Abu Dhabi, September 19
Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s astute captaincy was backed up by some sensible bowling on the again finish as Chennai Super Kings restricted Mumbai Indians to 162 for 9 within the opening IPL sport right here on Saturday.
CSK’s new recruits—leg-spinner Piyush Chawla (1/21 in four overs) and left-arm seamer Sam Curran (1/28 in four overs) — made a incredible first impression whereas Lungi Ngidi (3/38 in four overs) and Deepak Chahar (2/32 in four overs) got here again brilliantly on the loss of life overs.
For Mumbai Indians, Quinton de Kock (33 off 20 balls, 5×4) and Saurabh Tiwary (42 off 31 balls, 3×4, 1×6) performed properly, however couldn’t convert their begins because the defending champions bought solely 76 runs of their back-10.
De Kock began in a blazing style and launched straight into Chahar and Ngidi as 45 got here off the primary 4 overs.
The shrewd Dhoni then launched Chawla into the assault and he straight away dismissed Rohit Sharma (12) who all the time have had an issue with wrist spinners. It was a straight supply that Rohit was attempting to hit inside out however couldn’t get previous Curran on the mid-off circle.
The seamer was again in motion as he removed De Kock with a well-disguised off-cutter, which the batman hit straight to Shane Watson at mid-wicket.
Suryakumar Yadav (17) and Tiwary added 44 to regular the ship however some good outfielding within the back-10 from the likes of Curran and Faf du Plessis had MI struggling at 124 for 5 from 92 for 2.
As an anchor, Tiwary proved to be an honest alternative as he hit the primary six off this yr’s IPL, off Ravindra Jadeja. Someone who promised loads was Hardik Pandya (14 off 10 balls), with a few lusty sixes off Jadeja, however then Chawla bowled an excellent size to maintain him quiet.
Jadeja was rewarded when Hardik tried to hit a 3rd six as an alternative of rotating the strike and was caught on the boundary by Du Plessis. — PTI