#Bravo scorers crucial 68 runs as #CSK seals the opening match against #MI.
The Indian Premier League season 11 starts off with a bang at Mumbai’s Wankhede Stadium.
DJ Bravo set the Chennai Super Kings innings on fire, he was the one who batted like a true champion.
After the openers contributed decently and Suresh Raina, MS Dhoni failed, Bravo held the CSK innings together with Kedar Jadhav.
Kedar was the one who gave the finishing touches to the innings and brought a thrilling win over MI yesterday.
Even though MI batted first but they didn’t go on to post a big total on the board.
West Indies opener Evin Lewis and Indian opener Rohit Sharma opened the innings together in this match.
MI started off decently in the first two overs, but Chachar’s 2nd over gives MI a big blow. Lewis was out for a golden duck in his 1st match of the IPL.
Chachar bowled a full delivery which swung back to Lewis, the Windies opener looked to flick the ball but missed it. Lewis also went for the DRS by doing so he became the first player to use the DRS in IPL, but that also didn’t help his cause, he was out for a golden duck.
Ishan Kishen came in to join skipper Rohit Sharma at the crease.
But Sharma didn’t stay for long with the youngster, he was out to Watto.
Skipper Sharma never looked in control and he was not in his full flow. On a good length delivery Rohit wanted to play the ball towards mid wicket but he gets a thick leading edge towards backward point. Ambati Rayudu calls it for the catch and completes it with ease. Hit Man Sharma goes after scoring 15 runs.
Surya Kumar Yadav comes in to join Ishan Kishen at the crease and the two Indian youngster take on the CSK bowlers with no fear.
Surya Kumar Yadav’s cracking shots and Ishan Kishen’s good supporting cameo allowed MI to make a comeback.
MI scored 62 runs in their 9 overs then comes the strategic break. CSK lost the plot after picking up Rohit Sharma early.
After the break MI batsmen continue their batting flow, they were looking good for a total above 180 runs.
But Watson’s comeback over did the trick for CSK, Watto picked up Surya Kumar Yadav and gave a vital breakthrough to CSK.
The dangerous Surya Kumar was in mood to blast the CSK bowlers, but the experience of Watson didn’t allow that to happen.
Surya Kumar tried to dig in the slower short delivery but missed it and gave a straight catch to Harbhajan Singh at long leg. Surya Kumar departs after playing an entertaining knock of 43 runs, this is his 3rd highest IPL score.
Hardik Pandya comes to join Kishen at the crease.
Pandya was sent to accelerate the innings, that’s what he exactly did, he took on Mark Wood and scored 12 runs in his first 7 balls.
Imran Tahir’s 2 over saw the end of Ishan Kishen for 40 runs, Kishen tried play against the turn, he didn’t read the googly and ended giving a dolly catch to Mark Wood. He played a risky shot which costed him his wicket, he was out for 40 runs.
Krunal Pandya came to bat with his brother Hardik Pandya.
The Pandya brothers attacked the CSK bowlers in the later overs as MI scored 117 runs in 15 overs where the second strategic timeout break was taken.
After the break, it was an economical spell from Bravo which helped CSK to restrict MI to 165 for the loss of 4 wickets.
The Pandya brothers played well but that couldn’t take on Bravo as they would have liked to, but Mark Wood was expensive in the last two overs, that’s what helped MI to reach the score above 160 run mark.
Hardik was not out on 22 runs and his brother Krunal was unbeaten on 41 runs of just 22 balls.
But still many believed that MI are 20 to 25 runs short, CSK made a good comeback after they picked Surya Kumar Yadav.
For CSK Shane Watson picked up 2 wickets with Deepak Chachar and Imran Tahir picked up 1 wicket each.
The target of 166 runs wasn’t a big one for batting line up like CSK, but losing wickets at regular intervals made the chase very hard for them.
They opened with Watson and instead of Murali Vijay they chose Ambati Raydu in his place.
CSK started off decently, they scored 19 runs of the three overs.
