CSK Restrict Mumbai Indians to 162/9 in IPL Season Opener
Mumbai Indians posted a 162/9 against Chennai Super Kings in the opening match of the Indian Premier League.
After a good start, Mumbai Indians managed just 22 runs and lost three wickets in the last three overs to be restricted to 162/9 by Chennai Super Kings (CSK) in the Indian Premier League (IPL) opener in Abu Dhabi on Saturday, 19 September.
Lungi Ngidi (3/38) struck twice in the penultimate over and Deepak Chahar (2/32) took one as the CSK put the breaks on the MI innings after the defending champions were 121/3 at the start of the 15th over.
Captain Rohit Sharma got the season – which was delayed by almost six months due to COVID-19 – underway with a four after MS Dhoni won the toss and put Mumbai Indians in to bat.
The venue for today’s match – Sheikh Zayed Stadium – will be Mumbai Indians’ home ground this year.
Openers Rohit and Quinton de Kock stitched a 46-run stand before falling in successive overs to reduce Mumbai to 48/2 in 5.1 overs.
Saurabh Tiwary, in his first IPL game in three years, smashed the first six of the season. He amassed 44 runs with Suryakumar Yadav (17 off 16 balls) before Faf du Plessis took two stunning catches in an over to change the game.
He fumbled out of the boundary, but Faf managed to release the ball and catch it again twice in the over bowled by Jadeja to dismiss Tiwary (42 off 31 balls) and Hardik Pandya (14 off 10 balls).
None of the incoming batsman after that managed to make a mark.
Ngidi, who was being smashed around the park during his initial overs, made a superb comeback to dismiss Kieron Pollard (18), Krunal Pandya (3) and James Pattinson (11).
Chahar bowled Trent Boult out for a duck as CSK restricted Mumbai Indians to a decent total.
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