LIVE SCORE, IPL LIVE CRICKET SCORE MATCH MUMBAI INDIANS vs CHENNAI SUPER KINGS: Hello and welcome to our live score and coverage of the opening encounter of Indian Premier League 2018 between Mumbai Indians and Chennai Super Kings at the iconic Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai. MI vs CSK Live Cricket Score. One of the IPL's most successful skipper - Rohit Sharma will have a big responsibility on his shoulders to lead the defending champions Mumbai against two-time winners Chennai Super Kings (CSK) are making a comeback to the league after a two-year suspension. CSK will be led by cool and calm MS Dhoni who has a wealth of experience under his belt in the limited-overs format. (HIGHLIGHTS FROM IPL OPENING CEREMONY) (OPENING CEREMONY GALLERY)
Hosts Mumbai, who have laid their hands on the coveted crown thrice (2013, 2015, 2017), making them the most successful captain in the cash-rich T20 league. CSK have a formidable track record in the IPL and have notched up the most number of appearances in the final. Apart from winning the title twice, they have finished runners-up on four occasions. The southern outfit has a formidable batting and bowling line up with the likes of Suresh Raina, back in the Chennai Super Kings yellow jersey, South Africa captain Faf du Plessis adding teeth to their batting. (LIVE SCORECARD) (LIVE STREAMING)
HIGHLIGHTS, MUMBAI INDIANS vs CHENNAI SUPER KINGS, 1ST MATCH, WANKHEDE STADIUM
23.47 IST: FOUR! And Kedar Jadhav does it for Chennai. A bad hamstring? What? It doesn't matter. He's taken his side through. The Yellow army from the dugout barges out to show its emotions. What a match! A thriller. Wow! Fuller ball, angled across, Jadhav brings his bat down like a hammer and drills it all along the carpet through the gap at covers to finish things off in style. CHENNAI WIN BY 1 WICKET!
1 needed from 2 balls. Everyone inside the circle. Super Over on the cards? Or will Jadhav finish with a glory hit?
23.45 IST: SIX! Scooped it over short fine leg! Kedar Jadhav, you little beauty. CSK 165/9 in 19.4 overs, need 1 run to win
23.42 IST: Kedar Jadhav walks out again to bat. Remember, he isn't fit and has been forced to come out to bat. All thanks to Bravo's heroics. His side needs 7 from the last 6 balls. Mustafizur Rahman to bowl. Nerve-wrecking match...
23.41 IST: OUT! Bumrah removes Dwayne Bravo for 68. CSK 159/9 in 19 overs, need 7 runs to win vs MI (165/4)
23.39 IST: SIX! Full toss on leg, Bravo whips this over mid-wicket over the fence for back-to-back maximums. CSK 151/8 in 18.2 overs
23.37 IST: FIFTY! SIX! Starts the over by hitting a maximum. just the start needed. Full on off, Bravo lofts this over mid off all the way for a biggie. Fifty for Bravo and he has surely brought this game back to life.CSK 145/8 in 18.1 overs, need 21 runs to win vs MI (165/4)
27 needed off 12 balls. Dwayne Bravo has evoked life back for Chennai. Jasprit Bumrah is back on.
23.35 IST: FOUR! Now then, this doesn't go all the way but will get four from it. Short ball, Bravo charges down and pulls it over mid-wicket for a boundary. He moves to 47 now. CSK 139/8 in 18 overs
23.33 IST: SIX! Back-to-back maximums from Bravo! This one is flicked over mid-wicket for another biggie. Game on folks! CSK 132/8 in 17.3 overs
23.32 IST: SIX! Full around off from McClenaghan, Bravo hits this over long off for a maximum. CSK 126/8 in 17.2 overs, need 40 runs to win vs MI (165/4)
23.28 IST: OUT! Hardik Pandya picks up another wicket. Slow ball on a good length around middle and leg, Wood gets in position and whips this to the deep square leg region. He gets it off the bottom of the bat and the ball goes straight to Rahman's throat stationed there. CSK 118/8 in 16.3 overs, need 48 runs to win vs MI (165/4)
The last and final break has been taken. Chennai need 51 of the last four overs. Their last hope will rely on Bravo but it looks difficult for them to cross the finish line. Mumbai will look to keep things simple and get the work done.
