Day one of the second leg of Indian Premier League 2021 began with defending champion Mumbai Indians taking on Chennai Super Kings in Dubai. Both the teams ended first phase of the tournament on a high note with CSK finishing in the second position while MI was placed in the fourth place before the league was abandoned midway due to the rising cases of Covid-19 in India.
Electing to bat, Chennai Super Kings scored 156/6 against Mumbai Indians in the first match of the second phase of IPL on Sunday. Despite,witnessing a batting order collapse, CSK's strong-willed team managed a decent score. Losing five wickets in the first few overs led to a nail-biting situation for CSK fans, but it had been Ruturaj Gaikwad who held the game strong with his brilliant his 88 off 58 balls.
Gaikwad was later joined by Ravindra Jadeja (26 runs off 33 balls) and Dwayne Bravo (23 runs off 8 ball) to get a decent total. Dwayne played a memorable innings that comprised of 6 sixes in 8 balls.
Speaking after the brilliant knock, Ruturaj said, " 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."
Mumbai Indians now need 157 runs to defeat the three times IPL champions to stay in the top four.