The opening match of IPL 2018 lived up to its billing as Chennai Super Kings romped home to a thrilling one-wicket win against Mumbai Indians at the Wankhede Stadium on Saturday.
Chasing MI’s competitive 165, Chennai overhauled the target with one ball to spare.
Chennai looked like heading for a loss but a 30 ball 68 by Dwyane Bravo put them back on course.
In the last over, they needed 7 to win with one wicket in hand and Kedar Jadhav, suffering from a hamstring injury and unable to run, at the strike. First three balls went for naught. However, Jadhav hit a six and four on the 4th and 5th ball to ensure the win.
Hardik Pandya (3/24) and debutant leg-spinner Mayank markande (3/23) had CSK reelin at 118 for 8.
But Bravo scripted Chennai Super Kings’ comeback with an incredible 68 off 30 balls with seven sixes. He collected 40 runs off the 18th and 19th overs bowled by Mitchell McLenaghan and Jasprit Bumrah. However, he fell on the last ball of the 19th. Luckily, Jadhav who had leave the field earlier because of the injury returned to finish the job.
Earlier, all-rounder Krunal Pandya smashed a quickfire 41 off 22 balls as Mumbai Indians recovered from a poor start to post a challenging 165 for 4.
Mumbai Indians 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.
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 16–run mark.
Krunal stuck two boundaries and a six in the17th over as he punished Mark Woods (0/49 in 4 overs), who conceded 19 runs. He kept on hitting the odd balls and was aided by Hardik.
For CSK, Shane Watson (2-29) was the pick of the bowlers.
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