Chennai Super Kings v Mumbai Indians - Indian Premier League - Match Recap
Chennai Super Kings 112 (19.5/20 ov) v Mumbai Indians 115 (16.5 ov) - Mumbai Indians won by 8 wickets (with 19 balls remaining)
On Wednesday, April 04, 2012, Mumbai Indians won the opening match in the fifth season of the Indian Premier League (IPL) against Chennai Super Kings by eight wickets with 19 deliveries to go at MA Chidambaram Stadium, Chepauk, Chennai, India.
Things never seemed on Chennai’s side from the word go as they lost the toss and were put into bat by Mumbai.
While Chennai have retained their skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni, captaincy has changed hands in the Mumbai camp, where instead of Sachin Tendulkar; Harbhajan Singh will be leading the team in this season after Sachin willingly handed over the realms of captaincy to his fellow spinner.
Coming out to bat in front of home crowd, Chennai failed to get off to a flying start as they lost their first wicket with only four runs on the board when Pretoria born Faf du Plessis perished after scoring three runs.
After this wicket, Mumbai faced the bat of Suresh Raina, who is the hottest name in India these days as the batsman has been exhibiting impeccable form and fitness while playing for team India.
While Raina seemed well set to smack a big innings, his partner Murali Vijay failed to keep up and fell after playing an innings of ten runs. At the time of his wicket, Chennai had amassed 38 runs on the board.
Raina then belted a 36-run knock alongside West Indies all-rounder Dwayne Bravo, steering the team to a total of 75 runs.
With Raina back in the pavilion, Chennai soon faltered as the batsmen failed to counter the bowling offensive that they were up against, ending the innings by posting 112 runs in 19.5 overs.
While Lasith Malinga, Pragyan Ojha and Kieron Pollard all chipped in for Mumbai by grabbing two wickets a piece, their skipper Singh remained wicket less in his four overs.
With a small total to chase, Mumbai got off to a stupendous start as openers Richard Levi and Sachin hammered an opening stand of 69 runs to leave Chennai in utter discomfort.
Levi, who did bulk of the scoring then lost his wicket after hitting an astounding fifty off 35 deliveries. This brought Rohit Sharma on the crease; however, before he could launch some fireworks with his bat, the batsman was removed without scoring on the third delivery that he faced.
With the team steadily heading towards victory, Sachin retired hurt after scoring 16 runs, leaving his side on a tally of 72.
Mumbai then successfully chased the required target in 16.5 overs with Ambati Rayudu and James Franklin belting unbeaten knocks of 18 and 25.
RE Levi was named as the Player of the Match for his fine innings.