The first match of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2018 saw arch rivals Chennai Super Kings taking on the defending champions Mumbai Indians at the Wankhede Stadium.
Chennai Super Kings were led by MS Dhoni and they won the toss and asked the Rohit Sharma led Mumbai Indians to bat first. Both captains said that they wanted to chase under lights due to the dew factor.
Chennai new ball bowlers Shane Watson and Deepak Chahar swung the ball both ways and MI openers Rohit and Evin Lewis found it difficult to counter it. Lewis got out for a duck on his IPL debut, trapped LBW by Deepak Chahar; despite becoming the first player to use DRS, albeit unsuccessfully. Rohit followed suit soon after for 15, giving a catch to Rayudu off Watson.
Here is when Suryakumar Yadav and Ishan Kishan came together and added 68 runs for the 3rd wicket. Surya got out for 43 off 29 balls with six fours and one four, before he was dismissed by Watson; while Kishan went for 40 off 29 balls, caught by Wood off Tahir.
The Pandya brothers added 67 runs for the 5th wicket. Hardik scored 22* of 20 balls, but it was the elder brother Krunal who hit 41* off 22 balls with 5 fours and 2 sixes to his name.
Mumbai Indians scored 165/4 in 20 overs. Shane Watson picked 2/29 in fours overs, while Mark Wood gave 49 runs in 4 overs on his IPL debut.
At the other end, another debutant caused a lot of trouble for CSK, as 20-year-old Mayank Markande removed the likes of Rayudu (22) and MS Dhoni (5). Watson hit some good shots, before Hardik Pandya had him caught by Lewis for 16, while Raina was dismissed by Hardik, caught by Krunal for 4.
At 51/4, CSK found themselves in trouble, with Jadeja and Jadhav at the crease and Rohit Sharma building the pressure on both the batsmen. Markande proved to be the hero of the match for MI picking 3/23 in four overs. Hardik Pandya too picked up three wickets for 24 runs.
After Kedar Jadhav retired hurt due to a hamstring issue, Dwayne Bravo however had other ideas, as he started going after the bowling and brought the equation down to 28 runs to win off 12 balls in the end. He hit Jasprit Bumrah for 3 sixes off an over to bring down the equation to 7 runs off 6 balls before getting out for 68 runs off 30 balls with 7 sixes and 3 fours.
In the end, Kedar Jadhav limped back on to the field and after scoring no runs off the first 3 balls off Mustafizur, smacked the 4th ball for a six and then hit the next ball for a four to win the match by 1 wicket.
The Kings are back for sure.
MI 165/4 (S YADAV 43; S WATSON 2/29) lost to CSK 169/9(D BRAVO 68; M MARKANDE 3/23) by 1 wicket.