UNITED ARAB EMIRATES. Abu Dhabi. Finally, IPL season 13 began on Friday at Shaikh Zayid stadium in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates (UAE). This season got delayed due to COVID-19 by nearly six months. Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has taken every precaution to create a biosphere which is COVID-19 free.
As a result, IPL began yesterday with the first match between previous year’s champion Mumbai Indians(MI) and runners up Chennai Super Kings(CSK). CSK defeated MI by five wickets.
Toss and Mumbai Indians’ innings
CSK was marred by last week’s withdrawal of their experienced players Suresh Raina and Harbhajan Singh. In yesterday’s match, CSK won the toss and elected to field first. It was a batting-friendly wicket. However, CSK still chose to bowl first.
MI began their innings with a good start. The first wicket fell when Rohit mistimed his shot and was caught at mid-off for 12. De-Cock followed him immediately to the pavilion for 33(22 balls, five 4s). Saurabh Tiwary played some good shots before holding out to a brilliant catch my Faf Duplessis for 42(30 balls, three 4s, one 6).
Hardik Pandya began with a bang when he hit two consecutive sixes. But his inning was cut short by again the brilliant catch by Duplesis. CSK came back strongly by taking wickets at regular intervals and restricted MI to 162. Deepak Chahar and Jadeja took two wickets each whereas Ngidi took three. Sam Curran took only one wicket but kept MI batsmen in check.
Chennai Super Kings’ innings
CSK began their inning in a disastrous manner. They lost two of their openers very cheaply. But the partnership between Rayudu and Faf Duplessis stabilized the inning by their more than 100 runs partnership. Rayudu made 71 and Duplessis made unbeaten 58. In the end, CSK crossed the target in 19.2 overs with five wickets remaining.