Dhoni: “Difference was the execution... what we wanted to bowl and what we bowled. We dropped too many catches too. We were off-target when it came to execution. We knew it would be a close game unless they lost too many wickets.”

11.29 pm: The last ball was a wide yorker and Pollard managed to hit it between deep mid-wicket and long-on and run two. What a finish! What a match! Pollard remains not-out on 87 off 34. This is the second-highest ever successful chase in IPL history. Wow!


19.5: SIX! Another high full-toss and pulls it for six! MI need 2 off 1.

19.4: Dot ball! Fell just short of Shardul in the deep and he does a great job to stop it from going through. No single taken of course.

19.3: Four! It was a high full-toss and Pollard pulled it fine. MI need 8 off 3.

19.2: Four! Pollard squeezes out a top yorker by Ngidi for four. MI need 12 off 4.

19.1: Dot ball! Pollard could’ve taken a single but he refused. Kulkarni is at the other end. Ngidi is the bowler.

After 19 overs, MI are 203/6: WICKET! James Neesham, playing his first game for MI, is out for a first-ball duck. The left-hander scoops it straight to wide fine leg. What a comeback by Curran in that over after being hit for two sixes at the start. MI need 16 off the last over. Who’s winning this?

After 18.4 overs, MI are 202/5: WICKET! This time du Plessis holds on! Hardik walks back for 16 off 7, MI need 17 off 8. What. A. Match!

Hardik Pandya hits the first two balls by Sam Curran for sixes!

After 18 overs, MI are 188/4: DROPPED! Faf du Plessis (of all people!) has dropped Kieron Pollard! Would you believe it! It went high and Faf got under it running wide from long-on but he couldn’t hold on. Shardul concedes 17 runs in his last over to finish with figures of 1/56. MI need 31 off 12.

After 17 overs, MI are 171/4: Sensational over from Curran, just two runs and a wicket from it. He bowled to dot balls to Pollard! What a match this has turned out to be! The momentum is with CSK again.

After 16.3 overs, MI are 170/4: WICKET! Dot, single, and out! Brilliant bowling from Sam Curran and Krunal Pandya is out LBW. MI need 49 off 21 with Kieron Pollard and Hardik at the crease.

After 16 overs, MI are 169/3: Krunal survives as Ngidi concedes 16 runs in that over. The left-hander hit a six and a four in that over as the last ball fell just wide of Gaikwad in the deep. MI now need 50 off 24.

After 15 overs, MI are 153/3: Shardul concedes 23 runs in that over! Mumbai have added 59 runs in the last three overs. They now need 66 off 30. This looks set to go down to the wire!

FIFTY for Kieron Pollard off 17 balls! He was batting on 3 off 5 before cutting loose and hitting 6 sixes and 3 fours in 12 balls. Can MI pulls this off?

After 14 overs, MI are 130/3: Back-to-back sixes for Pollard! This time Ngidi concedes 16 runs in an over. Another such over and CSK will surely be worried. MI have added 36 runs in the last two overs, they now need 89 off 36.

After 13 overs, MI are 114/3: Three sixes in the over from Pollard! Jadeja kept firing it in and the right-hander kept smashing it. He has such easy power. Mumbai need 105 off 42.

After 12 overs, MI are 94/3: Krunal starts the over with a six but Shardul does well to concede just four off the next five balls. Chennai struck 16 sixes, Mumbai have struck three so far.

After 11 overs, MI are 84/3: Another good over from Jadeja, just three singles from it. Mumbai have Krunal and Pollard at the crease now. They need a miracle of sorts to win it from here.

After 9.4 overs, MI are 81/3: WICKET! 7.4, 8.4, 9.4 – three wickets in three overs for CSK! Quinton de Kock (38 off 28) is the latest to be dismissed as Moeen Ali completes a simple caught-and-bowled. The MI chase is falling apart.

After 8.4 overs, MI are 77/2: WICKET! Now Ravindra Jadeja strikes in his first over as Suryakumar Yadav edges it to MS Dhoni. CSK are pulling away!

After 7.4 overs, MI are 71/1: WICKET! Shardul Thakur strikes in his first over and Rohit Sharma is on his way. The MI skipper mistimed it and Ruturaj Gaikwad took a good catch in the deep. Rohit walks back for 35 off 24 as Suryakumar Yadav comes to the crease.

