Mumbai Indians overcame a familiar top-order collapse to edge out Chennai Super Kings by five wickets Thursday in an Indian Premier League game between the two bottom-placed teams.
Chennai collapsed to its second lowest IPL total of 97 against the pace of Mumbai with Daniel Sams (3-16) and Riley Meredith (2-27) doing most of the damage upfront.
The disappointing form of Mumbai’s batters continued before Tilak Varma hit an unbeaten 34 off 32 balls and Tim David (16 not out) smashed two sixes against Moeen Ali to take Mumbai to 103-5 with more than five overs to spare.
With two league games remaining for both teams, Mumbai stayed at the bottom of the table after only its third win in 12 games while Chennai’s faint hopes for the playoffs also ended after an eighth loss.
Speaking after the game, former India skipper Sunil Gavaskar said that he expects Dhoni to play in the next season of the Indian Premier League.
“He is still interested in the game and I expect him to be available for the next season of IPL. Despite knowing that his team will lose the match, he never gives up,” said Sunil Gavaskar.