Deepak Chahar went through the gate of Anmolpreet Singh to castle the debutant forcing the match back in balance after the Mumbai Indians opener was looking threatening.
The Chennai Super Kings pacer delivered a clever knuckle-ball on a full length. Anmolpreet, who was making his IPL debut, was well through with his shot way early aiming for the leg side, where he had previously deposited Josh Hazlewood for a maximum.
This time, however, he missed the ball which hit the timber, out for 16 and giving CSK their second wicket, both by Deepak Chahar who had also dismissed Quinton de Kock. This brought back MS Dhoni’s side in the game as they had put up a par total of 156 on the board.
Earlier in the game, MS Dhoni’s decision of batting first after winning the toss backfired as the New Zealand pair of Trent Boult and Adam Milne broke down the CSK top-order with two strikes each in the powerplay leaving them reeling at 24/4, effectively 5 down with Ambati Rayudu retired hurt.
Boult 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. Mumbai, who are without Rohit Sharma and Hardik Pandya, had a big task at their hand.
On the other end, Ruturaj Gaikwad started slowly and then gradually took off as he hit a brilliant fifty. The CSK opener finished with 88 runs off 58 balls with the help of 9 fours and 4 superb sixes.
Gaikwad 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 Bumrah over deep square leg.