The much-awaited match of the year Chennai Super Kings(CSK) vs Mumbai Indians(MI) has been started with the favour for MS Dhoni. Yes! Chennai Super Kings won the toss and elected to bowl first in the first match of the IPL 2020.
Match : Mumbai Indians(MI) vs Chennai Super Kings(CSK)
Venue: Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi
Toss Details: CSK won the toss and elected to bowl first
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MS Dhoni: Wanted to know if we can have a slip (in line with social distancing). Will bowl first. Late evening you get dew. Also to keep the wicket in good condition they water it, so it tends to be tacky at the start. Have the liberty during lockdown to spend time on yourself to keep fit. Have to applaud every member of the squad.
The first six days in quarantine is very difficult. Felt each individual used that time well and nobody was disappointed or frustrated. The practice facilities were very good. After the first 14 days, it was nice to get out. Being a gentleman’s game you don’t think about revenge (against MI). You think about the mistakes you made. Four overseas – Watto, Faf, Sam, and Lungi.
Rohit Sharma: Would’ve bowled first as well, gets better under lights. Have been here a few weeks, so understand conditions better. Before coming here, we had a camp in Mumbai. Also had quality practice out here in Abu Dhabi.
The key here will be to understand the conditions. Pitches for the practice matches will be similar to what we’ll get here. Ready to go. The way we’ve been playing cricket for the last couple of years has been good. All in all, we’ve had good preparation.
Now all about execution. Four overseas – Quinton, Pollard, Pattinson, Boult. NCN still not quite match fit with some niggles. Good opportunity for Pattinson who’s been bowling well for Australia.
Rohit Sharma(c), Quinton de Kock(w), Suryakumar Yadav, Saurabh Tiwary, Krunal Pandya, Hardik Pandya, Kieron Pollard, James Pattinson, Rahul Chahar, Trent Boult, Jasprit Bumrah.
Chennai Super Kings
Murali Vijay, Shane Watson, Faf du Plessis, Ambati Rayudu, Kedar Jadhav, MS Dhoni(w/c), Ravindra Jadeja, Sam Curran, Deepak Chahar, Piyush Chawla, Lungi Ngidi.
IPL 2020 MI vs CSK
Mumbai Indians Batting
Mumbai Indians skipper Rohit Sharma and Quinton de Kock, the dangerous left and right-hand batsmen combination get in the ground to lead the Mumbai Indians. For the yellow side, Deepak Chahar bowls the first over of the tournament.
Rohit Sharma hits the first ball towards the boundary from the Chahar with a single in the second ball and rotates the strike to Quinton. With a missed field by Murali, Vijay Quinton took 2 runs of the third ball.
After Chahar misses the line Quinton pushes the ball towards the boundary of the 4th ball of the first over. At the end of 1st over Mumbai Indians scored 12 runs without any wicket loss.
De Kock SR in Powerplay:
IPL 2019: 133.47 (16 inngs)
In T20s since 176.56 (17 inning’s
Young gun Sam Curran bowls the second over with a couple of dot balls at the first gave a boundary to Rohit Sharma when he bowls a ball outside the Stump. Mumbai Indians scored 19 runs at the end of the second over.
Deepak Chahar back to continue the bowling attack and bowled the tight deliveries as expected. Which didn’t stop De Kock where he pushes the 5th ball towards the boundary. Again a mis-field from Sam Curran and Mumbai Indians end up scoring 27 runs for 0 wicket loss.
Lungi Ngidi has been replaced by Sam Curran. With a single in the first ball, Rohit rotates the strike to De Kock. A South African to a South African and hit the ball towards the boundary.
De Kock has been aggressive in this over as he strikes triple boundaries and lifts Mumbai Indians to score 45 without loss. Ngidi with a bit of line missing gave 2 wides in the over.
After a rain of boundaries from the last 4 overs, MS Dhoni made the Spin to get in. Yes! its unbelievable Chawla bowls his first over for Chennai Super Kings.
Rohit Sharma faces a little bit of struggle from the leg spinner. Soon got dismissed by Chawla by giving a simple catch to Sam Curran.
