After surviving two early blows, the MS Dhoni-led Chennai Super Kings beat Mumbai Indians by five wickets with four balls to spare. With the win, the ‘Thala’ picked up his 100th win for the CSK franchise.
South African star batsman Faf du Plessis remained unbeaten on 58 as he guided the team to a comfortable victory.
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du Plessis played a rather uncharacteristic game, as he let Ambati Rayadu play the aggressor in the CSK innings, while he remained the sheet-anchor. The former India player, who won the man of the match award, scored 71 off just 48 balls, which included six fours and three towering sixes.
Earlier in the innings, things looked very difficult for CSK, as the team lost star Aussie batsman Shane Watson and Murali Vijay in quick succession. However, a 115-run partnership between du Plessis and Rayadu stabilised the CSK innings.
After the dismissal of Rayadu, the team seemed to be losing some momentum. However, Sam Curran (18) and Ravindra Jadeja (10) played quickfire knocks to help Chennai reach the target comfortably.
Ultimately, Dhoni remained unbeaten on nought, as du Plessis hit two consecutive fours off the bowling of Trent Boult to end the game for CSK.