Mumbai Indians (MI) completed a hat-trick of wins over Chennai Super Kings in the ongoing Indian Premier League (IPL) 2019 as they became the first team to qualify for the finals after a comfortable 6-wicket win at the Chepauk on Tuesday. On a turning pitch in Chennai, MI bowlers got their team off to a great start picking up wickets early after CSK skipper MS Dhoni opted to bat first. The batsmen failed to turn up for Dhoni-led side as they were bundled out on 131/4 in 20 overs. Openers Shane Watson (10) and Faf du Plessis were once again off to a poor start managing to post just 6 runs on the board in the first two overs before being dismissed cheaply. Suresh Raina was dismissed on 5 off 7 balls by Jayant Yadav as CSK lost as many as three wickets inside powerplay to be pushed on the backfoot in the crucial clash. Dhoni lamented the poor batting effort and the reading of the conditions from his side and said batting needs to get better if CSK are to win the do-or-die Qualifier 2 to make it to the final.
"Somebody has to lose, things really didn't go our way, especially batting. At home, we had to assess the conditions quickly, we have played 6 to 7 games on this pitch and should have read the pitch better, that's the home advantage. We needed to know how the pitch behaves, would it be tacky? Is the ball coming on or not, those were the things we didn't do well, I think the batting needs to get better.