Chennai Super Kings made a resounding start to their Indian Premier League campaign beating defending champions Mumbai Indians in a thrilling contest. Chennai missed some key players including Dwyane Bravo; however, it didn’t stop them from winning. If reports are true, the Super Kings will continue to miss Bravo for one more game.
Incidentally, the West Indian all-rounder landed in the UAE after a successful CPL campaign with Trinbago Knight Riders. He picked up a niggle during the tournament and as a result, the Chennai management didn’t risk him playing. Notably. Bravo also didn’t bowl in the CPL 2020 final.
Bravo to miss one more game
CSK head coach Stephen Fleming confirmed that Dwayne Bravo will not be available for selection when CSK take on Rajasthan Royals in their next game on Tuesday. England all-rounder Sam Curran, who played in place Bravo grabbed the opportunity with both hands.
He contributed with both bat and the ball to put up his case for the coming games.
“Dwayne was injured so he is probably out for the first two games. But Sam’s performance was a big positive. His attitude is quite infectious. His performance today was quite outstanding. Straight off the plane yesterday,” said Fleming.
“If Dwayne was fit, it would have been a toss-up if he [Curran] had played at all. So he has taken this opportunity and put some pressure on,” he added.
Meanwhile, speaking about the game, batting first, Mumbai Indians could only manage 162 runs despite a good start. Chennai pulled the brakes in the second half picking seven wickets and keeping their hard-hitters off the radar.
In a contrast, Chennai Super Kings had the worst possible start losing two wickets for just six runs. But Ambati Rayudu and Faf du Plessis shared a match-winning partnership to take them home. While Rayudu got out after a well-made 71, du Plessis ensured they go home safely with five wickets in hand.