Chennai Super Kings won the first match of IPL by defeating Mumbai Indians.
The Indian Premier League, a franchise-based cricket tournament, has started. Chennai Super Kings defeated defending champions Mumbai Indians by 5 wickets in the first match of the IPL today (September 19). After losing the toss, Mumbai Indians scored 162 runs for the loss of 9 wickets in 20 overs. In reply, Chennai Super Kings lost 5 wickets in 19.3 overs and reached the victory port.
Mumbai Indians got off to a great start after losing the toss in the opening match at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi today. In the opening match, Rohit Sharma and Quinton de Kock made 46 off 26 balls. But he broke the continuity and lost Rohit (12 off 10 balls) and De Kock (33 off 20 balls) in two consecutive overs.
However, in the third wicket, Sourav Tiwary and Suryakumar Yadav (18 off 16 balls) handled the pressure. But in the 15th over, the pair pushed again. Two batsmen fell victim to Rabindra Jadeja in one over.
In the spin of this Indian spinner, Sourav returned with 42 runs from 31 balls, 3 boundaries and 1 six and was caught by Du Plessis. Hardik Pandia, who hit 14 off 10 balls with two big sixes, was also dismissed after three balls. Then Lungi Engidi showed surprise with the ball. After Krunal Pandya (3 off 3 balls), the Proteas pacer has returned Kieron Pollard (18 off 14 balls), Mumbai's last hope of batting. He also picked up James Pattins (11 off 7 balls).
In reply, Chennai Super Kings lost two openers in the first two overs. Shane Watson returned to the pavilion with 4 runs in the first over of Trent Bolt. In the next over, Pattinson led Murali Vijay to the pavilion with 1 run. Chennai Super Kings lost 2 wickets for 6 runs.
However, after that, two batsmen Ambati Rayudu and Faf du Plessis continued to attack the Mumbai Indians bowlers. Ambati Rayudu picked up the first half century of the tournament with 33 balls. From 8 runs, these two teams dragged up to 121 runs. Ambati Rayudu was dismissed for 61 off 48 balls with three sixes and six fours off Chahar's delivery.
Rabindra Jadeja was dismissed for 10 off 134 runs by Kunal Pandya. Towards the end, Shyam Quran batted in a devastating manner. He scored 16 off 7 balls before being bowled by Jaspreet Bhomra.
But Faf du Plessis held the helm alone from the other end. Faf du Plessis picked up his first half century of the tournament with 42 balls. This was his 13th half century in the IPL. Faf du Plessis left the field unbeaten with 56 runs off 44 balls.