156/6 (20)
136/8 (20)
Chennai Super Kings won by 20 runs.
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It was a night to remember for Ruturaj Gaikwad - one could well say that this was the coming of age for the young lad from Maharashtra. Yes, he has lit the IPL stage alight with some delightful showings but given the circumstances, this was a knock for the ages. And it was a knock that has got the Chennai Super Kings off to a good start as they've managed to pull one back over their arch rivals especially after a heart-breaking last-ball defeat during the India leg. This means that CSK have surged to the top of the points table now, edging ahead of Delhi Capitals on net run-rate. That should augur well for MS Dhoni and Co. after they were found wanting on these shores last season. As for the Mumbai Indians, their tryst with slow starts continues but what it means though is that they have as many wins as losses and there is a sizeable gap now between them and the top three on the table. They will hope for Rohit Sharma and Hardik Pandya to regain fitness at the earliest and rejoin the playing XI ahead of their next game.
Ruturaj Gaikwad (Player of the Match): One of my top innings until now because the pressure we were in with all the senior batters back in the Pavilion, I had to grind it out and give myself time. I tried to get towards 120-130 and then suddenly 140 was possible. When Mahi bhai is there around and everybody in the CSK management backs you, they don't make you feel anything. You have to back yourself and be in a positive mind space. The preparation before coming here was really good as well. (Plan against spin?) Initially the ball had seam and swing movement but I had to take my chances against the spinners. The spinners had to bowl three or four overs and with Jaddu just coming in, I had to take my chance. (On dropping de Kock while on the field) Quinton was taking charge and a drop at that stage could have been crucial. Thanks to Deepak - he got him out soon.
MS Dhoni (Chennai Super Kings Captain): At 30/4 you want to at that point of time get as many as possible. Rutu and Bravo got us slightly more than what we had expected. We had to bat exceptionally well to get 140 but to get close to 160 was a tremendous effort. It was slightly two-paced. The batters didn't get out to swing or seam. The ball was on the slower side and they got out playing their shots. In the shortest format you want to go hard. We lost a couple of wickets to that and then lost Ambati Rayudu too. (What would he have done at that stage?) I would have batted slightly longer and then targeted the right bowler. We also bat really deep. If you lose one or two too many at that stage then it would have been game over though. You could always question whether we could have gone slightly harder with Deepak and Shardul as well to come but that was a catch for us. (Thoughts on MI suddenly feeding spin to them?) It was a give and take - you also need to see how many fast bowlers you have in your armory and how long they take to finish their overs. If someone has a slightly longer run up or wastes more time it becomes tougher - especially with the heat as well. So that's a call that has to be taken based on the situation. (Update on Rayudu's injury?) He was smiling so it was not broken. The next four days will help - if it isn't broken, then enough icing should help.
The end result shows a comprehensive victory for the Chennai Super Kings but believe us when we say that they had to toil hard for it! From a score of 24/4, they soared towards a total of 156 courtesy Ruturaj Gaikwad's masterful unbeaten 88 and a quickfire blitz from Dwayne Bravo.

Setting out in pursuit of 157, Quinton de Kock was off the blocks in typical fashion as he took a liking to Josh Hazlewood in particular. He was struck dead in front though with Deepak Chahar providing the crucial breakthrough upon a successful review. Anmolpreet Singh brought out some extravagant pick up shots and seemed to show no nerves for a man on debut. One attempt too many off a Chahar knuckle ball though castled him before an excellent Faf du Plessis catch the next over saw the back of Suryakumar Yadav as MI lost three wickets inside the Powerplay.

With three down in the Powerplay, a period of quiet consolidation followed with Saurabh Tiwary looking in excellent touch. Dwayne Bravo prized out the wicket of Ishan Kishan though as he chipped one straight into the hands of Suresh Raina at short cover. Kieron Pollard took off immediately though as he pumped Ravindra Jadeja well over wide mid-on.

That was exactly when an inspired bowling change - one of many right calls from skipper MS Dhoni - saw Josh Hazlewood nip one back in to trap Kieron Pollard dead in front. A horrendous call from Krunal Pandya saw his downfall in the form of a run-out and things went completely pear-shaped for the defending champions.

Saurabh Tiwary took it deep and brought out odd boundary while Adam Milne too clubbed a towering six over wide mid-off. All of this after a mix-up between Dhoni and Bravo saw Tiwary getting a life and some shoddy wides under pressure kept the game alive. Alas, it was too late for the Mumbai Indians with Tiwary's half-century deemed futile, as Bravo sealed the contest with a couple of wickets in the final over, to take the Super Kings atop the points table.

