20 September 2020 00:32
With Suresh Raina opting out of IPL 2020, Chennai Super Kings didn't have a specialist left-hander in their side. Legspinner Rahul Chahar deployed an angular run-up - something he had done in 2019 to throw Chris Lynn off - and drew a sliced hit from Rayudu, having him caught and bowled for 71 off 48 balls. At that point, the game was still in the balance with Super Kings needing 42 off 24 balls, with Kedar Jadhav listed at No.5 followed by captain MS Dhoni at No. 6. Before the IPL opener, both batsmen hadn't played competitive cricket for a year or thereabouts. They could've also been vulnerable to Krunal Pandya, who turns the ball away from right-handers.
Jadeja found his groove immediately, picking off two fours off four balls against IPL debutant James Pattinson. Mumbai captain Rohit Sharma, who is usually big on match-ups, still brought back Krunal for the 18th over. Krunal did trap Jadeja lbw first ball with a quicker one that skidded off the pitch, but then Sam Curran entered at No. 6 and tipped a tense chase Super Kings' way with 18 off six balls. At some point of time we need to give Jadeja and somebody like Sam to express themselves," Dhoni explained at the post-match presentation. Faf du Plessis is the best fielder in this ageing Super Kings side.
Hardik had struck the ball more fiercely than Tiwary did, but du Plessis made it look ridiculously easy. Once again, the team's slowness in the field was somewhat mitigated by having the quicker fielders in the catching hotspots. Curran also took a smart catch at long-on to dismiss Suryakumar Yadav. Dwayne Bravo is usually a certainty in Super Kings XI, and Imran Tahir was the highest wicket-taker in IPL 2019. However, Super Kings left both out - Bravo was injured - to accommodate Curran and Lungi Ngidi.
Curran dealt in back-of-the-hand cutters and one such delivery tricked de Kock into swiping at the ball early and miscuing it to midwicket. After his fuller and length deliveries were punished in the powerplay, Ngidi also hit harder lengths and had both Kieron Pollard and Krunal Pandya caught behind. While Mumbai have been based in Abu Dhabi all this while, the Super Kings, having come in from Dubai, would've got their first taste of the conditions on match day, but they got their selections bang on. Mumbai, meanwhile, gave Tiwary his first IPL game since 2017, picking him ahead of his Jharkhand team-mate Ishan Kishan, one among the most exciting young Indian batsmen in T20 cricket. Mumbai recalled their old friend Tiwary as he is particularly strong in accessing the straighter boundaries; the square boundaries are longer in Abu Dhabi. While Tiwary did muscle a brace of sixes over deep midwicket and long-on, he was ultimately done in by du Plessis' brilliance. Trent Boult, Mumbai's new recruit, pinned Shane Watson with an inswinger in the first over and did an impressive job in the powerplay, giving up only 15 runs in his three overs. This was a game where both sides had only five genuine bowling options, and it came down to both Krunal and Boult having to bowl one each in the slog overs. Though Dhoni promoted Jadeja to No.5, Krunal still was given the 18th over. Sure, Krunal got Jadeja first ball, but Curran, the other left-hander, aced that match-up. At the death in the IPL, Boult has leaked nearly 11 runs an over, and one of the reasons why he was released by the Delhi Capitals was his lack of enough variations in the end overs. Du Plessis hit Boult for back-to-back fours and sealed the game with four balls to spare. Here's how you can catch the IPL 2020 matches. IPL 2020: As the Indian Premier League is slated to begin on Saturday, fans have been excited about catching the tournament that has been delayed by five months due to the coronavirus pandemic and the ensuing lockdown. The league would be starting with a match between Mumbai Indians (MI) and Chennai Super Kings (CSK). In fact, the pandemic has caused the IPL this year to be shifted outside India itself, and the matches are being held in the United Arab Emirates. While IPL 2020 has tied up with Star Sports like every year for telecasting the event, it has also paired up with OTT platform Disney+ Hotstar. So here's how you can catch the IPL 2020 matches using Disney+ Hotstar! IPL 2020 on Disney+ Hotstar Unlike previous years, viewers would have to take subscription plans to be able to watch