23.22 IST: Slower delivery, a low full toss, worked behind square on the leg side for a single. 9 runs from the over. CSK 115/7 in 16 overs
23.19 IST: SIX! Flush on the ropes! Fuller in length on off, Bravo leans ahead and lifts it cleanly over extra cover. It falls flush on the ropes but still the umpires check it upstairs. Replays find the same. A maximum results! CSK 112/7 in 15.1 overs
23.17 IST: OUT! A nothing shot from Harbhajan Singh and it leads his downfall. Back of a length ball outside off, Singh makes room and looks to cut this over backward point. He cuts it over point but finds Bumrah at third man. CSK 105/7 in 14.5 overs, need 61 runs to win vs MI (165/4)
23.15 IST: FOUR! Length ball around off, Bravo plays an inside-out shot over covers for a boundary.
23.11 IST: FOUR! Misfield from McClenaghan at third man and the ball goes for a boundary. Slow ball outside off, Singh cuts it past backward point. Mitchell gets low to save the boundary but the ball goes through him. Very sloppy from the New Zealander as he leaks runs for his side. CSK 97/7 in 14 overs
Harbhajan Singh is the new man in.
23.06 IST: OUT! Markande gets this third wicket! What a debut he is having. Deepak charges down the wicket on his very first ball, Mayank bowls this slower through the air on off. Chahar misses the ball as he is beaten by the googly. It goes past his bat and Ishan takes the bails off in a flash. Chahar doesn't come back in time and an easy decision for the umpire as he doesn't go upstairs.CSK 84/6 in 13 overs, need 82 runs to win vs MI (165/4)
23.02 IST: SIX! That's huge! Full in the line of the stumps, Bravo makes room and smacks this over the bowler's head for half a dozen. They need more of this is Chennai. CSK 83/5 in 12.4 overs
Dwayne Bravo joins Kedar Jadhav in the middle. Mayank Markande to bowl out now. Will we see him picking up another wicket?
22.59 IST: OUT! Jadeja holes out trying to hit the boundaries. Rahman rolls his fingers to this one and serves on a good length outside off. Ravindra goes for the big swing and gets a top edge to this. The ball skies towards mid-off where SKY settles under it and takes a skier. Chennai now losing wickets at regular intervals. They need 48 of 91 more. CSK 75/5 in 12 overs, need 91 runs to win vs MI (165/4)
22.56 IST: FOUR! Hit hard down the ground to the fence by Jadeja. Fizz serves this full on off, Ravindra gives room and muscles it along the turd towards long off for a boundary. CSK 73/4 in 11.3 overs
22.52 IST: SIX! Floated ball on middle and off, Jadhav clears his front for and deposits this over Pollard at long on for a biggie! CSK 67/4 in 11 overs
22.49 IST: Pandya pounds in a short one on middle and leg, Jadeja looks to pull. He connects well too but it lands well short of McClenaghan at deep mid-wicket for a single. 5 runs from the over. CSK 56/4 in 10 overs
22.45 IST: NOT OUT! Jadeja has his foot inside the crease! Markande with another googly, Jadeja fails to pick and Kishan behind the stumps takes the bails off. They all go up and it's taken upstairs. Replays show Jadeja's back foot was never outside the crease. CSK 51/4 in 9 overs
22.41 IST: With the fall of the wicket, the first strategic break of the second innings has been taken. Mumbai are on a roll here as they have got four of the Chennai batsmen back in the hut. The tourists now need a partnership from someone. Which Chennai batter will put his hand up for them?
22.39 IST: OUT! That's dead plumb! Mayank Markande is at it again as he nets the big fish. The joy on his face is something he will cherish for a really long time. He was denied a wicket on the previous over when replays showed that Kedar Jadhav was out LBW but this time he gets an even bigger wicket of the opposition skipper. His googlies are working wonders. Another one which Dhoni fails to pick and gets hit on the back pad right in front of the stumps. Huge appeal but the umpire shakes his head. Mumbai take the DRS this time and it has gone in their favour. Hawk-Eye shows three reds. Chennai are in huge trouble now. CSK 51/4 in 8.3 overs, need 115 runs to win vs MI (165/4)
Jasprit Bumrah is back on. This is good captaincy from Rohit. A wicket has fallen and he calls his go-to bowler immediately.
22.32 IST: Fuller ball outside off from Bumrah, Dhoni lunges ahead and drives it past the man at cover for a couple. CSK 44/3 in 7 overs
MS Dhoni is the new man in.
