IPL 2020: Rayudu, Du Plessis hit fifties; Chennai beats Mumbai in opener

Ambati Rayudu and Faf du Plessis hammered splendid half-hundreds of years as Chennai Super Kings (CSK) beat Mumbai Indians (MI) by five wickets in the initial round of IPL 2020 at the Sheik Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi.

Pursuing 163 rushes to win, Rayudu (71, 48b) and Faf du Plessis (58 not out, 44b) fashioned a game dominating 115- run represent the third wicket to get Chennai looking winning so far. All the while, captain MS Dhoni made sure about his 100th win as CSK captain.

Chennai broke the five-coordinate losing streak against Mumbai as it returned firmly with the ball and afterward rode on Rayudu and Du Plessis’ heroics to frolic home. Sam Curran played a pearl of an appearance (18, 6b) to hand Chennai a persuading win.

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The beginning for Chennai was awful as it lost openers Murali Vijay and Shane Watson efficiently. Trent Boult caught Watson plumb and soon Vijay addressed the cost of playing a flick over the line as James Pattinson was remunerated for bowling a tight line.

With the scorecard perusing six for two, Rayudu joined du Plessis and the couple assumed responsibility for the innings.

On a moderate pitch, Rayudu and du Plessis awaited opportunity and afterward showed alluring strokeplay as Mumbai battled to discover an achievement. A six off Bumrah over wide long-on gave a feeling that Rayudu was very much determined to the deck and before long picked two or three limits to enable Chennai to quicken.

Du Plessis assumed the part of a supportive role, as Rayudu got to his 19th IPL fifty. Nonetheless, Rayudu neglected to ride his karma in the wake of being dropped by Krunal Pandya and died while attempting to raise the stakes.

Krunal compensated for his drop get by catching Ravindra Jadeja and brought Mumbai once more into the match. Curran strolling in was all weapons blasting and in spite of the fact that he fell, du Plessis brought his 50 years and remained unbeaten.

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Prior, Lungi Ngidi (3/38) and Deepak Chahar (2/32) shared five wickets among themselves as Chennai confined Mumbai to 162/9 in the wake of selecting to bowl.

They were very much upheld by spinner Piyush Chawla and pacer Sam Curran as Mumbai neglected to quicken in the wake of getting off to a decent beginning.

Quinton de Kock and Rohit Sharma began blazingly with the South African picking the holes and finding the limits quiet.

Dhoni presented Chawla rather than Jadeja inside the Powerplay and the move filled in as the leg-spinner excused Rohit to break the 46- run opening stand.

Curran then exchanged closures and made a significant forward leap as De Kock fell. The batsman hurled a back-of-length conveyance straight under the control of Shane Watson at mid-wicket. Chennai who spilled 45 runs in the initial four overs was back in the game and evaporated the limits.

Lungi Ngidi was the pick of the Chennai bowlers with three wickets. –  IPL

Notwithstanding, Saurabh Tiwary, playing his first IPL game following three years hit the initial six of the current year’s IPL and made a stop. He alongside Suryakumar Yadav did the fix work by including 44 runs for the third wicket organization.

The fall of Yadav saw Hardik Pandya smacking Jadeja for two or three sixes and break the schakles. Yet, Hardik fell while going for a third six as he was gotten by du Plessis, who was just splendid close to the ropes taking three gets.

Mumbai never recaptured energy from that point as it lost wickets at customary spans. Ngidi returned splendidly at the passing to eliminate Kieron Pollard and Krunal Pandya to assist Chennai with keeping a top on Mumbai.

Brief Scores:

Mumbai Indians: 162 for 9 in 20 overs (Saurabh Tiwary 42; Lungi Ngidi 3/38, Ravindra Jadeja 2/42).

Chennai Super Kings: 166 in 19.2 overs (Ambati Rayudu 71; Faf du Plessis 58; Trent Boult 1/23).