Faf du Plessis (L), and Ambati Rayudu
Faf du Plessis (L), and Ambati Rayudu
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Match Preview: 

The 13th edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2020 is all set to begin on Saturday, September 19 in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). The highly-awaited cricket festival will be returning after a six-month hiatus due to the coronavirus pandemic which brought the entire sporting world to a standstill.

Chennai Super Kings (CSK) will lock horns with Mumbai Indians (MI) in the opening match at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi. The match will begin at 7:30 PM (IST).

This year's IPL is a 'TV-only event' as no fans will be allowed inside the stadiums due to the coronavirus restrictions.

Mumbai Indians, the four-time champions, are once again the favourites to win with the likes of Rohit Sharma, Pandya Brothers - Hardik and Krunal - Kieron Pollard and Jasprit Bumrah.

Chennai Super Kings, meanwhile, will miss the likes of Suresh Raina and Harbhajan Singh. However, MS Dhoni's team is probably the most experienced side in the tournament. Shane Watson, Faf du Plessis, Dwayne Bravo and Ravindra Jadeja are some of the best players in the format, and with Dhoni's brilliant captaincy, CSK is a force to reckon with.

Match Squads:

Mumbai Indians: Rohit Sharma (C), Quinton de Kock (wk), Suryakumar Yadav, Ishan Kishan, Kieron Pollard, Hardik Pandya, Krunal Pandya, Rahul Chahar, Nathan Coulter-Nile/Mitchell McClenaghan, Trent Boult, Jasprit Bumrah, Saurabh Tiwary, Chris Lynn, Anmolpreet Singh, Sherfane Rutherford, Prince Balwant Rai, Anukul Roy, Aditya Tare, Digvijay Deshmukh, James Pattinson, Mohsin Khan, Dhawal Kulkarni, Jayant Yadav, Nathan Coulter-Nile/Mitchell McClenaghan.

Chennai Super Kings: MS Dhoni (C), Shane Watson, Faf du Plessis, Ambati Rayudu, Kedar Jadhav, Ravindra Jadeja, DJ Bravo, Piyush Chawla, Deepak Chahar, Imran Tahir/Lungi Ngidi, Shardul Thakur, Murali Vijay, Ruturaj Gaikwad, Monu Kumar, Mitchell Santner, Sam Curran, N Jagadeesan, KM Asif, Karn Sharma, Sai Kishore, Josh Hazlewood, Imran Tahir/Lungi Ngidi.

Dream XI:

Rohit Sharma, Shane Watson, Faf du Plessis, MS Dhoni (C & WK), Hardik Pandya, Kieron Pollard, Ravindra Jadeja, Imran Tahir, Rahul Chahar, Jasprit Bumrah, Trent Boult

Toss: Chennai Super Kings win the toss, choose to field

Playing XI:

Mumbai Indians: Rohit Sharma (C), Quinton de Kock (WK), Suryakumar Yadav, Saurabh Tiwary, Kieron Pollard, Hardik Pandya, Krunal Pandya, James Pattinson, Rahul Chahar, Trent Boult, Jasprit Bumrah

Mumbai Indians vs Chennai Super Kings LIVE: Score, Commentary for the 1st match of IPL 2020 - CSK win by 5 wickets

Chennai Super Kings: Shane Watson, M Vijay, Faf du Plessis, Ambati Rayudu, MS Dhoni (C & WK), Kedar Jadhav, Ravindra Jadeja, Piyush Chawla, Deepak Chahar, Sam Curran, Lungi Ngidi

Mumbai Indians vs Chennai Super Kings LIVE: Score, Commentary for the 1st match of IPL 2020 - CSK win by 5 wickets

1st Over (Deepak Chahar): Two boundaries in the first over - MI: 12/0

0.1 - Chahar to Sharma - 4 runs (4/0)

0.2 - Chahar to Sharma - 1 run (5/0)

0.3 - Chahar to de Kock - 2 runs (7/0)

0.4 - Chahar to de Kock - 4 runs (11/0)

