The much-awaited news in the times of pandemic was about the Indian premier league. Will the 13th edition of the cash-rich league going to happen or not? After all rumours and speculation, it has started in UAE on 19th September. When two of the best sides face-off against each other.
Chennai super kings go against the defending champions of last season Mumbai Indians. The early prediction was Mumbai Indians has the advantage over Chennai super kings in the match as key players from CSK are not playing Suresh Raina and Harbhajan Singh ruled out of the season due to the personal reasons. But the yellow army has defeated the defending champions in the first match of the tournament with a five wickets. Let us take a look at 3 reasons of CSK which helps them to win the first game.
Ambati Rayudu Game-Changing Knock 71
Batting first Mumbai Indians has set the target of 163 for Chennai Super Kings. Chasing under the light is a daunting task of any team. When both the openers of CSK back into the shed at the score of 6/2 it looked Mumbai Indians was successful in their strategy.
The two new players Ambati Rayudu and Faf Du Plesis were on the crease to provide much-needed resistance to the team and didn’t let Mumbai Indians to provide more dents into Chennai super kings line-up. Both these put on 115 runs partnership for the 3rd wicket and CSK back into the hunt. Ambati Rayudu played the anchored role and took the game away from the opposition with the match winning knock of 71 runs off 48 balls including 6 fours and 3 Sixes.
Another Intersting move from Dhoni to sent Sam Curran and Jadeja bat up the order
Although the vital the partnership between Ambati Rayudu and Faf Du Plesis almost confirmed the victory of Chennai super kings when CSK was at 121/2. The equation boiled down to 42 runs required of last 4 overs. Mumbai Indians were looking for a wicket and there it comes when Rahul Chahar took the stunning catch of Rayudu.
With more pressure on the new batsman, everyone has expected the captain cool MS Dhoni to come and finish it off in his style. But all in all, it was very surprising to see Ravinder Jadeja walked in after Rayudu wicket. Jadeja made some quick runs 10 off 5 balls including two fours of James Pattinson over. With Jadeja departs it was sure Dhoni to arrive but what was happening it was very shocking when Sam Curran walked in to support to Faf Du Plesis.
When Sam Curran came it was 29 runs required off 17 balls. No one can predict the winner at this moment but Sam Curran took on the aerial route and smashed quick runs from Krunal Pandya over to brought the equation to 16 runs off 12 balls. Mumbai Indians gave the ball the death overs specialist Jasprit Bumrah.
Sam Curran has to face the first ball of 19th over and everyone was clear he will be getting clean bowled but the scene was completely unbelievable when Sam Curran hits the Six off the first ball of Bumrah over. Although he was on the very next ball. But Sam Curran quickfire 18 runs off 6 balls almost took CSK close to the target. The rest of the work was done Faf Du plesis who remained unbeaten on 58* along with MS Dhoni to clinch the victory with 5 wickets and 4 balls to spare.
Shocking Batting Collapse of Defending champions
Batting first Mumbai Indians got off to a great start which was supported well by Surya Kumar Yadav and Saurabh Tiwary. Both were heading to the big score and wicket of Surya Kumar Yadav brought in Hardik Pandya who looked aggressive from the start and with two sixes of Jadeja over made sure Mumbai Indians going for the 200 scores.
With 121/3, it was clear Mumbai Indians will easily reach 190 plus score. CSK was looking for one wicket and that wicket came in the form of Saurabh Tiwary when Faf Du Plesis took the stunning catch at the boundary to end the Tiwary innings.
With Tiwary wicket, pollard came in to support Pandya but it was all debacle Mumbai Indians has lost 6 wickets under the score of 35 runs. The score which was looking 200 plus now it was 162/9 in the 20 overs as no other batsman has provided enough resistance to the team after Tiwary wicket.