After a horror start, Chennai Super Kings fought back to beat Mumbai Indians on IPL's resumption in UAE. Catch highlights here.
Chennai Super Kings
Chennai Super Kings win by 20 runs
Three-time champions Chennai Super Kings (CSK) defeated holders Mumbai Indians by 20 runs at Dubai as Indian Premier League (IPL) resumed on Sunday. Defending 156/6, MS Dhoni & Co restricted Mumbai to 136/8 despite a fighting knock from Saurabh Tiwary (50 off 40). Pacers Deepak Chahar, Josh Hazlewood, Shardul Thakur, Dwayne Bravo produced the goods after young opener Ruturaj Gaikwad (88 off 58) helped CSK post a fighting total. In the end, it turned out to be a one-sided clash. Opting to bat first, Chennai got off to a horror start, losing four wickets for 24 runs in six overs. Gaikwad and Ravindra Jadeja (26 off 33) then revived the innings before Bravo's finishing touch (23 off 8). The win helped CSK move to the top spot with 12 points, ahead of Delhi Capitals, thanks to better net run rate. Both the teams have played eight matches each. Mumbai are fourth with eight points from eight matches. Royal Challengers Bangalore are third (10 from seven matches).
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Pyrrhic victory [fifty] for Saurabh Tiwary (48 off 38). Dwayne Bravo with the final over. And wickets, those of Adam Milne (15 off 15) and Rahul Chahar (0 off 1).
Chennai Super Kings won by 20 runs. MI - 136/8 (20); CSK - 156/6
Onus on Saurabh Tiwary (48 off 38) as Mumbai need 24 off 6. Adam Milne (15 off 14) is giving him company. MI - 133/6 (19); CSK - 156/6
Meanwhile, RCB have confirmed that Virat Kohli will step down as captain.
29 runs and two wickets in the last five overs. Saurabh Tiwary (33 off 30) and Adam Milne (3 off 4) are unbeaten for Mumbai. They need 53 in 24. MI - 104/6 (16); CSK - 156/6
Mumbai in big trouble. Krunal Pandya (4 off 5) pays the price for trying to steal a non-existent run. Run out. MI - 94/6 (14.4); CSK - 156/6
Bowling change and Josh Hazlewood traps Kieron Pollard (15 off 14) in front. Mumbai also waste a review. Three reds. MI - 87/5 (13.1); CSK - 156/6
Saurabh Tiwary (24 off 22) and Keiron Pollard (15 off 13) keep the chase alive. Mumbai need another 70 from 42 balls. MI - 87/4 (13); CSK - 156/6
Keiron Pollard (4 off 4) hits Dwayne Bravo for a four to open his account. MI - 62/4 (10); CSK - 156/6
Dwayne Bravo strikes in his first over. Ishan Kishan (11 off 10) hits straight to Suresh Raina. MI - 58/4 (9.2); CSK - 156/6
Saurabh Tiwary (6 off 6) and Ishan Kishan (3 off 3) need a good stand to keep the chase alive for Mumbai Indians. MI - 45/3 (7); CSK - 156/6
Shardul Thakur strikes. Suryakumar Yadav (3 off 7) is out. Faf du Plessis completes the ritual with a very good catch. MI - 37/3 (5.4); CSK - 156/6
Deepak Chahar rocks Mumbai Indians. Anmolpreet Singh (16 off 14), bowled. One run and a wicket. MI - 35/2 (5); CSK - 156/6
Josh Hazlewood shares the new ball with Deepak Chahar. Anmolpreet Singh hits Hazlewood for two fours and six in the 4th over. Suryakumar Yadav is Anmolpreet's new partner. MI - 34/1 (4); CSK - 156/6
Dhoni Review System (DRS) is back. CSK review and wicket for Deepak Chahar. Quinton de Kock (17 off 12), LBW. MI - 18/1 (2.2); CSK - 156/6
Deepak Chahar with the new ball. First ball to Quinton de Kock. And tidy first over. MI - 2/0 (1); CSK - 156/6
Get ready for Mumbai Indians' chase. Target is 157. MS Dhoni is seen giving a rousing talk to his teammates. BTW, Krishnappa Gowtham is coming on for Ambati Rayudu.
Quinton De Kock and Anmolpreet Singh to open for Mumbai Indians.
Ruturaj Gaikwad (88 off 58) played a heroic knock to help Chennai Super Kings post a fighting total of 156/6 against Mumbai Indians at Dubai as the IPL 2021 resumed on Sunday. Coming together tat 24/4, Gaikwad and Ravindra Jadeja (26 off 33) added 81 runs. Then, Dwayne Bravo hit 23 off 8. For the defending champions, Trent Boult and Adam Milne took two wickets each. Earlier, CSK skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni won the toss and opted to bat first. Kieron Pollard led Mumbai in the absence of regular skipper Rohit Sharma.
