The 14th edition of the Indian Premier League kick-started with a bang at MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai. The defending champions, Mumbai Indians locked horns with Royal Challengers Bangalore today.
RCB captain Virat Kohli won the toss and opted to bowl first on the Chepauk surface. The defending champions got off to a slow start as Rohit Sharma and Chris Lynn struggled to get going early on.
However, as the overs passed on, both decided to switch gears. Meanwhile, Rohit Sharma was run-out by the joint efforts of Virat Kohli and Yuzvendra Chahal.
Suryakumar Yadav stepped in at No.3 and looked good from the word go. He joined Lynn and added a 70-run stand for the second wicket before Surya departed for a well-played 31 (4 fours, 1 six).
Meanwhile, Lynn went about his business and scored 49 where he missed his fifty by just 1 run. He was caught and bowled by Washington Sundar. Lynn was the pick of the batsmen as he scored 4 fours and 3 sixes.
Krunal Pandya bat takes a beating off Jamieson’s bowling
After Lynn’s departure, Mumbai Indians lost the mojo as they kept losing wickets at regular intervals. They lost Hardik Pandya and Ishan Kishan in the 16th and 17th over.
Meanwhile, a sensational drama took place in the 19th over of Mumbai Indians’ batting. Kyle Jamieson overstepped in the third ball of the over and Krunal smashed a boundary between deep backward square leg and deep mid-wicket.
Since Jamieson overstepped, the umpire awarded “free-hit” for the defending champions. Krunal Pandya made up his mind to make full use of the free-hit ball but Jamieson stunned him with a cracking yorker.
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While Krunal Pandya tried to smack the ball, he failed to do so because of the yorker and it was a dot ball. As it turned out, the all-rounder’s bat broke into two pieces. Pandya had the bat’s handle in his hands but the rest of the bat broke and fell to the ground.
Meanwhile, Jamieson must be feeling really proud that he didn’t leak even a single run in the free-hit ball. Overall, he had a pretty decent bowling spell. The lanky pacer conceded 27 runs in his quota of 4 overs while also taking a wicket to his name.
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