, which included two boundaries and four sixes, before he was caught by Ravindra Jadeja at deep midwicket off the bowling of Mohit Sharma.

Rayudu scored a gutsy half-century

Rayudu scored a gutsy half-century

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Aditya Tare only made nine runs before he was caught by du Plessis off the bowling of Ishwar Pandey.

Mumbai eventually finished on 157/6 off their 20 overs thanks to Corey Anderson’s quickfire knock of 18.

Ashwin was the pick of the bowlers with three wickets, while Badree, Pandey and Sharma chipped in with one wicket apiece.

Ashwin dismissed Simmons, Sharma and Pollard

Ashwin dismissed Simmons, Sharma and Pollard

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Chasing 158 to win, Chennai got off to a poor start as McCullum was given out lbw off the bowling of Praveen Kumar for 13 runs.

Raina managed to score 19 runs before he was stumped by Gautam off the bowling of Pollard.

Smith and du Plessis stabilised the innings with a 63-run partnership, during which Smith brought up his half-century, before he was caught by Simmons off the bowling of Kumar.

Smith’s superb knock of 57 came off 51 balls and included five boundaries and three sixes.

Du Plessis went on to make 31 runs before he was clean bowled by Lasith Malinga.

Jadeja only made six runs before he was also cleaned up by Malinga.

Mithun Manhas was dismissed the very next ball when he was run out by Kumar for one run.

However, Dhoni took over from that point on and led Chennai to victory by smashing an unbeaten 22 off 12 balls, which included one boundary and a six.

Kumar and Malinga snapped up two wickets each, while Pollard claimed one.

Smith was named Man of the Match, and said: “I’m just trying to stay as consistent as I can. I thought they bowled very well up front, especially Harbhajan, just had to stay out there and get as much as I could.”

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