Ruturaj Gaikwad hit a brilliant fifty on Sunday to take the Chennai Super Kings to a respectable total after the Mumbai Indians pacers ran riot in the powerplay. The CSK opener finished with 88 runs off 58 balls with the help of 9 fours and 4 eye-catching sixes.
This came after CSK were pinned for 24-4, effectively 5 down with Ambati Rayudu retired hurt. Ruturaj Gaikwad then got the support of Ravindra Jadeja and then from Dwayne Bravo who smashed 23 runs from 8 balls before the opener capped off the innings with an incredible six off Jasprit Bumrah.
My Job Was Just To Bat Long At That Stage: Ruturaj Gaikwad
Ruturaj Gaikwad, who has raised a couple of fifties earlier in the season, said he was tired after a terrific knock but remained proud of batting through the innings. He explained that he wanted to bat for as long as he can after CSK lost early wickets.
“I’m very tired right now, but proud that I carried the innings for my team. My job was just to bat long at that stage (when they lost early wickets). You always have to start fresh, it’s good to get off to a great start. It’s a two-paced wicket and there’s a bit of turn for the spinners as well,” Ruturaj Gaikwad told Star Sports.
Chennai Super Kings (CSK) set a target of 157 for Mumbai Indians (MI)
The New Zealand pair of Trent Boult and Adam Milne slammed the CSK top-order with two strikes each in the powerplay.
The left-hand seamer accounted for wickets of Faf du Plessis and Suresh Raina while the right-arm speedster got rid of Moeen Ali and MS Dhoni. Milne hit Rayudu on his elbow forcing the batsman to retire hurt himself.
Jasprit Bumrah, who didn’t take the new ball, deceived Jadeja and Bravo, but the latter made a serious increment to CSK’s total with his rapid knock. Mumbai, who are without Rohit Sharma and Hardik Pandya, have a big task at their hand.