Good news for Dhoni fans as Chennai Super Kings defeated Mumbai Indians by 5 wickets to win the first match of IPL 2020, which was played at Abu Dhabi’s Sheikh Zayed Stadium.
Turning Point of the Match
Chasing a target of 163 runs, CSK witnessed a poor start as the team lost two wickets in the first two overs of the innings. Shane Watson was given LBW off Trent Boult’s delivery in the first over while Murli Vijay was dismissed by James Pattinson. Faf du Plessis and Ambati Rayudu then took the field and handed their side with some momentum. The duo struck regular boundaries and took the team over the 100-run mark, with Rayudu completing his half-century from just 33 balls.
The First Innings
First CSK gave an all-round bowling performance and restricted Mumbai Indians to a total of 162 runs in the Indian Premier League’s (IPL) opening match on Saturday.
Mumbai Indians got off to flying start with openers Rohit Sharma and Quinton de Kock, adding 46 runs for the first wicket within five overs. However, Piyush Chawla got the better of Rohit as the right-handed batsman chipped the ball straight to mid-off. Three balls later, an off-cutter from Sam Curran deceived de Kock reducing Mumbai to 48/2.
Suryakumar Yadav and Saurabh Tiwary stitched a 44 run stand before Deepak Chahar dismissed him. Hardik Pandya joined Tiwary in the middle and whacked two consecutive sixes in an over.
Just when things seemed good in the middle, Ravindra Jadeja dismissed both Suryakumar and Hardik triggering a middle-order collapse. Mumbai Indians kept losing wickets at regular intervals and were soon found reeling at 136 for six wickets in the 17th over.
Kieron Pollard tried to revive Mumbai’s innings but got out after scoring 18 runs. For CSK Lungi Ngidi scalped three while Chahar and Jadeja took two wickets each.
What Happens Next
In the next match of IPL 2020, Delhi Capitals will play against Kings XI Punjab on Sunday.
(With inputs from ANI)