Chennai Tremendous Kings (CSK) opening batsman Ruturaj Gaikwad smashed an excellent match-winning fifty on the return of IPL 2021. His knock helped CSK defeat Mumbai Indians (MI) by 20 runs.
Gaikwad began off on a scratchy notice, transferring to 19 off 24 at one stage. He picked up the tempo as soon as Quinton de Kock dropped him and made positive the ‘keeper would remorse it. On the post-match presentation ceremony, he credited the Sri Lankan tour earlier this 12 months for his efficiency.
“[It] was certainly one of my prime innings. With the strain of early wickets and with the seniors [back] within the dressing room, I simply needed to grind and get the workforce to 130, 140, after which 150.”
“The SL tour and the preparation coming right here did assist too. Initially, the ball was seaming and swinging so I needed to take my likelihood in opposition to the spinners. Jaddu simply got here in and I needed to take my likelihood and it got here off nicely,” the Man of the Match stated.
CSK transfer to the highest of the desk on the again of Ruturaj Gaikwad and mixed bowling effort
CSK confirmed early indicators of nervousness once they began out to bat within the first innings. The ghosts of UAE, the place they’d their worst IPL efficiency, got here again to hang-out them huge time.
They had been jittery within the powerplay, shedding 4 wickets with the rating on 24. Gaikwad performed a wise knock and rebuilt the innings with Ravindra Jadeja. Few fast runs on the fag finish meant the workforce managed to get to a par whole of 156/6.
MI adopted CSK’s template and misplaced too many wickets within the powerplay. Deepak Chahar did the injury, snapping up De Kock and Anmolpreet Singh. Wickets continued to fall, with solely Saurabh Tiwari placing up a combating fifty.
The rating proved to be too huge ultimately for MI, who’re infamous for being sluggish starters. They continue to be within the fourth place regardless of the loss, however CSK moved again over Delhi Capitals to the highest of the desk.
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