CSK defeat Mumbai Indians in IPL opener
Published: 01:16 AM, 20 September 2020
Chennai Super Kings managed to start their 2020 season by turning the tables on their fiercest adversaries as they have beaten the defending champions Mumbai Indians by five wickets in the first match of the 13th edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL).
Hardworking fifties from Ambati Rayudu and Faf du Plessis, and some sloppy fielding from MI, helped CSK overcome MI's just about par total of 162/9 with four balls to spare.
Chennai skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni decided to field after winning the toss. Mumbai made a great start. Piyush Chawla took the first wicket of this year’s IPL by breaking the 48-run partnership between Rohit and Kock. Kock also could not last long. Both scored 12 and 33 runs respectively.
After that, Suryakumar Yadav and Saurabh Tiwary led the team with a partnership of 44 runs. Suryakumar was dismissed for 17 runs and Saurabh for 42 runs. Left-arm spinner Ravindra Jadeja returned Dangerman Hardik Pandya in the over to dismiss Saurabh, who was the highest run-scorer for the team.
Mumbai could not make a big score as they lost wickets at regular intervals in the end. At the end of the 20 overs, the team lost 9 wickets and scored 162 runs.
Lungi Ngidi took three wickets for Chennai. Besides, Ravindra Jadeja and Deepak Chahar took two wickets each. Piyush Chawla and Sam Curran took one wicket each.
In chasing 163 CSK did not have a good start as they lost two openers Shane Watson and Murali Vijay in the first two overs. However, Du Plessis’s unbeaten 55-run innings along with Rayudu’s 71, they shared 115-run stand, helped CSK to come back in the business and secured the triumph by 5 wickets.