22.28 IST: OUT! Trapped in front! Mayank Markande gets the Wankhede going. Ambati Rayudu departs. Lovely googly from the rookie, Rayudu gets down to play the sweep but misses and gets hit on the pads. A huge appeal follows and the umpire raises his dreaded finger. The batter has a word with his partner regarding the DRS but they decide against it. Good call as Hawk Eye shows it would have clipped the top of the stumps. Chennai in a bit of bother now.. CSK 42/3 in 6.3 overs vs MI (165/4)
Kedar Jadhav is in next. Also, Mayank Markande is brought into the attack. Rohit Sharma at the toss said he can bring in some surprise tonight. Let's see if he impresses his skipper.
22.25 IST: OUT! Hardik Pandya with another one. Remember the saying? A lion is even more dangerous when he is injured? You can allocate it here. Short ball, a good one which cramps Raina for room. Suresh comes down the track and is not in any control to play the pull shot but still goes after it and pays the price. Ends up misting it towards mid on where Krunal Pandya takes a good catch. So even Chennai lose two wickets inside the Powerplay.CSK 42/2 in 6 overs vs MI (165/4) at Wankhede
22.20 IST: Sees Raina making room and hence MM fires a yorker on the stumps. The southpaw crouches low and jams it out towards cover. CSK 39/1 in 5 overs
22.17 IST: FOUR! Slapped! Short of a length delivery outside off, Rayudu comes down the track and slaps it between cover and point to pick his fourth boundary of the innings. He's off to a good start. CSK 36/1 in 4.2 overs
Rohit is rotating his bowlers in the Powerplay. He brings Mitchell McClenaghan back.
22.15 IST: FOUR! Gorgeous! Hardik bowls it really full outside off, Rayudu leans across a touch and drives it along the ground through cover for a boundary. So 12 runs and a wicket off it. CSK 31/1 in 4 overs vs MI
22.14 IST: OUT! Pandya removes Watson for 16. Shane Watson departs! Hardik Pandya draws first blood for his side. It was the knuckle ball from him. On a length and around middle and off, Watson just looks to flick it away. He mistimes it high in the air and holes out to Evin Lewis at deep square leg. Chennai need 139 from 98 balls. CSK 27/1 in 3.4 overs vs MI (165/4) at Wankhede.
22.11 IST: SIX! Glorious shot by Watson! That's a great looking-shot. Fuller ball, swinging away, Watson leans across and lofts it inside out over extra cover. Gets enough meat behind the shot to clear the fence for a maximum.
22.04 IST: FOUR! Rayudu concludes the second over with a boundary. Timing, all timing, shouts Simon Doull on air. An overpitched delivery, angling away, Rayudu leans ahead and drives it crisply through the gap at extra cover and mid off. So both the overs ending with a boundary. A good start for the visitors.
22.00 IST: FOUR! Watson stretches his muscles a bit. In the air... and above the in-field. Fuller delivery from Rahman, he rolls his fingers on it. Watson reaches out to that one as he looks to drive it away. Slices it over cover and it goes away to the fence.
21.58 IST: FOUR! Seven runs from the first over. Down the track and boom! Mitchell McClenaghan lands it on a back of a length outside off, Ambati Rayudu walks down the track and flat-bats it over mid off for end the first over with a boundary. CSK 7/0, need 159 runs vs MI (165/4).
21.56 IST: NOT OUT! Mitchell McClenaghan to Shane Watson, 1 run. Rayudu is safe! Watson taps this length delivery beside the pitch and sets off. McClenaghan charges towards the ball, picks it up and throws it at the stumps at the striker's end as Ambati drags his bat in. They appeal for a run out and it's referred upstairs. Replays find the ex-Mumbai player safely in. Chennai are off the mark!
21.55 IST: A run out appeal is taken upstairs against Rayudu. The batsman seems to be home though.
21.53 IST: Welcome back! Chennai Super Kings are on the field for the chase. The Chennai openers are Shane Watson and Ambati Rayudu. Mumbai to begin with Mitchell McClenaghan first up. A slip in place for him.