Suryakumar Yadav gets in the strike to join hands with de Kock. With a little bit of mess in CSK’s fielding Mumbai Indians scored 48 runs for a wicket loss at the end of 5 over.
Sam Curran took the dangerous wicket. De Kock loss his wicket to Sam Curran after scoring just 33 runs. At the end of 6th over Mumbai Indians scored 51 runs for 2 wicket loss at the end of the powerplay.
All-rounder Jadeja came into the attack. With a boundary from Surya Kumar Yadav, Mumbai Indians scored 60 runs for 2 wicket loss at the end of the 7th over.
Sam Curran comes into attack where SuryaKumar Yadav gets himself a boundary in the 4 the delivery of the over. At the end of 8th over Mumbai Indians scored 68 runs for 2 wicket loss.
Jadeja continues to attack. An impressive sixer from Tiwary, the first six of the tournament of the second ball of the over. CSK still struggles to make a good fielding as Ngidi misses a ball to score a single run.
At the end of the over Mumbai Indians scored 83 runs for 2 wicket loss as Jadeja gave 15 runs in the over.
Piyush Chawla backs in the attack. Mumbai Indians start to play a steady game after losing 2 wickets. With a controlled over from leg spinner, Mumbai Indians have restricted to score only 3 runs. MI scored 86 runs for 2 wicket loss.
Deepak Chahar backs in the attack. Chahar already gave 21 runs in 2 over so is in commitment to restrict the over. Chahar finally dismissed Surya Kumar Yadav for 17 runs. At the end of the over Mumbai Indians scored 92 runs for 3 wicket loss.
The most awaited batsman Hardik Pandya comes into the strike and faces Jadeja. Pandya has left the International and national games due to a back injury during the match.
Soon moved the third ball to a six – a massive blow from Hardik. The aggressive man is back by proving himself by hitting the very next ball to another six.
Mumbai Indians scored 105 runs for 3 wicket loss and moves past 100 runs after an impressive couple of sixes from Hardik.
Ngidi came into the attack. Saurabh Tiwary hits back to back boundaries in the over. The over ends as expensive as Ngidi gave 11 runs off the over. Mumbai Indians scored 116 runs for 3 wicket loss.
Chawla backs in attack and CSK is in need to break the partnership to restrict the run flow. Again a missed field from M Vijay as the single run turns as 2 run ball. In the 3rd ball of the over CSK made an appeal for DRS and lose the review.
At the end of the over Mumbai Indians scored 121 runs for 3 wicket loss.
Jadeja came into the attack and with an impressive ball lifts Saurabh Tiwary for 42 runs. An out preformed catch from Faf du Plessis at the boundary line.
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Jadeja to Hardik Pandya, out Caught by du Plessis!!. Again the man with magic took an impressive wicket of dangerous man Hardik Pandya. Two catches from du Plessis at the same boundary position. Mumbai Indians scored 126 runs at the end of the over with 5 wicket loss.
Chawla came into the attack. With a big man on strike, Mumbai Indians scored 136 runs for 5 wicket loss. Kieron Pollard and Krunal Pandya remain infield for the Mumbai Indians side.
Ngidi backs in the attack. An impressive catch from MS Dhoni to dismiss Krunal Pandya for 3 runs.
James Pattinson gets in the ground to join hands with Pollard. Murali Vijay looks a little bit clumsy on his fielding as he keeps on making misfielding which could cost the run at the end of the match.
Mumbai Indians scored 140 runs for 6 wicket loss at the end of the over.
Sam Curran backs in the attack. Mumbai Indians feel a lit bit confident in boosting the runs as Pollard remains in a strike for Mumbai Indians. Pattinson picks his first boundary of the tournament in the second ball of the over.
The big man strikes the fourth ball towards an impressive boundary. CSK seeks a better way to dismiss the man in form from CPL. At the end of the over Mumbai Indians scored 151 runs for 6 wicket loss.
Ngidi bowls his last over of the match. Without any disappointment, Ngidi dismissed Kieron Pollard for 18 runs. Again a sloppy fielding from Chahar as he turns a couple of runs to a boundary.
