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Chennai Super Kings defeat Mumbai Indians by 20 runs despite Rohit’s brilliant unbeaten century in IPL 2024

In a thrilling match at Wankhede Stadium, Rohit Sharma’s century went in vain as Mumbai Indians lost to Chennai Super Kings by 20 runs in Match 29 of IPL 2024. Rohit’s unbeaten 105 off 63 balls was overshadowed by CSK’s strong batting display and Matheesha Pathirana’s 4-28 bowling spell.

Despite Rohit and Ishan Kishan’s solid opening partnership, Mumbai Indians struggled to chase down CSK’s target of 206 runs. Kishan’s quick 23 off 15 balls was cut short by Pathirana, followed by Suryakumar Yadav’s unfortunate two-ball duck. Rohit, however, continued his aggressive batting, scoring a blistering half-century off 30 balls.

As wickets fell around him, Rohit kept the scoreboard ticking with a mix of boundaries and sixes. Unfortunately, his teammates could not provide the necessary support as Mumbai Indians fell short of the target. Pathirana’s impact as an substitute bowler proved crucial as he dismantled Mumbai’s middle order.

Despite Mumbai Indians outscoring CSK in the powerplay, they couldn’t maintain the momentum in the middle and death overs. Hardik Pandya’s costly final over, where he conceded 20 runs to MS Dhoni, mirrored Mumbai’s inability to capitalize on key moments. Ultimately, CSK’s solid performance with both bat and ball sealed their victory over the defending champions.

Chennai Super Kings posted a challenging total of 206/4 with contributions from Ruturaj Gaikwad, Shivam Dube, and MS Dhoni. In response, Mumbai Indians managed 186/6 with Rohit Sharma’s heroic effort falling short of the target. Pathirana’s exceptional bowling figures of 4-28 played a pivotal role in CSK’s win, breaking Mumbai’s batting momentum.

As the tournament progresses, Mumbai Indians will need to regroup and address their middle-order vulnerabilities to bounce back from this defeat. Meanwhile, Chennai Super Kings showcased their strength in all departments, sending a strong message to the rest of the teams in the IPL 2024.

IANS

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