Match Report: Thala Dhoni returns for CSK with a victory.

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100th win for MSD as CSK Skipper

Lungi Ngidi steals the show with the ball

The Dream 11 IPL has finally started and what a start to the tournament. Chennai Super Kings and Mumbai Indians locked horns against each other at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium of Abu Dhabi. Initially CSK won the toss and allowed MI to bat first. Rohit Sharma and Quinton De Kock gave a decent start before both departed in consequtive overs. It was then upto SuryaKumar Yadav and Saurabh Tiwari to steady the ship. Both did well as they took the total to 92 of 10 overs. Saurabh Tiwary scored 42 of 31 balls before he was caught by Du Plessis. Hardik Pandya showed some signs of destruction by hitting 2 consequtive sixes but then could not survive for long as he departed to an outstanding catch by Du Plessis again. Further the likes of Pollard, Pattinson and others chipped in with small contributions to take the team total to 163.

The CSK bowlers did a great job to restrict MI to 163. Lungi Ngidi was the pick of the bowlers as he picked 3 for 38,whereras Deepak Chahar and Ravi Jadeja picked 2 wickets each

Determined Rayudu eases the chase for CSK

Chasing 163 CSK had a nightmare of a start as they were struggling at 2 for 6 runs. They lost Murali Vijay and Shane Watson early to the mighty MI pace attack. But then 2 experienced contenders in form of Ambati Rayudu and Faf Du Plessis joined and entertained the viewers with some splendid shots. From 2 for 6 runs they took the total to 121 and they both made batting look so easy. The MI bowlers looked helpless at this stage. Ambati Rayudu scored 71 of 48 balls before he was caught and bowled by Leggie Rahul Chahar. This opened up things for MI as they chipped in with another wicket of Ravi Jadeja. Just when the required rate was climbing up MSD made a smart move of sending young Sam Curran to face left arm spinner Krunal Pandya. Sam Curran certainly made the most of this oppurtunity as he scored 18 of just 6 balls with a strike rate of 300 before getting out to Bumrah. Faf and Dhoni then completed the proceedings with 4 balls to spare. Faf remained unbeaten at 58 of 44 balls smashing 6 boundaries.

Every Mumbai Indians bowler picked wickets but were expensive especially their trump card Jasprit Bumrah. Loosing wickets at regular intervals and poor bowling in the mid stage caused the game for Mumbai Indians. Ambati Rayudu was adjudged as the Man of the Match for his match winning knock.

MI 162/9 20 overs

Saurabh Tiwary 42(31), De Kock 33(20) Lungi Ngidi 3-38 Deepak Chahar 2-32

CSK 166/5 19.4 overs

Ambati Rayudu 71(48), Faf Du Plessis 58(44) Trent Boult 1-23 James Pattinson 1-27

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