Chennai Super Kings on Sunday pulled off a remarkable win over defending champions Mumbai Indians in the first match of the second phase of this year's IPL at the Dubai International Stadium. This victory took them right to the top of the table. But it didn't look like they would win when Trent Boult had sent back Faf Du Plessis in the very first over of the innings. Well, that was actually the start of the collapse as in no time, Chennai found themselves in a heap of trouble at 24/4, with most of their batting stars already back in the hut. But Ruturaj Gaikwad had other plans. Despite having lost wickets at the other end, he maintained his composure, did not panic and also mixed caution with aggression. His 81-run partnership with Ravindra Jadeja was the point where Chennai had made a silent comeback in the match. CSK vs MI Highlights of VIVO IPL 2021: Chennai Super Kings Beat Mumbai Indians by 20 Runs
And Gaikwad made full use of his stay at the crease by unleashing some attractive shots, hitting a six off the last ball of the innings to help his side post a competitive 156/6. Mumbai Indians did get off to a brisk start with Quinton De Kock threatening to take the game away from Chennai quickly. Deepak Chahar, introduced into the attack, got rid of him and despite occasional bursts of boundaries, no Mumbai Indians batsman could actually grind it out like Gaikwad. Saurabh Tiwary was the only exception as the left-hander did try his best but in the end, there were just too many runs to get and not many deliveries left. Mumbai settled for 136/8, getting defeated by Chennai Super Kings, who scripted one of the most memorable wins of the IPL.
Here are some stats from the match:
Ruturaj Gaikwad scored 88 runs, his highest score in the IPL.
Jasprit Bumrah played his 100th IPL match while Dwayne Bravo made his 100th appearance for the Chennai Super Kings.
This is the third time that two top-order batsmen from Chennai Super Kings have been dismissed for ducks, The previous occasions when this happened was against Rajasthan Royals in 2008 (Stephen Fleming and Parthiv Patel) and against Kings XI Punjab in 2011 (Anirudha Srikkanth and Suresh Raina).
This was the fourth time when Chennai Super Kings have lost three wickets in the first three overs against Mumbai Indians. The only other occasion when this has happened was against Rajasthan Royals in 2008.
Chennai Super Kings became only the second team to win a match after losing their first three wickets for less than 10 runs while batting first in a match. Sunrisers Hyderabad is the other team to have achieved a similar feat against Rajasthan Royals in 2013.