MS Dhoni Uses Experience And Guile To Get CSK To Start On A Winning Note  

By Dhanu Delphi on September 20, 2020

The opening game of IPL2020 between defending champions Mumbai Indians and Chennai Super Kings (CSK) turned out to be a nail biter as it went into the final over. The Mumbai Indians started the game as the favorites with the bookmakers and should have won the game. However, MS Dhoni called on the experience of CSK and used his guile to register a spectacular win and get CSK to start their IPL2020 campaign on a winning note.

Mumbai Indians Lose Momentum

CSK won the toss and asked Mumbai Indians to bat first. Mumbai got off to a great start as Rohit Sharma and Quinton de Kock were scoring at almost 10 runs an over during the first 4 overs. However, both openers fell in quick succession and CSK managed to put a break on the scoring.

Mumbai rebuilt their innings around Saurabh Tiwary (42 of 31 balls) and Suryakumar Yadav (16 of 16) balls. However, none of their other batsmen were able to stay at the crease long enough and make a meaning contribution. Credit must be given to CSK’s bowlers as the likes of Sam Curran and Piyush Chawla pulled things back with some tight bowling. The two of them sent down a combined 8 overs for just 49 runs with each taking a wicket.

R Jadeja and L Ngidi were a bit expensive but picked up 5 wickets between themselves to restrict the Mumbai Indians to 162. Mumbai would of expected another 20 runs on the board as they were 85 at the end of 10 overs with wickets in hand. Their lack of intent and application at the death hurt them during CSK’s chase.

CSK’s Experience Gets Them The Victory

MS Dhoni had to tinker with his batting line-up given the fact that he no longer has the services of Suresh Raina who was a permanent fixture for CSK at number 3. Dhoni use Murali Vijay and Shane Watson to open the batting and brought Faf du Plessis in at 3.

Chennai Super Kings lost both their openers quickly and were in trouble at 6/2. Faf and Ambati Rayudu looked to spend time in the middle and put together a partnership that turned the tide of the game. Rayudu played a brilliant innings scoring 71 of just 48 balls at a strike rate of 147.

Faf held things down at the other end and was determined not to throw away his wicket. MS Dhoni displayed some weird captaincy tactics once again and decided not to come out and bat once Rayudu fell. He sent out R Jadeja and S Curran ahead of himself when CSK needed some quick runs on the board.

Jadeja (10 runs in 5 balls) and Curran (18 runs in 6) balls helped to take Chennai to the brink of victory but both got out. MS Dhoni came to the crease finally but did not have to score any runs as Faf was still at the other end and helped take CSK home with 4 balls to spare.

Dhoni Repays CSK’s Faith In Him

Dhoni gave credit to the experience that CSK has with veteran players in the squad. MSD said that when it came to high pressured situations; it was the team that played held its nerve that usually ended up on the winning side. This win will be a huge confidence booster for CSK and its owners who have always had faith in MS Dhoni and his leadership.

CSK’s next challenge is against the Rajasthan Royals on September 22 while the Mumbai Indians will play their second game on September 22 against the Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR).