In the first match of the UAE leg of IPL 2021 and the 30th match of the tournament, Chennai Super Kings defeated Mumbai Indians by 20 runs. Chasing the target of 157 runs, Mumbai’s team could only manage 136 runs in 20 overs for the loss of 8 wickets. Saurabh Tiwary remained unbeaten on 50 for the team, but he could not win. Dwayne Bravo took three wickets for CSK, while Deepak Chahar made two runs for the batsmen. Earlier, after winning the toss, Chennai scored 156 runs for the loss of 6 wickets in 20 overs, thanks to Rituraj Gaikwad’s scintillating innings of 88 runs.
Chasing the target of 157 runs, Mumbai’s start was not good and the team got a big blow in the third over in the form of Quinton de Kock (17). After this, after adding 17 more runs to the score board, Anmolpreet Singh (16), who was debuting in the IPL, also became the second victim of Deepak Chahar. Mumbai’s most reliable batsman Suryakumar Yadav (3) could not show anything special, while Ishan Kishan (11) also disappointed a lot with his batting. Skipper Kieron Pollard’s bat, who led him to a memorable win last time against Chennai, remained silent today as he could only manage to score 15 runs. Mumbai needed 24 runs to win in the last over, but Bravo gave away only 3 runs taking two wickets and gave Chennai victory.
Earlier, Dhoni’s decision to bat after winning the toss proved to be absolutely wrong. In the very first over, Trent Boult showed Faf du Plessis the way to the pavilion without opening an account. After this, in the next over, Boult’s teammate Adam Milan, who came out to bat at number three, did not even give Moeen Ali a chance to open the account and showed the way to the pavilion. Suresh Raina, who came to the crease after Rayudu retired hurt, started with a four by hitting Boult, but after that the Kiwi bowler got him caught by Rahul Chahar and walked. Captain Dhoni also could not show anything special and got out after scoring just 3 runs. After this, Rituraj Gaikwad (88 not out) first made a half-century partnership for the fifth wicket with Ravindra Jadeja (26) and then with Dwayne Bravo batted vigorously in the last overs. Bravo played a stormy innings of 23 runs in just 8 balls. Due to which the team of Chennai Super Kings managed to score 156 runs for the loss of 6 wickets in 20 overs.