0.5 - Chahar to de Kock - No run (11/0)

0.6 - Chahar to de Kock - 1 run (12/0)

2nd Over (Sam Curran): MI (19/0)

1.1 - Curran to de Kock - No run (12/0)

1.2 - Curran to de Kock - No run (12/0)

1.3 - Curran to de Kock - 1 run (13/0)

1.4 - Curran to Sharma - FOUR! (17/0)

1.5 - Curran to Sharma - 1 run (18/0)

1.6 - Curran to de Kock - 1 run (19/0)

3rd Over (Deepak Chahar): MI (27/0)

2.1 - Chahar to de Kock - 1 run (20/0)

2.2 - Chahar to Sharma - No run (20/0)

2.3 - Chahar to Sharma - No run (20/0)

2.4 - Chahar to Sharma - 1 run (21/0)

2.5 - Chahar to de Kock - FOUR! (25/0)

2.6 - Chahar to de Kock - 2 runs (27/0)

4th Over (Lungi Ngidi): A long and expensive over for South Africa's Ngidi - MI (45/0)

3.1 - Ngidi to Sharma - 1 run (28/0)

3.2 - Ngidi to de Kock - FOUR! (32/0)

3.3 - Ngidi to de Kock - 2 runs (34/0)

3.4 - Ngidi to de Kock - WIDE! (35/0)

3.4 - Ngidi to de Kock - FOUR! (39/0)

3.5 - Ngidi to de Kock - WIDE! (40/0)

3.5 - Ngidi to de Kock - FOUR! (44/0)

3.6 - Ngidi to de Kock - 1 run (45/0)

5th Over (Piyush Chawla): Sharma dismissed by Chawla, caught by Sam Curran - MI (48/1)

4.1 - Chawla to de Kock - No run (45/0)

4.2 - Chawla to de Kock - 1 run (46/0)

4.3 - Chawla to Sharma - No run (46/0)

4.4 - Chawla to Sharma - WICKET!!! (46/1) - Rohit Sharma 12(10) chips the ball into the hands of Sam Curran.

Suryakumar Yadav, right-handed batsman, comes to the crease

4.5 - Chawla to Yadav - 1 run (47/1)

4.6 - Chawla to de Kock - 1 run (48/1)

6th Over (Sam Curran): CSK pick up two quick dismissals - MI (52/2)

5.1 - Curran to de Kock - WICKET!!! (48/2) - Quinton de Kock 33(20) out caught by Shane Watson

Saurabh Tiwary, left handed bat, comes to the crease

5.2 - Curran to Tiwary - No run (49/2)

5.3 - Curran to Tiwary - 2 runs (51/2)

5.4 - Curran to Tiwary - No run (51/2)

5.5 - Curran to Tiwary - 1 run (52/2)

5.6 - Curran to Yadav - No run (52/2)

7th Over (Ravindra Jadeja): MI (60/2)

6.1 - Jadeja to Tiwary - 1 run (52/2)

6.2 - Jadeja to Yadav - FOUR! (56/2)

6.3 - Jadeja to Yadav - 1 run (57/2)

6.4 - Jadeja to Tiwary - 1 run (58/2)

6.5 - Jadeja to Tiwary - 1 run (59/2)

6.6 - Jadeja to Tiwary - 1 run (60/2)

8th Over (Sam Curran): MI (68/2)

7.1 - Curran to Tiwary - 1 run (61/2)

7.2 - Curran to Yadav - 1 run (62/2)

7.3 - Curran to Tiwary - No run (62/2)

7.4 - Curran to Tiwary - 1 run (63/2)

7.5 - Curran to Yadav - FOUR! (67/2)

7.6 - Curran to Yadav - 1 run (68/2)

9th Over (Ravindra Jadeja): MI (83/2)

8.1 - Jadeja to Yadav - 1 run (69/2)

8.2 - Jadeja to Tiwary - SIX!! (75/2) - First MAXIMUM of IPL 2020

8.3 - Jadeja to Tiwary - 2 runs (77/2)