After 7 overs, MI are 68/0: Deepak Chahar finishes his spell with decent figures of 0/37 from his four overs. Mumbai will be happy with this platform, though, they are still in with a chance.

After 6 overs, MI are 58/0: Rohit Sharma starts that Lungi Ngidi over with a six and Quinton de Kock adds a four later. The openers have given Mumbai a steady start in the chase. That’s the end of the powerplay.

After 5 overs, MI are 44/0: Phenomenal over from Chahar, just four singles from it. Mumbai can’t afford to fall behind the asking rate. They would want to cash in on the last over of the powerplay.

After 4 overs, MI are 40/0: Consecutive fours for Rohit! Neither of them came off the meat of the bat but MI will take it. Curran used the cutters but the ball is coming on wonderfully. Mumbai are going at 10 an over, they need to be going at 11.

After 3 overs, MI 30/0: Two fours to start the over. The first was a genuine edge. Chahar got the ball to leave Rohit and the right-hander edged it just wide of first slip. The second was guided past slip to the boundary. Then, the MI skipper was given out LBW but the review showed that he had got an edge. And then, QdK ended the over with a six over fine leg. What an eventful over! Phew. MI are off to just the kind of start they would have wanted.

After 2 overs, MI 15/0: Seven runs off the Curran over. But CSK would like a wicket or two early... just to put some pressure on MI. These are the kind of wickets that Rohit Sharma can be so dangerous on.

After 1 over, MI 8/0: Chahar sent the first ball – a full toss – on the pads and Quinton de Kock got a four. Just four more runs from the rest of the over. Eight runs off the first over. In 7 attempts, MI have never chased down a 200-plus target.

CSK finish with 218/4

A sensational, unbeaten partnership of 102 runs between Rayudu (72 off 27) and Jadeja (22 off 22). Chennai scored 82 runs off the last 30 balls. This is CSK’s highest ever score against MI.

After 19 overs, CSK are 204/4: Jasprit Bumrah finishes with figures of 1/56, his most expensive spell ever in the IPL. Final over coming up, Chennai will be eyeing 220.

After 18 overs, CSK are 194/4: FIFTY off 20 balls for Ambati Rayudu! He has hit six sixes and three fours to put CSK on top. Stunning strokeplay from the right-hander. Boult gets taken. apart in his last over to finish with figures of 1/42.

After 17 overs, CSK are 174/4: Huuuge over for Chennai! Fourth six for Rayudu! He has added 58 off 35 with Jadeja in what could prove to be a crucial partnership for CSK. Bumrah was all over the place in that over.

After 16 overs, CSK are 153/4: Back-to-back sixes! Rayudu is playing a crucial hand for Chennai here. He steps out twice and strikes it cleanly both times. Kulkarni concedes 17 runs in his third.

After 15 overs, CSK are 136/4: Shot! Wow, that was a huge six from Rayudu! Chahar dropped it short and the right-hander pulled it a long, long way. Chahar finishes with figures of 0/32.

After 14 overs, CSK are 126/4: Jadeja survives, twice! First the umpire raises his finger for LBW but DRS shows the ball pitched outside leg. Then the left-hander hits it straight back but a diving Pollard can’t hold on to the catch. Superb spell by the West Indies all-rounder, though. Chennai had so much momentum and they seem to have lost all of it.

After 13 overs, CSK are 118/4: Superb over from Chahar, just two singles from it. Chennai have Rayudu and Jadeja at the crease now.

CSK have gone from 112/1 to 116/4!

After 12 overs, CSK are 116/4: WICKET! Kieron Pollard has two in two! Poor batting from Suresh Raina. CSK had just lost their two set batsmen and the senior pro slogs it straight to deep mid-wicket. MI are right back in this!

After 11.4 overs, CSK are 116/3: WICKET! Kieron Pollard gets Faf du Plessis! MI remove both the set batsmen as Faf’s scoop goes to Jasprit Bumrah at short-fine.

After 10.5 overs, CSK are 112/2: WICKET! 6, 6, 4, 1, OUT! Faf du Plessis takes Jasprit Bumrah apart but the pacer gives #MI a much-needed breakthrough but getting rid of Moeen Ali. The left-hander edges it to the keeper and has to walk back for a brilliant 58 off 36. Suresh Raina is the new batsman.

