Chennai Kings trumped to Mumbai Indians in their first match

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Dhoni had his day but Mumbai Indians held their nerve and trumped the Chennai Super Kings by nine runs.

In a game where the batsmen found it difficult to score, two men stood out to make it a memorable affair. Kieron Pollard shot Mumbai to 148 when it looked like they would be bundled out, whereas Dhoni blasted his way as the other batsmen stuttered.

mumbai indian ipl Chennai Kings trumped to Mumbai Indians in their first match

Mumbai captain Ricky Ponting won the toss and chose to bat first on a wicket that has a reputation of slowing down as the game progresses. As a result, Mumbai dropped the young Jasprit Bumrah and brought in the left-arm spinner, Pragyan Ojha. Dwayne Smith came in place of Jacob Oram. Dirk Nannes, Ben Laughlin and Ankit Rajpoot were the new faces in the Chennai line-up.

It was an innings that saw Mumbai stutter as they lost wickets at regular intervals. Their big guns — Ponting and Sachin Tendulkar fell early. Dinesh Karthik fought hard and looked fluent during his 37. He was proactive at the crease and was keeping the opposition on their feet. It was only due to Kieron Pollard’s magnificent 57 not out that Mumbai managed to score 148.

When CSK batted, Dhoni stood in the middle for long, and Chennai felt they were in with a chance. Wickets kept tumbling at the other end as Ravichandran Ashwin was out to Harbhajan Singh after Dhoni had smashed him for six. Like Pollard for Mumbai, Dhoni was lone standing warrior for Chennai.

With 40 needed off 18 balls, all eyes were on Dhoni. Pollard had a good day with the bat, but struggled with the ball. Dhoni hit him for a huge six and then followed it up with two fours. A couple of wides made it 16 off the first three balls of the 18th over. However, Pollard scalped Chennai’s eight wicket in Laughlin to make things more interesting.

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