CSK vs MI Live Updates: Ambati Rayudu and Faf du Plessis smashed valuable half-centuries as Chennai Super Kings beat Mumbai Indians by 5 wickets to get off to the perfect start in IPL 2020 at Abu Dhabi in UAE. Rayudu scored 71 off 48 balls and du Plessis remained unbeaten on 58 off 44 balls. They had steadied CSK after they lost their openers in the first two overs of the chase. The Mumbai Indians scored 162 for 9 after Chennai Super Kings asked them to bat first. MI got off to a flier with Rohit and de Kock going all guns blazing but CSK came back with two wick wickets. Then Saurabh Tiwary played a very good innings by scoring 42 off 31 balls before Faf du Plessis took two fantastic catches to send back him and Hardik Pandya. Towards the end, Lungi Ngidi picked up three wickets as CSK ran through the MI lower middle-order.
CSK beat MI by 5 wickets
Faf du Plessis finishes it with two fours in the first two balls of the final over. Chennai Super Kings, after losing 5 matches to MI on the trot, have beaten them by 5 wickets to start their IPL 2020 campaign in style.
CSK need 5 runs to win the first match of IPL 2020 against MI.
Dhoni takes DRS and survives
The ‘Dhoni Review System’ still works fine. It was a short delivery from Bumrah. Dhoni went for the pull, missed it, there was huge appeal and the umpire raised his finger, Dhoni straightaway went for the review and guess what? It was a flat line on the snickometre.
Fifty for du Plessis
What a fantastic innings this has been by Faf du Plessis. He has got CSK within touching distance of a victory tonight.
MS Dhoni walks out to bat
The man is finally here. MS Dhoni the finisher walks out to bat at No.7 for CSK. Will he once again finish the job for CSK?
Bumrah gets Curran
Six and out! He hit three sixes in his innings of six balls and he has been dismissed by Bumrah. This match is still alive. CSK need 10 runs off 8 balls.
Who needs Dhoni?
SIX, FOUR! Sam Curran has got the it going alright. That’s why he’s out there, never doubt Dhoni’s calls. He hasn’t won so many trophies for nothing. What clean striking from the left hander. CSK now need only 16 runs in the last 2 overs.
How is this year’s IPL different?
First of all, it’s not happening in India and taking place in UAE. While in 2009 and 2014, the tournament did move out of the country but that was because of the general elections in India and not because of some pandemic. Secondly, there will be no crowd, no media from India (yeah let that sync in) and the players will be in a bio-secured bubble to minimize the affects of the virus. And last but not the last least, the IPL is being played in September – the first time it is being hosted so late, again blame the pandemic for it.