4.MI vs CSK (6th may 2012) – When Sachin Tendulkar and Rohit Sharma joined hands to produce a class act
MI and CSK are two teams who have developed a healthy rivalry as the IPL progressed; they have produced some exciting matches, some heart stopping performances when playing against each other, this match from 2012 was one of them. Opting to bat first a batting heavy Chennai posted a total of 173 is 20 overs, thanks to a wonderful knocks from M.Vijay (41 of 29) and D.Bravo (40 of 33) and cameos from S.Raina (36 of 21) and M.S.Dhoni (25 of 15).
Mumbai lost opener James Franklin early but Rohit Sharma joined hands with Sachin Tendulkar and it was a sight to watch; both carved a classy partnership while Sharma scored 60 of 46; the little master struck 74 of 44 which included 11 boundaries. Mumbai almost seemed on the path to glory, but they suddenly lost the plot after Tendulkar’s wicket though Sharma did persist.
They were left befuddled as 4 of the next six batsmen got out for a duck. The match had entered into the last over, in fact it was for the last ball to decide the fate and West Indian Dwayne Smith kept calm and smashed the last delivery and before he realised what had happened he was surrounded by a mad MI mob, the West Indian played a gorgeous cameo of 24 from just 16 cherries.
3.MI vs DD (10 April 2011) – When Slinga Malinga destroyed Delhi’s batting line up
Delhi Daredevils of 2011, a strong batting line up boasting of big names like Virender Sehwag, Aaron Finch, David Warner were up against the Mumbai Indians it was just the fourth match of the season. Delhi won the toss and decided to back their strengths and bat first. Who would have ever thought of the heroics we were to witness. Lasith Malinga went berserk and destroyed the DD back bone single handedly.
He bowled 3.4 overs including a maiden and scalped five wickets giving away just 13 runs. Out of the five wickets Malinga took four of them were bowled. Delhi were bundled out for 95 and rest was just a formality, MI’s batting innings was marked by a signature innings from the Master Blaster scoring 46*. MI won the match by 8 wickets.