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In what would be their 18th win over Chennai Super Kings, Mumbai Indians totally steamrolled their arch-rivals in the El Classico battle. Ace pacer Trent Boult produced brilliant figures of 4/18 in Mumbai’s 10-wicket victory over MS Dhoni’s Chennai side. It was CSK's biggest margin of defeat in terms of wickets, with their previous worst being a 9-wicket loss against Mumbai at the Wankhede Stadium in IPL 2008 edition.

Meanwhile, chasing a target of 115, left-handed openers Quinton de Kock (46* off 37) and Ishan Kishan (68* off 37) remained unbeaten as they finished the game for Mumbai in 12.2 overs.

As Mumbai opted to field first, Chennai Super Kings soon found themselves in shambles as they were reduced to 3 for the loss of 4 wickets in the 3rd over itself. Only Sam Curran (52 off 47) helped Chennai post a decent total of 114/9. However, Mumbai Indians didn't even suffer a hiccup as they chased down the total in just 12.2 overs with a huge 10-wicket victory, despite captain Rohit Sharma's absence.

Mumbai Indians had enough time to rest before they returned to the field to lock horns with Chennai Super Kings, on Friday, October 23, at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium. While Mumbai returned after a 4-day gap since their Super Over defeat against Kings XI Punjab, MS Dhoni’s Chennai side were still fresh from Monday’s loss against Rajasthan Royals.

Appearing for the toss was Kieron Pollard, not Rohit Sharma, as the captain of the Mumbai Indians for the game against CSK.

“We are gonna bowl first. Don't expect the wicket to change much and hopefully, there's some dew. We want to qualify to the playoffs first and we still have to come out and play good cricket. We have spoken about areas we need it to improve and we want to execute them in the middle tonight. Rohit is struggling with his left hamstring and hopefully, he will be fit soon and take the captaincy. Only change we have is Saurabh Tiwary comes in for Rohit,” Kieron Pollard, captain of the Mumbai Indians, said at the toss which he won and opted to bowl first.

In what was a much-needed win for CSK, Dhoni’s side had their worst start ever in an Indian Premier League fixture, against the Mumbai Indians in Sharjah on Friday. As Chennai Super Kings were battered down to 24/5 in the first 6 overs, the Powerplay, it created a new personal record for CSK.

Their previous worst total in a Powerplay was 23/4, which came against Royal Challengers Bangalore, way back in IPL 2011. In fact, it was the first time that CSK lost 5 wickets in the first six overs of the game.

Even though they were Chennai Super Kings would be reduced to 3 for 4 at one point with MS Dhoni’s team somehow escaping their lowest total in IPL history, which still is 79. Their lowest total in Indian Premier League history still stands on 79 against Mumbai Indians, in the 2013 edition.
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