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Mumbai Indians vs Chennai Super Kings, 1st Match – Live Cricket Score, Commentary

CSK Innings

00:15 Local Time, 18:45 GMT, 00:15 IST: Yeah, safe to say CSK were missed. An insane finish to an insane game of cricket, which weirdly enough was everything that the IPL is about. And haven’t we been desperately waiting for it to get underway. It’s well past midnight, so let’s just take that Dwayne Bravo knock with us back home, fresh in our minds – especially that stunning six over extra cover. He was good. Boy he was good. I’ve been Sagar Chawla, and on behalf of Raju PeethalaPradeep KrishnamurthyAbhinand RaghavendranNikhil Jadhav and our scorer Siva, it’s goodbye and good night!

This is CSK’s first one wicket win in IPL. Previous fewest was by three wickets vs RCB in Ranchi in 2015

Bravo, MoM: It was a great team effort. Want to dedicate this win to CSK fans. They waited so long for this moment. I’m happy to contribute with a match-winning performance. CSK have shown lot of faith in me. Wanted to give myself the best opportunity to start well. Have been working a lot on my batting. Here at Wankhede, once you bat deep, chances are you could win the game. It’s a small outfield, ball comes onto the bat. They bowled in my areas. Just happy with the win tonight.

Dhoni, CSK captain: I think they missed the competition (on Wankhede fans cheering CSK). CSK-MI is one game that people wait to watch. Support has always been there wherever we’ve played. We’re coming back after two years, that’s also the reason that people are eager to watch us in action. Overall the spectators have been very good. I’m a practical person, so I was hoping in the dressing room that the quantum of defeat shouldn’t be too big. The idea was – if there’s a chance to win, go for it, but also try to get closer to the target. The way Bravo batted, it was really good to see him take the responsibility. Don’t think we batted well as a team. But it’s the first game, so we’ll take the positives out of it. Those will be more important for us in the coming games. The kind of players we have got, our selection will be based on horses for courses where we’ll see the wicket and then decide. We’ll also keep an eye for players who are injury prone. We’ll have to keep an eye on lot of things. We have quite a few who can bat and bowl.

Kedar Jadhav: I am happy psychologically, but physically I am hurt. I don’t know how long I will be out, maybe two weeks, three weeks or even a month. Fingers crossed, but I would like to appreciate Bravo’s knock. Credit goes to him, he brought us back into the game. I knew I couldn’t run and I needed to get the runs. I told him (Tahir) that I will try and make the runs myself, play all the six balls and try and stay still. But after three balls, I felt he (Tahir) was feeling itchy. I knew that the bowler would come under pressure, I was waiting for my chance, knew that the bad ball would come, wanted to see how my body was reacting. The deeper I took the game, he (the bowler) comes under more pressure.

Rohit Sharma: Feeling low at the moment, credit to Bravo, he played well, hit the right pockets, there was some dew and that didn’t help us, but they played well. We need to improve our death bowling, we were in the game till the 17th over, the last three overs didn’t go our way, dew isn’t an excuse. We knew with 165 on the board, we needed to bowl very well, but I think we were 10-15 runs short. Bravo bowled very well in the end, we have got a great bunch of guys, we need to look into the positives and learn from it. Just the first game, it isn’t the end of the world, we will need to learn from this.

Spare a thought for 20-year old leg-spinner Mayank Markande, who had an exceptional debut, completely deceiving some old-timers like Dhoni and Rayudu. He put Mumbai in a position where it would’ve been very hard to lose. What did he know what was to follow. One of the very best at the death, Jasprit Bumrah was treated like a rag-doll by Bravo as he carted 20 runs off the penultimate over to set the cat among the pigeons. With 7 needed from the final one, Jadhav almost sealed it with a six over fine leg and then drilled the next ball through the covers to complete the heist. Time for the presentations..

23:48 Local Time, 18:18 GMT, 23:48 IST: Good lord, take your time to catch your breath. That was something else. IPL XI could not have asked for a better game to kick it off. Look at MS Dhoni though, calmly walking down the stairs even as his teammates are going mad in celebration. This was a chase which even he wouldn’t have thought his team would pull off, once they slipped to 84/6. But CSK have announced their IPL return in style with a stunning come-from-behind win. Kedar Jadhav was the hero in the end, sure, but a lot of credit has to go to Dwayne Bravo who made a sensational 68 off just 30 balls to turn the game around out of nowhere. Wow, what a game.

19.5

Mustafizur to Kedar Jadhav, FOURhe has done it! Make way for the men in yellow, for there are plenty of them who are storming to the middle to jump over Jadhav. Careful of that hamstring though. Oh forget about it, no one cares anymore. Full ball from Mustafizur, drilled through the covers. What a finish. Unbelievable

19.4

Mustafizur to Kedar Jadhav, SIXhe’s scooped this for six, he’s scooped this for six. Kedar Jadhav…. Oh my. Imran Tahir drops his bat and runs across to hug Jadhav. There’s another run to go, but he doesn’t care. Good length cutter angled across off, Jadhav bends over – bad hamstring and all – and finds the leverage to lift it over short fine leg. Chennai players are clapping violently

19.3

Mustafizur to Kedar Jadhav, no run, third dot in a row. Jadhav’s probably decided that he can’t leave it to Tahir, which is why he isn’t taking the single. Or can he run at all with a damaged hamstring? Back of length on off, steered straight to third man

19.2

Mustafizur to Kedar Jadhav, no run, back of a length delivery on leg, fine leg was up in the ring but Jadhav paddles this straight to him. What a huge opportunity goes begging

19.1

Mustafizur to Kedar Jadhav, no run, slower length ball, Jadhav defends into the on-side

Mustafizur Rahman [3.0-0-29-1] is back into the attack

Jadhav comes back to bat, of course he does.

19

Runs Scored: 20

6 6 2 0 6 W
Score after 19 overs
CSK 159-9
Dwayne Bravo
68(30)
Tahir
2(2)
Bumrah
4-0-37-1
18.6

Bumrah to Dwayne Bravo, out Caught by Rohit!! A 20-run over from Bumrah has been redeemed right at the end. Bravo’s gone. But has the damage been done? Short ball, Bravo swings hard but slices it up to extra-cover. Seven needed from six. Get ready to lose your mind. Dwayne Bravo c Rohit b Bumrah 68(30) [4s-3 6s-7]

Bumrah to Dwayne Bravo, THAT’S OUT!! Caught!!

18.5

Bumrah to Dwayne Bravo, SIX, Wankhede is coming unglued here. The stadium is rocking for Bravo. Low full toss, he’s heaved it over deep mid-wicket, just over the fielder

18.4

Bumrah to Dwayne Bravo, no run, this is mental, absolutely mental. The ball has actually rolled onto the stumps, but the bails stay unmoved. Brilliant yorker from Bumrah, Bravo digs it out off the toe-end but the ball still goes back towards the stumps. Is this Bravo’s night?

18.3

Bumrah to Dwayne Bravo, 2 runs, big groan from Bravo as he steers it straight to short third man. Should they have gone for the single? Doesn’t matter as there has been an overthrow and Bravo will retain strike

18.2

Bumrah to Dwayne Bravo, SIX, Hardik Pandya slaps the seat in frustration as he sits in the dugout. Another six. This game has come alive out of nowhere. Bumrah goes round the wicket, bowls a full toss on the pads and is whipped over mid-wicket

18.1

Bumrah to Dwayne Bravo, SIX, this is awesome. This is so awesome. Bumrah – one of best T20 bowlers going around – has been effortlessly creamed into the long-off stands. Fifty off just 25 balls for Bravo. Now this should set the cat among the pigeons

Jasprit Bumrah [3.0-0-17-0] is back into the attack

18

Runs Scored: 20

1 6 6 2 4 1
Score after 18 overs
CSK 139-8
Dwayne Bravo
48(24)
Tahir
2(2)
McClenaghan
4-0-44-1
17.6

McClenaghan to Dwayne Bravo, 1 run, chipped back over the bowler’s head, probably off a leading edge. It will help Bravo keep strike. What a knock this has been

17.5

McClenaghan to Dwayne Bravo, FOUR, bangs it in short seeing Bravo advance, but is still spanked away into the boundary. He’s got himself in that kind of zone, where most things are disappearing

