What we expected
There are always big expectations from a tournament opener. Mumbai had a slight advantage over Chennai because of the match being played at their home ground. Wankhede stadium doesn’t really support spinners so that was another advantage to MI. But after CSK won the toss, the tides were not in favour of any one team.
After MI captain Rohit and opener Evin Lewis fell in quick succession, the onus was on the inexperienced duo of Ishan Kishan and Suryakumar Yadav to steady the ship. Not only did they do that, they also put their team in a commanding position. They got out towards the end but they had done their job. The Pandyas were left to finish the game.
The most important wicket of the match was Dhoni’s. The debutant Mayank Markhande spun a yarn around the CSK batsmen but the point when it became almost clear that Mumbai would win was when Dhoni got out to a Markhande delivery.
At 118-8, CSK were bound to lose but Dwayne Bravo hit a six. For me that was the point when the match turned on its head.
Dwayne Bravo was the match winner. He did heroics not only with the bat, but was also CSK’s top performer with the ball. To give only 6 runs in 12 slog over balls is truly difficult. But to make 50 runs in 3 overs when all others have lost hope is a Herculean task. This goes to show what an incredible season lies ahead for the Chennai Super Kings.