Bookies Had a Field Day in the Opener of IPL 2020 at UAE

Bookies Had a Field Day in the Opener of IPL 2020 at UAE
IPL 2020 Match 1 - MI vs CSK review

The first match between the power houses of Indian Premier League started on Saturday of September 2020 at 7.30 PM IST. The excitement was full on amongst the Indians wanting to catch some sports action in the otherwise lacklustre year.

The playing 11 fielded by both teams were nothing different from the past year.

Teams:Mumbai Indians: Rohit Sharma, Quinton de Kock, Suryakumar Yadav, SS Tiwary, Kieron Pollard, Hardik Pandya, Krunal Pandya, Trent Boult, Rahul Chahar, JL Pattinson , Jasprit Bumrahh

Chennai Super Kings: Shane Watson, Murali Vijay, Faf du Plessis, Ambati Rayudu, Kedar Jadhav, MS Dhoni, Ravindra Jadeja, Piyush Chawla, Deepak Chahar, SM Curran, L Ngidi

On paper, Mumbai Indians looked better due to its strong batting line-up and big names in fast bowling.

CSK won the toss and elected to bowl first which was a sane decision since the first around 10 matches of IPL are generally won by the team batting second since a mediocre gets chased easily as the team batting second can pace their innings. Secondly, the dew factor plays a very important role as it becomes very difficult to grip the ball for the bowling team in the 2nd innings.

Mumbai Indians started with a bang and they were cruising at an average of more than 10 per over before Piyush Chawla cut short the stay of Rohit Sharma who seem to be in a hurry to get out. Quinton de Kock followed suit soon as they probably wanted to admire the empty stadium and wanted to be part of the cheering squad. Or was that a script.

All the heavyweights of MI came and left without building up their innings and none of them could except Saurabh Tiwary had a decent score. Their long batting line-up was their curse as all of them were thinking that the next one would be there to take care of the slog overs but none of them was left to hit sixes at the end. And as a result, MI were around 15-20 runs short.

So far the see-saw battle or friendly was perfect. Start with a bang and end with a whimper leaving punters jittery. And with millions betting on this match, bookies were heading for a jackpot and these team provided them with it by playing it like a typical T20 match. The cogs of the wheel supported their deflated tyres to reach the finish line with much effort. They could score only 162 runs.

The favourites had changed before the start of the chase. And CSK players didn't disappoint here. They were an icing on the cake for the bookies. Two quick wickets of Murali Vijay and Shane Watson and the odds were swinging again in favour of MI.

This was followed by good bowling by Pattinson and Trent Boult and CSK were in dumps at one time. Probably they weren't part of the core team of MI. Jaspreet Bumrah came to bowl and the victory seem to be sealed for MI. He bowled four maiden balls followed by a 5th ball which Faf du Plessis played for 3 runs. On came Ambati Rayudu, the most underrated Indian batsman. And one of the few to emerge unscathed from ICL started by Zee Enterprises in 2007. Coming back to the over of Bumrah, the last ball was hit for a four and it turned out to be a no ball. And the 7th ball went for a six. So essentially two balls yielded 14 runs for CSK and that is when the MI lost the match.

To compund the agony of MI, they dropped three relatively easy catches. And as Lala Mohinder Amarnath aptly said, "Catches win matches", MI threw the game.

To sum it all, we witnessed some pedestrian captaincy by one of the most successful captains of IPL. His strange decision not to bowl Hardik Pandya and Kieron Pollard is not digestible at all.

The delight of the match was effortless hitting by Sam Curran who scored 18 runs in 6 balls. Ambati Rayudu richly deserved the Man of the Match award by scoring 71 runs in 48 balls.

Can you beat it, Mumbai Indians have been losing the opening match of their IPL campaign for 6 times in a row. And that is some record!

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