17.4

McClenaghan to Dwayne Bravo, 2 runs, yorker length delivery on leg, Bravo squeezes it in between two fielders at long-on and deep mid-wicket, rushes back for two

Am I hearing chants of “Bravo, Bravo”. Get your act together Wankhede

17.3

McClenaghan to Dwayne Bravo, SIXback-to-back sixes! Sublime wrists from Bravo as he whips it off the pads and sends it sailing into the deep mid-wicket stands

17.2

McClenaghan to Dwayne Bravo, SIX, full ball on middle, Bravo gets his front leg out of the way and belts it over long-off. Not a clean contact, but this isn’t the biggest ground

17.1

McClenaghan to Tahir, 1 run, glided down to third man

Mitchell McClenaghan [3.0-0-24-1] is back into the attack

17

Runs Scored: 4

1 Wd Wd 0 W 1 0 0
Score after 17 overs
CSK 119-8
Dwayne Bravo
29(19)
Tahir
1(1)
Hardik Pandya
4-0-24-3
16.6

Hardik Pandya to Dwayne Bravo, no run, finishes off with a brilliant yorker which is jammed back down the pitch. Excellent figures of 3/24

16.5

Hardik Pandya to Dwayne Bravo, no run, slippery short of length delivery which hurries onto Bravo’s thigh pad. He was too late in trying to clip it away

16.4

Hardik Pandya to Tahir, 1 run, nurdles it round the corner for one

Imran Tahir, right handed bat, comes to the crease

16.3

Hardik Pandya to Mark Wood, out Caught by Mustafizur!! Oh boy, how lucky is Pandya! Filthy drag-down on leg-stump, but instead of hitting it into Churchgate station, Wood hits it straight down fine leg’s throat. Pandya is struggling though as he immediately bends over in evident pain. Absolutely no joy on his face for the wicket. Mark Wood c Mustafizur b Hardik Pandya 1(3)

Hardik Pandya to Mark Wood, THAT’S OUT!! Caught!!

16.2

Hardik Pandya to Mark Wood, no run, surprises Wood with a really good short ball. It was only at 126kph, but Pandya got it nice and steep to beat Wood’s pull

16.2

Hardik Pandya to Mark Wood, wide, this is even wider down leg

16.2

Hardik Pandya to Mark Wood, wide, slower ball down leg, Wood fails to tickle it away

16.1

Hardik Pandya to Dwayne Bravo, 1 run, miscues this off the top-edge, but it lands safely behind square leg. Smart slower short ball from Pandya, made Bravo wait and then he went too hard

Hardik Pandya [3.0-0-20-2] is back into the attack

Time-out! As long as Bravo is there, this game is still on. It will be difficult, with the required rate almost touching 13, but Mumbai will be on their toes.

16

Runs Scored: 9

6 0 1 1 0 1
Score after 16 overs
CSK 115-7
Dwayne Bravo
28(16)
Mark Wood
1(1)
Bumrah
3-0-17-0
15.6

Bumrah to Dwayne Bravo, 1 run, clipped away through square leg for one, will keep strike

15.5

Bumrah to Dwayne Bravo, no run, Bravo restrains himself from banging his bat into the pitch in frustration. He managed to slice this yorker beautifully, but it went straight to backward point

15.4

Bumrah to Mark Wood, 1 run, short of length delivery outside off, chopped to third man

15.3

Bumrah to Dwayne Bravo, 1 run, hangs back to a length ball and drives down to long-on

15.2

Bumrah to Dwayne Bravo, no run, slower full ball on off, defended

15.1

Bumrah to Dwayne Bravo, SIX, stunning shot over extra-cover from Bravo. For once, Bumrah offers a length which the batsman can get under, and Bravo – leaning back – smokes it inside-out. How did he manage to generate that power! Hits flush on the cushions

Jasprit Bumrah [2.0-0-8-0] is back into the attack

15

Runs Scored: 9

4 1 1 1 Wd W 1
Score after 15 overs
CSK 106-7
Dwayne Bravo
20(11)
Mark Wood
0(0)
McClenaghan
3-0-24-1
14.6

McClenaghan to Dwayne Bravo, 1 run, squeezes out the yorker into the off-side

Mark Wood, right handed bat, comes to the crease

14.5

McClenaghan to Harbhajan, out Caught by Bumrah!! Strange shot from Harbhajan, almost waving this short ball down to third man. Probably he got a bit too cramped for room, so he couldn’t go through with this upper cut. Nothing shot in the end, just gliding it down the fielder’s throat. Bravo has started well at the other end, but he’s now in danger of running out of partners. Harbhajan c Bumrah b McClenaghan 8(5) [4s-1]

McClenaghan to Harbhajan, THAT’S OUT!! Caught!!

14.5

McClenaghan to Harbhajan, wide, completely off the mark with this delivery, bowls it well down leg. Harbhajan watches it pass by

14.4

McClenaghan to Dwayne Bravo, 1 run, pitched up at the stumps, flicked to deep square leg

14.3

McClenaghan to Harbhajan, 1 run, back of a length delivery on leg, clipped away through square leg

14.2

McClenaghan to Dwayne Bravo, 1 run, full ball on leg, Bravo’s too early to close the bat-face and sends a leading edge towards mid-off

14.1

McClenaghan to Dwayne Bravo, FOUR, Bravo keeps fighting. He charges down the track while making enough room for himself to carve this short ball over cover. It was more of a slice, but he’s still able to beat sweeper cover to his right

Mitchell McClenaghan [2.0-0-15-0] is back into the attack

Best figures on debut bowling innings for MI:
3/15 L Malinga v CSK, Cape Town, 2009
3/23 M MARKANDE *
3/32 J Bumrah v RCB, Bengaluru, 2013

14

Runs Scored: 13

1 2 1 4 1 4
Score after 14 overs
CSK 97-6
Harbhajan
7(3)
Dwayne Bravo
13(7)
Mustafizur
3-0-29-1
13.6

Mustafizur to Harbhajan, FOURMcClenaghan has let this sneak right through him. Poor from the fast bowler. Mustafizur turns around in disgust. Good length ball slanted outside off, squirted off a thick edge and should have only been a single down to third man

13.5

Mustafizur to Dwayne Bravo, 1 run, defends the off-cutter into the covers

13.4

Mustafizur to Dwayne Bravo, FOUR, stuck in the crease while flashing a drive away from the body, runs away off the edge for four. Third man was up in the ring

13.3

Mustafizur to Harbhajan, 1 run, back of a length delivery just outside off, goes back and works it wide of mid-on

13.2

Mustafizur to Harbhajan, 2 runs, back of a length cutter angled across off, Harbhajan punches it wide of long-off and then takes an age to get back for the second. Luckily, the ball’s wide enough of Pollard to help him make it

13.1

Mustafizur to Dwayne Bravo, 1 run, slower length ball on off, defensively pushed through mid-off

Harbhajan Singh, right handed bat, comes to the crease

13

Runs Scored: 9

0 1 1 6 1L W
Score after 13 overs
CSK 84-6
Chahar
0(1)
Dwayne Bravo
7(4)
Markande
4-0-23-3
12.6

Markande to Chahar, out Stumped!! Oh dear. It’s easy to be critical of players sometimes, but what was Chahar thinking here. First ball against a bowler who’s bowling so well, he comes galloping down for an ugly slog. Completely done in by the length as this googly slips through the inside edge for an easy stumping. Chahar st Ishan Kishan b Markande 0(1)

Markande to Chahar, THAT’S OUT!! Stumped!!

Kedar Jadhav has retired hurt by the way. Things disintegrating for Chennai.

