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Indian Premier League 2021, CSK vs MI | Ruturaj's 88 and bowlers power CSK to 20-run win over MI

Ravindra Jadeja of Chennai Super Kings (CSK) plays a shot during their Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021 cricket match against Mumbai Indians (MI), in Dubai, UAE, Sunday, Sept. 19 2021.   | Photo Credit: PTI

The supremely-talented Ruturaj Gaikwad batted through the innings for an unbeaten 58-ball 88 to lift Chennai Super Kings from 7/3 to 156 for six against Mumbai Indians as the IPL-14 resumed here on Sunday.

The late spark was provided by Dwayne Bravo (23 off 8 balls) as CSK recovered from a disastrous start to put up a fighting total.

Chasing 157 on a pitch where the ball often stopped on the batsmen, MI too were off to a poor start as they slipped to 37 for three in the sixth over at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium.

Both Quinton de Kock (17) and debutant Anmolpreet Singh (16) got out after getting starts, the bowler being pacer Deepak Chahar on both occasions.

Suryakumar Yadav and Ishan Kishan too made their way back to the dugout in quick succession to leave MI in a spot of bother at 58 for four in the 10th over.

Saurabh Tiwary (50 not out) and stand-in skipper Kieron Pollard tried to forge a partnership before Josh Hazlewood had the big-hitting all-rounder from Trinidad trapped in front of the wicket.

CSK brightened their prospects further when Krunal Pandya was run out by the Dwayne Bravo-MS Dhoni combination.

Tiwary and Adam Milne tried but could not succeed, with the latter getting out to the experienced Bravo in the second ball of the 20th over.

Bravo picked up 3/25 while Chahar had 2/19 as MI ended at 136 for eight.

The 24-year-old Gaikwad added 81 runs for the fifth wicket with Ravindra Jadeja (26) to steady the ship after they lost skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni in the sixth over and the score was 24 for 4.

Gaikwad smashed nine fours and three 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.

The start was inauspicious for CSK as Trent Boult dismissed Faf du Plessis in the fifth ball of the very first over when the New Zealand pace spearhead had the veteran South African caught by the backward point fielder Adam Milne, who was standing very fine, after the batsman had shaped himself up to play the cut shot.

One for one became two for two in the next over as Milne got Moeen Ali who slapped a slightly short ball straight to Saurabh Tiwary at cover.

What didn't help Moeen was that the ball seemed to stop as the England all-rounder went for his shot.

More trouble was in store for CSK as the three-time winners lost the big wicket of Raina in the third over when the experienced left-handed batsman, who has helped the team win so many matches in the past, got out to an irresponsible shot when he miscued one while trying to attack the Kiwi seamer.

Meanwhile, Ambati Rayudu retired hurt after taking a blow on his body to make matter worse for the Super Kings.

If that was not enough, holders Mumbai Indians piled more misery on CSK by sending the veteran Dhoni back to the hut for a poor score.

The World Cup-winning Indian captain timed his shot well but, to his shock, Boult completed a well-judged catch at deep square leg, capping a forgettable powerplay for the unit from Chennai.

After that, Gaikwad and Jadeja put together invaluable runs by mixing caution with aggression to give their team a total to defend against a side that is missing two of their big players in regular skipper Rohit Sharma and all-rounder Hardik Pandya, whose seam-up bowling was missed when the Chennai duo was rebuilding their innings.

Scorecard:

CHENNAI SUPER KINGS Ruturaj Gaikwad (not out) 88 (58b, 9x4, 4x6), Faf du Plessis c Milne b Boult 0 (3b), Moeen Ali c Saurabh b Milne 0 (3b), Ambati Rayudu retd. hurt 0 (3b), Suresh Raina c Rahul Chahar b Boult 4 (6b, 1x4), M.S. Dhoni c Boult b Milne 3 (5b), Ravindra Jadeja c Pollard b Bumrah 26 (33b, 1x4), Dwayne Bravo c Krunal b Bumrah 23 (8b, 3x6), Shardul Thakur (not out) 1 (1b); Extras (lb-3, w-8): 11; Total (for six wkts. in 20 overs): 156.

FALL OF WICKETS 1-1 (du Plessis, 0.5 ov), 2-2 (Moeen, 1.3), 3-7 (Raina, 2.6), 4-24 (Dhoni, 5.6), 5-105 (Jadeja, 16.4), 6-144 (Bravo, 19.2).

MUMBAI INDIANS BOWLING Boult 4-1-35-2, Milne 4-0-21-2, Bumrah 4-0-33-2, Pollard 2-0-15-0, Rahul Chahar 4-0-22-0, Krunal 2-0-27-0.

MUMBAI INDIANS

Quinton de Kock lbw b Deepak Chahar 17 (12b, 3x4), Anmolpreet Singh b Deepak Chahar 16 (14b, 2x4, 1x6), Suryakumar Yadav c du Plessis b Shardul 3 (7b), Ishan Kishan c Raina b Bravo 11 (10b, 1x4), Saurabh Tiwary (not out) 50 (40b, 5x4), Kieron Pollard lbw b Hazlewood 15 (14b, 1x4, 1x6), Krunal Pandya run out 4 (5b), Adam Milne c sub (Gowtham) b Bravo 15 (15b, 1x6), Rahul Chahar c Raina b Bravo 0 (1b), Jasprit Bumrah (not out) 1 (2b); Extras (w-4): 4; Total (for eight wkts. in 20 overs): 136.

FALL OF WICKETS

1-18 (de Kock, 2.2), 2-35 (Anmolpreet, 4.6), 3-37 (Suryakumar, 5.4), 4-58 (Ishan, 9.2), 5-87 (Pollard, 13.1), 6-94 (Krunal, 14.4), 7-134 (Milne, 19.2), 8-135 (Rahul Chahar, 19.4).

SUPER KINGS BOWLING

Deepak Chahar 4-0-19-2, Hazlewood 4-0-34-1, Shardul 4-0-29-1, Moeen 3-0-16-0, Bravo 4-0-25-3, Jadeja 1-0-13-0.

Toss: CSK.

CSK won by 20 runs.


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