Mumbai Indians had a not-so-good start to the second leg of IPL 2021. They lost their first game to arch-rivals Chennai Super Kings by 20 runs as they failed to chase 156 runs in 20 overs. In the absence of their two main players, Rohit Sharma and Hardik Pandya, Mumbai choked in the middle. However, there were a few positives for them as well.
Mumbai started exceptionally well with the ball as they reduced Chennai to 24/4 inside the powerplay, courtesy of their new-ball bowlers, Trent Boult (4-1-35-2) and Adam Milne (4-0-21-2). Both the pacers took a brace and never allowed CSK batters to settle in. Actually, it was three for Milne even though it will not be written in the records, as he got Ambati Rayudu retired hurt off his bowling. The other positive for the Indians was Saurabh Tiwary who held one end intact and kept the hopes alive with his half-century (50* off 40 balls).
Mumbai’s team management acknowledged the crucial contributions from these players as they named Saurabh Tiwary and Adam Milne ‘Dressing Room Players of the Match’. Sachin Tendulkar, who has joined the team as a mentor, felicitated Tiwary while head coach Jayawardene awarded Milne.
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Gaikwad and Bravo seal the game for CSK
After being reduced to 24/4 inside the powerplay, youngster Ruturaj Gaikwad and Ravindra Jadeja steered the sinking boat with a crucial 81-run partnership. Gaikwad played the anchor as he smashed 88* off 58 deliveries and got Chennai to a respectable total. Dwayne Bravo also did a decent job in the end with his quickfire 23 off 8 balls which included 3 sixes. After that, Deepak Chahar (4-0-19-2) and Dwayne Bravo (4-0-25-3) stopped Mumbai for 136/8.