While Chennai Super Kings fans were definitely hoping for a better start than they eventually got, a rather disappointing passage of play from the CSK point of view came when their star player Suresh Raina walked into in the middle for a brief outing. Raina had to walk in after Mumbai Indians bowlers Trent Boult and Adam Milne picked up early wickets and Ambati Rayudu injured his arm and retired hurt. Like other CSK batsmen, Raina also never looked comfortable during his six-ball stay at the crease.
Meanwhile, the lack of feet movement from him showed that he was perhaps nervous in the curtain-raiser of the second half of the competition. His feet seemed to be moving nowhere as he got into awkward positions to hit the balls. He was also lucky enough to edge one Trent Boult delivery for a boundary but in almost a repeat of a similar shot, the southpaw perished leaving CSK 3 down for 7 which could even mean 4 down with Rayudu's injury looking serious.
Moreover, Raina even broke the bottom of his bat in the ball in which he got out in what was a very ugly stroke from the veteran cricketer. A video of the incident has also gone viral.
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At the toss, skipper MS Dhoni said that Chennai Super Kings only had to only deal with the absence of Sam Curran who is still in quarantine. Dwayne Bravo has taken the bowling all-rounder's place in his absence. Meanwhile, Faf du Plessis has recovered from his injury and has straightaway walked into the Chennai XI. Along with du Plessis and Bravo, Moeen Ali and Josh Hazlewood complete the four foreign players for Chennai Super Kings.
While Dhoni had opted to bat first, it has been far from being an ideal start for them as the team lost 4 wickets for 24 runs with Rayudu sustaining an injury. Not only will the lower order along with Ruturaj Gaikwad have to fire but their bowlers will have to put on some show for Chennai to win this game and reach the top of the points table.
Despite playing without their captain Rohit Sharma, Mumbai Indians have looked like a team on a mission and have bowled and fielded with electrifying intensity at the Dubai International Stadium on Sunday.