While Chennai Super Kings (CSK) batting unit faltered within the UAE leg opener of IPL 2021, opener Ruturaj Gaikwad held his nerves towards Mumbai Indians (MI) to notch up his sixth IPL fifty. The 24-year-old saved Chennai’s crumbling innings, serving to them cross the 150-run mark that seemed distant at one level.
Gaikwad completed with an unbeaten 88 — comprising 9 fours and 4 maximums — and Dwayne Bravo chipped in with 23 from 8 balls, serving to CSK attain 156/6 in 20 overs. Gaikwad’s 88* can be the very best particular person rating in CSK-MI clashes thus far.
“I’m very tired right now, but proud that I carried the innings for my team. My job was just to bat long at that stage (when they lost early wickets). You always have to start fresh, it’s good to get off to a great start. It’s a two-paced wicket and there’s a bit of turn for the spinners as well,” he stated within the innings break.
A constant performer for his state workforce Maharashtra, Gaikwad was additionally spectacular within the first half of IPL 2021 the place he had notched up two half-centuries. In the 2020 season, he had scored 204 runs in six video games with the very best rating of 72.
Earlier, Mumbai Indians’ tempo duo of Adam Milne and Trent Boult scripted Chennai’s top-order collapse in Dubai as each picked two wickets every for 11 runs in three overs. Boult dismissed Faf du Plessis for a duck within the very first over earlier than Milne eliminated Moeen Ali within the subsequent over for a duck as effectively.
Three-time champions CSK suffered one other blow as Ambati Rayudu walked off the sphere with a wrist damage earlier than Boult struck once more to dismiss Suresh Raina for 4. Skipper MS Dhoni was the fourth batsman to depart as wounded Chennai completed with simply 24 runs on the finish of the Powerplay.