On Thursday, the Chennai Super Kings lost by five wickets against the Mumbai Indians in the 2022 Indian Premier League. The CSK were eliminated from the playoff race as a result of the loss. Chennai were bowled out for 97 runs early on, thanks to Daniel Sams (3-16), before Mumbai knocked down the mark with more than five overs to spare, putting an end to the opposition’s playoff ambitions. Mumbai, who are now in last place, were already eliminated from the playoff chase last week.

The opening 10 balls of the match between CSK and MI were overshadowed by a DRS dispute, when the review system was unavailable due to a power outage. Devon Conway was called LBW in the opening over, despite replays indicating that the ball may have missed the leg-stump. After being unable to challenge the two contested leg-before rulings against Conway and Robin Uthappa at the Wankhede Stadium, CSK head coach Stephen Fleming lamented his team’s fate.

“It was unfortunate that it occurred at that particular moment. We were a bit disappointed, but that’s part of the fun, right? It started a cascade of events that did not go well for us, “Fleming said.

Chennai’s only bright spots on an otherwise bleak evening were seamers Mukesh Choudhary (3-23) and Simarjeet Singh (1-22), who were limited to 39-6 before captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s (36 not out) late flurry took them closer to the three-figure barrier.

“The new-ball bowling of Simarjeet and Mukesh was outstanding. We’ve been developing Mukesh all the way through the season so for him to now feel confident enough to bowl a spell like that … and Simarjeet is only 3-4 games in and he made some good gains,”Fleming continued.