Abu Dhabi: Mahendra Singh Dhoni hasn’t misplaced an oz. of his management acumen even after a 437-day hiatus as his battle-hardened Chennai Tremendous Kings, within the method so typical of them, trumped Mumbai Indians within the IPL opener on Saturday.
Ambati Rayudu (71 off 48 balls) blazed his approach and Faf du Plessis (55 not out off 44 balls) greater than made up for Suresh Raina’s absence at No. 3, serving to CSK chase down a tough 163-run goal in 19.2 overs overs and with 5 wickets to spare.
It wasn’t a jam-packed Wankhede rooting for the Mumbai Indians nor was it the passionate Chepauk stands with its Yellow Military in full fervour. It was a close to empty Sheikh Zayed Stadium within the Arabian desert the place Bryan Adams’ Summer season of 69 or Rocky’s theme music Eye of a Tiger blared from the sound methods together with synthetic crowd cheers.
On this eerie set-up, Captain Cool’s mind stored ticking as his new recruits — leg-spinner Piyush Chawla (1/21 in Four overs) and left-arm seamer Sam Curran (1/28 in Four overs) — made improbable first impressions whereas the brand new ball pair of Lungi Ngidi (3/38 in Four overs) and Deepak Chahar (2/32 in Four overs) got here again brilliantly on the demise overs.
The skipper additionally despatched match-fit Sam Curran at No. 6 and his 18 off 6 balls ended any anti-climax that Rohit Sharma’s males would have anticipated.
Giving lower than 80 runs within the back-10 was the turning level after which the way wherein Rayudu and Du Plessis chased it after a scratchy begin as MI maintained their file of not successful an IPL opening recreation since 2013.
Trent Boult, with an in-dipper and James Pattinson, with a barely dodgy resolution going his approach, eliminated Shane Watson and Murali Vijay respectively, making it 6 for two earlier than Rayudu, within the firm of du Plessis, launched a livid counter assault.
One of many main features was how clueless Jasprit Bumrah (1/43 in Four overs) regarded in the course of the day and it price his workforce dearly.
MI’s sloppy floor fielding solely helped their opponents, however Rayudu was in a murderous temper as he punished Rahul Chahar and Bumrah alike, with photographs throughout the wicket.
The MI bowlers, all of a sudden after the powerplay overs, misplaced their size and both bowled too brief or too full in the course of the duo’s 115-run stand, which clinched the deal.
When Mumbai Indians began, 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 obtained 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 instantly dismissed Rohit Sharma (12) who at all times have had an issue with wrist spinners. It was a straight supply that Rohit tried 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 properly disguised off-cutter, which he hit straight to Shane Watson at mid-wicket.
Suryakumar Yadav (17) and Tiwary added 44 runs to regular the ship however some good outfielding within the back-10 by the likes of Curran and Faf du Plessis had MI struggling at 124 for five from 92 for 2.
Ngidi and Chahar then got here again for his or her ultimate spells to make issues worse by not solely taking wickets but in addition placing a verify on the scoreboard.
Temporary Scores: CSK 166/5 in 19.2 overs (Ambati Rayudu71, Faf du Plessis 58 not out; Trent Boult 1/23) beat MI 162/9 (Saurabh Tiwary 42, Quinton de Kock 33; Lungi Ngidi 3/38) by 5 wickets.
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