After 10 overs, CSK are 95/1: Du Plessis survives! It was a run-out chance but De Kock knocked the bail over with his gloves before gathering the ball. Huge over for Chennai as Neesham is hit for two fours and a six.

FIFTY for Moeen Ali off 33 balls! His fourth IPL half-century. He has hit three fours and five sixes so far. MI struck in the first over but Moeen has put CSK on top with some classy strokeplay.

After 9 overs, CSK are 77/1: Two sixes in that Chahar over! First Moeen drives one over long-off, before du Plessis pulls the last ball over mid-wicket. Chennai are on top!

After 8 overs, CSK are 61/1: Six! Neesham, playing his first game for MI, drops it short and Moeen pulls it for a maximum. Eight runs from that over.

After 7 overs, CSK are 53/1: Good start for MI after the timeout. Rahul Chahar joins the attack and concedes just four singles in his first over.

After 6 overs, CSK are 49/1: Faf du Plessis and Moeen Ali have hit some glorious shots and ensured CSK don’t lose another wicket after the early blow. Boult concedes seven runs in his third over as Krunal gifts Moeen a four with a misfield at the fence.

After 5 overs, CSK are 42/1: Six! Moeen is timing the ball wonderfully! Another delivery on his pads and he whips it over the rope again. Bumrah concedes nine runs in his first over.

After 4 overs, CSK are 33/1: Kulkarni bowls three straight dots to Moeen – a bouncer followed by two yorkers – but the last ball is a high full-toss and the left-hander whips it away for four.

After 3 overs, CSK are 27/1: Six and four! Moeen Ali is up and running with two exquisite shots. Slightly short from Trent Boult and he paid the price for it.

After 2 overs, CSK are 15/1: Shot! Du Plessis hits a four to open his account and then steps out to thump it straight back for a six. He’s in some form, the South African. Expensive first over of the season for Kulkarni.

After 0.4 overs, CSK are 4/1: WICKET! Trent Boult strikes in the first over and that’s a big blow for CSK! Ruturaj Gaikwad tries to work it to the on side but gets a leading edge to Hardik Pandya at point.

7.30 pm: Faf du Plessis and Ruturaj Gaikwad are at the crease for CSK. Trent Boult has the new ball in hand for MI. Here we go!

Playing XIs:

Chennai Super Kings: Ruturaj Gaikwad, Faf du Plessis, Moeen Ali, Suresh Raina, Ambati Rayudu, MS Dhoni (w/c), Ravindra Jadeja, Sam Curran, Shardul Thakur, Lungi Ngidi, Deepak Chahar.

Mumbai Indians: Rohit Sharma (c), Quinton de Kock (w), Suryakumar Yadav, Kieron Pollard, Hardik Pandya, Krunal Pandya, James Neesham, Rahul Chahar, Dhawal Kulkarni, Jasprit Bumrah, Trent Boult.

7.03 pm: MI have two changes – James Neesham and Dhaval Kulkarni come in for Nathan Coulter-Nile and Jayant Yadav. CSK are unchanged.

7.30 pm: TOSS – Rohit Sharma has won the toss and MI will bowl first.

Just in: New Zealand all-rounder James Neesham has been handed his cap and will play his first game for Mumbai Indians tonight.

Hardik Pandya: “We all understand the condition in india at the moment. My heartfelt gratitude to all the frontline workers. Krunal, our mother and I have decided that we are going to donate 200 oxygen concentrators to the rural parts of India where I feel the medical infrastructure needs more support.”

IPL 2021 points table ahead of MI vs CSK

Team  Pld Won Lost Net RR Pts
CSK  +1.475  10 
DC  +0.466  10 
RCB  -0.171  10 
MI  +0.071 
PBKS  -0.264 
KKR  -0.494 
RR  -0.690 
SRH  -0.264 

MI vs CSK head-to-head

Mat MI wins  CSK wins 
Overall  30  18  12 
Since 2018  2

6.45 pm: Hello and welcome to live coverage of match No 27 of Indian Premier League 2021. Tonight, Rohit Sharma’s Mumbai Indians take on Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s Chennai Super Kings at the Feroz Shah Kotla Stadium in Delhi.