3) MS Dhoni's move to promote Ravindra Jadeja and Sam Curran ahead of him
Chennai Super Kings were cruising at 121-2, requiring 42 runs off the last 4.1 overs with 8 wickets in hand. However, Mumbai Indians seemed to make a comeback in the game when Rahul Chahar took a brilliant running catch off his own bowling to dismiss Rayudu.
Everyone expected CSK skipper MS Dhoni to walk out to bat and take CSK home. However, Dhoni sent left-handed Ravindra Jadeja at No.5. Jadeja was sent in to score some quick runs and he did so by smashing 2 boundaries in an over of James Pattinson. After Jadeja was dismissed for 10 off 5 balls, all eyes were on Dhoni to come and finish the IPL game.
However, he sent young Sam Curran ahead of him to break open the chase. Still needing 29 runs off 17 balls, it was anyone's game. Sam Curran smashed a full toss from Krunal Pandya over mid wicket for a maximum. The very next ball, he smashed a boundary over the covers.
With 16 runs needed off 12 balls, the only hope for Mumbai Indians was a magcial over from Jasprit Bumrah. But Curran hit the first ball of Bumrah's over for a six over mid wicket and brought the equation down to less than a run a ball. Although he was dismissed off the very next delivery, his 18 runs of 6 balls paved the way for an easy CSK win. Thus MS Dhoni had played yet another masterstroke by promoting Jadeja and Curran ahead of him.
Ambati Raydu was adjudged the Man of the Match for his match-winning knock of 71. Here were his thoughts:
"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."
The Chennai Super Kings will now face the Rajasthan Royals on September 22nd while the Mumbai Indians will face the Kolkata Knight Riders on September 23rd at Abu Dhabi.