Mumbai: Defending champions Mumbai Indians were knocked out of the Indian Premier League (IPL) by Chennai Super Kings as they went down by seven wickets in the Eliminator at the Brabourne Stadium here Wednesday.
Set a target of 174, Super Kings made 176 for three with eight balls to spare after Suresh Raina remained unbeaten on 54 and David Hussey on 40.
Earlier opener Lendl Simmons smashed a 44-ball 67 as Mumbai Indians posted a challenging score of173 for eight against Chennai Super Kings in the IPL eliminator at the Brabourne Stadium here today.
The 29-year old Simmons provided the ideal start to the defending champions along with Michael Hussey when they were put into bat by Mahendra Singh Dhoni after winning the toss.
The duo piled on quick 76 runs in 58 balls before left-arm spinner Ravindra Jadeja shattered Hussey’s stumps.
The pair attacked Mohit Sharma in the sixth over, milking him for 19 runs, with the West Indian Simmons scoring the bulk a four on extra cover, a six at mid-wicket and a four over point in consecutive balls.
The veteran Australian also looked in good touch and struck four fours and a six in his 33-ball 39.
New Zealand all rounder Corey Anderson, who came one-down, couldn’t do much damage but his cameo of 20 runs off just eight deliveries consisted of a four and two sixes.
Simmons, who has been in good form throughout the tournament hit the bowlers all around the park and his 71 minutes stay at the crease yielded five fours and four sixes.