Today after all the talking and expert’s opinion, at last, the opening of IPL 2018 scratched the surface. And the opening couldn’t have been better than this, a team from down south enters the den of the nation’s heart and just swoop the heart away. Chennai Super Kings came one and one with the defending champion Mumbai Indians and on a very thrilling note, the Chennai boys proved why they are reckoned as the all-time champion side. After serving the ban of 2 years they returned to their own kingdom and what a magnificent return it was!
The West Indies lad, Dwayne Bravo has literally set a benchmark of how a player should react in a high intense game like this. He has been magnificent with his every smack starting from his advent in the middle. He came at a situation when the game had already gone out of the hands of Chennai, chasing 166 severely became impossible for the boys in yellow but in the mind of Bravo he was pretty much determined to sail it through. All the Chennai biggies have been failed to make a mark in their chase but very few have foreseen the storm Bravo was keeping in his mind while he entered the field. But the transition he brought forth in this match was so magnificent and shocking at the same time that the mumbai paltans couldn’t get the adequate time to feel it through and make the required changes in the subsequent stage. Bravo with his single-handed knock annihilated all the strategies of Mumbai skipper Rohit.
How Bravo conquered the victory:
At the 15th over of the game, the Super Kings were 106 for 7 chasing 166, with the result all but a foregone conclusion. The popular belief was that while Bravo remained a gun bowler, as he displayed at the death in Mumbai’s innings, his powers with the bat had waned. Almost as if to dispel those beliefs, he hit Jasprit Bumrah over extra cover for a six with his trademark Caribbean flourish. But even then Bumrah came back well and Hardik Pandya finished his spell with the wicket of Mark Wood to finish with figures of 4 for 23. 47 were required off the final three with Bumrah and Mustafizur locked in to bowl the final two. All it needed was for Mitchell McClenaghan to bowl an over that would rubber-stamp the victory.
As it turned out, Tahir scampered for a single and Bravo smoked two sixes and a four to milk 20 off the New Zealand pacer. Mumbai was shaken but still in control. Bumrah had gone at less than a run-a-ball in his first three overs. But when Bravo lifted him over long off to get to a 25-ball half-century, the pressure was duly on. Bumrah moved away from his natural angle to go around the wicket but only ended up bowling a low full toss that disappeared over the ropes. Bumrah got a yorker to hit the base of the stumps but the contact wasn’t enough to dislodge the bails and Bravo replied with his seventh six of the night. With the equation down to 7 from 7, Bravo opted for a glory shot and got out. Thankfully for CSK, Jadhav was on hand to cap off a memorable comeback.