Mumbai Indians 165/4(Yadav 43, Krunal 41*, Kishan 40 )
Chennai Super Kings 169/9 in 19.5( Bravo 68, Jadhav 24*; Markande 3-23 & Hardik 3-24)
⭐MOtM : Dwayne Bravo
The Mumbai-Chennai rivalry lived up to the hype as the two teams served a humdinger of a game to begin the IPL with a bang. CSK looked down and out before a Bravo masterclass and Jadhav's final over heroics got them over the line.
After being put into bat, MI got off to a poor start, losing both their openers in the powerplay. The CSK new ball duo of Shane Watson and Deepak Chahar got the ball to shape away and kept the scoring rate low. Ishan Kishan and Suryakumar Yadav injected some urgency with some eye-catching strokes and added 70 runs for the 3rd wicket in 8.2 overs. After the duo departed, the Pandya brothers united to prop up the Mumbai total to 165. Hardik(22*) played 2nd fiddle to elder brother Krunal who took a liking to Mark Wood's poor death bowling. The uncapped allrounder struck 5 fours and 2 sixes in his 22-ball-41.
On a pitch that seemed a tad slow, Mumbai would've been reasonably happy at the break with their total.
Rahul Sharma, Karn Sharma, Rashid Khan, Pravin Tambe - a list of leggies who have managed to surprise batsmen in the IPL. Mumbai Indians seem to have unearthed another wrist spinning gem in Mayank Markande to add to the list. The 20-year-old who was spoken highly of by Rohit Sharma at the toss bowled with unerring accuracy and dismantled the CSK middle order.
After Hardik Pandya picked up two wickets, a 3 wicket burst from rookie Markande broke the back of the opposition. Markande's proclivity to bowl more googlies than conventional legspinners at a perfect length troubled even the right handers as both MSD & Ambatti Rayudu were trapped LBW. At one stage (105/7 in 15overs), it looked like it was only a matter of time MI wrapped up the win, but Dwayne Bravo had other plans. Paying no heed to the procession of wickets at the other end, he brought his team back into contention with a flurry of big hits. He first scored 20 runs off the 18th over bowled by McClenaghan and then carted 4 sixes off Bumrah in the penultimate over to bring the equation down to 7 runs from 7 deliveries. However, he fell off the final ball of Bumrah's spell and that left the match at a knife's edge - 7 runs 6 balls and 1 wicket in hand. An injured Kedhar Jadhav returned to the crease and played out 3 dot balls. Undettered under pressure and not being put off by a wildly expressive Imran Tahir at the other end, he then went down on one knee and scooped the ball for a six over fineleg and the drove through the covers next ball, to seal a memorable win.
CSK next play KKR at home.
MI next play away at SRH.