But soon Ngidi took his 3rd wicket of the match by dismissing James Pattinson for 11 runs. Faf du Plessis makes his 3rd catch of the match to make Ngidi secure his third wicket. At the end of the over Mumbai Indians scored 156 runs for 8 wicket loss.
Chahar gets in to bowl the last over of the match. Trent Boult lost his wicket while trying to make a big shot on his first ball of the match. Jasprit Bumrah joins hand with Rahul Chahar for the final wicket and moves Mumbai Indians to score 162 runs for 9 wicket loss.
Chennai Super Kings batsman gets in-ground with a target of 163 runs to chase down. Shane Watson and M Vijay get in the crease. Trent Boult starts the attack on behalf of the Mumbai Indians.
Trent Boult bowled to Vijay. Shane Watson breaks the hope of many CSK fans by dismissing them in the first over. CSK scores 5 runs for 1 wicket loss at the end of the over.
Shane Watson in Powerplay since IPL 2019:
Pattinson came into the attack. CSK lost its another opener, Murali Vijay, at the end of the second over. Faf du Plessis was asking him to opt for the review, but Vijay thinks otherwise and decides to walk back. CSK scored 6 runs for 2 wickets lost.
Boult backs to attack. Ambati Rayudu gets in the crease and joins hand with Fa du Plessis. CSK is in need to make a strong partnership to ensure their win in the first match of the tournament.
With a boundary from du Plessis CSK scored 12 runs for 2 wicket loss at the end of the over.
Pattinson gets in the attack. This duo seems to make the much-needed partnership and thus picks the loss ball for big shots. At the end of the over CSK scored 19 runs for 2 wicket loss.
Ambati Rayudu in IPL 2019:
Boult backs in the attack. CSK still struggles to make big moves as they don’t have any left-handed batsman in their top order players. With a quality shot from Rayudu CSK secure a boundary of the first ball. CSK scored 23 runs at the end of the over.
The Yorker specialist Bumrah gets in the crease. Faf seems to have a bit of struggling in batting and seeks for a perfect shot to move the team forward to the target. With a massive six from a free hit due to a no-ball in the last delivery, CSK moves forward to 37 runs for 2 wicket loss.
Krunal Pandya – Left-arm orthodox – comes into the attack. Without any big strikes in this over CSK ended up scoring 43 runs for 2 wicket loss. Mumbai Indians scored 60 runs at this stage for the same 2 wicket loss. The required run-rate has been raised to a peak of 9.13 per over.
Rahul Chahar comes into the attack. A new change from MI skipper Rohit Sharma. Ambati Rayudu and Faf du Plessis are in pressure to build the much-needed partnership.
A wonderful strike from faf and somehow manages to reach the boundary at last. CSK scored 51 runs for 2 wicket loss at the end of the over.
Krunal Pandya backs in the attack. du Plessis with a single rotates the strike to Rayudu who is a spin specialist. A missed field from Mumbai Indians where Chahar drops the catch of Rayudu, a player who should dismiss much earlier.
With a single in every ball, CSK scored 58 runs for 2 wicket loss at the end of the over.
Rahul Chahar backs to attack. With a couple of misfields which costs a couple of boundary for Mumbai Indians. At the end of 10th over CSK scored 70 for 2 wicket loss.
Krunal Pandya comes in the attack. As usual, du Plessis with a single in the first ball rotates the strike to spin specialist. Without disappointing Rayudu makes an impressive boundary. At the end of the 11th over CSK scored 81 runs for 2 wicket loss.
Bumrah gets in the attack. Mumbai Indians seek all possibilities ti break the partnership. Bumrah – one of the finest bowler puts his effort to break the partnership. Rayudu smashed a boundary done the wicket and secured his half-century.
The first Half-century of the IPL 2020 – the name was bagged by Rayudu. At the end of 12 the over CSK scored 88 for 2 wicket loss.
