Indian Premier League, 2020
Venue: Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi
Date & Time: 19 September 2020
RR: 8.58 | Chennai Super Kings beat Mumbai Indians by 5 wickets
Now then! We waited for it and we've got underway! A fine game of cricket! Now, we move to match no. 2 of the Indian T20 League. It will be KL Rahul-led Punjab who will take on Delhi, led by Shreyas Iyer. That game promises to be an exciting contest as well. The action will begin on Sunday at 1800 local (1400 GMT). We will love your company for that game too. Until then, goodbye and take care!
Right! Chennai finally go past the challenge of Mumbai after 5 failed attempts in a row! The monkey is off their back and they will be really happy with the result. Mumbai, on the other hand, have always been called as the late starter but one would assume they would want to forget this game and do better in their second game.
Ambati Rayudu is named the Player of the Match for his fine batting performance! Rayudu starts by telling that he trained hard in the lockdown. Mentions they practiced in Chennai before coming here and that helped them as well. Feels the surface was really good. However, adds that it was doing a bit at the start but dew came and it got settled.
MS Dhoni, Chennai's skipper, cracks a joke - saying that it does not look like a post-match presentation, with the distancing and all! Says that his bowlers took a bit of time to settle as the Mumbai batsmen were stroking well. Adds that if one does not lose wickets till the Powerplay, the dew sets in and it works to the batters' advantage. Jokingly says that he is happy that his players haven't faced any injuries as he says all are old and almost of a retired age. Dhoni believes that it is important for youngsters to be guided by the seniors in the Indian T20 League and the good presence of the latter in the League helps the same to be achieved. States that at some point, people like Jadeja need to be promoted up the order to give them a chance and also to intimidate the opposition bowlers. He says that it is more of a tactical move. Dhoni further goes on to say that it has been an amazing job by the organizers to make such a large tournament to start off even amidst such times. He says that all the practice facilities have been exceptional, even though the franchises have been charged for the same.
Sam Curran has been caught for a quick chat. He starts by saying that it is very different here but adds he has been in the bio-bubble for a while so he knows how it feels. Tells that he met a few of the teammates on the team bus only as he landed just two days ago and hardly got time to think much. On him coming ahead of Dhoni, Curran says that he didn't expect that but feels Dhoni is a genius and he surely had some thought behind the decision.
Rohit Sharma, Mumbai's skipper, says that none of their batsmen carried on from the starts that they got, highlighting the way du Plessis and Rayudu played. Credits the Chennai bowlers for bowling well and keeping the Mumbai batsmen guessing all the while. Admits that these are early days but once again credits Chennai for bowling well. Says that it is important to start in a tournament well but adds again that there are a lot of learning from this game. On the fans, Sharma knew that nobody would be in the stadiums and that the organizers did well to create other special effects for a near-resemblance. Believes that this is the new normal and that everyone needs to adapt to the same. Rohit says that his players needed to adapt to situations at play which they could not.
Earlier in the game, after winning the toss, Chennai asked Mumbai to bat first. Mumbai had a decent start but Chennai bowlers made a fine comeback to force Mumbai on the back foot towards the end with wickets at regular intervals. Apart from Saurabh Tiwary and Quinton de Kock, none of the batters for Mumbai got going and they eventually were stopped to a low total on this wicket. All the Chennai bowlers who bowled got at least a wicket to their name. A couple of them were taken for a few but they made a fine comeback. Ngidi ended with a 3-fer and he was well supported by Chahar and Curran. The spinners did their bit as well, even though Jadeja went for plenty and credit for his two wickets is due to du Plessis, for taking two blinders at long on.
When your main weapon gets smashed for runs, it's always difficult for the team to defend. Exactly what happened in this game. Yes, Jasprit Bumrah looked really rusty and wasn't nailing his yorkers. He gave away 43 in his 4 overs. The start though for Mumbai was superb, with the two new recruits, Boult and Pattinson doing really well in the first 5 overs. However, once Rayudu and du Plessis got themselves in, the bowlers found it tough to break the stand. The fielding from Mumbai wasn't the best either and that surely didn't help their cause.
Chennai lost their openers in the first two openers but Rayudu along with Faf du Plessis added 115 for the third wicket with Rayudu taking the charge of scoring the runs quickly and Faf calmly played the second fiddle. When Rayudu fell, one would've thought for some tricky situation but Dhoni promoted Sam Curran ahead of himself and Jadhav and it turned out a masterstroke as he slammed 18 off just 6 balls to take them closer. Eventually, Faf stayed till the end, completing his half ton and taking the team home.
What a professional run chase from Chennai! They have broken the jinks against Mumbai. After making a fine comeback with the ball towards the end, they went to the break with momentum. They were thumped early on but the experienced duo of Rayudu and du Plessis combined to take the team home! A brilliant start of the tournament for the yellow brigade.
Trent Boult to bowl the final over. Chennai need 5 to win the game. They are just a hit away. Do we have any twist in this game?
Dhoni takes the review! It is to review an on-field decision against him as he was declared out caught! And he gets it reversed in his favour! There is no edge there, as confirmed by Ultra Edge!
Will MS walk out, finally? Yes, he has walked out to the crease now! Can he finish it off in style, as he has done innumerable times in the past?
Jasprit Bumrah is back into the attack. Can he do something special to swing the game back into his side's favour?
Will we see MS Dhoni now? No, he will keep us all guessing. It is Sam Curran who has walked out to bat.
Krunal Pandya is back on. 3-0-24-0 from him so far.
Ravindra Jadeja is the new man in. He gets a promotion in the batting order. James Pattinson is back on as well. He will bowl out here.
8 runs off the over so far! Can Chennai squeeze in another boundary?
Strategic break! Chennai are running away with the game at the moment with Rayudu is full swing. He has an able partner in Faf du Plessis who is rotating the strike superbly. Mumbai needs a couple of wickets quickly if they are to put some pressure on Chennai. The Mumbai bowlers right now look clueless against the duo. Rohit has turned to Bumrah for the wicket. He hasn't looked at his best so far. Let's see if he can deliver for his skipper.
James Pattinson got a wicket in his first over earlier. Can he break this partnership?
Jasprit Bumrah is back into the attack. Went for 14 in the first over.
Strategic Time-Out! Terrific start this from Mumbai, they have put Chennai on the back foot. 2 quick wickets earlier and also a plug on the scoring rate and Chennai are finding the going difficult. However, du Plessis and Rayudu seem well settled now and will look to up the ante. Mumbai meanwhile will look to cash in on that to snare further wickets. Will they have it their way post the break or will Chennai start making a serious move now? We'll find out shortly...
Rahul Chahar to bowl now. He had a terrific last season for Mumbai. He will look to repeat the same once again.
Krunal Pandya is into the attack.
Jasprit Bumrah is introduced into the attack. Can he nail another wicket for Mumbai?
Ambati Rayudu walks out to bat now for Chennai.
Who will walk out to bat at No.3 for Chennai? Faf du Plessis it is. James Pattinson to bowl from the other end.
We are ready for the run chase! Mumbai players are in a huddle as the Chennai openers get ready to stride out. The players now are off to take their positions in the field. Shane Watson strides out to the middle to open the innings along with Murali Vijay. Trent Boult, the new addition to Mumbai, will start with the ball. And the umpire says play and we are off...