12.5

Markande to Dwayne Bravo, leg byes, 1 run, drifting in on leg, brushes Bravo’s pad and rolls away into the short fine leg region

There’s some concern around Jadhav’s hamstring here. The subs have run out with a quick drink too. After a delay of around 3-4 minutes, we are back on

12.4

Markande to Dwayne Bravo, SIX, good start this from Bravo. He picked the previous two deliveries and now he gets his dancing shoes on to get to the pitch of the ball. It’s followed by his trademark flourish to launch it over long-on

12.3

Markande to Kedar Jadhav, 1 run, goes back in the crease and works this googly round the corner

12.2

Markande to Dwayne Bravo, 1 run, now a leg-break, Bravo defends softly in front of short cover. Good stride forward

12.1

Markande to Dwayne Bravo, no run, flighted googly on a length outside off, Bravo defends to short cover

Dwayne Bravo, right handed bat, comes to the crease

12

Runs Scored: 8

1 1L 4 1 1 W
Score after 12 overs
CSK 75-5
Jadeja
12(13)
Kedar Jadhav
13(16)
Mustafizur
2-0-16-1
11.6

Mustafizur to Jadeja, out Caught by Suryakumar Yadav!! Mustafizur is too clever for Jadeja here. He saw him coming down and bowled this cutter pretty wide. Jadeja still throws his bat at it, only managing to lob it off the toe-end. No troubles for Surya at mid-off. You never say never, but it would take something sensational for CSK to turn this around. Jadeja c Suryakumar Yadav b Mustafizur 12(13) [4s-1]

Mustafizur to Jadeja, THAT’S OUT!! Caught!!

11.5

Mustafizur to Kedar Jadhav, 1 run, walks down the pitch and carves this length ball down to Pollard at long-off. The idea was for a flat-batted smash, but the bat-face opened and he ended up slicing it

11.4

Mustafizur to Jadeja, 1 run, short of length delivery outside off, Jadeja is slightly surprised by the bounce and checks his cut shot down to third man

11.3

Mustafizur to Jadeja, FOUR, half-volley from Mustafizur, duly hammered back through mid-off. CSK need a flurry of these to bring some life back in this contest

11.2

Mustafizur to Kedar Jadhav, leg byes, 1 run, cutter on leg-stump, deflects off Jadhav’s thigh pad behind square

11.1

Mustafizur to Jadeja, 1 run, back of a length delivery just outside off, Jadeja runs it with an open face to third man

Mustafizur Rahman [1.0-0-9-0] is back into the attack

11

Runs Scored: 11

1 6 1 1 1 1
Score after 11 overs
CSK 67-4
Jadeja
6(9)
Kedar Jadhav
12(14)
Markande
3-0-15-2
10.6

Markande to Jadeja, 1 run, bowls the googly from round the wicket, but it’s too short. Gives Jadeja enough time to pick it and then slap it through to deep point

10.5

Markande to Kedar Jadhav, 1 run, shimmies out and squeezes this down to long-off

10.4

Markande to Jadeja, 1 run, shortish googly turning away from off, Jadeja steers it through point

10.3

Markande to Kedar Jadhav, 1 run, flatter from Markande in response to the previous ball, Jadhav pats it through point

10.2

Markande to Kedar Jadhav, SIX, has he got enough on it? Jusssst. Shimmied down and swung hard, got it close to the bottom of the bat but the muscle behind it was good enough

10.1

Markande to Jadeja, 1 run, flighted ball just outside off, bit too full, Jadeja drives to long-on

10

Runs Scored: 5

Wd 0 1 2 0 1 0
Score after 10 overs
CSK 56-4
Kedar Jadhav
4(11)
Jadeja
3(6)
Hardik Pandya
3-0-20-2
9.6

Hardik Pandya to Kedar Jadhav, no run, slower ball to end the over. That was bowled at 109.3kph. Jadhav defends towards backward point and looks for a single. Jadeja sends him back

9.5

Hardik Pandya to Jadeja, 1 run, Jadeja waltzes down the track, plays the compulsive pull against this short ball. Off the splice and hence doesn’t carry to deep mid-wicket

9.4

Hardik Pandya to Jadeja, no run, 129.2kph, stump-to-stump line ball, defended to cover

9.3

Hardik Pandya to Jadeja, 2 runs, leg-stump line, worked in front of square on the leg-side for a brace

9.2

Hardik Pandya to Kedar Jadhav, 1 run, strays one on leg and that’s been clipped away through square leg

9.1

Hardik Pandya to Kedar Jadhav, no run, good ball! Back of a length ball that bounces more than Jadhav expected it to. Arches his back to late-cut, connects with thin air. That was a pacy and skiddy delivery from Hardik Pandya

9.1

Hardik Pandya to Kedar Jadhav, wide, pitched up delivery, but the line is too wide outside off

Hardik Pandya [2.0-0-15-2] is back into the attack

9

Runs Scored: 2

1 1 W 0 0 0
Score after 9 overs
CSK 51-4
Jadeja
0(3)
Kedar Jadhav
3(8)
Markande
2-0-4-2
8.6

Markande to Jadeja, no run, defended from the crease

8.5

Markande to Jadeja, no run. Another googly, a different batsman misses by a long way. The keeper takes off the bails and the TV umpire has been disturbed again. The back foot is in and Jadeja survives. Well, the CSKians are finding it one helluva task tackling Mayank Markande. It was another quick wrong ‘un and Jadeja was pressing forward to block expecting it to be the in-turner. Spun past the outside edge

8.4

Markande to Jadeja, no run, flighted delivery on middle, defended into the leg-side

Ravindra Jadeja, left handed bat, comes to the crease

Time-out! CSK are now in a spot of bother. The required rate is 10 and Kedar Jadhav has to bat with the all-rounders. 115 needed off 69 balls.

8.3

Markande to Dhoni, out Lbw!! Dhoni doesn’t spot the googly and pinned in front of middle. Chris Gaffaney shakes his head in denial. That looked plumb. Mumbai Indians review. Fair delivery. Nothing on the UltraEdge. Three reds and Dhoni is gone for a single digit score. Markande is having a ball here at the Wankhede. Second wicket for him with the wrong ‘un. Should have been three. The quickish googly and Dhoni wasn’t commited – either on the front foot or on the back foot. Didn’t pick it at all and got beaten on the inside edge by a fair margin. The impact was on the back leg adjacent to off and middle. Can’t get more plumb than that. Dhoni lbw b Markande 5(5)

Markande to Dhoni, THAT’S OUT!! Lbw!!

MI review!

8.2

Markande to Kedar Jadhav, 1 run, more flight on this occasion, Jadhav comes down the track, isn’t quite to the ball. Drives to long-on off the inside part

8.1

Markande to Dhoni, 1 run, loopy ball, Dhoni comes down the track, takes on the full and flicks it to deep mid-wicket

8

Runs Scored: 5

0 0 Nb 0 1 2 1
Score after 8 overs
CSK 49-3
Dhoni
4(3)
Kedar Jadhav
2(7)
Bumrah
2-0-8-0
7.6

Bumrah to Dhoni, 1 run, to third man, 140.1kph, angled in on off, Dhoni opens the bat-face and sends it down to third man

7.5

Bumrah to Dhoni, 2 runs, 143.3kph, full and outside off, Dhoni has his back knee bent as he drives it through covers for a couple

7.4

Bumrah to Kedar Jadhav, 1 run, back of a length delivery angled in on middle and leg, tucked behind square leg

7.3

Bumrah to Kedar Jadhav, no run, full ball, Jadhav clears the front leg and drills it straight to mid-on. A dot off the free-hit

7.3

Bumrah to Kedar Jadhav, no ball, Bumrah oversteps and bowls a length ball cramping Jadhav for room. Bunted to the right of the bowler

7.2

Bumrah to Kedar Jadhav, no run, stump-to-stump line, defended back to the bowler

Well, the lbw appeal appeal against Jadhav in the previous over. HawkEye shows three reds.Had MI reviewed, Jadhav would have been back in the hut

7.1

Bumrah to Kedar Jadhav, no run, Jadhav sees the line outside off and lets it go. The ball swung late after the ball passed the bowler and the keeper dived full length to gather that

Jasprit Bumrah [1.0-0-3-0] is back into the attack

7

Runs Scored: 2

0 0 W 1 0 1
Score after 7 overs
CSK 44-3
Kedar Jadhav
1(2)
Dhoni
1(1)
Markande
1-0-2-1
6.6

Markande to Kedar Jadhav, 1 run, slightly too short, Jadhav goes deep in his crease and scythes it to sweeper cover. Just 2 runs and a wicket off Markande’s maiden over

6.5

Markande to Kedar Jadhav, no run, loud shout for lbw! Was that going over the stumps? Well, Mumbai don’t review. It was the wrong ‘un and Jadhav is stuck in the crease. Doesn’t pick it and gets hit on the back leg in front of middle and leg. Height would have definitely been a factor

Rayudu’s wicket – HawkEye showed it to be clipping top of middle and leg

6.4

Markande to Dhoni, 1 run, comes down the track, is nowhere close to the pitch, Dhoni manages to get a bat on it – off the inside half to square leg

MS Dhoni, right handed bat, comes to the crease

6.3

Markande to Rayudu, out Lbw!! Two dots and Rayudu is trapped lbw. He has a chat with his partner and takes the right call – doesn’t review. What a start for Mayank Markande! After two leg-breaks, he bowls a googly and gets a wicket off the third ball in his IPL career. A premeditated shot attempted by Rayudu. Got down on his knee and tried to play the booming sweep shot. Missed and got hit on the back thigh in front of middle. That’s plumb. Rayudu lbw b Markande 22(19) [4s-4]

Markande to Rayudu, THAT’S OUT!! Lbw!!

