Chennai Super Kings Beat Mumbai Indians By 5 Wickets:
In the first match of the 13th edition of Indian Premier League (IPL 2020), Chennai Super Kings beat Mumbai Indians by 5 wickets at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi on Saturday. Chennai lost Murali Vijay and Shane Watson early into the innings but Faf du Plessis and Ambati Rayudu stabilized the inning with a 115-run partnership, setting the stage for Chennai to register a comfortable victory.
Earlier, after a good start, Mumbai Indians (MI) managed just 22 runs and lost three wickets in the last three overs as CSK restricted to its arch-rivals for 162/9 while batting first.
Lungi Ngidi (3/38) struck twice in the penultimate over and Deepak Chahar (2/32) took one as the CSK put the breaks on the MI innings after the defending champions were 121/3 at the start of the 15th over.
Highlights In Short:
After CSK captain MS Dhoni elected to field, captain Rohit Sharma (12) and his opening partner Quinton de Kock (33) got MI off to a quick start. The pair put up 46 runs in the first five overs before Rohit holed out to Sam Curran off Piyush Chawla (1/21). De Kock was dismissed in the very next over by Curran (1/28) with the latter hitting the ball straight down the throat of Shane Watson at midwicket.
Saurabh Tiwary (42) and Suryakumar Yadav (17) kept the boat steady for the next five overs with the former taking Ngidi to the cleaners in the 13th over. However, the wheels started to fall off for MI soon after that over with Ravindra Jadeja taking two wickets in the 15th over.