The lung-opener of the Indian Premier League witnessed the two titans of tournament’s history clash against each other.
After a two-year wait, MS Dhoni’s Chennai Super Kings clashed against the Mumbai Indians in Mumbai.
In yet another classic between the two rivals, the enthralling nail-biter saw CSK snatch victory out of the jaws of defeat, thanks to some brilliance from Dwayne Bravo in the end.
A finishing blitz from Kedar Jadhav saw Chennai clinch the match by just one wicket and ball remaining. Here are the five-game changing moments.
Ishan Kishan’s counter-attack
With Evin Lewis and Rohit Sharma back in the hut cheaply, Mumbai Indian’s young Turk, Ishan Kishan stood up to the occasion.
Kishan scored a counterattacking 29-ball 40, which delivered the much-needed impetus into the innings. The 19-year old took apart Imran Tahir by smashing 17 off five deliveries.
Suryakumar Yadav’s knock
When the chips were down for MI at 20-2, Suryakumar Yadav played a notable knock of 43 which came of 29 deliveries as well.
Yadav and Kishan put together a priceless partnership of 78 which set it up for the Pandya brothers’ later.
The Pandya Brothers Show
Krunal Pandya smashed everything in sight, right from the word go. The two retained MI players paid rich dividends for their franchise, as they finished the innings for them.
Krunal scored a 22-ball 41 at a strike rate of 186, which included five boundaries and a couple of maximums. The Pandya brothers added 52 runs in the final five overs.
Things were looking tough for Chennai Super Kings with the moderate start provided by Shane Watson and Ambati Rayudu.
Rookie Mayank Markande made it even more difficult for CSK with his spell which removed Chahar, Rayudu and MS Dhoni. Markande conceded only 23 in his four overs at an economy of 5.7.
Dwayne Bravo’s magic
CSK’s batting failed miserably throughout their innings and the unit never really in the match. The Chennai batsmen kept losing wickets during the middle-overs to leave a lot in the final overs.
However, it was Dwayne Bravo who turned the match around his head with his 30-ball 68, which consisted of three boundaries and seven mammoth sixes which helped CSK snatch victory out of the jaws of defeat by just one wicket.