Defending champions Mumbai Indians made heavy weather of the runchase but held their nerves in the end to beat table-toppers Chennai Super Kings by eight wickets and return to winning ways in the Indian Premier League on Saturday. Languishing at the bottom with only one win from six matches, Mumbai Indians restricted Chennai Super Kings to 169/5, mainly built around Suresh Raina's unbeaten 75-run innings.
Mumbai then returned to overhaul the target with two balls to spare at the Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium. Rohit Sharma played a captain's knock with a 33-ball unbeaten 56 to complete the run chase after Evin Lewis (47 off 43 balls) and Suryakumar Yadav (44) added 69 runs for the opening wicket. Rohit shared 59 runs with Lewis for the second wicket before adding another 42 off 21 balls with Hardik Pandya to take the team home.
Chasing 170 to win, Yadav and Lewis gave Mumbai a good start as they scored 50/0 in the first six overs. Lewis smashed two sixes off Imran Tahir to pick up 16 runs in the next over and then sent Dwayne Bravo for a boundary to take the team across the 100-mark.
Earlier, Suresh Raina (75 off 47 balls), who had missed a couple of matches due to a calf injury, smashed his way to an unbeaten 75 laced with six fours and four sixes after opener Ambati Rayudu set the foundation for Chennai with a 35-ball 46-run knock. Skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni also chipped in with 26 off 21 balls which was studded three boundaries and a six but Mumbai Indians bowled well in the death overs to restrict them within 170 in the end.
Mitchell McClenaghan (2/26) and Krunal Pandya (2/32) were the pick of the bowlers for Mumbai, while Hardik Pandya (1/39) also scalped one wicket.