CSK vs MI: Mathisha’s 4-Wicket Celebration, Gaikwad No. 3, Dubey’s Aggression

Chennai bowlers defeated Mumbai by 20 runs while chasing the target of 207 runs at Wankhede; KKR beat LSG by 8 wickets


Mathisha Pathirana, Ruturaj Gaikwad and Shivam Dubey from left to right.

At Wankhede, Chennai bowlers defeated Mumbai by 20 runs while chasing the target of 207 runs.
Non-violent celebration of Pathirana

Mathisha Pathirana is believed to be a die-hard fan of Cristiano Ronaldo. But their celebrations are light-hearted, lacking the ferocious energy of Portugal’s stalwart Sioux Jump. Pathirana pauses in his post-follow-through dash, raises his fingers to the sky, the points corresponding to his wickets. He then closes his eyes and folds his arms across his chest, as if praying silently.

He then opens his eyes, smiles expressively and joins the celebration. This may have been a prayer, as he is a devout Buddhist and attended a Buddhist religious school, and his father Anura once told the Sunday Observer: “My son is a devout Buddhist who attended Daham Pasal as a child. As a family we follow Sil (Eightfold Path of Buddha) and participate in most of the religious programs organized in our village temple. I think religion helps in developing one’s mind. Their celebrations may be peaceful in nature, but the balls fired from their bent arms are pure violence.

clapping for thakur

Shardul Thakur’s first three overs were absolutely forgettable. It was nothing but balls of different lengths that made MS Dhoni’s eyes turn red. But Thakur has the art of shaping the game, saving himself. The first contribution was a neat catch by Tilak Verma. It was a skier lost in the floodlights. Thakur was not completely under it. His technique seemed clumsy, his reactions late.

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But no matter how harmless he looks, he gets the job done. Despite the wobble he held on to the catch, thus breaking up a potentially match-swinging stand, and then delivered a perfect over, a display of slow ball proficiency. All six were slow – ranging from 118 to 121 kilometers per hour – behind the length and had little room to free the arms or length to produce fast-moving shots. Five of them were off-cutters, one was a delicious leg-cutter that eluded Hardik Pandya, who looked lost and alone. Mumbai Indians managed to win only two singles. He may not have been a crowd puller, but the Mumbai crowd gave the Mumbai-boy a lot of appreciation.

How organized is Chennai?

After playing 5 matches before Sunday, you would expect Chennai Super Kings to know what their best XI is so far. But due to injuries and minor injuries, they still appear to be a long way from becoming an established unit. They have won three of them, but they do not look like an all-round team on the field. This is why he has struggled away from home. And it continued at Wankhede as well, with Ajinkya Rahane out as opener with Rachin Ravindra in place of Ruturaj Gaikwad. It was an off-field call, but the move lasted only 1.4 overs as Rahane walked back after scoring just 5 runs.

Match-up Masters

Shivam Dubey’s six-hitting ability has disrupted many opposition Plan A’s in the middle overs. It has been seen that the main spinners of the opposition team are not even able to fulfill their quota. With Mohammad Nabi and Shreyas Gopal in the XI on Sunday, it was always going to be interesting to see how Mumbai would go about their resources. And they immediately started bowling with Nabi and he gave only 19 runs in his first 3 overs. This means against CSK’s middle-order, which has favorable match-ups against spinners, MI can field their fast bowlers.

Great start for Ruturaj

Ruturaj Gaikwad had a bit of a smile on his face at the end of CSK’s last match as he played a steady role in the run-chase against KKR at Chepauk. He joked about his innings, saying, “…it was perfect where I could take a little bit of my time. But the experts will have to talk about my strike rate.” On Sunday, he did not open the batting against MI at Wankhede but made his best start of the season so far by coming in at number three. At the end of the powerplay, the CSK captain scored 29 runs from 17 at a strike rate of 170.6. And it wasn’t just traditional strokeplay he is known for.

He was prepared to play down the field against Gerald Coetzee by backing away from the stumps and aiming for offside. Coach Stephen Fleming said before the match about CSK’s latest ‘cool’ captain, “He has been unfairly put in a bracket where he is called slow. But you have to have the context of some of these stats. We Know that this is a Bollywood film, sometimes these things come up on the screen (…) I have no doubt about Ruturaj. And in the land of Bollywood, he was ready to take off.

CSK needed big overs

After losing the toss and electing to bat first, CSK needed a big score to stay in the game against Mumbai’s batting prowess. After scoring only 7 runs per over till the 9th over, the middle overs provided CSK with the charge they were desperately looking for. They got 67 runs in the next five overs, in which Shivam Dubey did the most damage. Gaikwad also pressed the accelerator, CSK quickly went into top gear and were preparing for a spectacular finish.

mumbai chennai fans

Chennai Super Kings fans are known to be the loudest, filling stadiums whenever their team is playing, making every away match feel like a home match. It was no different at Wankhede, although the jury is still out if Mumbai Indians fans managed to outnumber them and stop the sea of yellow. Keep in mind, there are a lot of bright yellows out there, and they are loud. There is a deafening noise whenever MS Dhoni is shown on screen – whether he is sipping tea or casually talking to a teammate – and every time CSK hits a four or a maximum. When Dhoni actually came out to bat, the four balls he faced were anticlimactic.

