Despite the unusual circumstances in the first encounter between CSK and MI, the former succeeded. Chennai battled at 24/4 on the powerplay, but what was backed up next by youngster Ruturaj Gaikwad was seemed to be of brilliance. In the meanwhile, CSK were given another blow as Ambati Rayudu was struck on the elbow and had to leave the field, so CSK CEO said Rayudu’s X-ray Are Fine.
Fans of CSK and Rayudu may breathe a sigh of relief, Rayudu’s X-ray Are Fine, and he will most likely participate in the upcoming game for the yellow army. Rayudu couldn’t position himself versus New Zealand pacer Adam Milne and was struck on the elbow, forcing him to leave the field in discomfort. CSK’s CEO feels that the batsman will be fit and really well by the time the team’s next match versus RCB begins after a long break.
“His X-ray report showed no fracture and considering we have a few days before we play the next game against RCB. He should be available for selection,” said CSK CEO Kasi Viswanatha.
Gaikwad’s 88* off 58 rescued the day for CSK
In terms of the game, CSK got off to a worse start as they lost their top order in meantime. Gaikwad’s 88* off 58 rescued the day for Chennai, and he was named player of the match for the 5th time in his past 13 IPL appearances. Gaikwad was outstanding in the last 3 games of the IPL 2020, which saw CSK finish on a positive note after a disappointing season.
“Obviously one of my top innings till now. With the pressure of early wickets and with the seniors in the dressing room, I just had to grind and get the team to 130, 140 and then 150 was possible. When Mahi Bhai is around and with the CSK management, once they back you, you don’t have to think much. The SL tour and the preparation coming here did help too. Initially, the ball was seaming and swinging so I had to take my chance against the spinners. Jaddu just came in and I had to take my chance and it came off well,” said Gaikwad after the match.