Rahul Chahar gets in the attack. In the absence of Raina and disappointment from CSK openers, Faf and Rayudu are in pressure to bags the needed runs. With an impressive boundary from Rayudu CSK ladders to 99 runs at the end of 13th over.
Pattinson backs to attack. With a steady strike from CSK players, the team score has been hiked to 105 runs for 2 wicket loss after Pattinson gave 6 runs off the over.
Hardik Pandya gets in the crease. Hardik gets in bowling after a long gap and Mumbai Indians expect him to be the game-changer. But noting stops CSK players as faf makes an impressive shot where the ball stops at the boundary line making it as four runs.
A big appeal from the Mumbai Indians for a run out when Rayudu rushes to the striker’s end. But CSK fans prayer has been answered and Rayudu stays in the crease. At the end of the 15th over CSK scored 116 runs for 2 wicket loss.
Rahul Chahar came into bowling. A change in bowling style as its seen in the first time aa a leg spinner come across the umpire to bowl. The change in style has given the expected break in partnership.
Finally, Rayudu loses his wicket for 71 runs to Chahar and walks to Pavillion. At the end of the over CSK scored 121 runs off 3 wicket loss.
Pattinson backs in the attack. Everyone expects MS Dhoni to get in the crease as it is his style to play the last few crucial overs. But Jadeja entry is based on the idea of left and right batsman combo.
du Plessis catch has been dropped after a long run by skipper Rohit Sharma. Jadeja strikes a four at the 4 the ball of the over. CSK scored 134 runs for 3 wicket loss.
Krunal Pandya backs in the attack. Not much-expected move from skipper Hitman. Jadeja loses his wicket on the first ball from Krunal Pandya. Again a twist from the CSK team still, Dhoni awaits in the pavilion.
Sam Curran enters the crease while fans expect MS Dhoni to make the move. Sam Curran hits an impressive six and boundary in back to back balls the wind seems to change in favor of CSK. At the end of the over CSK scored 147 runs for 4 wicket loss.
Bumrah backs to attack. With 16 needed from 12 runs, Sam Curran hit a un believable six wich makes the chase looks easier. But soon lose his wicket in the next ball and walks pavilion for 18 runs of just 6 balls.
The much-awaited moment happens as Dhoni makes his way to the decrease. With a controlled bat work Faf du Plessis scored his 13th half-century.
A heartbreaking moment takes place when Dhoni has been given out for keeper caught. But soon MSD makes his review for DRS and retains his wicket.
Boult cames in attack for the last over. Faf without any delay makes the ball to hit the boundary. Which makes just a single to win the opening match of the IPL 2020 tournament. After 5 consecutive losses against Mumbai Indians, CSK won the match by 5 wickets.
Rohit Sharma | Losing captain: None of our batsmen carried on for us as du Plessis and Rayudu did for CSK. I think we were 85 in the first 10 overs. Credit to the CSK bowlers, they bowled well at the end to pull things back. Something for us to learn. Still early days.
We all want to start really well, it’s crucial in this tournament where momentum is important. Few things for us to learn from this game, we did make a few mistakes. Hopefully, we’ll rectify those and come out smarter in the next game.
We are used to people cheering for us, and we knew this (empty stands) was on the cards. Anyway, this is new normal, but I hope for a while and hope that things get better soon. We need to adapt to the pitches, it got better with the dew coming.
You need to hit the gaps and focus on that part of the game. The opposition can tie you down, it’s all about understanding what we need to do.
MS Dhoni | Winning captain: It doesn’t feel like a post-match presentation. We may practice enough but when you go on the field you need to assess the conditions and give it your best.
It took us time for the bowlers to find the right length on this pitch. Plenty of positives but still plenty of areas for us to improve. In the second half, there is a bit of movement until the dew sets in.
If you don’t lose wickets, you have the upper hand. These are the learnings. Rayudu had a wonderful partnership with Faf. Most of us are retired so luckily no injuries as well.
Player of the match
Ambati Rayudu: I kept training in the lockdown. It was a stop-start but I was really eager. When the dew came on batting became much easier. We practiced in Chennai which really helped and then in Dubai as well.