Chennai Super Kings (CSK) made a triumphant rebound to the Indian Premier League on Saturday as they crushed the guarding champions Mumbai Indians by 1 wicket in the opening match of IPL 2018 inagurated at the Wankhede stadium.
Requiring only 7 off the last over, injured Kedar Jadhav unfit to keep running because of the cramp issue had played three dot balls before playing boundary shots over fine leg off Mustafizur Rahaman took after by a cover drive to end the match on a triumphant note.
CSK who decided to bowl after the Toss had a huge target of 166. Dwayne Bravo’s fantastic 68 off 30 balls with seven sixes powered CSK to pin their first win on this IPL.
On the last but two overs bowled by Mitchell McClenaghan and Jasprit Bumrah have been quite expensive which contributed of 20 runs by each of them including 5 sixes.
Hardik Pandya registered 3 wickets for 24 runs while the young leg-spinner Mayank Markande (3/23) was splendid on his debut match. However it was Bravo who changed the game.
Among the players, Suresh Raina was knocked out by Krunal Pandya for only 4 runs. Young talent Markande knocked out Ambati Rayudu (22) with a googly.
At that moment MI got the most awaited wicket of MS Dhoni as he failed to deliver to the youngster’s leg-break bowling and the outcome was a plumb leg-before call leaving CSK reeling at 51 for 4.
Surya and Kishan at that point controlled the group to brought the team out of the uncomfortable zone and after that Bravo made sure that the group stayed out of danger by his furious innings.