6.2

Markande to Rayudu, no run, similar ball, another defensive push to backward point

6.1

Markande to Rayudu, no run, tossed up leg-break, Rayudu defends with an open face of the bat

Mayank Markande, comes into the attack

Kedar Jadhav, right handed bat, comes to the crease

A slip in place

6

Runs Scored: 3

0 1 1 0 1 W
Score after 6 overs
CSK 42-2
Raina
4(6)
Rayudu
22(16)
Hardik Pandya
2-0-15-2
5.6

Hardik Pandya to Raina, out Caught by Krunal Pandya!! The Pandya brothers have scalped Raina here. Normal-paced hit-the-deck-hard back of a length delivery from Hardik. Raina backwed away and wanted to go over the in-field, with this being the last ball of the powerplay. Mistimes it off the top poetion of the bat and finds mid-on. Krunal takes a step back and grabs it over his head. Raina c Krunal Pandya b Hardik Pandya 4(6)

Hardik Pandya to Raina, THAT’S OUT!! Caught!!

5.5

Hardik Pandya to Rayudu, 1 run, direct hit would have made things interesting. Another slower ball, the knuckle ball this time. Rayudu gets squared up and defends off the outside part to backward point. The fielder has a shy at the stumps, misses by a long way and Raina is hit on his wrists. A direct hit would have been curtains for the southpaw

5.4

Hardik Pandya to Rayudu, no run, slower, off-cutter and right in the blockhole. Dug out

5.3

Hardik Pandya to Raina, 1 run, shuffles across towards off and deflects this short of length delivery towards the man at 45

5.2

Hardik Pandya to Rayudu, 1 run, follows it with a slower ball at 128.7kph, Rayudu toe-ends the drive to mid-off’s left. Just a single

5.1

Hardik Pandya to Rayudu, no run, 137.7kph, back of a length delivery that decks away a tad, Rayudu gets behind the line of the ball to block

5

Runs Scored: 8

1 4 1 2 0 0
Score after 5 overs
CSK 39-1
Raina
3(4)
Rayudu
20(12)
McClenaghan
2-0-15-0
4.6

McClenaghan to Raina, no run, very full, almost a yorker, Raina gets low and jams it into the off-side towards mid-off

4.5

McClenaghan to Raina, no run, there it is. 138.1kph, bouncer over the stumps. Raina backs away a long way to go over the off-side. Fails to put bat on ball

4.4

McClenaghan to Raina, 2 runs, close of the bat-face to tuck this length ball at 137.4kph through mid-wicket. Comes back for the second

4.3

McClenaghan to Rayudu, 1 run, back to the good length on the stumps and Rayudu gently turns it to mid-wicket

4.2

McClenaghan to Rayudu, FOUR, nice batting! Moved slightly towards leg-side as the bowler was running to deliver the ball. That allowed him to free his arms. Shortish ball and Rayudu cracked it over cover-point. Powerfully hit and in the gap as well

4.1

McClenaghan to Raina, 1 run, back of a length just outside off, Raina moves across and tucks it to the left of mid-on to get off the mark

Mitchell McClenaghan [1.0-0-7-0] is back into the attack

Mitch is back! Can we expect some short stuff against Raina?

4

Runs Scored: 12

1 1 6 W 0 4
Score after 4 overs
CSK 31-1
Rayudu
15(10)
Raina
0(0)
Hardik Pandya
1-0-12-1
3.6

Hardik Pandya to Rayudu, FOURa wicket and 12 runs off the over! Pandya slightly overpitches and Rayudu took full toll of it. Bent forward and laced the drive wide of mid-off

3.5

Hardik Pandya to Rayudu, no run, Rayudu defends this short of a good length delivery to backward point with an open face of the bat

Suresh Raina, left handed bat, comes to the crease

3.4

Hardik Pandya to Watson, out Caught by Lewis!! Watson holes out in the deep. The slower ball does the trick. It was bowled at 120kph and Watson didn’t pick that. Covered the line and moved across to flick. Plays a touch too early and that leads to his downfall. Off the lower protion of the bat. The ball settles straight into the hands of Lewis at long leg. Straightforward catch. Mumbai have the breakthrough! Watson c Lewis b Hardik Pandya 16(14) [4s-1 6s-1]

Hardik Pandya to Watson, THAT’S OUT!! Caught!!

3.3

Hardik Pandya to Watson, SIX, glorious shot! And that’s gone all the way. Wow. Fuller ball and Pandya got it swing away in the air. Doesn’t bother Watson, who walked forward, crouched low and elevated it over extra cover. Off the meat of the bat

3.2

Hardik Pandya to Rayudu, 1 run, 135.9kph shortish ball, Rayudu uses Pandya’s pace and width outside off to run it down to third man

3.1

Hardik Pandya to Watson, 1 run, hit-the-deck-hard back of a length delivery on off, tapped with soft hands towards the off-side. A single to cover-point

Hardik Pandya, right-arm fast medium, comes into the attack

Ah, what do you know. Here’s Hardik. Good thing that the injury wasn’t very serious

3

Runs Scored: 3

0 0 1 1 1 0
Score after 3 overs
CSK 19-0
Rayudu
10(7)
Watson
9(11)
Bumrah
1-0-3-0
2.6

Bumrah to Rayudu, no run, Rayudu gives the charge and tries to play an ambitious shot across the line. Manages an inside edge to short fine leg. He was cramped for room and was beaten by pace as well. Over 140kps and angled in from slightly wide of the crease. Top over from Bumrah – just 3 off it

2.5

Bumrah to Watson, 1 run, hat-trick of singles to third man. 137.5kph back of a length delivery around off, Watson plays late and runs it behind square

2.4

Bumrah to Rayudu, 1 run, a shuffle across, a liitle crouch, followed by a steer down to third man. It was a short of length delivery slanted in on off

2.3

Bumrah to Watson, 1 run, 144.1kph, in-angler on off, Watson guides it down to third man

2.2

Bumrah to Watson, no run, slightly shortens the length and attacks the stumps. 146.3kph! Defended back to the bowler

2.1

Bumrah to Watson, no run, angles in a good length ball at 134.3kph, Watson stays in his crease and brings his bat down hurriedly to keep it out

Jasprit Bumrah, right-arm fast medium, comes into the attack

A bowling change! A slip in place for Watto.