But Hardik Pandya’s first over gave MI a big wicket of Watson.
Watto couldn’t read the slower delivery bowled by Hardik. Watson couldn’t pick up the line and played the ball bit early that come off his lower portion of his bat which goes straight into the hands of Lewis at long leg. Shane Watson goes for 16 runs.
T20 specialist Suresh Raina comes to the crease but departs early for just 4 runs. Raina wanted to go over the infield during this last ball of the power play. But he missed it to the mid on fielder Krunal Pandya, who makes no mistake to dismiss Raina cheaply.
Kedar Jadhav comes to bat at number 4 with Rayudu already at the crease.
But this time Rayudu goes early, he couldn’t read the googly bowled by Mayank Markande. Rayudu tried to play sweep shot but missed, it was plumb as it hit the back thigh. Rayudu goes for 22 runs.
CSK were in trouble they needed MSD to play a good cameo with Kedar Jadhav at the other end.
After few over Mayank Markande does it again, this time he dismissed the skipper of CSK cheaply.
MS Dhoni also couldn’t read the googly bowled by Mayank. MSD was caught plumb in front,Dhoni goes for just 5 runs.
CSK were pushed in more trouble, Ravindra Jadeja came into the crease as all eyes were on him to take his team through.
But cleverness of Fizz gave MI a vital wicket of Jadeja, Fizz bowled a cutter very wide of Jadeja, but still Jadeja goes for it and in the end he missed the shot and Surya Kumar Yadav catches it in the mid on region. Jaddu goes for just 12 runs.
DJ Bravo who didn’t have a good day with the ball comes in to join Kedar Jadhav.
But Jadhav had to leave the field because of his hamstring, he was retired hurt and that was big blow to CSK.
Deepak Chachar was the next batsman in, but he was out in the next ball. Chachar dances down the pitch and goes for an ugly slog shot, eventually he misses the ball completely and Ishan Kishan does an easy job behind the stumps. Chachar goes for 0.
Dwayne Bravo was fighting a lone battle for CSK, Bhajji supported him well for a while but that didn’t last long.
McClenaghan cramped Harbhajan for room, Bhajji tried to play an upper cut but couldn’t go through that short and in the end he was caught easily by Bumrah. Harbhajan was out for 8 runs.
CSK was in danger of getting bowled out less than 20 runs, even Dwayne Bravo who was playing so well ran out of partners.
But still Bravo went on playing, but Mark Wood couldn’t support Bravo as he would have liked to.
Pandya was the man again who picked up his third wicket. Wood played a poor shot which costed him his wicket. He hits straight to fine leg fielder Fizz. Mark Wood goes for just 1 run.
Only Bravo was playing a gem of knock, rest of the batsmen were just coming and going quickly.
Dwayne Bravo took on Bumrah and McClenaghan in their back to back overs. In this process he also completed his fifty of just 25 balls.
But in the quest of quick runs Bravo was out to Bumrah in the 19th over. It was a short ball from Bumrah which Bravo swings it to extra cover and gets caught by Rohit Sharma. Bravo’s brilliant innings ended, he scored 68 runs.
Bravo almost took CSK close to win from nowhere, 7 runs needed from the last over.
Kedar Jadhav comes to bat as the last man for CSK. He and Tahir had an uphill task in front of them.
Mustifizur bowled the last over and he was dead right in first three balls as no runs were scored.
But the fourth ball of the last over goes for huge six and the next ball goes for a boundary.
Kedar Jadhav does it for the CSK’s, he came back from his hamstring injury and sees his side through the victory.
Jadhav’s finishing touches allow CSK to seal the thrilling match by 1 wicket.
But one shouldn’t forget the contribution made by Dwayne Bravo. He almost brough CSK to the finishing line but he couldn’t finish it.
MI bowled well but CSK held their nerves, Pandya and Markande took 3 wickets with Bumrah, Fizz and McClenghan took 1 wicket each.
CSK announce their arrival with a famous 1 wicket win and DJ Bravo was awarded the man of the man for his useful 68 runs knock.