The Super Kings who were on the brink of elimination, but stayed on in fourth spot due to superior Net Run Rate following a tie with Royal Challengers Bangalore, rose to the occasion as in the past two seasons to outplay Mumbai Indians.
The Mumbai Indians chase began at a gallop with Smith blazing away from one end while Tendulkar complimenting him with some well-timed shots before disaster struck as they lost three wickets in just few deliveries.
Tendulkar (11) was the first to go following a mix-up as he sacrificed his wicket to be run out, but Smith (38) who had earlier blasted Hilfenhaus for 14 runs in the seamer's very first over, played across the line to left-arm spinner Shabad Jakati to be caught and then Dinesh Karthik (6) edged Morkel's first ball to Dhoni as Mumbai slid to 68 for three in the ninth over.
In his next over, Morkel removed Rohit Sharma (14) who again disappointed with a reckless shot and edging to Dhoni while the crafty off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin lured Ambati Rayudu (11) into a big hit and was caught in the deep.Image: Chennai Super Kings' players celebrate the dismissal of Mumbai Indians' batsman Ambati Rayudu, not seen, during their Indian Premier League (IPL) playoff cricket match in Bangalore, India, Wednesday, May 23, 2012. Scorecard
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