We were slow off the blocks, but recovered well to collect exactly 100 runs off the last 10 overs. A trio of 40s — Ishan Kishan, Suryakumar Yadav and Krunal Pandya — helped us on the night.#CricketMeriJaan #MIvCSK #MI pic.twitter.com/sZmqTtFK0u— Mumbai Indians (@mipaltan) April 7, 2018
21.38 IST: Just 5 from the over, simply outstanding from DJ Bravo. What has happened to Hardik Pandya? He seems to be struggling as he is down in agony at the non-striker's end. Fuller ball on the stumps, dragged off the inner half through mid-wicket. He looks for the second one but almost dashes into Bravo at the other end. The innings end with a single and Mumbai finish with 165/4!. MI 165/4 in 20 overs vs CSK
21.34 IST: SIX! Ends the over with a biggie. Mark Wood has gone for 49 in his first ever game. Shortish again, Krunal anticipates it as he walks across, lifts one leg up and dumps it over fine leg for a maximum. MI 160/4 in 19 overs
21.32 IST: FOUR! Dead straight again! Pitched up again from Wood, Krunal makes room and belts it straight back again. Back-to-back boundaries for Krunal Pandya. MI 152/4 in 18.3 overs
21.31 IST: FOUR! Fuller delivery on the stumps, KP clears the front leg and hits it past the non-striker for a boundary. MI 148/4 om 18.2 overs
21.28 IST: Brilliant over from Bravo, just 3 from it. He's showing his skills here for CSK MI 143/4 in 18 overs
21.25 IST: FOUR! Brilliantly done! Fuller delivery, angling in, Krunal Pandya makes a bot of room and drills it along the carpet through extra cover to fetch 19 from the 17th over. The elder brother has quickly moved to 23 off just 11 balls. MI 140/4 in 17 overs
21.23 IST: FOUR! Nicely done! This time he uses the pace does Krunal. Gets across to a pacy length delivery on leg stump and pulls it past the man at the short fine leg for a boundary. MI 133/4 in 16.4 overs
21.21 IST: SIX! Krunal Pandya picks the slower one and deposits it! Stays back to a length delivery, slower in pace and smacks it powerfully over the mid-wicket fence for a maximum. MI 127/4 in 16.1 overs
21.20 IST: Length ball outside off, Krunal cuts it towards Mark Wood at backward point. The ball goes through his hands and the batsmen pick up a run. 4 runs from the over. MI 121/4 in 16 overs
Dwayne Bravo comes back for another spell.
The second strategic break has been taken now. Mumbai were going well but have just lost a couple of wickets. They though still have the Pandya brother's in the middle and even the big Pollard is awaiting his chance. Will Mumbai get past that 180 mark?
21.13 IST: FOUR! Krunal Pandya doesn't need any sighters. Gets a fuller ball outside off which he absolutely drills it through extra cover. That's some way to get off the mark. MI 117/4 in 15 overs
Krunal Pandya walks out to bat next.
21.10 IST: OUT! Top edge and gone! Imran Tahir picks up a wicket after taken for aplenty in his first over. Bowls a googly, it keeps going away from the southpaw. Kishan gets down on one knee and tries to swing it across the line. A big fat top edge is taken which goes high in the air towards short third man where Mark Wood takes a dolly of a catch. Ishan walks back after playing a good hand.MI 113/4 in 14.4 overs vs CSK
21.07 IST: FOUR! MI 112/3 in 14 overs vs CSK
21.04 IST: FOUR! What was that? Shortish ball, angling into the body, Pandya moves across and duck-pulls it down to fine leg. Innovative from Hardik. MI 105/3 in 13.1 overs
21.03 IST: Back of a length delivery outside off, crunched through cover for a single. Watson finishes his spell with figures of 4-0-29-2! Terrific! MI 101/3 in 13 overs
Hardik Pandya is the new man in.
21.00 IST: OUT! Watson strikes and provides the much-needed breakthrough for his side. He is all pumped up. Chennai needed this wicket as these two were going great guns. Watto drops it short on middle, it keeps climbing on Yadav who doesn't want to hold back. Takes on the challenge of pulling it and that brings his downfall. Hits it straight down the throat of Harbhajan Singh at deep square leg who takes it easily. Oh boy, he is pumped up as well. Tosses the ball and kicks it away. The 78-run stand is broken. Can Chennai pick up a few more to stop the run flow? MI 98/3 in 12.3 overs vs CSK
20.55 IST: FOUR! Clean shot! 30 from the last 9 balls. Mumbai are getting a move on. These two are unleashing now. On a length and outside. Yadav stays leg side and lofts it cleanly. Inside out over extra cover she goes. MI 95/2 in 11.3 overs
20.53 IST: FOUR! Runs continue to bleed! Shortish delivery to begin with, Suryakumar stays back and pulls it with disdain over mid-wicket for a boundary. MI 87/2 in 11.1 overs
The magician, Dwayne Bravo is unleashed into the attack. Watch out for those slower ones.