8.4 - Jadeja to Tiwary - FOUR! (81/2)

8.5 - Jadeja to Tiwary - 1 run (82/2)

8.6 - Jadeja to Yadav - 1 run (83/2)

STRATEGIC TIMEOUT: Tiwary and Yadav help Mumbai to get back on track after losing Sharma and de Kock in quick succession

10th Over (Piyush Chawla): MI (86/2)

9.1 - Chawla to Yadav - WIDE! (84/2)

9.1 - Chawla to Yadav - No run (84/2)

9.2 - Chawla to Yadav - 1 run (85/2)

9.3 - Chawla to Tiwary - No run (85/2)

9.4 - Chawla to Tiwary - No run (85/2)

9.5 - Chawla to Tiwary - 1 run (86/2)

9.6 - Chawla to Yadav - No run (86/2)

11th Over (Deepak Chahar): MI lose Yadav (17/16) - MI (92/3)

10.1 - Chahar to Tiwary - 1 run (87/2)

10.2 - Chahar to Yadav - No run (87/2)

10.3 - Chahar to Yadav - 1 run (88/2)

10.4 - Chahar to Tiwary - 2 run (90/2)

10.5 - Chahar to Tiwary - 1 run (91/2)

10.6 - Chahar to Yadav - WIDE! (92/2)

10.6 - Chahar to Yadav - WICKET!!! (92/3) Suryakumar Yadav 17(16) out caught by Sam Curran

12th Over (Ravindra Jadeja): MI (105/3)

Hardik Pandya, right handed bat, comes to the crease

11.1 - Jadeja to Tiwary - 1 run (93/3)

11.2 - Jadeja to Pandya - No run (93/3)

11.3 - Jadeja to Pandya - No run (93/3)

11.4 - Jadeja to Pandya - No run (93/3)

11.5 - Jadeja to Pandya - SIX!! (99/3)

11.6 - Jadeja to Pandya - SIX!! (105/3)

13th Over (Lungi Ngidi): MI (116/3)

12.1 - Ngidi to Tiwary - No run (105/3)

12.2 - Ngidi to Tiwary - 2 runs (107/3)

12.3 - Ngidi to Tiwary - FOUR! (111/3)

12.4 - Ngidi to Tiwary - FOUR! (115/3)

12.5 - Ngidi to Tiwary - 1 run (116/3)

12.6 - Ngidi to Pandya - No run (116/3)

14th Over (Piyush Chawla): MI (121/3)

13.1 - Chawla to Tiwary - 1 run (117/3)

13.2 - Chawla to Pandya - 1 run (118/3)

13.3 - Chawla to Tiwary - 2 runs (120/3)

13.4 - Chawla to Tiwary - No run (120/3) - CSK review for LBW, ball-tracker says missing off stump

13.5 - Chawla to Tiwary - 1 run (121/3)

13.6 - Chawla to Pandya - No run (121/3)

15th Over (Ravindra Jadeja): MI (126/5)

14.1 - Jadeja to Tiwary - WICKET!!! (121/4) Saurabh Tiwary 42(31) out caught by Faf du Plessis

Kieron Pollard, right handed bat, comes to the crease

14.2 - Jadeja to Pollard - 1 run (122/4)

14.3 - Jadeja to Pandya - 1 run (123/4)

14.4 - Jadeja to Pollard - 1 run (124/4)

14.5 - Jadeja to Pandya - WICKET!!! (124/5) Hardik Pandya 14(10) out caught by Faf du Plessis

Krunal Pandya, left handed bat, comes to the crease

14.6 - Jadeja to K Pandya - 2 runs (126/5)

16th Over (Piyush Chawla) - MI (136/5)

15.1 - Chawla to Pollard - No run (126/5)

15.2 - Chawla to Pollard - SIX!! (132/5)

15.3 - Chawla to Pollard - 1 run (133/5)

15.4 - Chawla to K Pandya - 1 run (134/5)

15.5 - Chawla to Pollard - No run (134/5)

