Port Elizabeth: Riding on yet another superb innings by Matthew Hayden (60), Chennai Super Kings assured themselves of a semifinal berth while ending Mumbai Indians’ hopes with a seven-wicket triumph in their Indian Premier League match here today.
Set a target of 148 by Mumbai built largely on JP Duminy’s knock of 62, Chennai once again relied heavily on Hayden to romp home with five balls to spare.
Hayden was not his usual explosive self to start with but soon cut loose to help Chennai recover from a rather wobbly start.
The Australian opener, who is currently the leading run-scorer of the tournament, hit his fifth fifty of the event in the process. Hayden also shared a match-winning 87-run partnership with skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni (23).
The burly left-hander hit Harbhajan Singh for a massive six in the 17th over to complete his fifty. In fact, that one Harbhajan over turned the match in Chennai’s favour as the temperamental off-spinner conceded 17 runs in it.
After their bowlers did a fine job to restrict Mumbai to 147 for five, Chennai’s chase didn’t get off to a very good start as Parthiv Patel was dismissed off the very first ball by Lasith Malinga, who trapped the Indian leg-before.