MI vs CSK: The 13th edition of the Indian Premier League finally got underway today, after a huge amount of delay. The defending champions Mumbai Indians (MI) are facing the Chennai Super Kings (CSK) face off each other at Abu Dhabi.
Rohit Sharma will be looking to clinch their fourth IPL title this season. On the other hand, CSK has suffered a lot of setbacks. Multiple members of the squad tested positive for the COVID-19. Moreover, Harbhajan Singh and Suresh Raina pulled out of the IPL citing personal reasons. CSK will be hoping to put up a dominant performance despite suffering such setbacks.
The highly anticipated moment came when Rohit Sharma and MS Dhoni stepped out into the field for the toss. MS Dhoni won the toss and elected to bowl first. (MI vs CSK)
MS Dhoni claimed that the dew factor later in the innings convinced him to field first. The CSK captain even praised all the CSK members who have been patiently been in quarantine and endured this tough phase.
Rohit Sharma also said that he even wanted to field first if he had won the toss. Rohit revealed the names of the four overseas players who will brace the field for the Mumbai Indians in this match. The four overseas players are- Quinton de Kock, Kieron Pollard, Trent Boult and James Pattinson.
Both the teams produced top-quality performance in the first half. Quinton De Kock entertained the fans with his wide range of shots. Faf Du Plessis grabbed the highlight with his breathtaking display on the field. When Ravindra Jadeja was bowling during the 15th over of the innings, Du Plessis was standing in the long-on region. He grabbed two acrobatic catches when everyone thought that the ball was going for a six. (MI vs CSK)
In the 15th over, CSK was under a bit of pressure. Ravindra Jadeja had already gone for some runs earlier. So, the Yellow Army was in desperate search of a wicket. Then, Saurabh Tiwary attempted to hit Jadeja over the long-on boundary. However, the brilliant Du Plessis was fielding at the long-on region. (MI vs CSK)
He grabbed the catch and also had to make sure that his momentum did not carry him over the boundary. But, the former South Africa captain made sure of it. He threw the ball in the air on time, and then came back to complete the catch. Tiwary had to depart due to this outstanding catch. (MI vs CSK)
Faf Du Plessis Took two stunning catches. (MI vs CSK)
In the same over, Hardik Pandya provided another opportunity to Du Plessis. However, this time, the catch was even better than the previous one. Du Plessis was now fielding at the long-off position. Pandya tried to go over the long-off boundary. However, Du Plessis made sure that Pandya could not fulfil his wish.
He had to move to his right a bit this time but even then, he timed his jump and released the ball just in time before getting hold of it again. The man took two stunning catches in the same over and made both the caches look so simple. Both the catches stunned the Mumbai Indians team and kept a check on the run rate. (MI vs CSK)
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