2

Runs Scored: 9

4 0 0 1 0 4
Score after 2 overs
CSK 16-0
Rayudu
9(5)
Watson
7(7)
Mustafizur
1-0-9-0
1.6

Mustafizur to Rayudu, FOUR, nine off the over! Fuller length delivery attacking the stumps, Rayudu stays leg-side of the ball and creams the drive through vacant extra cover

1.5

Mustafizur to Rayudu, no run, driven on the up, off the front foot. Finds mid-off

1.4

Mustafizur to Watson, 1 run, now, Watson gets squared up by this quick cutter, manages to deflect it to cover-point and hares to the other end

1.3

Mustafizur to Watson, no run, rolls his fingers on the seam and gets it spin away from the right-hander, Watson is early into the drive. Beaten on the outside edge

1.2

Mustafizur to Watson, no run, off-paced delivery from a shorter length, Watson picks it late and pats it back to the bowler

1.1

Mustafizur to Watson, FOUR, in the air, over the 30-yard circle and goes for a boundary. Angled across on a fuller length and Watson is bending forward to hammer the drive. Slices over the cover region off the outside half and the quick outfield does the rest. Not a pacy ball

Mustafizur Rahman, left-arm fast medium, comes into the attack

1

Runs Scored: 7

0 1 1 1 0 4
Score after 1 overs
CSK 7-0
Rayudu
5(3)
Watson
2(3)
McClenaghan
1-0-7-0
0.6

McClenaghan to Rayudu, FOURcracking shot! First boundary of the innings. Rayudu walks down the track and in the process moves leg-side, which allows him to free his arms. The length was on the shorter side and Rayudu slapped it away over wide mid-off

0.5

McClenaghan to Rayudu, no run, skiddy ball on middle and leg, Rayudu is slightly late to close the face of his bat. Bunted into the leg-side

0.4

McClenaghan to Watson, 1 run, opens the bat-face and late-cuts this back of a length delivery wide of off to third man

0.3

McClenaghan to Rayudu, 1 run, pitched up outside off, Rayudu leans and off-drives to the left of mid-off

0.2

McClenaghan to Watson, 1 run, McClenaghan breaks the stumps at the striker’s end. The TV umpire is called, but Rayudu is easily in. Decked in from a length and cramped Watson for room. He misses the tuck and the ball dies down adjacent to the pitch on the leg-side off his pad. Rayudu called for the sharp run and Watson responded it. Easy call for the third ump

0.1

McClenaghan to Watson, no run, McClenaghan starts with a pitched up delivery around the fifth stump line, bowled at 134.1kph, Watson treats it as a sighter. Left alone

Watson and Rayudu are at the crease. Watson is on strike. McClenaghan will open the attack

MI Innings

20

Runs Scored: 5

1L 0 1 0 2 1
Score after 20 overs
MI 165-4
Hardik Pandya
22(20)
Krunal Pandya
41(22)
Dwayne Bravo
4-0-25-0
19.6

Dwayne Bravo to Hardik Pandya, 1 run, thrashed over mid-wicket and uh-oh! Hardik Pandya seems to be in some trouble. Looks to have injured his ankle while trying to nab a second and he’s being carried off the field. Was on his skates running the first run and just when he was about to turn back for the second, he dived awkwardly into Bravo and jammed his ankle while doing so. Stayed flat on the floor for good few minutes before the physio came in

19.5

Dwayne Bravo to Hardik Pandya, 2 runs, off-pace, on a good length outside off, Hardik Pandya stands outside off-stump and pumps it down to long-on. Krunal Pandya forced his brother for the second and they make it easily in the end

19.4

Dwayne Bravo to Hardik Pandya, no run, Hardik Pandya is on the floor. Absolutely befuddled by this yorker from DJ Bravo. Was late in bringing his bat down and in the process lost his balance to slip over the crease

19.3

Dwayne Bravo to Krunal Pandya, 1 run, dished full outside off, Pandya sits deep inside the crease to thump that down to long-on

19.2

Dwayne Bravo to Krunal Pandya, no run, short ball fired across the batsman, Krunal Pandya hops to flay that over the infield, makes no contact

19.1

Dwayne Bravo to Hardik Pandya, leg byes, 1 run, misses the swipe and sneaks a leg bye into the leg-side

19

Runs Scored: 17

1 4 4 0 2 6
Score after 19 overs
MI 160-4
Krunal Pandya
40(20)
Hardik Pandya
19(16)
Mark Wood
4-0-49-0
18.6

Mark Wood to Krunal Pandya, SIX, a poor outing for Mark Wood on his IPL debut. Was too predictable on most occasions. Krunal Pandya prepares himself for a short delivery and swings the pull with full flow into the square leg stands

18.5

Mark Wood to Krunal Pandya, 2 runs, walks across and chips the ball off the top-edge, no-one there at mid-wicket and the duo steal a couple of runs

18.4

Mark Wood to Krunal Pandya, no run, short on middle, beats Pandya for pace and flies over his head

18.3

Mark Wood to Krunal Pandya, FOUR, an action replay of the previous delivery, only difference? Krunal Pandya hit this dead straight. Overpitched, sent racing into the fence with a absolute thwack of the willow

18.2

Mark Wood to Krunal Pandya, FOUR, pitched up outside off, Krunal Pandya clears his front leg and hammers it straight past the non-striker. No-one’s stopping that

18.1

Mark Wood to Hardik Pandya, 1 run, low full toss on middle, should have been dispatched but Hardik Pandya clubs it to the man sweeping the square leg fence, only a single

18

Runs Scored: 3

1 1 1 0 0 0
Score after 18 overs
MI 143-4
Krunal Pandya
24(15)
Hardik Pandya
18(15)
Dwayne Bravo
3-0-21-0
17.6

Dwayne Bravo to Krunal Pandya, no run, another away angler, bowled full and right in the channel outside off stump, Krunal Pandya can’t lay bat on ball. Dwayne Bravo’s bowling figures keep getting better and better

17.5

Dwayne Bravo to Krunal Pandya, no run, this one refuses to arrive. Slower ball, fizzes ever so slowly and defeats Krunal Pandya for the angle (wide of off)

17.4

Dwayne Bravo to Krunal Pandya, no run, Deeejay Bravo unveiling his bag of tricks…rolls his fingers over the delivery and lands it in the blockhole, dug out back to the bowler

17.3

Dwayne Bravo to Hardik Pandya, 1 run, bowls full on the pads, whipped nonchalantly through mid-wicket

17.2

Dwayne Bravo to Krunal Pandya, 1 run, well played by Krunal. Unlike his brother, he picked the slower ball early and nudged in the gap at mid-wicket, wanted a second but Hardik wasn’t keen. Aborts at the last moment

17.1

Dwayne Bravo to Hardik Pandya, 1 run, looks to fetch a wide delivery, there’s no pace on that and hence he drags it off the bottom half into the leg-side

17

Runs Scored: 19

6 1 1 4 Wd 2 4
Score after 17 overs
MI 140-4
Krunal Pandya
23(11)
Hardik Pandya
16(13)
Mark Wood
3-0-32-0
16.6

Mark Wood to Krunal Pandya, FOUR, what do you do when your big brother plays shots like that. Just stand and admire at the other end. Hardik Pandya restricted to a spectator role this over and rightly so. Half-volley from Mark Wood, deserved to be punished, Krunal Pandya lashes it through covers making life difficult for the fielders inside the ring

16.5

Mark Wood to Krunal Pandya, 2 runs, goes round the wicket and delivers a slower ball on middle, Krunal Pandya diffuses it in the gap at mid-wicket (did that deliberately) to squeeze a couple of runs out of nothing

16.5

Mark Wood to Krunal Pandya, wide, down leg once again, MSD isn’t amused, Pandya flicks and misses

16.4

Mark Wood to Krunal Pandya, FOUR, pace can be your enemy sometimes, like on this occasion when you lose your radar. Short and slipping down leg, Krunal Pandya gets inside the line and tickles it away past a diving short fine to his left

16.3

Mark Wood to Hardik Pandya, 1 run, hops wide of the crease and sprinkles a full ball on off, Hardik Pandya sits deep inside the crease to dab it late wide of third man

16.2

Mark Wood to Krunal Pandya, 1 run, fuller now, biff-driven with a closed bat face towards long-on

16.1

Mark Wood to Krunal Pandya, SIX, Krunal Pandya second guessed Mark Wood there. Waits for the slower short ball and marmalizes it into the mid-wicket stands with zero tolerance…

Mark Wood [2.0-0-13-0] is back into the attack

16

Runs Scored: 4

1 0 1 1 0 1
Score after 16 overs
MI 121-4
Krunal Pandya
6(6)
Hardik Pandya
15(12)
Dwayne Bravo
2-0-18-0
15.6

Dwayne Bravo to Krunal Pandya, 1 run, too full, speared at the pads, Krunal Pandya falls over slightly but manages to deflect the ball off his pads square on the on-side. Good comeback from DJ, conceded 14 in his first over and now just 4

