Mumbai Indians captain Rohit Sharma and Chennai Super Kings skipper MS Dhoni (Picture: Getty)England all-rounder Sam Curran starred with bat and ball to assist Chennai Super Kings defeat Mumbai Indians by 5 wickets in the opening match of the 2020 Indian Premier League.
Curran took 1-28 from 4 overs and took two catches as Chennai restricted Mumbai to 162-9, with India batsman Saurabh Tiwary scoring 42 and South Africa opener Quinton de Kock smashing 33 off 20 balls.
Proteas captain Faf du Plessis led Chennai’s chase with an unbeaten 58 and Curran blasted 18 off six balls because the Super Kings received with 4 balls remaining.
Chennai had been crushed by Mumbai in final 12 months’s IPL last and captain Dhoni mentioned: ‘There are loads of positives however nonetheless of areas we have to enhance.
‘Rayudu had a wonderful partnership with Faf. The experience pays off, everyone talks about it. You need a good mix of youngsters and experienced players.’
IPL 2020 is going down in Dubai – some six months after it was as a result of begin – due to the continued coronavirus pandemic.
Dhoni, who introduced his retirement from worldwide cricket final month, added: ‘It is a tremendous job accomplished by the IPL, particularly ones behind the scenes.
‘To make it happen there are a hundred different things. To have the practice facilities like these at the ICC academy is fantastic.’
India batsman Sharma, who led Mumbai to the title final 12 months however suffered defeat in the IPL 2020 opener, mentioned: ‘None of our batsmen carried on like Faf and Rayudu did for CSK.
‘I think we made 85 in the first ten overs but credit to the CSK bowlers, they bowled well at the end to pull things back. That’s one thing for us to study.
‘It’s nonetheless early days. We all wish to begin rather well, it’s essential in this event the place momentum is vital.
‘We did make a few mistakes but hopefully we’ll rectify these and come out smarter in the subsequent recreation.’
Curran, in the meantime, admitted he was stunned at being promoted up Chennai’s batting order however grateful for the chance and happy to contribute to a win.
‘It was a six or out mentality so that’s how you’ve got to play this recreation,’ mentioned Curran.
‘To be honest, I was very surprised I went in but he’s a genius and he clearly thought one thing. But a terrific win in the top and a terrific begin.’
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