Chennai Super Kings beat Mumbai Indians by 20 runs


Chennai Super Kings on Sunday defeated Mumbai Indians by 20 Indians as the second of the IPL resumed in the UAE.

Batting first, Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s side made 156-6 in 20 overs with Ruturaj Gaikwad scoring 88 in just 58 balls. Ravindra Jadeja made 26, while Dwayne Bravo scored 23.

Trent Boult, Adam Milne and Jasprit Bumrah picked up two wickets each for Mumbai India.

In response, Mumbai Indians could only 136 runs by losing eight wickets in their quota of 20 overs. Aside from Saurabh Tiwary, who remained unbeaten at 50, no other Mumbai Indians batsman was able to shine with the bat.

Dwayne Bravo picked up three wickets for the CSK, while Deepak Chahar two MI batsmen. Josh Hazlewood and Shardul Thakur shared one wicket each.

Reacting to the CSK’s win, skipper Dhoni said, “At 30 for 4, you want to put up a respectable score, I felt Rutu and Bravo got us more than what we expected. We thought of 140, to get close to 160 was tremendous. The wicket was two-paced, slightly slow to start off. Also it’s difficult if you’re batting lower down, if you don’t get a chance to see what is happening, you want to go hard. Rayudu got injured, so it was tough to come back from there but we batted sensibly and finished superbly. It was sensible for one batter to bat right through to the end.”

His MI counterpart, Kieron Pollard, said, “Ruturaj batted really well. In T20 cricket, if one person bats through he can hurt you. We didn’t finish off well with the ball. Losing by 20 runs you know those were the extra runs we conceded. Surface was good, new ball had movement, our seamers got early wickets. But we wanted to continue that momentum all the way. Even though they got 150+, as a batting team we could’ve gotten that. Losing three wickets was a cardinal sin for us. Given the circumstances, Saurabh batted really well.”

Ruturaj Gaikwad was declared Man Of The Match for blistering knock of 88.