15.5

Dwayne Bravo to Krunal Pandya, no run, looks to play across the line, the ball skids through and hits the bottom half before rolling into the leg-side

15.4

Dwayne Bravo to Hardik Pandya, 1 run, full toss, no real pace to force it, Hardik Pandya waits till the last moment and pushes down the ground for a single

15.3

Dwayne Bravo to Krunal Pandya, 1 run, this one skids and arrives much quicker, Pandya arrests his momentum to steer the ball past backward point. Slight fumble by Mark Wood there enables a single

15.2

Dwayne Bravo to Krunal Pandya, no run, full and slanting away outside off, Krunal Pandya has a carefree swing at that, slices thin air

15.1

Dwayne Bravo to Hardik Pandya, 1 run, nearly chopped on and nearly a run-out!Off-cutter dished wide of Hardik Pandya’s off-stump, he goes hard and under-cuts it off the bottom edge past the leg-stump. It dribbles along quickly towards MS who has a shy at the batting end, only to miss by a good few inches. Krunal Pandya was struggling and would have been close had that hit

Dwayne Bravo [1.0-0-14-0] is back into the attack

Time-out! Not a bad recovery from Mumbai Indians having lost a couple of crucial wickets inside the powerplay. Onus on Pandya brothers now. They will surely be aiming a total around 190 if not less, but for that to happen CSK have to bowl some filthy stuff, which I suspect is highly unlikely to happen. Remember, Pollard is yet to arrive…

15

Runs Scored: 5

0 0 1 W 4 0
Score after 15 overs
MI 117-4
Krunal Pandya
4(2)
Hardik Pandya
13(10)
Tahir
2-0-23-1
14.6

Tahir to Krunal Pandya, no run, drifts across outside off, Krunal leans across to push it back to the bowler

14.5

Tahir to Krunal Pandya, FOUR, the big brother is taking no sighters. He wants a move-on rightaway. Gets a half-volley outside off and Krunal Pandya slam-bangs it through covers. Don’t bother running..

Krunal Pandya, left handed bat, comes to the crease

14.4

Tahir to Ishan Kishan, out Caught by Mark Wood!! Aimless swing at the ball and the result? Caught at short third man. Walks across, gets down on one knee and swings hard at a googly, always a risk playing against the turn and thus, the top-edge lands as a dolly in the hands of the Durham lad. Ishan Kishan c Mark Wood b Tahir 40(29) [4s-4 6s-1]

Tahir to Ishan Kishan, THAT’S OUT!! Caught!!

14.3

Tahir to Hardik Pandya, 1 run, prods at the ball and diverts this skiddy delivery into the leg-side

14.2

Tahir to Hardik Pandya, no run, legbreak, spinning away outside off, Pandya pushes meekly and inside-edges it past the leg peg. Lucky!

14.1

Tahir to Hardik Pandya, no run, quicker delivery on off, pushed back to the bowler

Imran Tahir [1.0-0-18-0] is back into the attack

14

Runs Scored: 11

4 1 1 0 4 1
Score after 14 overs
MI 112-3
Hardik Pandya
12(7)
Ishan Kishan
40(28)
Mark Wood
2-0-13-0
13.6

Mark Wood to Hardik Pandya, 1 run, back to short of length bowling outside the off-stump, Pandya chops in front of cover to gather a quick single

13.5

Mark Wood to Hardik Pandya, FOUR, can’t stop Hardik Pandya, not when he gets short balls. Mark Wood went wide of the crease and sprayed this in to cramp Pandya up for room, but what does Pandya do? Just arches back nonchalantly and ramps the ball cleanly with an open bat face via third man

Shane Bond, the MI bowling coach, says that they are looking at a score around 160-170. He doesn’t reckon that dew will be a factor tonight.

13.4

Mark Wood to Hardik Pandya, no run, loopy full ball straight at the stumps, Pandya was looking to go leg-side, adjusts well at the last minute to pat it back towards the bowler

13.3

Mark Wood to Ishan Kishan, 1 run, off-cutter angling away from the left-hander, Ishan Kishan went too hard and spliced the drive wide of cover

13.2

Mark Wood to Hardik Pandya, 1 run, skiddy fullish delivery around off, tapped into the on-side for a comfortable single

13.1

Mark Wood to Hardik Pandya, FOUR, easily done. Short ball angling into the body, Pandya half-ducks and swats, the ball grazes the top edge and runs away…

Mark Wood [1.0-0-2-0] is back into the attack

13

Runs Scored: 4

1 0 W 1 1 1
Score after 13 overs
MI 101-3
Hardik Pandya
2(2)
Ishan Kishan
39(27)
Watson
4-0-29-2
12.6

Watson to Hardik Pandya, 1 run, back of a length wide of off, Pandya crunches that along the carpet to deep cover. End of a terrific spell from Watto: 2 for 29 in 4

12.5

Watson to Ishan Kishan, 1 run, this lad is not going to restrain any of his natural instincts, gets a short ball and he’s quick to swivel-pull that towards fine leg. Only a single albeit

12.4

Watson to Hardik Pandya, 1 run, short of a length, zips off the surface outside off, Hardik Pandya gets off the mark with a punch through covers

Hardik Pandya, right handed bat, comes to the crease

Highest scores for S Yadav in IPL:
60 v RPS, Pune, 2016
46*v MI, Kolkata, 2015
43 tonight *

12.3

Watson to Suryakumar Yadav, out Caught by Harbhajan!! Second wicket for Watto and a much-needed one for CSK. Watson doesn’t deviate from his tried and tested ploy which is to dig it short at a subtle, slower pace, Suryakumar Yadav falls into the trap and mistimes the pull into the mitts of Bhajji at long leg. A set trap this and Suryakumar Yadav departs after an entertaining knock. Suryakumar Yadav c Harbhajan b Watson 43(29) [4s-6 6s-1]

Watson to Suryakumar Yadav, THAT’S OUT!! Caught!!

12.2

Watson to Suryakumar Yadav, no run, fuller and wider, Suryakumar Yadav flails at it and misses

12.1

Watson to Ishan Kishan, 1 run, slower delivery, dug in short on middle and leg, Ishan Kishan gets inside the line and hacks it over short fine. With no pace on offer, the ball just trickles at a yawning pace, fine leg gets around to mop it up. A wayward throw at the bowler’s end, Ishan Kishan seeks to steal a second, had to put in a dive to avoid risky business. Bravo the fielder at mid-wicket

Shane Watson [3.0-0-25-1] is back into the attack

32 runs from the last 2 overs. Watto is back for his final over. Dhoni is busy making some field changes…

12

Runs Scored: 14

4 4 4 1 1 0
Score after 12 overs
MI 97-2
Suryakumar Yadav
43(27)
Ishan Kishan
37(25)
Dwayne Bravo
1-0-14-0
11.6

Dwayne Bravo to Suryakumar Yadav, no run, slower skiddy delivery outside off, wasn’t an ideal length to cut, Suryakumar Yadav tries to play it late, but he was never going to fetch that with leaden feet

11.5

Dwayne Bravo to Ishan Kishan, 1 run, crouches, picks the full ball and sweeps to the left of fine leg

11.4

Dwayne Bravo to Suryakumar Yadav, 1 run, gets across and forces this to long-on. Some sanity finally

11.3

Dwayne Bravo to Suryakumar Yadav, FOUR, showing his range now Suryakumar Yadav. Doesn’t shy away from staying good few inches outside the crease and thumps the ball over a helpless mid-off this time. Gee, this is some clean striking

11.2

Dwayne Bravo to Suryakumar Yadav, FOURthrough Jaddu’s fingers at mid-off.Length ball outside off, Suryakumar Yadav stays leg-side of the ball and carves it flirtingly past the fieldsman at mid-off. Jaddu leapt full length, but the execution from Yadav was too good

11.1

Dwayne Bravo to Suryakumar Yadav, FOUR, they are going for the shots now. Short ball, arrives lazily…gives Suryakumar Yadav ample time to pick his spot, he bludgeons the pull over mid-wicket with disdain

