After the Mumbai Indians showed impressive performance on the ball, openers Ishant Kishan and Quinton de Kok shone with the bat, beating defending champions Mumbai Indians Mahendra Singh Dhoni-led Chennai Super Kings (CSK) by 10 wickets. Indian Premier League (IPL) on Friday at Sharjah Cricket Ground.
Stand-in captain Kieron Pollard, who won the toss in the absence of injured regular captain Rohit Sharma, asked the Chennai owner to bat first.
The MS Dhoni-led team advanced to the second clash of the two sides this season, with some major changes in their batting order. When opener Shane Watson was left out of the playing XI, Sam Cutton was pushed back into the bottom row.
Rudraj Kejriwal told Faf du Plessis to open the innings, but the former went for a duck as Trent Bolt caught a leg catch before the wicket in the over.
Jaspreet Bhumra scored twice in the next over, Ambati Rayudu and N Jagadeesan were dismissed for two and a goose respectively, before Bolt du Plessis (1) was sent back to the pavilion in the third over.
Following that, MS Dhoni and Ravindra Jadeja teamed up to watch CSK’s innings smoothly. However, in the sixth over, Jadeja was dismissed for seven by Trent Bolt’s catch by Krunal Pandya and Dhoni fell for 16 in the next over. CSK lost the first six batsmen by 30 runs.
Sam Curran, who came in to bat in the seventh over, was late in batting for Chennai with 52 off 47 balls, while Imran Tahir (43 not out) was the top scorer for CSK. In the 20 overs they set.
Notably, the 43-run partnership between Curran and Tahir is the highest ninth wicket stand in the IPL. MS Dhoni and Ravichandran Aswin set a previous record of 41 against the same team in 2013.
Trent Bolt scored four for 18 for the Mumbai Indians, while Jaspreet Bumrand Rahul Sahar took two wickets each. Nathan Coulter-Nile also took a wicket for the Mumbai Indians.
In return, Ishant Kishan scored a half-century, sharing a massive partnership of 116 for the opening wicket with Quinton de Kok to help Mumbai chase down the target in just 12.2 overs.
Kishan, who was adorned with six fours and five sixes, finished his innings with 68 off 37 balls. De Kok hit five fours and two maximums in his 37-ball 46.
Bolt was named Man of the Match for winning the match with the ball.
It is noteworthy that this is the first time in the history of the Cash Rich League that CSK have lost by 10 wickets in a match.
The win puts them at the top of the IPL 2020 standings with seven wins from 10 matches, while three-time champions CSK are bottom of the table with three consecutive wins.
Summary Marks: CSK 114/9 wkts in 20 overs (Sam Curran 52, MS Dhoni 15; Trent Bolt 4/18) M.I. 116/0 wkt in 12.2 overs (Ishant Kishan 68 not out, Quinton de Kok 46 not out; Hazlewood 0/17) 10 wickets