CSK edge past host Mumbai in the last over in a pulsating Indian Premier League opener
Opening encounter of the VIVO IPL gave us what actually we have ordered. Packed stadium, Blue Army and love for Dhoni is witnessed. In a thrilling last over finished game Chennai Super Kings had their upper hand over defending champions Mumbai Indians, who are known to be slow starters.
It’s the sixth time in a row that Mumbai Indians have started their IPL season on a losing note.
Here we present the 5 major talking points of the game :
● Good opening spell from CSK pacers:
A surprise package named Deepak Chahar presented his skills with the new ball. Chahar troubled Rohit and plumbed Lewis up front. Watson too gave his best and picked up Mumbai Indians captain Rohit Sharma and put Mumbai Indians in backfoot during the powerplay.
● Middle muddle for Mumbai Indians:
After the fall of two quick wickets, Sky and Kishan builded the Mumbai Indians innings but CSK got them dismissed in quick succession and once foreseen chances of a projected score around 180+ for Mumbai got doomed. Dhoni made two changes and both got a wicket each. The former Indian captain’s mastermind helped CSK control the upgoing run rate of their opponents at a crucial stage of the match.
● Bravo’s firepower in the death :
Dwayne Bravo conceded 14 in his 1st over and came back superbly in the next three. His slower balls were unreadable for Pandya brothers as both struggled to get going after him. Mix up of slower balls and yorkers from the West Indian helped Chennai at death. Bravo was the real difference between Mumbai Indians posing a score of 165 and 185.
● Top order collapse of Chennai :
Who would have thought that Chennai will win after they were down to 85-6. Chennai regularly lost their batsmen and the match seemed to be over for them. Debutant Merkande and Hardik Pandya shared 5 wickets in them and broke the backbone of the much famed CSK top order. The mystery man Merkande was almost unplayable for everyone and Bumrah too bowled economically at top.
Dhoni & Co. need to look after the top order woes before the next match or it may cost them.
● Bravo firepower in death, version 2.0 :
When a player is two of the five major talking points of a game, then his impact on the game can easily be understood. First with the ball in the death and with the bat up next. CSK required 47 of last 3 overs which seemed to be impossible but Dwayne Bravo had other ideas. He took 40 runs from 2 over of Bumrah and Mclenaghen and got caught at the last ball of 19th over. He smashed all over the park which saw CSK achieving the required target ultimately and getting rid the strong challenge of mighty Mumbai.