Several Chennai Super Kings fans had all but given up on the idea of winning the Indian Premier League (IPL) Twenty20 cricket tournament's first match on Saturday night. With the team only managing 118 till the 17th over and with a paltry two wickets left, things looked bleak for Chennai at the Wankhede stadium in Mumbai.
CSK was chasing just 166 but the bowlers from the Mumbai Indians side were effortlessly knocking out one batsman after another.
However, a heroic effort from Dwayne Bravo and Kedar Jadhav at the end helped Chennai Super Kings edge past three-time champions Mumbai Indians by one wicket in the opening match.
Needing seven runs in three balls, Jadhav (24 not out) who got retired hurt, scooped a six over short fine leg and then slammed a boundary at covers off Mustafizur Rahman to clinch a thriller for his team.
Mumbai's middle-order batsman Dwayne Bravo (68 off 30), also played a brilliant innings towards the end but could not take his team to the finishing line as he was dismissed in the second last over by Jasprit Bumrah.
The West Indian all rounder stunned his opponents as he smashed seven huge sixes and three fours to take CSK closer to its target.
Chasing a decent score of 166, Chennai openers started the proceedings on a positive note.
Shane Watson (16) played his shots while Ambati Rayudu (22) rotated the strike. But after adding 27 runs in four overs, medium pacer Hardik Pandya dismissed Watson.
Incoming batsmen Suresh Raina (4) also struggled in the middle but Rayudu kept on scoring runs at the other end. Soon Raina was also sent packing in the sixth over by Pandya. In the very next over, Rayudu was sent back to the pavilion by spinner Mayank Markande.
While the middle-order batsmen failed to rise to the occasion and were dismissed after scoring a few runs, Bravo smashed the Mumbai bowlers all around the park and narrowed the gap of runs.
The yellow lions smashed 40 runs in the 18th and 19th over with a rampaging Bravo scoring 39 of them. The bowlers at the receiving end of this blitzkrieg were Mitchell McClenaghan and Bumrah.
Meanwhile, fans could barely get enough of CSK's win and the way it managed to turn the game around, as the internet was soon filled with memes.
There couldn't have been a better start to #IPL11.. #CSKvsMI— Ayush Ladia (@ayush230190) April 7, 2018
Returning to IPL after 2 years.. It meant so much for all players and #CSKFans.. #Dhoni #Bravo #Jadhav
A CSK win is definitely a dream start for #IPL11 #WhistlePodu :)
#MIvCSK— Ramesh Srivats (@rameshsrivats) April 7, 2018
Summary of the match -
CSK won the toss.
MI tossed the win.