Fire in the bush… again

Unless one has great pace, there is no point bowling to Shivam Dubey these days. Length and line do not matter. The ball can be off-stump, middle or leg-stump, full, short or anything in between, with the tall left-hander hitting it deep into the stands. Dubey has arguably been the most dangerous batsman in IPL 2024, with the ball now hitting his ribs or shoulders instead of his Achilles heel. On Sunday, at his home ground, he once again proved that Wankhede’s limit is not far away.


Hardik Pandya and Romario Shepherd kept digging it in short bursts, but Dubey was in it every time. Most of his early boundaries were hit on either short or long pitched balls, but these were not very effective given his pace. When the ball pitched up, Dubey chased it like a golfer. When the extra pace of Jasprit Bumrah, Aakash Madhwal and Gerald Coetzee arrived, he was more than ready for it, often using the pace to his advantage. Commentators have been talking about Dube’s prospects for the upcoming T20 World Cup, and based on the evidence of what he has done in the IPL this season, it is a valid argument.


There would not have been any significant difference in Dhoni’s campaign so far this season. but not today. Coming in the last over, he hit three sixes off Hardik Pandya, leaving Wankhede needing no second invitation to express its approval of Dhoni. There was something unique about his innings as all three of his sixes went in three different directions, with power and timing being his hallmark. It was the perfect ending that could have been expected from the Goat. Wankhede changed to Wankheden. again.

MS, nothing else matters

MS Dhoni faced only four balls. That’s all that matters. He passed three of them over the ropes, one of the most famous bottom-hand whirrings in the game. The first was the throwback Dhoni, which instantly brought back memories, with an uncontrolled swing, standing tall and hitting the ball over long-off, an area where he rarely bowls these days. Next up was a proper impact, a stroke of pure violence that Dhoni has dialed up throughout his career, one that highlights his bottom-arm brutality, one that whistles where he hit that most famous six.

There was more finesse than force in the last, when he laser-guided a leg-side full toss to deep square leg with furious wrist spin. For those fleeting but eternal minutes, immensely proud Mumbai Indians fans drowned their loyalty in the Arabian Sea and celebrated wildly. It was MS Dhoni. Nothing else matters.

top Gear

This is why everyone picked MI as the favorite for the season. Apart from the lethal Jasprit Bumrah, MI’s batting is too strong to thwart any attack. With a good mix of left-right batsmen and power-hitters Tim David and Romario Shepherd, Mumbai’s top order has the license to play with plenty of freedom. And in many ways, batting second makes him stronger because it allows him to assess conditions and launch calculated attacks. Chasing a target of over 200, MI openers Rohit Sharma and Ishan Kishan wasted no time in making their intentions clear and scored over 10 runs per over. talk about intention

No Naagin dance, just Bengali-Lankan charm

Bangladesh and Sri Lankan players may not enjoy the best of friendships on the field. But for CSK, Mustafizur Rahman and Mathisha Pathirana performed well in the death overs to seal an impressive win at the Wankhede. For a team that had started in a weak position, they surprised Mumbai at their own game.

KKR beat LSG by 8 wickets

Poster material from Rahul

Kolkata Knight Riders and Lucknow Super Giants shake hands during the 28th match of the Indian Premier League Season 17 (IPL 2024) held at the Eden Gardens Stadium in Kolkata on April 14, 2024.

There is a lot of debate about KL Rahul’s approach in T20 format. No matter what the pitch, he is not known for hitting top gear immediately. And the most disappointing thing about all this is how he keeps all the shots safely in the locker. However, in those rare moments when he highlights those shots, there are very few people who can look as stylish as him. His six off the ball of Vaibhav Arora was one such. On a full length ball outside off, he easily deposited it over cover. Later, as Mitchell Starc took an angle, he used his wrists to hit a four over cover. Rahul, please show more such shots.

Old school T20 approach

Be it under Andy Flower in the last two seasons or now under Justin Langer, Lucknow’s approach with the bat is similar to the early days of T20. Keep the wicket in hand and take the shot at the end. This means that Lucknow is not making the most of the potential of Nicholas Pooran and Marcus Stoinis, two batsmen who are game changers in the format.

Despite the mildly fast outfield offered at Eden Gardens, the way Rahul and Ayush Badoni rebuilt their innings was astonishing. Only 8 fours and one six were hit in the first 10 overs. One hoped that Langer, who enjoyed considerable success as coach of the Perth Scorchers and a trend setter in the Big Bash League, would change Lucknow’s approach. But whatever the reason, LSG believes it is the safer option.

stark attack

IPL’s most expensive player Mitchell Starc has struggled to find the right rhythm. Apart from being expensive, wickets were also difficult to get. KKR bowling coach Bharat Arun’s advice to Starc was that he should do what works for him. And on Sunday afternoon, he bowled brilliantly, taking three wickets for just 28 runs in his quota of four overs.

The most special aspect was that he bowled three balls in the powerplay and never allowed the LSG batsmen to bowl easily. And in the final over, the last over of the LSG innings, he took the crucial wicket of Nicholas Pooran for just six runs. Stark was smiling and so was Kolkata.

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