MI vs CSK: The second phase of Indian Premier League started with a bang as Chennai Super Kings overturned an obnoxious start to impose a hefty drubbing on the reigning champions, Mumbai Indians.
Opting to bat first, Chennai was jolted to a rude awakening with the Kiwi bowling duo of Milne and Boult wreaking havoc. However, a decent partnership between Ruturaj Gaikwad and Ravindra Jadeja stabilised the sinking ship.
The game between at a glance CSK and MI
Gaikwad blazed his way through the Mumbai bowling line-up with an impeccable knock of 88 from 58 balls while Jadeja’s 26 proved crucial for the Yellow army.
A late blitzkreig from Dwayne Bravo propelled Chennai to a fighting 156 which looked pretty decent according to the surface.
Mumbai couldn’t really break free from the shackles that had Chennai pinned early in their innings. Deepak Chahar struck twice in succession to fire a warning shot while Shardul Thakur claimed the all-important wicket of Suryakumar Yadav.
Barring Saurabh Tiwary, Mumbai couldn’t flap their wings at all as the Chennai bowlers swarmed over them convenietly. Dwayne Bravo was the pick of the slew with three wickets for 25 runs while Chahar’s brace gave Mumbai the early shock from which they never really recovered.
The last lunge from Mumbai Indians
Despite a desperate hurl from the southpaw, the other batters were absolutely reckless and gave away their wickets brashly.
This defeat can cost Mumbai heavily as the title race will intensify in case of Kolkata and Rajasthan Royals win their respective matches, they will be on level terms with the reigning champions and the contest for the play-offs berths will be wide open again.
Twitter couldn’t contain their excitement as the returning IPL made its footfall and it was an intense display straight away.
Today for 1st time, CSK Succesfully Defended below 160 runs against MI
2008 – 156 (Lost)
2012 – 112 (Lost)
2015 – 158 (Lost)
2019 – 131 (Lost)
2020 – 114 (Lost)
2021 – 156 (Won)*#MIvsCSK
— S H E B A S (@Shebas_10) September 19, 2021
— Aakash Chopra (@cricketaakash) September 19, 2021
Chennai Super Kings was 24 for 4 at the end of powerplay and then beat Mumbai Indians by 20 runs – What a comeback by #CSK.
— Johns. (@CricCrazyJohns) September 19, 2021
CSK started like a football match cause MI weren't ready for cricket.
— Heisenberg ☢ (@internetumpire) September 19, 2021
2020 – 6 Wins in 14 matches
2021 – 6 Wins in 8 matches*#MIvsCSK
— CricBeat (@Cric_beat) September 19, 2021
6 50s in winning cause
5 man of the match award
Hitting Worldclass bowlers like bumrah,pat cummins,rashid Khan for Fun
Ruturaj Gaikwad 🦁🦁 CSK varasudu pic.twitter.com/gBrv3bf1b8
— ☬ADITHYA☬ (@AdityaMb_4005) September 19, 2021
Csk Fans to mi fans 😉😂 pic.twitter.com/iOpTtfwIm2
— ℳsd Kutty (@its_MsdKutty) September 19, 2021
Ruturaj has proper CSK DNA. Technically strong. Playing with his strengths. Consistent. Mature. Calm. Great find from CSK think tank 💛#CSK
— SA (@Aravind_SA) September 19, 2021
— Ramesh Bala (@rameshlaus) September 19, 2021
Ruturaj Gaikwad's fifties & CSK results….
— Vɪᴄᴛᴏʀ ᶜˢᵏ 💛 (@itz_victor_) September 19, 2021