Dwayne Bravo, right-arm fast medium, comes into the attack

11

Runs Scored: 18

4 6 4 1 1 2
Score after 11 overs
MI 83-2
Ishan Kishan
36(24)
Suryakumar Yadav
30(22)
Tahir
1-0-18-0
10.6

Tahir to Ishan Kishan, 2 runs, no spin on this, Ishan Kishan clatters it straight down the ground, Raina had to dive to his left at long-on to prevent the boundary

10.5

Tahir to Suryakumar Yadav, 1 run, in the air and wide of the fielder. This delivery seemed to have stopped a bit, Suryakumar Yadav goes for the flick and chips it uppishly wide of a diving short mid-wicket

10.4

Tahir to Ishan Kishan, 1 run, flighted full outside off, Ishan Kishan reaches out and squeezes it wide of cover

10.3

Tahir to Ishan Kishan, FOUR, boom! Tahir is spraying it full, Ishan Kishan pouncing on it like a famished tiger. Uses his bottom hand power to biff it straight down the ground, whistles past the non-striker

10.2

Tahir to Ishan Kishan, SIX, clears his front leg and whacks Tahir over long-on. The fielder there seemed interested for a fleeting moment, but Ishan Kishan got a decent piece of it

10.1

Tahir to Ishan Kishan, FOUR, not an ideal start for Imran Tahir in this IPL. Too full outside off, Ishan Kishan slammed it straight of long-off where DJ Bravo fumbles after putting a desperate dive to his left

Imran Tahir, right-arm leg break, comes into the attack

10

Runs Scored: 3

0 0 1 1 1L 0
Score after 10 overs
MI 65-2
Suryakumar Yadav
29(21)
Ishan Kishan
19(19)
Mark Wood
1-0-2-0
9.6

Mark Wood to Suryakumar Yadav, no run, another bouncer from Wood, Yadav was backing away on the pull and is beaten for pace

9.5

Mark Wood to Ishan Kishan, leg byes, 1 run, half-an-appeal for LBW, but the ball had pitched well outside leg. Wood came from wide of the crease and angled it across the left-hander, Kishan was looking to flick and missed

9.4

Mark Wood to Suryakumar Yadav, 1 run, back of a length and just outside off, punched to the left of cover for a single

9.3

Mark Wood to Ishan Kishan, 1 run, length ball on the stumps, Kishan swivels across and pulls it over mid-wicket, bounced well in front of the fielder in the deep

9.2

Mark Wood to Ishan Kishan, no run, the bouncer from Wood, good pace on it as well, Kishan was backing away, drops his gloves and sways away from the line

9.1

Mark Wood to Ishan Kishan, no run, on a good length and spearing in from outside off, Kishan gets his bat down in time and defends it towards cover

Mark Wood, right-arm fast, comes into the attack

Mark Wood, for the first time in IPL

Time for the strategic break. CSK started well with their pacers, but Ishan Kishan and Suryakumar in particular have turned things around. The partnership is gaining in momentum and runs are coming at a good pace

In 11 games last season, Harbhajan conceded 30+ just once. That was one of the two instances he didn’t complete his quota of four overs.

9

Runs Scored: 10

2 2 4 1 1 0
Score after 9 overs
MI 62-2
Suryakumar Yadav
28(19)
Ishan Kishan
18(15)
Harbhajan
2-0-14-0
8.6

Harbhajan to Suryakumar Yadav, no run, pushed through with a flatter trajectory, Suryakumar made room and was looking to dab it past the keeper, gets done in by the extra bounce

8.5

Harbhajan to Ishan Kishan, 1 run, Harbhajan shortens his length as Kishan came down the track, nudged past mid-wicket for a single

8.4

Harbhajan to Suryakumar Yadav, 1 run, flighted on Suryakumar’s pads, worked away past square leg for a single

8.3

Harbhajan to Suryakumar Yadav, FOURcracking shot, too short and too wide of off, Suryakumar makes room and clatters it past cover, no chance for the man in the deep

8.2

Harbhajan to Suryakumar Yadav, 2 runs, more good fielding from CSK, this time it’s Tahir at deep cover. Too short and too wide of off, Suryakumar backs away and cuts it in front of cover, would have been a boundary if not for Tahir’s tumbling effort

8.1

Harbhajan to Suryakumar Yadav, 2 runs, tossed up well outside off, Suryakumar bends down low, rolls his wrists and sweeps it behind square on the on-side, Rayudu has a long way to go to his left, puts in the slide and pulls the ball back in, saves a couple of runs

8

Runs Scored: 9

1 4 0 0 4 0
Score after 8 overs
MI 52-2
Ishan Kishan
17(14)
Suryakumar Yadav
19(14)
Jadeja
1-0-9-0
7.6

Jadeja to Ishan Kishan, no run, flatter and wider of off, Kishan backed away on the cut and is beaten on the top-edge

7.5

Jadeja to Ishan Kishan, FOUR, nicely played by Kishan, this was dropped short and well wide of off, Kishan waits on it, opens the face of the bat at the last moment and then dabs it past MS’s gloves, RJ has his hands on his head, but that was supremely well played

7.4

Jadeja to Ishan Kishan, no run, RJ drops one short and wide of off, Kishan went with hard hands on the drive and mistimes it towards cover-point

7.3

Jadeja to Ishan Kishan, no run, slower and wider of off, Kishan steers it straight to the fielder at short third man

7.2

Jadeja to Ishan Kishan, FOUR, nicely played by Kishan, fraction too full and wide of off, Kishan lunges across and then plays a cross-batted swipe past cover, the fielder in the deep at long-off is very square and has no chance

7.1

Jadeja to Suryakumar Yadav, 1 run, flighted on the leg-stump line, eased away towards long-on for a single

Ravindra Jadeja, left-arm orthodox, comes into the attack

RJ from the other end..

7

Runs Scored: 4

0 1 1 0 1 1
Score after 7 overs
MI 43-2
Suryakumar Yadav
18(13)
Ishan Kishan
9(9)
Harbhajan
1-0-4-0
6.6

Harbhajan to Suryakumar Yadav, 1 run, slower and wider of off, Suryakumar gets forward and pushes it into the gap past cover

6.5

Harbhajan to Ishan Kishan, 1 run, quicker ball from Harbhajan as Kishan came down the track, he was beaten in the flight but manages to work it towards long-on

6.4

Harbhajan to Ishan Kishan, no run, the off-break from Harbhajan, Kishan lets the ball pass him and then dabs it late, tumbling stop from Raina at first slip

6.3

Harbhajan to Suryakumar Yadav, 1 run, tad short and on the stumps, worked away towards long-on for a single

6.2

Harbhajan to Ishan Kishan, 1 run, pushed through quicker and flatter, punched down towards long-on for a single

A slip is in place

6.1

Harbhajan to Ishan Kishan, no run, tossed up from round the wicket, driven back at the bowler

Harbhajan against MI – for the first time in his 11-year old IPL career

6

Runs Scored: 13

1 0 4 0 2 6
Score after 6 overs
MI 39-2
Suryakumar Yadav
16(11)
Ishan Kishan
7(5)
Watson
3-0-25-1
5.6

Watson to Suryakumar Yadav, SIXbeautifully played, too full and too straight from Watson, ends up drifting onto Suryakumar’s pads, he prods across, picks up the length and flicks it stylishly over mid-wicket, has enough to clear the ropes on the full

5.5

Watson to Suryakumar Yadav, 2 runs, short of a length and on the stumps, Suryakumar wristily flicks it past Kedar at mid-wicket. The running is good and they come back for the second

5.4

Watson to Suryakumar Yadav, no run, leading egde and safe! On a good length and a hint of straightening from the pitch, might have stopped a bit on the surface, Suryakumar was early into the tuck, closed the bat face and the leading edge popped wide of the bowler

5.3

Watson to Suryakumar Yadav, FOURlovely, Suryakumar is looking attractive, back of a length and just outside off, Suryakumar stays back, gets on top of the bounce and punches it into the gap past cover, no need to run for those

5.2

Watson to Suryakumar Yadav, no run, full and shaping back into the right-hander, Suryakumar presses forward and drives it towards mid-on

5.1

Watson to Ishan Kishan, 1 run, on a good length and just outside off, dabbed in front of Rayudu at backward point for a single

5

Runs Scored: 4

0 4 0 0 0 0
Score after 5 overs
MI 26-2
Suryakumar Yadav
4(6)
Ishan Kishan
6(4)
Chahar
3-0-14-1
4.6

Chahar to Suryakumar Yadav, no run, short of a length and well wide of off, pushed off the back-foot towards cover

Suryakumar Yadav has once previously played for MI – in 2012 which was his debut. He was dismissed for a four-ball duck. Was part of MI in 2013 but didn’t play any games.

