Abu Dhabi: Chennai Super Kings( CSK) beat Mumbai Indians by five wickets to win the first match of IPL 2020 at Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi in UAE today.
CSK scored the required 163 in 19.2 overs to get their campaign off to a winning start after all that has happened with their side after landing in UAE.
Earlier in the day, CSK won the toss and Dhoni opted to field first. Brilliant bowling by CSK restricted MI to 162 for 9 in 20 overs despite some good start by their star-studded batting line-up in the opening IPL game here on Saturday.
CSK’s new recruits leg-spinner Piyush Chawla (1/21 in 4 overs) and left-arm seamer Sam Curran (1/28 in 4 overs) made fantastic first impression while Lungi Ngidi (3/38 in 4 overs) and Deepak Chahar (2/32 in 4 overs) came back brilliantly during death overs. For MI, Quinton de Kock (33 off 20 balls, 5×4) and Saurabh Tiwary (42 off 31 balls, 3×4, 1×6) played well but couldn’t convert their starts as the defending champions got only 76 runs in their back-10.