- Chennai Super Kings beat Mumbai Indians by 20 runs
- With the victory, the team of Chennai reached the top of the table
- Ruturaj Gaikwad scored the highest 88 runs for Chennai
After opener Ruturaj Gaikwad’s unbeaten half-century, Dwayne Bravo and Deepak Chahar stormed into Chennai Super Kings to thrash Mumbai Indians by 20 runs in the Indian Premier League to top the points table here on Sunday.
It was the first match in the UAE since the IPL was suspended in May after the season was suspended in India following several cases of Covid-19 infection in a biologically safe environment of the IPL.
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Chennai bowlers amazing
Chasing Chennai’s target of 157 runs, Mumbai’s team could manage only 136 for eight in front of the sharp bowling of Bravo (3 for 25) and Deepak (2 for 19). For Mumbai, Saurabh Tiwary (50 not out in 40 balls, five fours) managed to cross the 20-run mark.
Gaekwad got the support of Jadeja and Bravo
Chennai Super Kings shared a career-best innings of Gaikwad (88 not out), his 81 for the fifth wicket with Ravindra Jadeja (26) and 39 for the sixth wicket with Bravo (23 off eight balls, three sixes). Made a challenging score of 156 runs for six wickets. Gaikwad faced 58 balls and hit four sixes and nine fours. He batted brilliantly with Bravo as Super Kings managed to add 109 runs in the last nine overs. For Mumbai, Adam Milne 21, Jasprit Bumrah 33 and Trent Boult took two wickets for 35 runs.
poor start for mumbai
Chasing the target, Mumbai’s start was also poor and the team lost three wickets for 41 runs in the power play. Quinton de Kock (17) hit Josh Hazlewood for two fours. He also hit Deepak for a four but this fast bowler took him leg before the next ball. De Kock was not given out by the on-field umpire but Mahendra Singh Dhoni immediately took the DRS, which decided in favor of the bowler.
Anmolpreet Singh (16) hit two fours and a six on Hazlewood in the fourth over but Deepak bowled him in the next over. Suryakumar Yadav also got caught by Shardul Thakur after scoring three runs to Faf du Plessis. As soon as Bravo came, Ishan Kishan (11) was caught by Suresh Raina and gave the fourth blow to Mumbai.
Pollard and Tiwary took over
Caretaker captain Kieron Pollard and Tiwary then took over the innings. Pollard hit Jadeja for the first six of the innings while Tiwary also hit the left-arm spinner for a four. Pollard after scoring 14 off 15 runs off Hazlewood’s delivery. Krunal Pandya (04) was then run out in an attempt to take an unnecessary run off Moeen Ali, taking the team’s score to 94 for six.
Big shot was needed in the last over
Mumbai needed 60 runs to win in the last five overs. Bravo scored seven runs in the 16th over while Hazlewood scored only four runs in the next over. Mumbai now needed 49 runs in three overs. In Chahar’s next over, Dhoni dropped Tiwary’s catch but only 10 runs were scored in this over too. Tiwary hit a four off Shardul in the 19th over and Milne (15) kept Mumbai’s hopes alive with a six. 15 runs were scored in this over.
Mumbai needed 24 runs in the last over but Bravo spent just three runs to give Super Kings victory. Bravo meanwhile also sent Milne and Rahul Chahar (0) to the pavilion while Tiwary completed his fifty in 40 balls.
Chennai won the toss, the pace of Mumbai’s pacers
Super Kings captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni won the toss and elected to bat, which did not prove to be correct. Boult caught Faf du Plessis (00) at the hands of Milne at third man on the fifth ball of the first over. Moeen Ali also caught Saurabh Tiwary at cover point off Milne without opening the account in the next over. The last ball of the same over hit Ambati Rayudu on the elbow and he had to return with a retired hurt. Suresh Raina (04) hit the first four of the innings on Boult in the third over, but in the same over, he was caught on point by Rahul Chahar. Raina’s bat also broke during this shot.
Gaikwad hit two on Milne while one four on Boult. Milne sent Dhoni (03) to the pavilion on the last ball of the power play and made the Super Kings score 24 for four. Gaikwad and Jadeja put an end to the fall of the wickets but after the power play, there were no boundaries till the 11th over.
Gaikwad showed his strength
Gaikwad ended the boundary drought in the 12th over with a six on Krunal Pandya and took the team’s score past 50. Jadeja also hit a four in the same over. The half-century partnership between Gaikwad and Jadeja was completed in the 13th over. Gaikwad completed his sixth IPL fifty in 41 balls with a four off Mumbai’s stand-in captain Kieron Pollard.
Bravo showed his attitude as soon as he came
Gaikwad hit a six on Bumrah but this fast bowler got Jadeja caught by Pollard. Bravo showed a stormy attitude as soon as he arrived. After hitting a six on Milne, he made 24 runs in the 19th over with three sixes on Boult. Bumrah sent Bravo to the pavilion in the last over but Gaikwad hit a four and then with a six off the last ball, the team’s score crossed 150 runs.