Deepak Chahar striking in the Powerplay has always been pivotal to CSK's chances with the ball and a double-strike from the medium pacer set the defense up perfectly. Shardul Thakur and Josh Hazlewood accounted for one apiece despite blowing hot and cold at different phases of the game. Dwayne Bravo marked his 100th game for CSK with three of his own as he nailed his slower deliveries and yorkers to perfection. And not to forget the three tidy overs from Moeen Ali that was pivotal to keeping the Mumbai Indians batters on a leash. That with some good fielding and impeccable field placements on the part of MS Dhoni capped off a happy ending for the Super Kings on the night!
Dwayne Bravo (Chennai Super Kings): It's a good feeling. Against Mumbai, it's almost like a final. Toughest team in the IPL. To start our campaign like this in the first game is good. I just tried to protect myself towards the last phase of the CPL and get stronger. I had just one practice session here and I was feeling good. I was happy that I got through four overs and I hope to do it again. Obviously now I bat lower down the order with the batting lineup of CSK going way down. If I get 12 balls I try to capitalize on it and if I get 11 overs I try to make the most of that. It's just about holding my shape. If I can make a difference in 5 balls I am happy. He (Ruturaj) was a star for us last season and has been superb this season. Happy to see him pick up from where he left off in the first half. He has a big aptitude for runs and it showed today.
Kieron Pollard (Mumbai Indians Captain): These things happen in cricket. We must have got a partnership. I thought Ruturaj batted really well and when you lose a wicket up front, one guy has to bat deep and he did that really well. We have to go back and have a look at it. In my opinion, we gave them many extra runs with some bad deliveries in the middle and at the death. Excellent wicket - the seamers got a lot out of it and we wanted to continue that momentum through. We weren't able to. We could have learnt from them and come back in the middle overs with the bat. Losing three wickets in the Powerplay was a cardinal sin. He batted well and was there till the end but when you lose wickets in the Powerplay it makes it tough in the end. Some soft dismissals as well which we should work upon - still six games to go in the competition though.
Bravo has sealed a perfect night for himself with a brilliant last over! A crucial cameo with the bat, wickets aplenty with the ball and he has made his 100th outing for CSK memorable indeed. Chennai Super Kings beat Mumbai Indians by 20 runs!
136 /8 score
cricket bat icon Saurabh Tiwary
50 (40)
cricket bat icon Jasprit Bumrah *
1 (2)
cricket ball icon Dwayne Bravo
3 /25
19.6 Dwayne Bravo to Jasprit Bumrah, slower delivery on a full length on leg stump. Bumrah comes forward and flicks that one towards short mid wicket for just a single. CSK WIN by 20 runs!
19.5 Dwayne Bravo to Jasprit Bumrah, top yorker on middle and off stump. Bumrah picks up the length just in time and jams the ball into his boot. That might have been the normal pace delivery!
Jasprit Bumrah, RHB, makes his way to the crease. He will take strike.
That is that! Rohit Sharma's sullen expression in the Mumbai Indians camp sums it up. Just the formalities remain now at Dubai!
19.4 Dwayne Bravo to Rahul Chahar, OUT! THREE FOR BRAVO! ANOTHER MSD FIELD PLACEMENT WORKS A CHARM! Slower delivery on a full length on middle and off stump. Chahar goes deep into his crease and slogs at it. He only gets it as far as a straight short mid wicket, where Raina pouches the catch and consigns Chahar to a golden duck!
8th IPL half-century for Saurabh Tiwary but alas, it is too late unless Bravo spears a few extras here. The game is surely in the bag now for the Super Kings.
19.3 Dwayne Bravo to Saurabh Tiwary, excellent yorker outside off stump. Tiwary comes down the track and squeezes the ball down the ground towards mid off for a single. That should be that!
Tiwary crossed over to the striker's end. This has to go!
Rahul Chahar, RHB, makes his way to the crease. He will be at the non-striker's end.
Second wicket for Bravo and that is a timely breakthrough for the Super Kings. It brings Tiwary back on strike for the final four deliveries but it is a dot ball which is gold dust at this stage.
19.2 Dwayne Bravo to Adam Milne, OUT! BRAVO HAS TWO! Slower delivery on a back of a length on off stump and Milne has a good-old swipe at it. He is too early into the stroke though and arrows it straight to the fielder stationed at deep mid wicket, who makes no mistake and hammers another nail into the Mumbai Indians' coffin!
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