15.6 - Chawla to Pollard - 2 runs (136/5)

STRATEGIC TIMEOUT: After Hardik Pandya's dismissal, Mumbai Indians look up to CPL 2020 winner Kieron Pollard and Krunal Pandya to reach a respectable total

17th Over (Lungi Ngidi): MI (140/6)

16.1 - Ngidi to K Pandya - WICKET!!! (136/6) - Krunal Pandya 3(3) c Dhoni b Ngidi

James Pattinson, left handed bat, comes to the crease

16.2 - Ngidi to Pattinson - 1 run (137/6)

16.3 - Ngidi to Pollard - 1 run (138/6)

16.4 - Ngidi to Pattinson - 1 run (139/6)

16.5 - Ngidi to Pollard - 1 run (140/6)

16.6 - Ngidi to Pattinson - No run (140/6)

18th Over (Sam Curran): MI (151/6)

17.1 - Curran to Pollard - 1 run (141/6)

17.2 - Curran to Pattinson - FOUR! (145/6)

17.3 - Curran to Pattinson - 1 run (146/6)

17.4 - Curran to Pollard - FOUR! (150/6)

17.5 - Curran to Pollard - No run (150/6)

17.6 - Curran to Pollard - Leg byes 1 run (151/6) - appeal for LBW, not given

19th Over (Lungi Ngidi): MI (156/8)

18.1 - Ngidi to Pollard - WICKET!!! (151/7) - Kieron Pollard 18(14) c Dhoni b Ngidi

Rahul Chahar, right handed bat, comes to the crease

18.2 - Ngidi to Chahar - 1 run (152/7)

18.3 - Ngidi to Pattinson - FOUR! (156/7) - sloppy misfielding from Deepak Chahar

18.4 - Ngidi to Pattinson - No run (156/7)

18.5 - Ngidi to Pattinson - WICKET!!! (156/8) - James Pattinson 11(8) c du Plessis b Ngidi

Trent Boult, right handed bat, comes to the crease

18.6 - Ngidi to Chahar - No run (156/8)

20th Over (Deepak Chahar): MI (162/9)

19.1 - Chahar to Boult - WICKET!!! (156/9) - Trent Boult 0(1) b Chahar

Jasprit Bumrah, right handed bat, comes to the crease

19.2 - Chahar to Bumrah - 1 run (157/9)

19.3 - Chahar to R Chahar - No run (157/9)

19.4 - Chahar to R Chahar - 1 run (158/9)

19.5 - Chahar to Bumrah - 2 runs (160/9)

19.6 - Chahar to Bumrah - 2 runs (162/9)

Innings Break

Mumbai Indians reach a respectable total of 162 in their opening clash against Chennai Super Kings in the 13th edition of the IPL. It was not the ideal return for the current champions, especially the skipper Rohit Sharma and other show runners like Kieron Pollard and Pandya Brothers - Hardik and Krunal - who were dismissed rather quickly.

Chennai Super Kings, on the other hand, did a great job as Sam Curran and Lungi Ngidi picked up crucial wickets at crucial times.

MS Dhoni's side now need 163 to defeat Rohit Sharma's side and register their first win in the last five head-to-head outings.

Murali Vijay and Shane Watson are at the crease. Vijay is on strike. Trent Boult will open the attack!

1st Over (Trent Boult): Watson walks back to the pavilion early - CSK (5/1)

0.1 - Boult to Vijay - 1 run (1/0)

0.2 - Boult to Watson - No run (1/0)

0.3 - Boult to Watson - No run (1/0)

0.4 - Boult to Watson - No run (1/0)

0.5 - Boult to Watson - FOUR! (5/0)

0.6 - Boult to Watson - WICKET!!! (5/1) - Watson lbw b Boult 4(5)

2nd Over (James Pattinson): CSK (6/2)

Faf du Plessis, right handed bat, comes to the crease

1.1 - Pattinson to Vijay - No run (5/1)

1.2 - Pattinson to Vijay - WIDE (6/1)

1.2 - Pattinson to Vijay - No run (6/1)

