IPL 2021 kicked off for the second time in UAE after a covid-halt in India. The fans could not have asked for more as the heavyweights clashed. CSK took on Mumbai Indians for the first win in the second phase of IPL 2021. Earlier we had predicted the dream11 and fantasy team for the CSKvsMI match, and look if we had guessed it right or not.
The first surprise in the toss was Rohit Sharma not fully fit for the match. However, Mahela then confirmed that Rohit was fit enough to play, though they did not want to take any chances. Therefore, Kieron Pollard had to step in as the captain of the Mumbai Indians.
First Inning- CSKvsMI
Batting first, CSK was put in trouble by new-ball bowlers Adam Milne and Trent Boult. Before we could grasp the excitement of a restart of IPL, CSK was four down. Thanks to a two-wicket piece from both the bowlers. Meanwhile, they were literally five down as Ambati Rayudu was forced to retired hurt with an injury.
Then came the partnership that changed the course of the game. Ravindra Jadeja came in at No.7 after CSK were 24/4. Then he built an 81 runs partnership with Ruturaj Gaikwad who went on to make a brilliant 88 not out of 58 balls. Jadeja got out to Bumrah after scoring 26 off 33 balls. A quick-fire cameo from Dwayne Bravo of 23 off 8 balls took CSK to a competitive 156./6.
Chase from Mumbai Indians- CSKvsMI
In the absence of Rohit Sharma, Anmolpreet Singh made a debut for the Mumbai franchise. But, Deepak Chahar did not take any longer to find his mojo as he rid of both the openers within the powerplay. Mumbai found themselves 35/2 after 5 overs. But the bigger blows came later as Shardul Thakur took the wicket of Surya Kumar Yadav in his first over. Then, Ishan Kishan was caught at short cover by Raina from a slow-cutter from Bravo.
But after the first few blows, captain Pollard was trying to put on a partnership with Saurabh Tiwary. He was looking good also hitting some blows. But, a bowling change from MS Dhoni saw the change in the game. Josh Hazelwood came in and caught Pollard plumb in front of the wicket. Even the DRS could not save him.
In the fifteen over, it looked all-over for the Mumbai team as Krunal Pandya was trapped short of crease by a quick throw from Bravo. CSK was now into the tailenders of Mumbai in the clash of CSKvsMI.
Saurabh Tiwary kept on fighting for Mumbai and meantime crossed his fifty as well. However, in the end, the task was too big for him. With Bravo bowling at the end, CSK proved to be the better team than Mumbai Indians. Tiwary made 50 off 40 balls but could not take his team home. Though, there might be a bit of tension for the CSK fans as Deepak Chahar limped off the ground with a pulled hamstring. In the end, CSK pulled of 20 runs win after being 21/4 in the first inning.