The second phase of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021 kick-started yesterday at Dubai Cricket Stadium, UAE, with a high octane clash between defending champions Mumbai Indians and their arch-rivals Chennai Super Kings. Both the team matched each other blow for blow and displayed great skills but in the Ms Dhoni-led side were slightly better than Mumbai Indians, who were without Rohit Sharma and Hardik Pandya, and clinched the match to go at the top of the points table.
Defending the target of 157 runs, Chennai Super Kings displayed a great bowling performance and kept taking wickets at regular intervals to put Mumbai Indians’ batsmen under immense pressure.
During the fag end of the innings when Mumbai Indians needed 42 runs in 15 balls, an incident took place that made CSK skipper MS Dhoni lose his cool and get angry at Dwayne Bravo. It was during the 19th over when Sourabh Tiwari scooped Deepak Chahar but only managed to send it in the high sky.
MS Dhoni ran backwards for the catch while Dwayne Bravo who was at the short fine leg also went to grab the ball but the confusion between the duo only led to the catch being dropped. After the catch was dropped, the CSK skipper was unhappy with his teammate and had some words to say to Bravo.
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Opting to bat first, Chennai Super Kings didn’t have the greatest starts to the match as they were reduced to 24/4 inside the powerplay. The duo of Ruturaj Gaikwad and Ravindra Jadeja then joined hands and bailed their team out of the trouble, stitching 50-plus partnerships between them. After the wicket of the all-rounder, the opening batsman took the charge to MI bowlers and scored runs all around the ground. His knock of unbeaten 88 runs along with an 8-ball 23 run cameo by Dwayne Bravo helped MS Dhoni-led side put a target of 157 runs.
Chasing the target, Mumbai Indians never looked in the touch as they kept losing wickets at regular intervals. Sourabh Tiwari was the lone fighter for Kieron Pollard-led side with his unbeaten knock of 50 runs but didn’t get the desired support from the other end. For CSK, Bravo and Deepak Chahar took 5 wickets between them and helped their team win the match by 20 runs and go on the top place at the points table.