New Delhi: Joginder Sharma of Chennai Super Kings rose from obscurity to emerge as a Twenty20 hero when he helped his team to inch towards their six-run victory against Mumbai Indians at the MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai yesterday.
Harbhajan Singh won the toss and put the opposition in, a decision that critics felt was perhaps proved to be their undoing, for this was was a pitch that was ideal for strokeplay.
Chasing a score of 208, Mumbai needed 19 runs off the last six balls. Abhishek Nayar picked up two consecutive boundaries and the third delivery which was a no-ball, saw the batsmen change ends and Ashish Nehra come on strike. Nehra failed to make much of the next two balls and Nayar was back on the crease, unable to connect the fifth ball.
Mumbai team looked visibly dejected, not having Sachin Tendulkar fit enough to join them. While Robin Uthappa scored 43 and Dwanyne Bravo 24, the departure of Sanath Jayasuria proved to be a setback.
The crowds had a field day watching Matthew Hayden of Team Chennai in his element. His delightful knock had the able support of Suresh Raina who managed 53 runs off 37 balls. Once Raina’s wicket was claimed, it was the turn of MS Dhoni to join Hayden, giving the viewers their value for money.
In the end, Chennai survived the late assault to beat Mumbai Indians