The match did live up to the expectations as promised. It was a fun ride that went the Kings’ way.
Chennai Super Kings who made a comeback after two years opted to bowl first.
Deepak Chahar gave the perfect start for the Kings, picked the important wicket of Lewis. Rohit Sharma went early as well, and Mumbai Indians was reduced to 20-2. Mumbai’s very own Surya Kumar Yadav and Ishan Kishan smashed 78 runs together, provided the platform the Pandya brothers needed.
Hardik Pandya struggled while his big brother Krunal Pandya showed why he went for a bang in the auction.
Krunal smacked unbeaten 41 off 22. Mumbai finished with a par of 165/4 in their 10 overs. Deepak Chahar was economical, picked a wicket, Watson collected two wickets but went for runs. DJ Bravo, as usual, was too good at the death overs. He went for only 25 runs in his four overs.
In return, Chennai had a sluggish start. Mumbai did well to control the run flow, added pressure, and as a result, Chennai lost wickets in quick succession. At one point, the Kings were down and out, but it was their champion man Bravo who took the game from nowhere to near victory.
Bravo fell for well-made 68 off 30 deliveries. At that time, Chennai needed just 7 runs off 7 deliveries. Jadhav, who pulled his hamstring and was retired hurt, came to bat in the last over. He couldn’t get the first three balls through but the next two deliveries went for a six and a four, and he guided the team to an excellent victory.
The star for the Mumbai Indians with the ball was the youngster Mayank Markande. The 20 years old bowled exceptionally well on his debut. In his four overs, he picked three wickets for 23 runs. As usual, Hardik Pandya who injured his leg due to a bad collision with Bravo while batting starred with three wickets for just 24 runs.