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Ambati Rayudu and Faf du Plessis smashed a half-century every as Chennai Tremendous Kings (CSK) kicked off their marketing campaign on the 2020 version of the Indian Premier League (IPL) with a cushty five-wicket win over defending champions Mumbai Indians on the Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi on Saturday.
The Mahendra Singh Dhoni-led facet received the toss and opted to bowl first through the match.
Skipper Rohit Sharma and opener Quinton de Kock made a strong begin for Mumbai Indians by bringing the facet near 50-run mark after simply two overs.
Nevertheless, Rohit (12) and De Kock (33) quickly departed in fast successions afte falling victims to Piyush Chawla and Sam Curran within the fifth and sixth over, respectively.
Following the duo’s departure, Saurabh Tiwary notched up a quick-fire 31-ball 42 runs apart from stitching a 44-run stand with Suryakumar Yadav (16-ball 17) as Mumbai Indians posted a rating of 162 for 9 of their stipulated 20 overs.
For Chennai Tremendous Kings, Lungi Ngidi was the choose of the bowlers with figures of three for 38.Whereas Deepak Chahar and Ravindra Jadeja bagged two wickets every, Sam Curran and Piyush Chawla also chipped in with a wicket.
In reply, Chennai Tremendous Kings (CSK) misplaced their openers Murali Vijay (1) and Shane Watson (4) inside two overs.
Subsequently, Rayudu (71) and Du Plessis (unbeaten at 58) joined forces and the duo not solely smashed a half-century every however also stitched an important 115-run stand for the third wicket to assist CSK chase down the goal in 19.2 overs.
Trent Boult, James Pattinson, Jasprit Bumrah, Krunal Pandya and Rahul Chahar all claimed a wicket every for Mumbai Indians.
Rayudu was declared ‘Man of the Match’ for his good present with the bat.
CSK will subsequent lock horns with Rajasthan Royals on September 22 at Sharjah Cricket Stadium, whereas Mumbai Indians will face Kolkata Knight Riders at Sheikh Zayed Stadium a day later.