1.3 - Pattinson to Vijay - No run (6/1)

1.4 - Pattinson to Vijay - No run (6/1)

1.5 - Pattinson to Vijay - No run (6/1)

1.6 - Pattinson to Vijay - WICKET!!! (6/2) Vijay lbw b Pattinson 1(7)

3rd Over (Trent Boult): CSK (12/2)

Ambati Rayudu, right handed bat, comes to the crease

2.1 - Boult to du Plessis - No run (6/2)

2.2 - Boult to du Plessis - 1 run (7/2)

2.3 - Boult to Rayudu - No run (7/2)

2.4 - Boult to Rayudu - 1 run (8/2)

2.5 - Boult to du Plessis - No run (8/2)

2.6 - Boult to du Plessis - FOUR! (12/2)

4th Over (James Pattinson): CSK (19/2)

3.1 - Pattinson to Rayudu - FOUR (16/2)

3.2 - Pattinson to Rayudu - No run (16/2)

3.3 - Pattinson to Rayudu - No run (16/2)

3.4 - Pattinson to Rayudu - 1 run (17/2)

3.5 - Pattinson to du Plessis - No run (17/2)

3.6 - Pattinson to du Plessis - 2 runs (19/2)

5th Over (Trent Boult): CSK (23/2)

4.1 - Boult to Rayudu - FOUR! (23/2)

4.2 - Boult to Rayudu - No run (23/2)

4.3 - Boult to Rayudu - No run (23/2)

4.4 - Boult to Rayudu - No run (23/2)

4.5 - Boult to Rayudu - No run (23/2)

4.6 - Boult to Rayudu - No run (23/2)

6th Over (Jasprit Bumrah): CSK (37/2)

5.1 - Bumrah to du Plessis - No run (23/2)

5.2 - Bumrah to du Plessis - No run (23/2)

5.3 - Bumrah to du Plessis - No run (23/2)

5.4 - Bumrah to du Plessis - No run (23/2)

5.5 - Bumrah to du Plessis - 3 runs (26/2)

5.6 - Bumrah to Rayudu - NO BALL, FOUR! (31/2)

5.6 - Bumrah to Rayudu - SIX!! (37/2)

7th Over (Krunal Pandya): CSK (43/2)

6.1 - K Pandya to du Plessis - 1 run (38/2)

6.2 - K Pandya to Rayudu - 1 run (39/2)

6.3 - K Pandya to du Plessis - 1 run (40/2)

6.4 - K Pandya to Rayudu - No run (40/2)

6.5 - K Pandya to Rayudu - 2 runs (42/2)

6.6 - K Pandya to Rayudu - 1 runs (43/2)

8th Over (Rahul Chahar): CSK (51/2)

7.1 - R Chahar to Rayudu - 1 run (44/2)

7.2 - R Chahar to du Plessis - 1 run (45/2)

7.3 - R Chahar to Rayudu - 1 run (46/2)

7.4 - R Chahar to du Plessis - No run (46/2)

7.5 - R Chahar to du Plessis - FOUR! (50/2)

7.6 - R Chahar to du Plessis - 1 run (51/2)

Strategic Timeout: 

A very slow start from CSK as they lost both Vijay and Watson early on. But, Rayudu and du Plessis are settling into their position with consistent singles and boundaries.

Mumbai Indians need another wicket or two to dismantle CSK's top-order and gain the upper hand.

9th Over (Krunal Pandya): CSK (58/2)

8.1 - K Pandya to du Plessis - 1 run (52/2)

8.2 - K Pandya to Rayudu - 1 run (53/2)

8.3 - K Pandya to du Plessis - WIDE! (54/2)

8.3 - K Pandya to du Plessis - 1 run (55/2)

8.4 - K Pandya to Rayudu - 1 run (56/2)

8.5 - K Pandya to du Plessis - 1 run (57/2)

8.6 - K Pandya to Rayudu - 1 run (58/2)

10th Over (Rahul Chahar): CSK (70/2)

