Defending champions Chennai Super Kings lost their first match in the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2019 to Mumbai Indians by 33 runs in Mumbai on Wednesday.
Chasing a target of 171, Chennai batsmen were unable to show resistance except Kedhar Jadhav, who played a fighting knock of 58 runs. For Mumbai, Lasith Malinga and Hardik Pandya rattled the Chennai batting line-up, scalping three wickets each.
Match summary: Mumbai Indians 170/5 (Suryakumar Yadav 59, Krunal Pandya 42; Ravindra Jadeja 1/10) beat Chennai Super Kings 133/8 (Kedhar Jadhav 58, Suresh Raina 16; Hardik Pandya 3/20) by 33 runs
Despite a slow start, it was Hardik Pandya and Keiron Pollard's quick-fire play, which helped Mumbai Indians to score 170/5 in an Indian Premier League (IPL) match against MS Dhoni’s Chennai Super Kings in Mumbai on Wednesday.
Put to bat, the hosts were off to a slow start with just three runs coming from the initial two overs, before Deepak Chahar drew the first blood for Chennai. With runs not coming, de Kock handed an easy catch to Kedhar Jadhav at square leg in the third over while trying to smash a delivery.
While most Chennai bowlers maintained a tight economy rate in 18 overs, went profligate in the last two overs. Pollard (17 unbeaten off 7) and Hardik (25 unbeaten off 8) hammered them all around the park to help their team post a fighting total.
Earlier, Suryakumar Yadav (59) and Krunal Pandya (42) made valuable contributions to the team's score. Krunal Pandya's knock was laced with five boundaries and a six.
Keiron Pollard (17 off 7) and Hardik Pandya showed some quick hands towards the end as they hammered Bravo for 29 runs in the final over to help Mumbai reach 170/5 in the allotted 20 overs
Chennai started on a poor note, losing openers Rayudu and Watson quickly. While Lasith Malinga accounted for Watson (5), Jason Behrendorff sent back Rayudu on a duck.
Chennai's most dependable batsman Suresh Raina also couldn't do much in the middle after managing just 16 runs off 15 deliveries.
It was Behrendorff who once again struck, giving the third blow to the visiting side, leaving Chennai reeling at 33/3 in 4.5 overs.
Jadhav (58 off 54, including eight boundaries and a six) and Mahendra Singh Dhoni (12 off 21) then anchored Chennai's inning with a 54-run partnership. However, the skipper couldn't stay for much time in the middle as he fell to Hardik Pandya while trying to accelerate the run-rate.
Jadhav tried to keep one end in control but Malinga ended his laborious effort before Chennai lost Ravindra Jadeja (1) and Dwayne Bravo (8) in quick succession as the scorecard read 115/7 in the 18th over.
With 56 needed of the last two overs, Chennai's lower middle order couldn't help their side cross the line as Deepak Chahar and Shardul Thakur could only contribute with 7 and 12 runs respectively.