It needed an inspired closing partnership between MS Dhoni and Dwayne Bravo for the Chennai Super Kings to reach 187-5 after it looked like they would fall well short of a competitive total.
Needing 188 to win Mumbai lost wickets at regular intervals and were never able to seriously pose a threat to MS Dhoni’s Super Kings who remain on course for yet another IPL final.
Opener Dwyane Smith contributed 38 from 22 balls but no-one else was able to build an innings and Mumbai limped out of the tournament.
The Super Kings got off to a terrible start losing Murali Vijay (1) and Suresh Raina (0) inside the opening two overs to Dhawal Kulkarni. But the former champions are made of stern stuff and Michael Hussey (49 from 39 balls) with Subramaniam Badrinath (47 from 39 balls) put on 94 for the third wicket before Hussey was caught on the rope going for his 50. Ravindra Jadeja came and went for 1 before MS Dhoni and Dwyane Bravo exploded info life.
The pair blitzed 73 from the final five overs, including a ridiculous six from Dhoni off Lasith Malinga, to see CSK through to 187-5 and set a target that proved to be too much for Mumbai.
In the LV= County Championship division one, Somerset and Durham were into day two at Taunton. Somerset were chasing Durham’s imposing 384 all out and ended the day on a healthy 357-8 thanks in part to Nick Compton (64), James Hildreth (53), Craig Overton (50) and a more-than-useful 67 not from the evergreen Peter Trego to leave the Cidermen just 27 runs shy of Durham’s first innings total.
At Liverpool, it was all about South African Ashwell Prince as Lancashire made a steady start against Middlesex. The classy left-hander brought up his century from 206 balls with eight fours. Steven Croft kept him company before departing for 78 as the current champions ended the day on 276-4 at stumps.
Surrey’s game with Warwickshire at The Oval looks like it could go all the way as Warwickshire ended the day on 106-1 with Varun Chopra finishing on 59 not out. Earlier in the day Surrey posted 223 all out with only Rory Hamilton-Brown (34), Tom Maynard (39) and bowler Jon Lewis (37) getting close to forging an innings of note.
In division two, Essex entertained Derbyshire at a sun-soaked County Ground, Chelmsford but it was slow going on a pitch that offered little to either batsmen or bowlers.
Former Essex skipper Mark Pettini, who stepped down for this season, was the rock of the home side’s innings but even his 56 took a mammoth 202 balls to compile as Essex posted 182 all out. In reply Derbyshire had reached 37-1 with David Masters trapping Paul Borrington LBW for 3.
Sean Ervine had a day to remember at Southampton as his unbeaten 109 pushed Hampshire up to 316 on their first day’s play against Glamorgan. Only seven overs were possible in Glamorgan’s reply but they emerged unscathed to end on 13-0.
Leicestershire were put to the sword by Kent’s Matt Coles as they were rushed out for just 141 at Canterbury. Coles finished his work with figures of 5-41. And despite Matthew Hoggard dismissing Sam Northeast with the first ball of Kent’s innings Robert Key (23 not out) and Brendan Nash (50 not out) saw them to 104-2 at the close.
Finally, Northamptonshire look like building a healthy first innings at the newly acquired County Ground as they reached 302-4 at stumps against Gloucestershire. James Middlebrook was the tormentor-in-chief with a well-crafted 121 and with Kyle Coetzer (81 not out) still at the crease Northants will be looking to just bat once if they can.