IPL 2021: Ruturaj Gaikwad, Dwayne Bravo Star as Chennai Super Kings defeat Mumbai Indians


Ruturaj Gaikwad and Dwayne Bravo added quick runs towards the end of CSK’s innings.© BCCI / IPL

The Chennai Super Kings (CSK) beat the Mumbai Indians by 20 points in the 2021 Indian Premier League (IPL) UAE stage opener in Dubai on Sunday. Dwayne Bravo was the star with the ball for CSK, finishing three for 25 of his four-overs quota. Saurabh Tiwary kept Mumbai in the chase with a half-century of unbeaten play, but ran out of partners as the five-time IPL champions finally fell 20 points off target.

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Earlier, Ruturaj Gaikwad scored a majestic half-century (88 not eliminated) to help CSK recover from a batting meltdown that saw them falter at 24 for four.

Faf du Plessis and Moeen Ali scored a duck while Suresh Raina left after scoring a ridged limit.

Ambati Rayudu was injured in retirement after receiving a blow to the elbow from a rising bouncer from Adam Milne.

MS Dhoni also couldn’t stay in the fold for too long as he fell for three after facing five deliveries.

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As the wickets fell at one end, Gaikwad kept the dashboard moving.

Ravindra Jadeja played a crucial 26 stroke and added 81 points with Gaikwad for the fifth wicket.

A late cameo from Dwayne Bravo saw CSK post a 156/6 total.

In the chase, the Mumbai Indians got off to a good start, but Deepak Chahar quickly took out Kock’s Quinton and Anmolpreet Singh in quick succession to push the defending champions to the back.

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Mumbai’s backup captain Kieron Pollard tried to attack CSK bowlers but Josh Hazlewood fired him for 15.

Bravo then picked up two wickets in the final to bring CSK to the top of the standings.

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