Set to chase 157, Mumbai lost early wickets and was struggling at 58 for four in the 10th over with all the frontline batsmen out. Deepak Chahar got rid of the dangerous Quinton de Kock for 17 (12b, 3x4) and a couple of overs later removed the other opener Anmolpreet Singh with a clever variation of pace. Saurabh Tiwary waged a lone, but ultimately futile, battle as he ran out of partners. Faf du Plessis held a brilliant running catch to send back Suryakumar Yadav off Shardul Thakur to further deepen Mumbai’s woes. It was then the turn of the ebullient Dwayne Bravo to join the wicket-taking spree as he accounted for three wickets for 25 runs.
Earlier, the supremely-talented Ruturaj Gaikwad batted through the innings for an unbeaten 58-ball 88 to lift the Super Kings from 7/3 to 156 for six. The late spark was provided by Bravo (23 off 8 balls).
The 24-year-old Gaikwad added 81 runs for the fifth wicket with Ravindra Jadeja (26) to steady the ship after it lost skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni in the sixth over and the score was 24 for 4. Gaikwad smashed nine fours and four sixes, while Bravo hit three maximums.
CSK lost four wickets in the power play, including the wickets of skipper Dhoni and the team’s seasoned run-getter Suresh Raina, as three top-order batsmen failed to open their account.
Meanwhile, Ambati Rayudu retired hurt after taking a blow on his body to make matter worse for the Super Kings.
After that, Gaikwad and Jadeja put together invaluable runs by mixing caution with aggression to give their team a competitive total to defend.
Brief scores: Chennai Super Kings 156/6 in 20 overs (R Gaikwad 88, A Milne 2/21) bt Mumbai Indians 136/8 in 20 overs (S Tiwary 50 not out, D Bravo 3/25)
Rohit rested due to knee niggle
Regular captain Rohit Sharma opted out of Mumbai’s opening match of the IPL 2021 second phase due to a knee niggle he had sustained during the recent England tour.
Rohit had struck a century in the second innings of the fourth Test at the Oval in London, but did not take the field when England batted. Kieron Pollard led the defending champion in the absence of Rohit. MI head coach Mahela Jayawardene said that Rohit was kept out of the game as a precautionary measure. “Rohit had something going in the last Test (Oval), so we thought a couple of days of extra precaution,” said Mahela.