Mumbai Indians finally clicked with the bat on Thursday night, chasing down Rajasthan Royals’ 171 with ease, seven wickets in hand and nine balls to spare. Quinton de Kock, too, finally delivered, scoring an unbeaten 70 off 50 as Mumbai piled up their highest score of the tournament so far in what was also their first run chase of the event.
The result ended a two-game slide for Mumbai and separated them from the trio of lowly teams stuck with four points each.
The only thing of concern for Mumbai in that game was their captain Rohit Sharma’s lethargic 14 off 17. The Mumbai captain has had decent scores this IPL but none of his knocks have been truly match-winning.
Chennai Super Kings
A night before Mumbai’s victory over Rajasthan, Chennai Super Kings beat Sunrisers Hyderabad in exactly the same way. They chased down the same target, with same number of wickets in hand and same number of balls to spare.
It was CSK’s fifth straight victory, having started the tournament with a defeat to Delhi Capitals.
It makes CSK the form team of the tournament and even though two other teams have the same number of points as them, CSK’s outstanding run rate of 1.475 has given them the right to sit at the top of the points table.
It has been a remarkable turnaround for the Super Kings, who missed the playoffs last year but just six months later look a different, rejuvenated side under MS Dhoni, who credits a “change in attitude” for the transformation.