Hurricane Jayasuriya sweeps past Chennai

Published: Thursday, May 15, 2008, 3:35 [IST]
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Stock pic...Jayasuriya's (114* off 48, 9X4s&11X6s) fireworks lit up Mumbai night skyMumbai: Hurricane Jayasuriya (48-ball 114*) swept Wankhede Stadium here tonight as Mumbai Indians trounced clueless Chennai Super Kings by nine-wickets in their lopsided IPL game.

In one of the ruthless batting displays ever, the Matara Marauder smashed 11 sixes and nine boundaries as Mumbai hunted down Chennai's modest 156/8 with 37 balls to spare.


Jayasuriya, who had a quiet tournament so far, launched a murderous assault on hapless Chennai bowlers from the word go. Chennai bowlers varied the length and width to Jayasuriya but what didn't varied was the length of hit from the fiesty Lankan. The moment he hit it stayed hit. He cut, drove, lofted and pulled with ease.

To sum up: Jayasuriya's brutal hitting left the packed Wankhede in trance.

Earlier, Badri stroked 33-ball 55 and Dhoni remained unconquered on a strokeful 43 as Chennai Super Kings posted a healthy 156/6 despite a disasterous start.

Mumbai seamer Dhawal Kulkarni struck twice in a span of three in the ninth over of the innings to leave Kings in a spot of bother at 46/4 before Badri and Dhoni forged a brisk 95-run stand for the fifth wicket to resurrect Chennai innings.

Mumbai fielded an all seam attack spearheaded by the seasoned Pollock. The former South African strangulated batsmen up the order with an immaculate line and length. The change bowlers Dhawal Kulkarni (3/33) and Dwayne Bravo (2/37) reaped the benefit of good work done by Polly up front.

Tendulkar's return to the fold has injected the new lease of life into Mumbai Indians side. The team under Harbhajan looked mediocre and lost four of four before Pollock pulled the side from the nadir with three wins on trot. Mumbai Indians, spurred by some awe inspiring efforts from veterans: Sanath, Shaun and Sachin, played like champions against a competitive team.

Mumbai chasing a modest target opened their innings with two legends Sanath and Sachin (12 off 16). Sanath started dispatching the ball to the fence from ball one while Sachin was content watching the Lankan's Tsunami innings.

The duo shared a quickfire 82-run stand in just seven overs and it goes without saying Jayasuriya did the bulk of scoring. Tendulkar struck a boundary and six both over thirdman before Joginder bowled the IPL debutant for Mumbai.

The next man in Uthappa (16* off 19) preferred watching the free flowing Sanath from non-striker's end. Sanath amassed as many as 26 runs (6,6,6,4,4) from five balls off his fellow countryman Kapugedera to see his side home.

Chennai put in to bat got off to a shaky start losing Vidyut (16) in the third over. The Tamil Nadu Ranji batsman belted three boundaries in Nehra's first over before trying one too many against a wrong bowler Pollock he was holed out to Raje at mid-off.

Suresh Raina (1) came and went in jiffy when he steered a sharply rising delivery from Bravo to gloveman Takawale.

Kulkarni ended Fleming's struggle at the crease when the former Kiwi skipper played a length ball onto stumps. Fleming scored an unconvincing 29-ball 26 inclusive of four boundary hits.

The young Mumbai Ranji seamer struck once again in the eventful ninth over of the innings. He had Lankan Kapugedara caught Takawale.

Dhoni joined Badri in the middle and the pair started off sluggishly as Chennai crawled to 57/4 halfway thro' their innings. However the duo converted circumspuct start into a blazing one. They freed their arms after the 12th over targetting the change bowlers Bravo, Raje and Kulkarni.

Badri in particular was severe to Raje hitting the bowler for a six over long-on and a flurry of fours. The prolific scorer for Tamil Nadu in the domestic events hit seven boundaries and two sixes.

Dhoni's 35-ball knock was studded with six hits to fence and one over it. Chennai scored 100 runs in last nine overs.


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