Dwayne Bravo batted like a 'champion' as Chennai Super Kings made a dream comeback in the Indian Premier League with a thrilling one-wicket victory against defending champions Mumbai Indians on Saturday at Wankhede. Needing 7 off the last over, an injured Kedar Jadhav (24 no) unable to run due to hamstring problem played three dot balls before playing lap shot over fine leg off Mustafizur Rahaman followed by a cover drive to end the match on a winning note.
A 78-run-third wicket stand between Suryakumar Yadav (43 in 29 balls) and Ishan Kishan (40 off 29 balls) put MI back on track before Pandya brothers Krunal and Hardik added 52 in 5.2 overs to take their team past 160-run mark.
Asked to bat in front of a capacity crowd, right-arm seamer Deepak Chahar trapped Lewis in front of the wicket with an outswinger (inswinger for the left-hander). Debutant Lewis used the DRS, the first in the IPL's history, but the decision remained in CSK's favour.
Chasing a tricky target of 166 on a track that had seam movement and bounce, CSK were down in the dumps, but Bravo's incredible 68 off 30 balls with seven sixes turned it in favour of the 'Canary Yellow' brigade. The 18th and 19th overs bowled by Mitchell McClenaghan and Jasprit Bumrah were taken for 20 each including five sixes as Bravo once again showed why MS Dhoni values him so much.
Leg-spinner Markande then came into action. He removed Ambati Rayudu (22) with a googly as he tried an ambitious slog sweep. Then came the prize wicket of MS Dhoni (5) as the skipper failed to read the rookie leg-break bowler's wrong 'un trying to defend him off the backfoot. The result was a plumb leg-before decision leaving CSK reeling at 51 for 4. Ravindra Jadeja, Deepak Chahar, Harbhajan Singh departed in quick succession as Bravo came and conquered.
Chennai Super Kings finished off in style as Kedhar Jadhav struck the winning runs in the final over and gave the MS Dhoni led CSK a win on their return after two long years. The win comes in revenge over their arch-rivals Mumbai Indians who had no answer to Bravo's match-winning innings.