Ambati Rayudu and Faf du Plesis scored respective half-centuries as Chennai Super Kings defeated defending champions Mumbai Indians by five wickets in the opening encounter of Indian Premier League at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi on Saturday.
After being put into bat by Chennai skipper MS Dhoni, the pair of Rohit Sharma and Quinton de Kock got their team off to a flying start by adding 46 runs for the opening wicket, before Rohit hold out to Sam Curran off Piyush Chawla.
An over later South African wicket keeper De Kock was caught at midwicket by Shane Watson off Curran for a quickfire 33.
Saurabh Tiwary and Suryakumar Yadav stitched together with a solid 44 run stand for the third wicket, before Suryakumar was dismissed by Deepak Chahar for 17.
With Mumbai comfortably placed at 121/3, Ravindra Jadeja in the 15th over struck twice by dismissing Saurabh and all rounder Hardik Pandya for 42 & 14 respectively.
Lungi Ngidi, who conceded 18 runs in his first over made amends by dismissing Krunal Pandya, big hitter Kieron Pollard and James Pattinson as Mumbai Indians were restricted to 162/9 at the end of 20 overs.
Ngidi was Super Kings best bowler with figures of 3/38, while Chahar and Jadeja claimed 2 wickets each.
Chasing 163, CSK got off to a disastrous start as Shane Watson and Murali Vijay were dismissed cheaply to Trent Boult and James Pattinson leg before wicket for 4 & 1.
After finding themselves in a backfoot at 6/2, Rayudu and du Plessis anchored the innings with a crucial partnership of 115 runs for the third wicket, before the 34 year old was caught magnificently by Rahul Chahar of his own bowling for an entertaining 71. His innings came off just 48 balls with six fours and three sixes.
Ravindra Jadeja in the 18th over was dismissed by Krunal for 10. Sam Curran who was promoted up the order didn’t disappoint the skipper, as he played a gem by scoring 18 off just 6 balls to turn the tide in favour of CSK.
In the end, Du Plessis finished the chase in style by scoring consecutive boundaries off Boult, as Chennai reached the target of 163 with four balls to spare.
Ambati Rayudu was declared the Player of the Match for his swashbuckling innings.
The second match of the Indian Premier League would be played between Delhi Capitals and Kings XI Punjab in Dubai on Sunday.