Although Twenty20 is considered to be a game of young players, experience is also important in it, it was seen from today’s match. Mumbai had more young players than Chennai. But with the help of experienced players, Chennai beat Mumbai Indians in the first match. Both Ambati Rayudu and Faf du Plessis, the veterans, were the architects of Chennai’s victory this time. Chennai beat Mumbai Indians by five wickets in the opening match.
Mumbai had challenged Chennai for 163 runs to win.
Both Chennai openers were dismissed early in the chase. But then veterans Ambati Rayudu and Faf du Plessis not only saved the team’s innings but also paved the way for victory. Rayudu hit a half-century to lead Chennai to victory. Rayudu was well supported this time by Faf. The duo put on a formidable partnership for the third wicket to put Vijay in the limelight.
Rayudu’s 71 off 48 balls with six fours and three sixes helped Chennai to victory. After Rayudu’s dismissal, Faf took over the responsibility of the team, as he was well established on the field. Faf completed his half-century this time and played a key role in the team’s victory.
Earlier, Chennai won the toss and elected to bat first. Rohit Sharma made his intentions clear by hitting a four off the first ball of the season. But .Rohit could not make a big play this time. Because this time Rohit was able to score only 12 runs on the strength of two fours. Piyush Chawla, a newcomer to the Chennai team, dismissed Rohit this time to give the team its first victory. But even after Rohit’s dismissal, opener Kinton Decock continued to bat vigorously. Decock hit 33 off 20 balls with five fours. Decock was caught by Chennai bowler Sam Curran off Shane Watson.
Saurabh Tiwary, returning from Mumbai Indians, hit hard this time. Hardik Pandya was giving good support to Tiwari this time. Tiwary hit 42 off 31 balls with three fours and a six, but lost his half-century by just eight runs. After Tiwary’s dismissal, all the responsibility of the team fell on Hardik’s shoulders. Everyone thought that Hardik would start batting after that. But this time Hardik could only manage 14 off 10 balls with two sixes.
Fans were curious as to how fast Krunal Pandya and Kieron Pollard scored after Hardik’s dismissal. Since Krunal and Pandya are both batting batsmen, all eyes are on how many runs they score for the team. But even Krunal could not make a big play this time. So the responsibility of increasing the team’s score fell on Pollard. But Pollard could only score 18 runs this time