CSK vs MI- Mumbai’s Innings: A Tale of Sensational Bowling and Defensive Mastery

Ravindra Jadeja bowled four overs on the trot for 37, which is commendable in dewy conditions on a Mumbai night. Rohit, though, seemed to have overcome his recent threat of left-arm spin by taking 22 off 13 Jadeja deliveries. Runs kept coming from the other end until Pathirana came back.

The night was electric at the Wankhede Stadium as the Mumbai Indians (MI) took on the Chennai Super Kings (CSK) in a high-stakes encounter. The crowd buzzed with anticipation, and the pitch promised runs aplenty. MI’s innings began smoothly, with their top order firing on all cylinders. But little did they know that CSK had a defensive masterstroke up their sleeves.

The Unthinkable: Defending a Total

CSK had set a target of just over 200, thanks to a late flourish by MS Dhoni. His cameo of 20 runs off the last four balls of the innings pushed the total beyond the psychological barrier. But at Wankhede, where boundaries flow like a monsoon river, it seemed like a modest score. Could CSK’s bowlers pull off the unthinkable—successfully defending this total?

Enter Pathirana: A Sensational Comeback

Sachithra Senanayake Pathirana, coming back from an injury break, was handed the ball. The first ball was a loose one on the pads, and MI’s Ishan Kishan seized the opportunity. He found midwicket with precision, and for a moment, it seemed like the ball would leave a hole in the boundary boards. But that lucky break was just the beginning.

Pathirana’s Sensational Spell

From there on, Pathirana was sensational. He welcomed Suryakumar Yadav with a 151.2 kmph wide yorker that left the batsman stunned. Yadav had no answer to the pace and precision. But Pathirana wasn’t done. His next delivery was a wide bouncer, placed perfectly in the deep third region. Yadav attempted the ramp shot, but the ball was too quick and too well-directed. The assist came from Mustafizur Rahman, who took it overhead, flicked it back up, stepped outside the boundary, and then came back in to complete the catch. It was a moment of brilliance—a textbook example of teamwork and athleticism.

Yet again Mumbai started like they would make short work of a target around 200 after gunning RCB’s 196 down in 15.3 overs. Rohit and Ishan Kishan looked smooth and brutal. Seven overs, 70 runs, not a sweat broken.
Enter Pathirana, coming back from an injury break. The first ball was a loose one on the pads, and Kishan found midwicket with precision. Six feet on either side and it would have left a hole in the boundary boards. However, following that lucky break, Pathirana was sensational. He welcomed Suryakumar Yadav with a 151.2kmph wide yorker and followed it up with a wide bouncer with the deep third placed fine just for the ramp. The assist came from Mustafizur Rahman, who took it overhead, flicked it back up, stepped outside, and came back to take the catch.

Shivam Dube’s Dream Season

Before Pathirana’s heroics, MI’s Shivam Dube had continued his dream season. His unbeaten 66 off 38 balls provided the backbone of MI’s innings. Dube’s ability to find gaps and clear the boundary at will had put CSK on the back foot. But CSK’s bowlers, led by Pathirana, turned the tide.

The Unseen Heroes: Defensive Mastery

While the spotlight often falls on big hitters and flamboyant strokeplay, it was CSK’s defensive mastery that sealed the game. Their bowlers stuck to disciplined lines and lengths, denying MI easy runs. The field placements were spot-on, and the pressure built up. The total that seemed modest suddenly felt like a mountain to climb.

As the Wankhede crowd fell silent, CSK celebrated a hard-fought victory. Their sensational defensive bowling had done the unthinkable—defending a total under the floodlights. Pathirana’s comeback, Dube’s heroics, and Dhoni’s cameo all played their part. But it was the collective effort of CSK’s bowlers that stole the show. In the annals of IPL history, this match will be remembered as a testament to the art of containment and defensive brilliance.


The night at Wankhede Stadium witnessed a thrilling clash between MI and CSK. While MI’s innings seemed to be going smoothly, CSK’s sensational defensive bowling turned the tide. Pathirana’s comeback, Dube’s heroics, and Dhoni’s cameo all contributed to CSK’s victory. But it was the collective effort of CSK’s bowlers that sealed the game.