Bravo! CSK make grand return

Bravo! CSK make grand return

Dwayne Bravo batted like a champion as Chennai Super Kings made a dream comeback to the Indian Premier League with a thrilling one-wicket victory with one ball to spare against defending champions Mumbai Indians, here on Saturday.

Needing seven off the last over, an injured Kedar Jadhav (24 n.o), unable to run due to a hamstring problem, played three dot balls before playing lap shot over fine leg off Mustafizur Rahaman followed by a cover drive to end the match on a winning note.

Chasing a tricky target of 166 on a track that had seam movement and bounce, CSK were down in the dumps but Bravo's incredible 68 off 30 balls with seven sixes turned it in favour of the 'Canary Yellow' brigade. The 18th and 19th overs bowled by Mitchell McLenaghan and Jasprit Bumrah were taken for 20 each including five sixes as Bravo once again showed why MS Dhoni values him so much.

Hardik Pandya (3/24) bowled through considerable pain while rookie leg-spinner Mayank Markande (3/23) was brilliant on his debut but Bravo changed it all.

IPL's highest ever run-accumulator Suresh Raina (4) didn't stay long as the India all-rounder got one to climb up from back of the length with the left-hander giving an easy catch to Krunal Pandya stationed at the edge of the  30-yard circle at mid-on.

Leg-spinner Markande then came into action. He removed Ambati Rayudu (22) with a googly as he tried an ambitious slog sweep.

Then came the prized wicket of MS Dhoni (5) as the skipper failed to read the rookie leg-break bowler's wrong 'un, trying to defend him off the backfoot. The result was a plumb leg-before decision leaving CSK reeling at 51 for 4.

Ravindra Jadeja, Deepak Chahar and Harbhajan Singh departed in quick succession but Bravo came and conquered.

Krunal shines

Earlier, all-rounder Krunal smashed a quickfire 41 off 22 balls as Mumbai Indians recovered from a poor start to post a challenging 165 for 4. Mumbai were struggling at 20 for 2 after openers Evin Lewis (0) and skipper Rohit Sharma (15) were dismissed cheaply on a track that assisted seamers early on.

A 78-run-third wicket stand between Suryakumar Yadav (43 in 29 balls) and Ishan Kishan (40 off 29 balls) put MI back on track before Pandya brothers Krunal and Hardik added 52 in 5.2 overs to take their team past 160-run mark.

For CSK, veteran Watson (2-29) was the pick of the bowlers.

 

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