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Dwayne Bravo Blitz Gives Chennai Thrilling Win Over Mumbai

Dwayne Bravo Blitz Gives Chennai Thrilling Win Over Mumbai. Chennai edged Mumbai by one wicket to win the IPL-11 opening match at the Wankhede Stadium.

Bravo scored 68 runs off 30 balls to ensure his team crossed the finishing line. His innings saw three fours and seven sixes. He took the game away from the hosts as he hammered the Mumbai bowlers all over the park.

Dwayne Bravo stole the limelight on Saturday as Chennai Super Kings beat Mumbai Indians by one wicket in a thrilling opening match of the Indian Premier League (IPL) at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai.

Leg spinner Mayank Markande bowled well on his debut for Mumbai as he returned with bowling figures of 3/23 in his four overs on debut. With this feat, he surpassed fellow teammate Jasprit Bumrah’s figures of 3/32 against Royal Challengers Bangalore in 2013 on his debut.

Lasith Malinga tops the chart with 3/15 on his debut for Mumbai in 2009 against Chenna Super Kings. Chasing 166, Shane Watson and Ambati Rayudu began cautiously. Both Watson (16) and Rayadu (22) departed in quick succession.

Kedar Jadhav, who looked in decent touch, had to retire early due to injury.

MS Dhoni (5) and R Jadeja (12) could not add much. Mumbai could not avoid a late onslaught by Bravo. However, Bravo was dismissed in the 19th over but Jadhav returned from injury to bat and helped his team steer towards victory.

Earlier, Mumbai Indians posted 165 runs for the loss of four wickets in their 20 overs in the first match against Chennai.

A stellar batting display by Ishan Kishan, Suryakumar Yadav and Krunal Pandya helped the hosts reach a modest total. Both Ishan and Suryakumar stablilised the Mumbai innings after the hosts lost Evin Lewis (0) and skipper Rohit Sharma (15) early.

First to go was Lewis who failed to read Deepak Chahar’s delivery and was dismissed leg before in the 3rd over. Next to depart was Rohit, who mistimed a shot and Ambati Rayudu made no mistake in taking the catch in the 4th over off Shane Watson’s delivery.

After their dismissals, both Ishan and Surya stitched an important partnership to help Mumbai reach a respectable total. Ishan (40) and Suryakumar (43) missed their fifties but ensured Mumbai were on course for a competitive total.

Krunal hit a quickfire 22-ball 41 runs including five fours and two sixes. Watson returned with figures of 2/29 in his four overs for Chennai while Chahar and Imran Tahir took a wicket each.

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