Ruturaj Gaikwad celebrates after reaching fifty during CSK vs MI match at Dubai on September 19, 2021. Photo - BCCI.
69 runs for two wickets in the last five overs. What a finish from CSK. Ruturaj Gaikwad returns unbeaten on 88 off 58. From 24/4 in 6 overs to 156/6 is sensational.
Jasprit Bumrah removes Dwyane Bravo (23 off 8). But the Windies all-rounder has done the damage. CSK - 144/6 (19.2)
24 runs from the penultimate over as Dwyane Bravo (21 off 6) and Ruturaj Gaikwad (78 off 55) milk Trent Boult. CSK - 141/5 (19)
Jasprit Bumrah breaks 81-run stand. Ravindra Jadeja (26 off 33) caught by Kieron Pollard. CSK - 105/5 (16.4)
74 runs in 60 for the fifth wicket as Ruturaj Gaikwad (56 off 44) and Ravindra Jadeja (26 off 32) take on Mumbai Indians. CSK - 98/4 (16)
Fifty with a four for Ruturaj Gaikwad (51 off 41). Six fours and one six. CSK - 93/4 (15.3)
50-run stand in 42 balls for Ruturaj Gaikwad (44 off 37) and Ravindra Jadeja (15 off 21). CSK - 74/4 (13)
Ravindra Jadeja (7 off 13) and Ruturaj Gaikwad (23 off 27) look to rebuild CSK innings. CSK - 44/4 (10)
Trent Boult takes a brilliant catch to send MS Dhoni (3 off 5) back. 2nd wicket for Adam Milne. CSK - 24/4 (6)
Trent Boult rocks Chennai Super Kings. Suresh Raina (4 off 6) caught by Rahul Chahar. Boult's figures: 2/4. CSK - 7/3 (3)
Adam Milne removes Moeen Ali (0 off 3). Caught by Saurabh Tiwary. CSK - 2/2 (1.3)
Trent Boult removes Faf du Plessis (0 off 3) for a duck. CSK - 1/1 (1)
Anmolpreet Singh makes his debut for Mumbai Indians. But the defending champions are without Rohit Sharma and Hardik Pandya.
MI: Quinton de Kock, Suryakumar Yadav, Ishan Kishan (wk), Anmolpreet Singh, Kieron Pollard (c), Saurabh Tiwary, Krunal Pandya, Adam Milne, Rahul Chahar, Jasprit Bumrah, Trent Boult;
CSK: Faf du Plessis, Ruturaj Gaikwad, Moeen Ali, Suresh Raina, Ambati Rayudu, MS Dhoni(w/c), Ravindra Jadeja, Dwayne Bravo, Shardul Thakur, Deepak Chahar, Josh Hazlewood.
Chennai Super Kings skipper MS Dhoni wins the toss and opts to bat first. Kieron Pollard leads Mumbai Indians in Rohit Sharma's absence.
Fitness concerns for Mumbai Indians skipper, Rohit Sharma. Meanwhile, Jasprit Bumrah is all set to play his 100th IPL match tonight.
Chennai Super Kings: Ruturaj Gaikwad, Moeen Ali, Suresh Raina, Ambati Rayudu, Ravindra Jadeja, Dwayne Bravo, MS Dhoni (c & wk), Shardul Thakur, Deepak Chahar, Imran Tahir, Lungi Ngidi.
Mumbai Indians: Rohit Sharma (c), Quinton de Kock (wk), Suryakumar Yadav, Ishan Kishan, Kieron Pollard, Hardik Pandya, Krunal Pandya, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Rahul Chahar, Trent Boult, Jasprit Bumrah.
The big boys of Indian Premier League will start the ball rolling in the second half in Dubai today. Former champions Chennai Super Kings (CSK) face off with Mumbai Indians (MI). The defending champions MI won a four-wicket thriller, courtesy Kieron Pollard's 34-ball 87, when the two teams met last. The MS Dhoni vs Rohit Sharma clash will grab some extra attention with the ICC T20 World Cup coming up next in UAE and Oman immediately after the IPL. Dhoni has been named 'mentor' of the Indian team while Rohit Sharma is the favourite to succeed Virat Kohli, who will step down as India's T20 skipper after the World Cup. Both teams have players who have been in action recently. The West Indians are coming off the Caribbean Premier League and the Indians recently played a Test series in England. Conditions, of course, will be different in UAE but the players will not be rusty. After Manchester and Rawalpindi, it is guaranteed that there will be cricket tonight and fun too for the fans who will come in for the first time in two years.
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