4.5

Chahar to Suryakumar Yadav, no run, Chahar shortens his length on off, Suryakumar gets across, the bat turned on impact and he found mid-wicket with the drive

4.4

Chahar to Suryakumar Yadav, no run, banged in short and on the stumps, Suryakumar is done in for pace as he pulled, might have got a top-edge and the ball ricochets off his shoulder

4.3

Chahar to Suryakumar Yadav, no run, on a good length and on the stumps, Suryakumar gets half-forward and pushes it towards mid-on

4.2

Chahar to Suryakumar Yadav, FOURcracking shot, the shot of the day so far, fraction short and just wide of off, Suryakumar stands tall and punches it in front of square on the off-side, beats cover and rolls away to the fence

4.1

Chahar to Suryakumar Yadav, no run, Chahar shortens his length outside off, Suryakumar prods across and defends it back at the bowler

4

Runs Scored: 10

1 0 Wd 6 0 W 2
Score after 4 overs
MI 22-2
Ishan Kishan
6(4)
Suryakumar Yadav
0(0)
Watson
2-0-12-1
3.6

Watson to Ishan Kishan, 2 runs, short of a length and angling into Kishan’s pads, nudged away in front of square on the on-side, back for the second run

Suryakumar Yadav, right handed bat, comes to the crease

3.5

Watson to Rohit, out Caught by Rayudu!! This was coming, Rohit never looked at home and he’s sent packing, huge blow for the Mumbai Indians, they have been rocked early in their fortress. On a good length and a hint of shape away from the right-hander, Rohit was looking to clout it over mid-wicket, doesn’t cover for the movement, gets a thick top-edge, high and towards backward point. Rayudu – his partner until last season, calls for the high catch, keeps his cool and holds onto it. Dream start for the Super KIngs on their return from wilderness. Rohit c Rayudu b Watson 15(18) [4s-1 6s-1]

Watson to Rohit, THAT’S OUT!! Caught!!

3.4

Watson to Rohit, no run, Watson shortens his length outside off, Rohit plays close to his body and finds backward point with the dab

3.3

Watson to Rohit, SIXlovely, this should give plenty of confidence for Rohit, on a good length and well wide of off, Rohit reaches out, plays with an open face and slices it high and over cover, has enough to clear the ropes on the full

3.3

Watson to Rohit, wide, Watson sprays this one miles outside off, called as a wide

3.2

Watson to Rohit, no run, back of a length and just outside off, Rohit hops across and pushes it back at the bowler

3.1

Watson to Ishan Kishan, 1 run, short of a length and just outside off, dabbed away behind square on the off-side for a single

Evin Lewis – 58th player to get dismissed for a duck on debut innings in IPL.
1st: Balachandra Akhil, 2008
Last: Samuel Badree, 2017

3

Runs Scored: 5

W 2 1 0 0 2
Score after 3 overs
MI 12-1
Rohit
9(14)
Ishan Kishan
3(2)
Chahar
2-0-10-1
2.6

Chahar to Rohit, 2 runs, Rohit is looking to be positive – but in doing so, he’s lost his shape and poise. On a good length and shaping away from off, Rohit was looking to go back over the bowler’s head, slices it high and has just enough to clear Jadeja – who was running back from mid-off

2.5

Chahar to Rohit, no run, tad fuller and just outside off, Rohit gets half-forward and defends it towards the off-side

2.4

Chahar to Rohit, no run, that’s a lovely delivery, on a good length and a hint of shape away from the right-hander, Rohit was once again lured into defending, gets beaten on the outside edge

Ishan Kishan has a SR of 145.45 in the first six overs compare to 129.15 overall in IPL.

2.3

Chahar to Ishan Kishan, 1 run, on a good length and swinging back into the left-hander, Kishan comes down the track and gets an inside edge behind square on the on-side

2.2

Chahar to Ishan Kishan, 2 runs, full and swinging back into the left-hander, Kishan comes down the track and digs it behind square on the on-side for a couple of runs

Ishan Kishan, left handed bat, comes to the crease

2.1

Chahar to Lewis, out Lbw!! A duck on his IPL debut for Lewis, but he wants a review. It’s for a LBW call, umpire Gaffaney was quick to raise his finger, it’s a fair delivery, the ball swung back in and thudded into Lewis’s pads, he fell over on the flick and missed. Ultraedge confirms that there’s no bat. Hawk-Eye in and it’s umpire’s call on hitting. Stays with the original decision and Lewis is OUT. A piece of history created in the IPL, Lewis becomes the first player to use DRS. This was full and swung back into the left-hander, Lewis fell across on the flick and missed, Chahar was on all fours as he turned back in appeal, the impact was in front of middle and leg, the ball was skimming the outer half of leg-stump. Good enough for the decision to stand. Lewis lbw b Chahar 0(2)

Chahar to Lewis, THAT’S OUT!! Lbw!!

2

Runs Scored: 2

0 0 2 0 0 0
Score after 2 overs
MI 7-0
Rohit
7(11)
Lewis
0(1)
Watson
1-0-2-0
1.6

Watson to Rohit, no run, back of a length and just outside off, dabbed straight to the fielder at backward point. Good tidy start from Watto

1.5

Watson to Rohit, no run, Rohit is looking very fidgety, on a good length and shaping back into the right-hander, Rohit was looking to flick it over square leg, played a bit too early and gets an inside edge onto his pads

1.4

Watson to Rohit, no run, edged, just short of Harbhajan at first slip, on a good length and a hint of shape away from the right-hander, opened up Rohit as he defended, the edge was found and it drops just in front of first slip

1.3

Watson to Rohit, 2 runs, another swing and Rohit is lucky to survive, this was the slower ball from Watson, Rohit saw the length and was looking to swing it over mid-wicket, went low off the bat, high and well over the man running back from the ring, back for the second run

1.2

Watson to Rohit, no run, another wild swipe from Rohit, his nerves should surely be jangling, comes down the track, makes room as he did so and looks to swipe it over mid-on, missed by a long way

1.1

Watson to Rohit, no run, on a good length and just outside off, Rohit prods forward and defends it towards the off-side

Shane Watson, right-arm fast medium, comes into the attack

Watson, from the other end. He has one slip in place

1

Runs Scored: 5

0 0 0 4 1 0
Score after 1 overs
MI 5-0
Lewis
0(1)
Rohit
5(5)
Chahar
1-0-5-0
0.6

Chahar to Lewis, no run, on a good length and a hint of shape back into the left-hander, Lewis has a good look at that and then lets it go

First ball in IPL for Lewis

*******

Rohit as opener in IPL:
17 inngs
587 runs
Avg 45.15
SR 134.32
6 X 50s
HS 98* – season opener in 2015

*******

0.5

Chahar to Rohit, 1 run, on a length and on Rohit’s pads, nudged away past square leg for a single. That will help Rohit settle down

0.4

Chahar to Rohit, FOURfirst boundary of IPL 2018, first runs of the tournament as well, on a good length and well outside off, Rohit’s feet went nowhere as he extended his arms on the drive, hits it in the air and through the gap at extra-cover, no one moved

0.3

Chahar to Rohit, no run, good carry for Chahar, short of a good length and just outside off, Rohit threw his bat at that and is beaten by the extra bounce

0.2

Chahar to Rohit, no run, nerves from Rohit, gives the charge to another outswinger, doesn’t get anywhere close to the ball, has a wild swipe and is beaten on the outside edge

0.1

Chahar to Rohit, no run, peach, that’s some start from Chahar, so near to finding Rohit’s outside edge. On a good length and a hint of swing away from the right-hander, drew Rohit into a tentative poke and beat him on the outside edge

Rohit and Lewis are at the crease. Rohit is on strike. Chahar will open the attack

 

 

 

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