Malinga's Mumbai blinder may anger Lanka fans


Chennai Super Kings salvaged some of their lost pride when they pulled off a thrilling six-run win over Mumbai Indians in a Group B match of the Champions League Twenty20 on Saturday.

All eyes and debate will be on Lasith Malinga who had a brilliant game for the Mumbai Indians - shortly after flopping for Sri Lanka in the T20 World Cup, at hope in Sri Lanka.

The IPL has been blamed for Malinga's loss of impact when playing for Sri Lanka and it was evident during the World Cup.

However, when playing for the Mumbai Indians he was on fire again.

The match was a dead-rubber after Lions notched up a five-wicket victory over Yorkshire earlier to become the second team from Group B to reach the semifinals, thus knocking out both Chennai and Mumbai Indians.

However, there was no short of entertainment as the two IPL enthralled spectators at the New Wanderers stadium in a contest which went down to the wire.

Put into bat, CSK openers du Plessis (52) and Murali Vijay (39) set the tone of the match with an enterprising 86-run stand in just 49 balls.

Sri Lanka's pace ace Lasith Malinga led Mumbai's fightback by capturing five for 32 to restrict Chennai to 173 for 8.

Chasing 174, Mumbai Indians failed to get a good start and were reduced to 21-2 in 4.4 overs with Sachin Tendulkar's poor run continuing.

Dinesh Karthik hit a scintillating 45-ball 74, which was studded with four fours and six sixes.

But the fell short in the end.

Needing 19 runs in the last over, Kieron Pollard blasted Jadeja's first ball over the long-off but a stunning catch by Raina in the next ball ended Mumbai's chase.

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