Chasing 157, the left-hander got off to a flyer with three quick boundaries before Deepak Chahar hit him on the pads with an outswinger. De Kock moved and tried to work it on the leg side but missed the ball. To his aid, the on-field umpire gave him not out.
However, Chahar was so convinced that he kept running in celebration without looking back and reach MS Dhoni, who was quick to take the review as he too seemed sure about the ball hitting the stumps – and it was. The ball tracker on review showed that the ball had hit de Kock in line and was crashing into middle-and-off.
As MS Dhoni’s sharpness came to the fore, CSK got their opening to further dismantle the MI batting line-up.
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 towards the end.
At 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.