IPL 2020 on Disney+ Hotstar, according to a report in IE. Disney+ Hotstar offers a variety of subscription packs, monthly as well as yearly, for users, who can choose a plan that suits them. While the VIP plan costs Rs 399 for an entire year, credit card users can access the pack at a promotional offer of Rs 365. Disney+ Hotstar subscription for free Disney+ Hotstar subscription can be free with some prepaid plans of Reliance Jio and Airtel. In order to get this complementary subscription, Jio and Airtel users would only need to recharge their numbers with the prepaid plans offering this complementary service and get access to the IPL 2020 matches. There are also some plans of Reliance Jio's optical fibre broadband service JioFibre that offer complimentary access to Disney+ Hotstar. Disney+ Hotstar subscription with JioTV and AirtelTV Reliance Jio and Airtel have paired up with Disney+ Hotstar for free subscription of the OTT platform along with select packs. New prepaid plans of Rs 499 and Rs 777 under Jio 'Dhan Dhana Dhan' offer come with free yearly subscription to the OTT platform. Similarly, Airtel is offering a Rs 401 plan which provides a free yearly subscription to Disney+ Hotstar, apart from 30GB data that would be valid for 28 days. Unlike last year, this time only one Airtel plan is offering a complimentary subscription to Disney+ Hotstar, the report added. The Australian superstar missed all the ODIs against England due to concussion, leading to doubts over his participation in the first few matches of the Indian Premier League. However, the franchise is confident that Smith will clear the mandatory concussion tests and be available from the first game itself - against Chennai Super Kings in Sharjah on September 22. Smith, Jos Buttler, Jofra Archer, joined the Royals a couple of days ago and it has been learnt that all of them have cleared the mandatory COVID-19 tests, and are available for selection for the tournament opener. "They have all cleared the tests and are allowed to play the tournament from the beginning," an IPL official said. With him missing out on the England-Australia limited-overs series as well, there were reports that the 29-year-old could miss the IPL. Chennai Super Kings beat Mumbai Indians in the inaugural Indian Premier League 2020 match on Saturday - as they chased 163 runs at Abu Dhabi's Sheikh Zayed Cricket Stadium. Earlier, MI scored 162/9 with Saurabh Tiwary as the star batsman, scoring 42 off 31 balls, while Lungi Ngidi was the pick of the bowlers for CSK with three wickets. After six years, four months and 20 days, the Indian Premier League (IPL), the world's most popular franchise cricket league, began in the UAE on Saturday. Those many years, months and days ago marked the last game to be played during the first leg of the IPL in this country in 2014. Mumbai Indians, the defending champions, led by the 'Hitman' Rohit Sharma, go up against talisman MS Dhoni's Chennai Super Kings. The last time that these two teams met, it was one for the ages, with the Mumbai Indians performing a houdini act, on an energy-sapping night in Hyderabad. The Mumbai Indians nicked the thriller by one run in the final last May, to smash and grab a fourth title. The Mumbai Indians will be looking to get a fifth star embroidered on their jersey at the end of this sojourn, while the Chennai Super Kings will try to go all out in denying them that and add a fourth crown to their trophy cabinet. As far as the head-to-head record goes, the Mumbai Indians enjoy a better ratio with 17 victories from 28 matches, with the Chennai Super Kings winning 11. And the Mumbai Indians have aced the past five encounters. The Mumbai Indians, though enjoy a slightly better advantage, with a full-strength to call upon. They have the likes of Suryakumar Yadav, Hardik Pandya, Kieron Pollard, Krunal Pandya, with Jasprit Bumrah, Trent Boult, Mitchell McClenaghan, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Lasith Malinga's replacement James Pattinson making up a potent bowling attack. The Chennai Super Kings, meanwhile, had a delayed start to their training but they made up for the lost time by practicing hard for the big day as well as the tournament. MS Dhoni, the former India skipper, can call upon the rich experience of Shane Watson, Faf du Plessis, Dwayne Bravo, Ravindra Jadeja, Kedhar Jadhav, Ambati Rayudu and Imran Tahir.