Bravo stuns Mumbai in season opener

All-rounder scored 68 off 30 to help Chennai register an unlikely one-wicket win

Dwayne Bravo’s breathtaking innings helped Chennai Super Kings register an unlikely victory by one wicket over Mumbai Indian in the first game of the eleventh edition of the Indian Super League (IPL) in Mumbai on Saturday.

After being put into bat first, the home side managed to post more than competitive total of 165 for the loss of four wickets after a horrid beginning.Young middle-order batsman Suryakumar Yadav finished the innings with the top score of 43 off 29 balls with the help of six fours and one six.

He was well supported by young wicketkeeper-batsman Ishan Kishan, who scored 40 off 29 balls with the help of four fours and one six, and Krunal Pandya, who scored unbeaten 41 off 22 balls with the help of five fours and two sixes.

For Chennai, all-rounder Shane Watson was the most successful bowler on the day as he claimed figures of two for 29 in his four overs.In reply, the visitors had a rather decent beginning, but a flurry of wickets reduced the team to 84 for six from 42-1 at one stage.At that point, Bravo played an absolute breathtaking of a knock to seal an unlikely victory for the MS Dhoni-led unit.

The 34-year-old scored 68 off just 30 balls with the help of three fours and seven maximums. He was well supported by middle-order batsman Kedar Jadhav, who scored an unbeaten 24 off 22 balls and also hit the winning six to take his team over the line in the final over.

For Mumbai, pacer Hardik Pandya and young leg-spinner Mayank Markande was the best bowler on show, as they claimed three wickets each, and just gave away 47 runs in between them in eight overs.For his outstanding batting display, Bravo was named the player of the match.

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