20.51 IST: FOUR! 15 from the first four balls! Tahir is taken for runs already. Kishan makes a bit of room, shimmies down the track and belts it straight back. No stopping it. MI 80/2 in 10.4 overs
20.49 IST: SIX! Up and over Jadeja! The stand between these two is worth 50-plus runs now. A good move on from Mumbai. Floated delivery on off, Kishan gets down on one knee and smacks it over long on. Jadeja leaps with his left hand up but the ball clears him and goes into the fence for a maximum. MI 75/2 in 10.2 overs
Imran Tahir into the attack now.
20.48 IST: Leg bye! On the leg stump line again, Kishan tries to be cheeky here. He walks across and attempts to play the paddle sweep but gets it off the pads towards square leg. They cross for a leg bye. MI 65/2 in 10 overs vs CSK
Mark Wood to bowl his first over now.
The first time-out of the match has been taken. Mumbai are doing well to build a partnership here. Let's see what Dhoni has to say to his boys during the small talk.
20.42 IST: Harbhajan Singh spots Kishan coming down the track and hence drops it short on the stumps. Kishan manages to flick it through mid-wicket and pick one. MI 62/2 in 9 overs
20.39 IST: FOUR! Drilled! Floated delivery outside off, Yadav makes a bit of room and drills it through extra cover. Not a soul moved there. This is good batting. MI 56/2 in 8.2 overs
20.37 IST: FOUR! Deft! Flatter ball outside off, Kishan waits for the ball to come and opens the face of the bat at the last moment. Almost takes it off Dhoni's gloves and picks up a boundary towards the third man. Played that really well. MI 52/2 in 8 overs
Double change as it's spin from both the end. Ravindra Jadeja into the attack.
20.34 IST: Slower through the air, landed full outside off, pushed into the gap at cover for a single. Good start for Harbhajan, just 4 from the over. MI 43/2 in 7 overs
First change of the day then. It's the ex-Mumbai player Harbhajan Singh to roll his arm over.
20.31 IST: SIX! Elegant from SKY and it's gone into the sky. A bit too straight from Watson, Yadav walks across the stumps and drops kicks it handsomely over mid-wicket for half a dozen. Nice way to end the Powerplay. MI 39/2 in 6 overs
20.28 IST: FOUR! Suryakumar is in the mood it seems! Has timed the ball really well on both the occasions. Back of a length delivery outside off, Yadav gets on top of the bounce and hits it through cover for a boundary. Pierced the gap to perfection. MI 31/2 in 5.3 overs
20.23 IST: FOUR! Shot! Cracking sound it made off the bat. On a length and a bit of room on offer, Suryakumar Yadav punches it through point and opens his account in style. MI 26/2 in 4.2 overs
Suryakumar Yadav is the new man in.
20.21 IST: OUT! Top edge and Rohit Sharma's nervy stay at the crease comes to an end. Shane Watson lets out a huge roar as he sends the Mumbai skipper back. Good length delivery, shaping away a touch, Rohit Sharma wants to hit it over mid-wicket but the away movement takes the big top edge and go high up in the air. Rayudu at backward point calls for it, comes a couple of steps ahead, keeps his eyes on the ball and takes it safely in the end. It almost popped out but the ex-Mumbai lad does well to hold onto it. Both the openers back in the hut inside the Powerplay. MI 20/2 in 3.5 overs vs CSK
20.19 IST: SIX! That's gone the distance. This should get Sharma going. Fuller in length and moving away from off, Sharma reaches out to that one and goes inside out over cover. Seemed to have sliced it but doesn't matter as the ball goes over the rope for the first maximum of the season. MI 20/1 in 3.3 overs
20.15 IST: Up and over mid-off! Once again didn't get it off the meat, Rohit. He's just not able to find the timing tonight. Fullish in length and around off, Sharma looks to loft it down the ground but mistimes it in the air. Much to his delight, he gets it over Murali Vijay at mid off and picks up a couple of runs. MI 12/1 in 3 overs
Ishan Kishan is the new man in.
