In the opening match of Indian Premier League, 2020 in Abu Dhabi, Ambati Rayudu and Faf du Plessis scored rasping half-centuries as Chennai Super Kings (CSK) beat defending champions Mumbai Indians by five wickets.
Highlights of the Match
CSK won the toss, and MS Dhoni chose to bowl first. Mumbai Indian skipper Rohit Sharma (12 off 10) with Quinton de Kock (33 off 20) gave the defending champions a brilliant start, scoring 46 runs for the initial wicket in the first five overs. Still, they both got out in quick succession inside the powerplay.
Saurabh Tiwary (42 off 31) and Suryakumar Yadav began the rebuilding strategy and got their total near to 100-mark, making an uninterrupted 44-run stand, and Suryakumar couldn’t score high and departed for 17. The all-rounder Hardik Pandya gave hope to the Mumbai Indians fans, but it was short-lived as after two amazing hits over the fence, he got out.
With wickets getting lost at a regular interval, Mumbai Indians managed to make a score of 162/9. It was a brilliant show by CSK’s bowlers that kept everyone amusing. Lungi Ngidi and Ravinder Jadeja shifted the momentum of the match.
After the brilliant bowling display, the chasing team Chennai Super Kings had a poor start where they lost both their opening batsmen Shane Watson and Murali Vijay, in the beginning, two overs.
Notwithstanding losing two wickets in the start, Rayudu (71 off 48) and Du Plessis worked all their experience to bail CSK out of the woods, by making a solid partnership of 115-run, that determined the direction of the match.
With Boult and Pattinson, brilliant bowling in the initial overs had pushed CSK in the backfoot which did not discourage CSK but as the game progressed they were able to bag scores. Towards the end, CSK lost quite a few wickets, but that did not affect the match as it was in their favour. Du Plessis remained unbeaten on 58 off 44 balls and in the last over hit two consecutive boundaries to end the opening match of IPL in style.