IPL 2020: Sam Curran Surprised By Promotion In CSK Batting Order
Sam Curran
Sam Curran

IPL 2020: Sam Curran Surprised By Promotion In CSK Batting Order

Sam Curran, who came in ahead of skipper MS Dhoni surprising many fans hit 18 runs off only six balls including one boundary and two sixes. MS Dhoni chose to send young England all-rounder Sam Curran ahead of him which proved to be a masterstroke as Sam Curran came in as a pinch-hitter and stamped his authority on the game.

The first night of the Indian Premier League 2020 saw two former champions taking on each other in Abu Dhabi. Mumbai Indians batted first and scored 162 runs with Saurabh Tiwary top scoring 42 for them. The match went down to the last over despite Ambati Rayudu and Faf du Plessis steering the ship for Chennai Super Kings.

MS Dhoni
MS Dhoni (Image Credit: Vipin Pawar / Sportzpics for BCCI)

Sam Curran Hits Two Sixes And One Four Off First 5 Balls To Ease CSK’s Nerves

Both Ambati Rayudu and Faf Du Plessis scored the fifties. CSK needed 27 runs off 17 balls when Ravindra Jadeja fell to spinner Krunal Pandya. It looked like MS Dhoni or Kedar Jadhav will walk on to the crease to ease CSK’s nerves.

Sam Curran smashed two sixes and a four in his first five deliveries to put CSK in a comfortable position. He fell to Jasprit Bumrah in the second last over but his job was done as the equation got down to just 10 runs off 10 balls.

Sam Curran
Sam Curran

MS Dhoni and Faf du Plessis then steered their side home with four balls to spare as CSK opened their IPL 2020 campaign with a win. Sam Curran now has 11 wickets and 113 runs in 10 matches to his name.

Sam Curran Performed Well With Ball Too But Ambati Rayudu Declared MOM For 71

Sam Curran says he was also surprised by the decision while also talking about the changed atmosphere in IPL 2020.

“Very different. I have been used to the bubble with the England team. But you are used to seeing big crowds in IPL, so it was different. I haven’t met a lot of the guys, came in a day before, and was straight on the bus today. That was a good thing.”

Ambati Rayudu
Ambati Rayudu. Image Credit: Getty Images.

“I was very surprised that I went in. He (Dhoni) is a genius and thought something (about sending me before himself). We targeted that over (18th) and sometimes it comes off and sometimes it doesn’t,” Curran said at the post-match presentation ceremony.

Sam Curran also performed well with the ball as he took one wicket and gave just 28 runs in his quota of four overs. Ambati Rayudu scored 71 off 48 balls while Faf Du Plessis was unbeaten on 58 off 44 balls. Man of the match Ambati Rayudu hit 6 fours and 3 sixes in his essay of 71 runs. CSK will now play Rajasthan Royals on September 22.