Mumbai Indians got off to a flying start after Chennai Super Kings skipper Suresh Raina opted to bowl first after winning the toss. Meanwhile, regular skipper MS Dhoni misses his second game of the season with a fever. As a result, Chennai made three changes while Mumbai went in two alterations. The last time Dhoni didn’t feature for Chennai, the defending champions suffered a thumping loss against Sunrisers Hyderabad. In this match as well, they are feeling the absence of their star cricketer.
Quinton de Kock and Mumbai Indians skipper Rohit Sharma provided a flying start at the MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai. They took on Deepak Chahar while Harbhajan Singh kept things tight from the other end. Just when Quinton de Kock was cutting loose, going after CSK’s most prolific powerplay bowler Chahar got the better off him with an off-cutter.
Since then, Chennai pulled it back well with Harbhajan keeping things calm from one end. The hosts were up for another wicket in the last ball of the powerplays when Evin Lewis edged one to the revamped wicket-kipper Ambati Rayudu. The ultra-edge showed a spike but strangely nobody from the Chennai Super Kings’ close-in field appealed for it. This where MS Dhoni comes into play where his cool and calm mind has helped Chennai in difficult situations.
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Since then, Rohit Sharma and Evin Lewis have looked confident and have set a good platform for the players to come in. They were cutting loose once again with 10+ overs back to back but Chennai pulled it back considerably well, sneaking in some quiet overs, with the usual suspect, the old fox Dwayne Bravo leading the pack.
Another overseas player Mitchell Santner got the better of Evin Lewis just when things looked gloomy for Chennai to have Mumbai Indians 99 for two in 12.1 overs.