Dwayne Bravo, Kedar Jadhav help CSK to clinch a thriller
By Krunal Gandhi, MyCricketHighlights Cricket Writer
1st Match: Mumbai Indians vs Chennai Super Kings at Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai, April 07 -2018, Cricket Highlights.
The first match of IPL 2018 went all the way down to the wire as Chennai Super Kings defeated Mumbai Indians in a last-over thriller by one wicket. Chasing 166 for victory, the MS Dhoni-led side were down and out at one point, having lost 6 wickets for just 84 runs on the board. But after that, it was the scintillating knock from Dwayne Bravo – who scored 68 off mere 30 balls – that turned the match on its heads. The West Indian all-rounder singlehandedly snatched the match out of MI’s hands and brought CSK close to the doorsteps of victory. He got out when CSK needed 7 to win off the last over. Easy enough, but the problem was that they were left with only one wicket and an injured Kedar Jadhav.
With the first three balls turning out to be dots, the odds were against stacked against Jadhav and CSK. However, Jadhav didn’t let the pressure get the better of him. He played an extra-ordinary shot – a scoop over fine-leg for six – off Mustafizur Rahman to level the scores and smashed the very next ball for a boundary to secure an amazing, unbelievable victory for the Super Kings.
Earlier in the evening, Super Kings’ bowlers provided their team with a terrific start by getting rid of both the dangerous openers, Evin Lewis and Rohit Sharma, inside the first four overs. Mumbai Indians, at this stage, were struggling at 22 for 2. Their innings was then rebuilt by Suryakumar Yadav and Ishan Kishan, who added 78 runs for the third wicket.
Both the youngsters batted with superb intent and took on the best of the CSK bowlers – Tahir and Bravo – in their first overs. While Tahir was smashed for a couple of boundaries and a six by Kishan, Suryakumar hammered Bravo for three consecutive fours in the very next over.
The partnership was taking the match away from CSK and in order to break it, Dhoni brought Watson back into the attack. The move worked as Watto was able to get rid of Suryakumar (43). A couple of overs later, Tahir also got his revenge and picked up the wicket of Kishan (40). With both the set batsmen back in the pavilion, the onus was on the Pandya brothers to make the most of the last five overs and take their team to a competitive total.
While one expected the fireworks from Hardik, it was his elder brother, Krunal, who did the destruction. The left-hander scored 41 off just 22 balls, which helped Mumbai Indians to post 165 runs on the board.