9.1 - R Chahar to Rayudu - 1 run (59/2)

9.1 - R Chahar to du Plessis - 1 run (60/2)

9.1 - R Chahar to Rayudu - FOUR! (64/2)

9.1 - R Chahar to Rayudu - FOUR! (68/2)

9.1 - R Chahar to Rayudu - 1 run (69/2)

9.1 - R Chahar to du Plessis - 1 run (70/2)

11th Over (Krunal Pandya): CSK (81/2)

10.1 - K Pandya to du Plessis - 1 run (71/2)

10.2 - K Pandya to Rayudu - SIX!! (77/2)

10.3 - K Pandya to Rayudu - 1 run (78/2)

10.4 - K Pandya to du Plessis - 1 run (79/2)

10.5 - K Pandya to Rayudu - 1 run (80/2)

10.6 - K Pandya to du Plessis - 1 run (81/2)

12th Over (Jasprit Bumrah): CSK (88/2)

11.1 - Bumrah to du Plessis - 1 run (82/2)

11.2 - Bumrah to Rayudu - 1 run (83/2)

11.3 - Bumrah to du Plessis - 1 run (84/2)

11.4 - Bumrah to Rayudu - No run (84/2)

11.5 - Bumrah to Rayudu - FOUR! (88/2)

11.6 - Bumrah to Rayudu - No run (88/2)

13th Over (Rahul Chahar): CSK (99/2)

12.1 - R Chahar to du Plessis - 1 run (89/2)

12.2 - R Chahar to Rayudu - SIX!! (95/2)

12.3 - R Chahar to Rayudu - 1 run (96/2)

12.4 - R Chahar to du Plessis - 1 run (97/2)

12.5 - R Chahar to Rayudu - 1 run (98/2)

12.6 - R Chahar to du Plessis - 1 run (99/2)

14th Over (James Pattinson): CSK (105/2)

13.1 - Pattinson to du Plessis - 1 run (100/2)

13.2 - Pattinson to Rayudu - No run (100/2)

13.3 - Pattinson to Rayudu - 2 runs (102/2)

13.4 - Pattinson to Rayudu - 1 run (103/2)

13.5 - Pattinson to du Plessis - 1 run (104/2)

13.6 - Pattinson to Rayudu - 1 run (105/2)

Strategic Timeout!

Rayudu and du Plessis have built a brilliant partnership - 99(73) - and with the way they are playing, victory does not seem far for the Whistle Army.

Mumbai Indians desperately need a wicket to get back on track but Rayudu and du Plessis are not in the mood to walk back to the pavilion just yet.

15th Over (Jasprit Bumrah): CSK (116/2), need 47 runs in 30 balls

14.1 - Bumrah to Rayudu - No run (105/2)

14.2 - Bumrah to Rayudu - 1 run (106/2)

14.3 - Bumrah to du Plessis - FOUR! (110/2)

14.4 - Bumrah to du Plessis - 1 run (111/2)

14.5 - Bumrah to Rayudu - 2 runs (113/2)

14.6 - Bumrah to Rayudu - WIDE (114/2)

14.6 - Bumrah to Rayudu - 2 runs (116/2)

16th Over (Rahul Chahar): CSK (121/3), need 42 runs in 24 balls

15.1 - R Chahar to du Plessis - 1 run (117/2)

15.2 - R Chahar to Rayudu - 1 run (118/2)

15.3 - R Chahar to du Plessis - 1 run (119/2)

15.4 - R Chahar to Rayudu - 1 run (120/2)

15.5 - R Chahar to du Plessis - 1 run (121/2)

15.6 - R Chahar to Rayudu - WICKET!!! (121/3) Rayudu c and b Rahul Chahar 71(48)

17th Over (James Pattinson): CSK (134/3), 29 runs in 18 balls

Ravindra Jadeja, left handed bat, comes to the crease

16.1 - Pattinson to Jadeja - FOUR! (125/3)

16.1 - Pattinson to Jadeja - 1 run (126/3)

16.1 - Pattinson to du Plessis - 2 run (128/3)

