Chennai's matchwinner Jadhav revealed afterwards he struggled to run between the wickets because of an injury. From there, the CSK batting collapsed like ninepins and they were reduced to 84-6. Dwayne Bravo's incredible 68 off 30 balls with seven sixes turned it in favour of the CSK. He also said that he "valued experience" and was proven right by Dwayne Bravo's all-round brilliance but was also nearly proven wrong by Mumbai Indians' debutant Mayank Markande, who took 3 for 23 on his IPL debut and struck Super Kings by surprise.
Needing seven runs in three balls, Jadhav (24 not out) who got retired hurt, scooped a six over short fine leg and then slammed a boundary at covers off Mustafizur Rahman to clinch a thriller for his team.
Things went from bad to worse for the Super Kings as they collapsed to 105/7 in the 15th over after captain MS Dhoni, Ravindra Jadeja and Harbhajan were dismissed in quick succession. All that which started from Bravo's willow ended with Jadhav's and one man who had held his nerves tight was none other than MS Dhoni who calmly walked down the stairs while his teammates were celebrating madly.
Chasing a 166-run target, CSK, who are making a comeback in the tournament after two years, were in dire straits, thanks to a brilliant spell of bowling from debutant Deepak Markande, who dismantled CSK's experienced line up by claiming three key wickets in his quota of four overs. Soon Raina was also sent packing in the sixth over by Pandya.
Back with the captain's hat after a year, Dhoni's decision to bowl after winning the toss proved a masterstroke when medium-pacer Deepak Chahar had Evin Lewis out leg-before in the third over despite MI opener using the Decision Review System to try his luck. Rohit Sharma was also dismissed cheaply, leaving the hosts at 20 for two.
The 2018 IPL continues with a double-header on Sunday, live on Sky Sports Cricket, starting with Kings XI Punjab versus Delhi Daredevils from 11.20am, followed by Kolkata Knight Riders versus Royal Challengers Bangalore from 3pm. Yadav 43 (29) added 78 runs with Kishan before becoming Watson's second victim of the night.
Mumbai had a momentary scare at the end of the innings when Hardik Pandya, who had already copped a blow on his ankle courtesy a Bravo yorker, ran into the bowler at the non-striker's end off the final ball and went down in pain.
Bravo came out to bat when Super Kings were reeling at 75 for five with the asking rate nearing 12. Meanwhile, Hardik could muster 22 off 20 deliveries.
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