Fantasy IPL: Who won IPL 2020's opening fixture between CSK and MI?
Had the COV-19 pandemic not engulfed the world, cricket fans would have devoured the opening encounter of IPL 2020 between Mumbai Indians and Chennai Super Kings on March 29.
At Cricket World, we are doing our bit to fill the void. Welcome to the parallel universe of our Fantasy IPL.
Mumbai Indians' skipper Rohit Sharma and Chennai Super Kings' skipper MS Dhoni stroll to the centre of the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai, sharp at 7:30 pm Indian time for the toss. As the presenter welcomes the spectators to the opening encounter of the season, the 33,000-strong capacity crowd let out a huge roar.
Dhoni calls heads. It's tails. Rohit wins the toss and decides to bowl first.
Playing XIs announced
Chennai Super Kings - Shane Watson, Ambati Rayudu, Suresh Raina, Kedar Jadhav, MS Dhoni, Ravindra Jadeja, Dwayne Bravo, Mitchell Santner, Deepak Chahar, Piyush Chawla, Josh Hazlewood
Mumbai Indians - Rohit Sharma, Quinton de Kock, Ishan Kishan, Suryakumar Yadav, Hardik Pandya, Kieron Pollard, Krunal Pandya, Jasprit Bumrah, Lasith Malinga, Rahul Chahar, Trent Boult
When you see Faf du Plessis, Chris Lynn, Imran Tahir, Sam Curran and Nathan Coulter-Nile on the bench, you either rule that the franchises have lost it or that the level of the competition is so high that even some of the best in the business have to wait their turn.
Chennai Super Kings have opted for the opening combination of Shane Watson and Ambati Rayudu over former South Africa skipper Faf du Plessis. MS Dhoni is slated to come in at number five with all-rounders Ravindra Jadeja, Dwayne Bravo and Mitchell Santner forming a solid lower-middle order. Deepak Chahar, Piyush Chawla and Josh Hazlewood (over Lungi Ngidi) are in charge with the ball.
For Mumbai Indians, Rohit Sharma has finally stopped flirting with the idea of batting in the middle order and will march out to open the batting along with Quinton de Kock, who is in red-hot form. Chris Lynn, who is coming off a whirlwind ton in the Pakistan Super League, has had sit out.
The Pandya brothers and Kieron Pollard form an explosive lower-middle order for MI. Jasprit Bumrah, Lasith Malinga and Trent Boult form the pace battery.
The IPL hooter rings loud... 3... 2 ... 1 ... time to play!
Watson facing. Rayudu at the other end. Bumrah with the new ball.
The first over is sedate with some swing on offer. Bumrah beats the bat twice. Trent Boult takes the other new ball. The left-armer is swinging it even more profusely. Chennai lose three wickets within the powerplay.
The score reads 40-3 when MS Dhoni walks out to bat after 5.3 overs. Watson, though without nick, is still battling it out.
After the first 10 overs, CSK are 70-5. Dhoni 7(15) and Bravo 1(3) at the crease.
It is in the 19th over, with Chawla at the other end, that Dhoni finally cuts loose, back to back sixes off Hardik Pandya. Cameos from Chahar 13 (4) and Chawla 17 (12) keep CSK in the game. Dhoni tonks the blast ball from Malinga for six to take the team to a respectable 154.
Mumbai need 155 to win. Required rate: 7.75 RPODeepak Chahar bowling to de Kock from over the wicket, the ball shapes away and then slides in sharply after pitching... through the gate! de Kock gone for a golden duck. Silence at the Wankhede.
The swing due to the ocean breeze is making the ball talk. Deepak Chahar and Josh Hazlewood have kept Suryakumar Yadav and Rohit Sharma on a leash. At the halfway stage, MI are at 55-2.
As MSD brings in Ravindra Jadeja and Piyush Chawla into the attack, runs begin to come.
Dhoni now throws the ball to Kedar Jadhav, the man with the golden arm, for an over of round-arm spin. This can be make or break. Rohit finally breaks his shackles with a shimmy down the track and lifts it over extra cover. Six. One of the toughest shots in the book.
Next ball, he tries to repeat the inside-out shot, but there's more air on the ball. It slides past Rohit's outside edge. And Dhoni flick the bails before the MI skipper can drag his leg back.
With Mitchell Santner having trapped the Pandya brothers, this is getting real close. MI 120-6 after 18. Kieron Pollard and Rahul Chahar are in.
20 off Hazlewood's penultimate over. A six and two fours from Pollard. Will he be the man? He has to be.
15 required off the last over. Pollard facing Bravo. West Indian vs West Indian.
Drills the first one to long-off... double.
Misses a slower one.
An attempted slower bouncer called wide by Paul Reiffel.
12 required off four.
And, it's a full toss. Pollard launches it over the long-off boundary.
Six off three. MI's game now.
Slower one from Bravo. Has Pollard picked it? He has. Smokes into into the stands through mid-wicket. MI win.
Pandya brothers and Trent Boult run out to the middle. What scenes in Mumbai.
Mumbai continue their dominance over CSK. Dhoni, walks on to the field to shake hands. He might have expected a better start, but he still has 13 group games to go.
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