Malinga scored a blazing 37 off 18 balls to help CSK beat Mumbai Indians by three wickets.
Mumbai Indians' innings:
Over No. 20: Mumbai win! With 11 needed in the last over, Malinga first hit a four on the second delivery and then took a single on the next. Harbhajan, too, joined the party and smashed Bollinger for a four at square leg boundary. The stand-in skipper scored the winning run by nudging a single on the leg side.
Over No. 18 & 19: Malinga blitz! The Sri Lankan bowler, who is more famous for his fast bowling than his batting skills, hit two sixes and a four off Jakati and Bollinger respectively. He smashed another straight six off Morkel in the next over. MI 148/7.
Over No. 16: Pollard wicket! After hitting a blazing four off Morkel, the West Indies batsman mistimed a short-pitched ball and was caught by Dhoni while running backwards. Pollard scored 22 off 19 balls. MI 113/7.
Over No. 15: Mumbai's hopes depended on Pollard, who got a start and started hitting the ball cleanly. MI 102/6.
Over No. 12: Sathish wicket! Despite hitting a six and a boundary off Ashwin, Sathish (14 off 8) went for an expensive sweep thus getting trapped right in front of the wickets. MI 85/6.
Over No. 10: Symonds wicket! Mumbai Indians are in big trouble. The visitors lost their top five batsmen inside ten overs. The burly Australian, while trying to clear the boundary, skied Bravo's slower delivery right down the throat of Morkel at long-on. He made 3 off 5 balls. MI 67/5.
Over No. 9: Three wickets in three overs! Only Suman knew what he was trying to do as the team was already tottering after losing three quick wickets. The right-handed batsman went down the track to clear the boundary but was stumped by Dhoni off Raina. He scored five off seven balls.
Over No. 8: Rayudu wicket! Perturbed by Suman declining him a single, Rayudu (5 off 6) first hit a blazing four on the next delivery from Bravo but was caught behind in the same over. MI 57/3.
Over No. 7: Blizzard wicket! Raina once again provided another breakthrough to the Chennai side. He clean bowled the dangerous-looking Blizzard (28 off 21). MI 52/2.
Over No. 5: Jacobs wicket! R Ashwin struck in his first over. The off-spinner tempted the right-hander to hit a lofted shot by coming down the track, thus foxing him in flight. Jacobs made 18 off 15 balls before being stumped by Dhoni. MI 39/1.
Over No. 2: Adien Blizzard and Davy Jacobs gave Mumbai Indians a blazing start as the former hit two fours in the first over of Bollinger while the latter, too, hit same no. of boundaries off Albie Morkel in the next over. MI 18/0.
Chennai Super Kings' innings:
A whirlwind knock (81 off 57 balls) by Michael Hussey helped Chennai Super Kings put up a challenging 158/4 against Mumbai Indians at Chepauk on Saturday.
Over No. 20: Dhoni hit a helicopter shot, which raised away to the boundary for four runs. CSK finished with 158/4.
Over No. 19: Hussey wicket! The Aussie batsman got out after a whirlwind 81 off 57 balls. He fell while trying to repeat a six hit on the previous delivery off Nechim. CSK 150/4.
Over No. 18: Hussey shifted gears completely and hit consecutive fours off Malinga, who bowled a barrage of yorkers which was tackled efficiently by Hussey. Fourteen runs came of Malinga's third over. CSK 138/3.
Over No. 16: Badrinath wicket! The right-hander batsman couldn't get going in his innings and fell while trying to raise the innings' run-rate. Nechim bowled a brilliant over, giving away just three runs and getting Badrinath caught at long-off to Symonds. CSK 112/3.
Over No. 15: Hussey fifty! After playing cautiously early in his innings, the Aussie batsman completed his fifty in 43 balls in the fourteenth over of the Chennai innings. CSK 109/2.
Over No. 13: Hussey broke the shackles and hit a clean straight six (92-metres) off Chahal. The left-hander batsman was just five runs shy of another fifty. CSK 91/2.
Over No. 12: Badrinath joined Hussey in the middle and the two batsmen kept the CSK scoreboard moving with well-stolen singles, CSK 79/2.
Over No. 10: Raina wicket! The left-hander (18 off 17) missed a well-pitched delivery from Kieron Pollard, which ricocheted from wicketkeeper Davy Jacobs' pads on its way to nudging stumps. CSK 67/2.
Over No. 9: Consolidation! Hussey got together with Raina and led foundation of a challenging total. The 36-year-old Australian continued his good form from the series against Sri Lanka recently. Raina too played some exquisite strokes.
Over No. 7: Haryana leg-spinner Yuzvendra Chahal was brought in by Harbhajan and he gave away just five runs. CSK 41/1
Over No. 5: Vijay out! The slingy Malinga bowled a toe-crushing yorker, which castled Vijay's (8 off 10) stumps. He followed it up with another scorcher, breaking Suresh Raina's bat in two parts. CSK 28/1.
Over No. 3: Good over for Chennai! Harbhajan brought in Abu Nechim in place of Malinga and the right-arm medium-pace bowler erred in line and gave away twelve runs. CSK 18/0
Over No. 2: First four of the match! Hussey cut a short delivery from Harbhajan. But still only five runs in the off-spinners over. CSK 6/0
Over No. 1: Lasith Malinga bowled a perfect first over. He tried all the variations without giving away any leeway to the opening combination of Vijay and Hussey. CSK 1/0
Chennai Super Kings’ skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni won the toss and elected to bat first in their Champions League T20 against the Mumbai Indians at the MA Chidambaram Stadium here on Saturday.
The defending champions - Chennai – were looking a more balanced side than the Mumbai outfit. They had a perfect opening combination in the likes of explosive Murali Vijay and seasoned Michael Hussey, with Suresh Raina S Badrinath and MS Dhoni to follow. Their bowling too comprises Aussie pacer Doug Bollinger and all-rounders Alibie Morkel and Dwayne Bravo. R Ashwin and Shadab Jakati will give Dhoni options in the spin department.
Mumbai fielded five overseas players - after being allowed by the tournament organiser due to a string of injuries to their Indian players - in Saturday's encounter. They will expect Lasith Malinga to come good against Chennai.
Chennai Super Kings: Michael Hussey, Murali Vijay, Suresh Raina, Subramaniam Badrinath, MS Dhoni(w/c), Albie Morkel, Dwayne Bravo, Wriddhiman Saha, Ravichandran Ashwin, Doug Bollinger, Shadab Jakati
Mumbai Indians: Aiden Blizzard, Davy Jacobs(w), Tirumalsetti Suman, Ambati Rayudu, Andrew Symonds, Kieron Pollard, Harbhajan Singh(c), Lasith Malinga, Abu Nechim, Yuzvendra Chahal