IPL 2018: Suresh Raina lauds teammate Dwayne Bravo’s Match-Winning Knock
Suresh Raina lauded his teammate Dwayne Bravo’s match-winning knock of 68 runs off just 30 balls as Chennai Super Kings (CSK) beats Mumbai Indians (MI) by one wicket in the opening match of the 11th edition of Indian Premier League (IPL).
Meanwhile, Bravo had a perfect patch up with CSK as the franchise returned to the league after two years.
Batting first Mumbai posted 165 runs after a late cameo from Krunal Pandya. Although, MI had a slow start losing both their openers within four overs. Since then, Ishan Kishan and Surya Kumar Yadav paired to take Mumbai close to 100.
Since the departure of Yadav, Pandya hammered the bowlers to take the total to 165.
However, it was a bad start for the CSK as they lost wickets at regular intervals. Debutant Mayank Markande and Hardik Pandya returned with three wickets.
Struggling 118 for 8 in 16.3 overs, Bravo had something different in mind. After a slow and steady start, he absolutely hammered the bowlers to all-round the park. He struck seven sixes and three fours on his way to scoring 68 runs off 30 balls.
Moreover, he took 20 runs in the penultimate over by Jasprit Bumrah before getting out, thus leaving seven runs to win in the last over.
Injured Kedar Jadhav did the rest hitting a six and four of the fourth and fifth delivery.
Raina took to Twitter to express his delight over Bravo’s gem of a knock. He also thanked the Wankhede fans as he admitted that it felt like a home game.
It’s like we never went away! What a game! Hats off to @DJBravo47
Special mention to the fans! Wankhede felt like a home game today! ????
— Suresh Raina (@ImRaina) April 7, 2018
“It’s like we never went away! What a game! Hats off to
@DJBravo47 Unbelievable innings! Special mention to the fans! Wankhede felt like a home game today!” Raina tweeted.
However, Raina personally didn’t have a good game as he failed to get going with the bat. He scored four runs off just six deliveries before lobbing one up to Krunal Pandya off Hardik.
CSK will play their second game of the league on April 10 against Kolkata Knight Riders.
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