Dwayne Bravo’s heroic innings provided an unbelievable victory for the returning IPL team Chennai Super Kings (CSK) in the thrilling opener of IPL 2018. The IPL 2018 began with a thrilling match where the hosts and defending champions Mumbai Indians (MI) suffered a shocking defeat against CSK at Wankhede Stadium (Mumbai). While MI put a total of 165/4 in 20 overs, CSK chased down that just before the last delivery of the match after losing 9 wickets.
After winning the toss, CSK skipper MS Dhoni decided to bowl first.
It was the third over when the first wicket fell in this IPL season. MI opener Evin Lewis scored a duck after right-arm pacer Deepak Chahar trapped him for lbw. The hosts’ skipper Rohit Sharma also returned to the dressing room quickly after scoring just 15 runs.
In next, Ishan Kishan and Suryakumar Yadav took the responsibilities to recover that innings. Put an important 78-runs partnership for the third wicket. Both of them were dismissed after getting well set as Ishan scored 40 runs off 29 balls while Suryakumar recorded 43 runs off 29 balls.
The Pandya brothers took the responsibilities to put a good fighting total on the board. They had a brilliant unbroken 52-runs partnership for the fifth wicket. While Hardik Pandya was continuously rotating the strike with singles, Krunal Pandya took the hitting job which he did superbly. Hardik was unbeaten on 22 runs off 20 balls while Krunal was not out for 41 runs off 22 balls. At the end of the 20 overs, the hosts put 165/4 on the board.
Among the CSK bowlers, Shane Watson took 2 wickets (2/29) and Deepak Chahar (1/14) & Imran Tahir (1/23) picked up one wicket each.
In reply, CSK batsmen failed to put any strong fights against the MI bowlers. Apart from Dwayne Bravo, no other batsmen looked dangerous in the match. Bravo is the only CSK batsman who crossed the 25-runs mark.
It was a time when CSK’s defeat was just a few moments away. While Bravo watched the regular wickets falling on the other side as CSK was 118/8 in 16.3 overs, he played a counter-attacking knock. After completing his half-century in just 25 balls, Bravo made 68 runs in just 30 balls before getting caught out. In that extraordinary knock, Bravo hit 7 sixes and 3 fours.
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In the last over, CSK needed 7 runs while hamstring injured batsman Kedar Jadhav was on strike and he was facing Mustafizur Rahman. Struggling with the injury, Kedar spent three consecutive dot balls in the first three balls of that final over. Then he hit a brilliant six and a four to secure the match for CSK. It was a memorable and unforgettable victory for CSK and it was the heart-breaking defeat for MI who was on top in most of this game.
Kedar Jadhav was unbeaten on 24 runs. Dwayne Bravo was the obvious choice for the Player of the Match award.
Among the MI bowlers, debutant leg-spinner Mayank Markande (3/23) and Hardik Pandya (3/24) took 3 wickets each while Mitchell McClenaghan (1/44), Mustafizur Rahman (1/39) and Jasprit Bumrah (1/37) claimed a wicket each.
Now, look at the Twitter reactions
#MIVSCSK Perfect opening for IPL 11. What a game of cricket. Absolutely nail biting. Great knock by Bravo and perfect finish from kedar jadhav.
— Mushtaque Pathan (@MushtaqueP) April 7, 2018
— Baleshwar Singh (@singh_baleshwar) April 7, 2018
— Kishore Kumar (@kishoreofficial) April 7, 2018
Dhoni dobara aajaye phir bhi na jeet paaye csk 😂😂
— Aslam malik (@bajrangi_Aslam) April 7, 2018
— Sir Manimoliselvan (@Manimoliselvan) April 7, 2018
— शून्य ,,,! (@sushilpatel22) April 7, 2018
— Prabhas (@ActorPrbhas) April 7, 2018
— Luke Shawn Thomas (@LshawnT32) April 7, 2018
— 'tsall good man (@Anuj19S) April 7, 2018
Dream debut for Mayank Markande!
— ᴬᴺᵛᴵ👑яḉ♭🔥 (@anvesha_singh19) April 7, 2018
— Yuzvendra Chahal (@yuzi_chahal) April 7, 2018
Best figures on debut bowling innings for @mipaltan
— Jatin Sharma (@jatincricket) April 7, 2018
Kedhar – retired hurt
Chahar – golden duck
Only asli thailaiva Will take care of this…@ChennaiIPL is on the low @mipaltan Are taking advantage on the home turf with a big big bow
Man of the moment is #MayankMarkande #IPL2018 #IPL #MIvCSK
— Anant Singhal (@anantsinghal97) April 7, 2018
— MIvCSK #KXIPvDD #KKRvRCB #SRHvRR #CSKvKKR #MIvCSK (@VIVO_IPLT20) April 7, 2018
— Sudharshan Rajou (@SudharshanRajou) April 7, 2018
— Mohit Jadhwani (@MohitJadhwani1) April 7, 2018
— ZORAN SAHER (@zoransaher) April 7, 2018
— Chitra (@ck1234_chittu) April 7, 2018