In the first match of the second phase of IPL 2021, CSK defeated the defending champions, MI by 20 runs in the El Classico of Cricket.
Ruturaj Gaikwad was awarded with Man of the match for his winning knock of 88 runs in 58 deliveries.
The season resume today, after being put on halt in May because of covid 19. The first phase of the season, witnessed 29 matches.
The last match of the first phase of IPL 2021 was played on 2nd May, between Punjab Kings and Delhi Capitals.
Due to Covid reasons the Second half of IPL is now taking place in UAE.
CSK won the toss and decided to bat first, earlier this decision seemed to favor the defending champions.
CSK lost three wickets under ten runs and five of his batsmen returned to pavallion under the first powerplay.
Things really seem bad for CSK when, Ambati Rayudu had to return for pavallion as retired hurt, when the team needed him the most.
CSK’s strong batting line up, was shattered like a sand castle by the kiwi seamers, Trent Boult and Adam Milne.
With all hope lost, it was Ruturaj Gaikwad who played a sensible innings of 88 runs from 58 deliveries.
Gaikwad’s inning included nine 4s and four 6s. His strike rate in the first 30 balls was of less than hundred, sensibly building the match he eventually raised the gear too by targeting Pollard and Bumrah.
First Jadeja and then Bravo supported the Young Batsman and help team put up a fighting total of 156/6 in 20 overs.
The MI inning started really well, Quinton De Kock played some good shots in the first two overs, the debutant Anmolpreet Singh too got a start.
But none of the Openers were actually able to use the good start, instead handed their wickets to Deepak Chahar.
MI lost there third wicket in the Powerplay in form of Surya Kumar Yadav. After that MI kept on losing wickets on different intervals.
Saurabh Tiwary did scored a not-out, half century in 40 deliveries, but even that could not help MI, as no other batsman actually supported him from the other end.
MI batsmen could not last for long in front of CSK seamers. Bravo, Deepak Chahar, Shardul Thakur and Josh HazLewood desimated the MI batting line up.
At last MI could only score 136 runs at the loss of 8 wickets and lost the match by 20 runs.
It’s a happy day for Cricket fans all over the world as IPL is back, MI fans does have some sour lemons in their basket, but there’s a long tournament ahead and we all are aware of MI’s ability of turning the table at any moment.
CSK should be happy with their win, but they need to work on their batting too, cause it is a long season ahead.