Chennai Super Kings got to a winning start in IPL 2020 courtesy their 5-wicket win over arch-rivals Mumbai Indians. After losing early wickets in the first two overs in their chase, Ambati Rayudu (71) and Faf Du Plessis (58*) stitched a 115-run stand to help Chennai end a five-match losing streak against Mumbai Indians. The Mumbai Indians vs Chennai Super Kings Rivalry thus kept upto its reputation by providing their fans a close finish.
MI newcomers Trent Boult and James Pattinson broke through in their respective first overs to give the home team (Mumbai Indians) the advantage in this Mumbai Indians vs Chennai Super Kings match up. However, the century stand between Rayudu and Du Plessis negated te early threat posed by Mumbai on Chennai.
Earlier MS Dhoni won the toss and elected to field first in the Mumbai Indians vs Chennai Super Kings contest. MI had a good start as they scored 51 in the powerplay. Two quick wickets of the openers then shifted the momentum in Chennai’s favour.
MI Lost 7/64 in the Middle Overs
Mumbai then lost seven wickets for 64 runs as they ended up with 162/9 in their 20 overs. Very unlikely Saurabh Tiwary top-scored for Mumbai Indians with 43 to his name. Skipper Rohit Sharma was dismissed for just 12. Quinton De Kock scored 33. There were no other valuable contributions from the other batters.
Mumbai Indians have lost the opening match of their IPL campaign since 2012 and this was their sixth straight loss in the UAE. MI lost five matches on the bounce in 2014 and added another one to the tally by losing the opening game of IPL 2020. The Mumbai Indians vs Chennai Super Kings head to head now stands at 13-18 after Chennai’s win. For Chennai, it was a conjugated bowing effort with Deepak Chahar and Ravindra Jadeja taking two wickets each. Lungi Ngidi took three wickets in his spell after his expensive first over.
Mumbai Indians will face Kolkata Knight Riders in their second game in Abu Dhabi on September 23, while CSK face Virat Kohli’s RCB in their second game on September 22 in Sharjah.