IPL 2020: CSK WINS OVER MI by 5 WICKETS
5 months ago
Chennai Super Kings 166 for 5(19.2 overs) (Rayudu 71, du Plessis 58*, Boult 1-23, Pattinson 1-27) beat Mumbai Indians 162 for 9 (20 overs)(Tiwary 42, de Kock 33, Ngidi 3-38, D Chahar 2-32) by five wickets.
The biggest cricketing festival of India got underway today with defending champions Mumbai Indians taking on the mighty Chennai Super Kings. The hype was large as poster boy Mahender Singh Dhoni was returning to the field after 400+ days. Mumbai came into the match on the back of 5 successive wins against CSK while CSK was plagued with the corona Virus threat and injuries in the early part of the month with key players returning home.
Winning the toss CSK elected to bowl first on a pitch that looked nice upfront. Rohit Sharma and Quinton De Kock gave the batting side a good start before the spinners came in to tighten up things. Piyush Chawla was excellent in the middle overs but Saurabh Tiwary kept the scoreboard ticking. Jadeja’s breakthrough of Tiwary opened the gates and Mumbai could only manage 41 runs from the final 6 overs for a respectable total of 162/9.
In reply, CSK had the worst of starts losing both their openers within the first 2 overs. But from there on it was the Rayudu Show. A fantastic knock of 71 off 48 was enough for the team to guide them home. He was ably supported by Faf Du Plessis who remained unbeaten on 58*. Mumbai Bowlers had an off day and with dew settling in, the spinners were hopeless. In the end, it was Dhoni Du Plessis who finished the match with skipper Mahi on the other end.
The captains had their fair say with Rohit Sharma(MI captain) pointing it out that their batsmen needed to carry their innings forward once they settled in. Their fielding was also sub-par with dropped catches and misfields.
MSD(CSK captain) spoke on how the match fitness was a bit lacking but their experience paid off in the final moments and his experiment of Sam Curran sending up the order for some pinch-hitting worked well against the left-arm spin.
Ambati Rayudu was adjudged the man of the match for his knock of 71.
IPL is well and truly back, something which was missed over the past few months.