16.1 - Pattinson to du Plessis - 1 run (129/3)

16.1 - Pattinson to Jadeja - FOUR! (133/3)

16.1 - Pattinson to Jadeja - 1 run (134/3)

18th Over (Krunal Pandya): CSK (147/4), need 16 runs in 12 balls

17.1 - K Pandya to Jadeja - WICKET!!! (134/4)

Jadeja lbw b Krunal Pandya 10(5)

Sam Curran, left handed bat, comes to the crease

17.2 - K Pandya to Curran - 1 run (135/4)

17.3 - K Pandya to du Plessis - 1 run (136/4)

17.4 - K Pandya to Curran - SIX!! (142/4)

17.5 - K Pandya to Curran - FOUR! (146/4)

17.6 - K Pandya to Curran - 1 run (147/4)

19th Over (Jasprit Bumrah): CSK (158/5), need 5 runs in 6 balls

18.1 - Bumrah to Curran - SIX!! (153/4)

18.2 - Bumrah to Curran - WICKET!!! (153/5)

Sam Curran c Pattinson b Bumrah 18(6)

MS Dhoni, right handed bat, comes to the crease

18.3 - Bumrah to du Plessis - FOUR! (157/5)

18.4 - Bumrah to du Plessis - 1 run (158/5)

18.5 - Bumrah to Dhoni - No run (158/5)

18.6 - Bumrah to Dhoni - No run (158/5)

20th over (Trent Boult): CSK (166/5), win by 5 wickets

19.1 - Boult to du Plessis - FOUR! (162/5)

19.2 - Boult to du Plessis - FOUR! (166/5)

CSK win by 5 wickets!

Chennai Super Kings, led by MS Dhoni on Saturday won the opening clash against Mumbai Indians in the 13th edition of the IPL at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi.

This is CSK's first victory in last six encounters against Rohit Sharma's side.

Mumbai Indians have a track record of losing their opening clash since 2013. MI have lost their opening clash to five different teams since 2013. But, the 'Paltan' always manage to turn up in the later stages of the tournament as they are the record four time champions of IPL.

"None of our batsmen carried on for us, like du Plessis and Rayudu did for CSK. I think we were 85 in the first 10 overs. Credit to the CSK bowlers, they bowled well at the end to pull things back. Something for us to learn. Still early days," said Sharma in the post-match interaction.

"We all want to start really well, it's crucial in this tournament where momentum is important. Few things for us to learn from this game, we did make few mistakes. Hopefully we'll rectify those and come out smarter in the next game."

CSK, meanwhile, had a slow start but started to pick up pace with the wickets as Sam Curran and Lungi Ngidi dismissed crucial batsmen when MI needed them the most.

Curran, who was involved in the first three wickets, said: "I have been used to the bubble with the England team. But you are used to seeing big crowds in IPL, so it was different. I haven't met a lot of the guys, came in a day before and was straight on the bus today. That was a good thing. I was very surprised that I went in."

Curran, who also managed to smash a couple maximums and a boundary, added: "He (Dhoni) is a genius and thought something (about sending me before himself). We targeted that over (18th) and I went in with a six or out mentality... sometimes it comes off and sometimes it doesn't."

Ambati Rayudu, who had not played cricket in over a year, managed to build an incredible partnership with Faf du Plessis. Rayudu was elected man of the match for smashing 71 runs off 48 balls. "I kept training in the lockdown. It was a stop-start but I was really eager. When the dew came on batting became much easier. We practiced in Chennai which really helped and then in Dubai as well," he said.

End of the days play!

Mumbai Indians (MI) may have won a record four titles, but their performance in IPL openers clearly lack determination and willingness to outshine their opponents. In seven years, Mumbai Indians have won zero opening clashes in the IPL.

But, one way or another, Rohit Sharma manages to get the team together as he has done on previous occasions.

Chennai Super Kings, on the other end, who are second to MI in winning IPL titles (3), never look out of the competition.

With that said, it is certainly the end of days play!

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