20.12 IST: OUT! The big West Indian walks back for a duck! The Chennai fans find their voices in the crowd. Big, big wicket for the visitors. Deepak Chahar with a breakthrough. Fuller ball, nipping in appreciably and beating the attempted flick shot of Lewis who gets rapped on the pads and nearly falls over. In fact, even the bowler is down in his followthrough. A huge appeal from him and he gets the nod from the umpire. Lewis takes the review, the first of the season but it doesn't favour him. There is no bat involved and Hawk Eye shows it's pitching in line and would have clipped the leg stump by just. Umpire's calls stays and it's a duck on debut for Lewis. MI 7/1 in 2.1 overs vs CSK
20.10 IST: A huge shout and the finger has gone up for an LBW. It's Evin Lewis the man in question. He takes the review straightaway. Is it going down leg?
20.08 IST: In the air... again but lands down safely. Isn't getting the timing right. Fuller in length and on the stumps, Rohit Sharma stands tall and whips it away. Goes high up in the air but lands in the no man's land at mid-wicket. They take a couple.! MI 7/0 in 2 overs
Shane Watson will bowl from the other end.
20.04 IST: FOUR! In the air... and safely through the gap. First boundary of this season comes from the bat of the Mumbai skipper. Fuller ball, a bit too full and shaping away a touch. Sharma drives it on the up. It's in the air but flies through the gap at cover to get the crowd going with a boundary. MI 5/0 in 1 over
20.00 IST: What a delivery first up! Chahar with an absolute peach. Pitches it up, right up on off and gets it to swing away sharply. Rohit has a tentative poke at it but gets beaten. MI 0/0 in 0.1 overs
19.58 IST: Mumbai openers are, the big West Indian - Evin Lewis and their skipper Rohit Sharma. This could be a treat to watch it they get going. The latter will be on strike. It will be Deepak Chahar to have a go with the white object first. A slip in place. Lets' roll...
19.51 IST: Chennai Super Kings (Playing XI): Shane Watson, Ambati Rayudu, Suresh Raina, Kedar Jadhav, MS Dhoni (C/WK), Dwayne Bravo, Ravindra Jadeja, Harbhajan Singh, Deepak Chahar, Imran Tahir, Mark Wood
Mumbai Indians (Playing XI): Evin Lewis, Ishan Kishan (WK), Rohit Sharma (C), Hardik Pandya, Kieron Pollard, Suryakumar Yadav, Krunal Pandya, Mayank Markande, Mitchell McClenaghan, Mustafizur Rahman, Jasprit Bumrah
19.40 IST: Rohit Sharma, Mumbai captain says even they wanted to bowl first but isn't disappointed to have a go with the bat. Adds they have played before and have a hang of the conditions on how to bowl in the second half. Reckons it's a fresh wicket and there should be plenty of runs on offer. States it's a fresh tournament for both the sides and whatever they have done in the past won't count as they will have to start afresh. Informs they have got 4 bowlers, 2 genuine all-rounders in the Pandya brothers, McClenaghan, Bumrah and Rahman are their pace options and Mayank Markande, a new guy he has heard a lot about could spring in some surprise for everyone tonight.
19.35 IST: MS Dhoni, Chennai captain says there is a bit of dew which will come into the picture in the second half and hence the decision. Reckons he's happy to be back in the yellow jersey and has his emotions under control. States the preparations have been good and hopes for a good show. Wood, Tahir, Watson and Bravo are the four overseas players for them, he informs.
19.30 IST: TOSS - MS Dhoni wins toss for Chennai Super Kings, opt to bowl against Mumbai Indians in Wankhede.
19.25 IST: Both captains on the field for the all-important Toss.
19.15 IST: PITCH REPORT - Sunil Gavaskar says there is an even grass covering which will help the seamers move the ball around by pitching it up. He also adds that the ball will come onto the bat nicely and the batters should have a good time. Ends by saying there are loads of runs on offer and he expects a run-feast at the Wankhede tonight.
19.00 IST: The IPL opening ceremony has been concluded and it's now time to turn your attention back to serious cricket action.
We've won all the three titles for this wonderful crowd here. Looking forward to starting this tournament on a good note - @mipaltan Captain @ImRo45 ahead of tonight's opening game. pic.twitter.com/peSEb4422G— IndianPremierLeague (@IPL) April 7, 2018
18.15 IST: Indian Premier League 2018 officially opens at Wankhede, announces IPL Chairman Rajeev Shukla
Mumbai Indians: Rohit Sharma (C), Jasprit Bumrah, Hardik Pandya, Kieron Pollard, Mustafizur Rahman, Pat Cummins, Suryakumar Yadav, Krunal Pandya, Ishan Kishan, Rahul Chahar, Evin Lewis, Saurabh Tiwary, Ben Cutting, Pradeep Sangwan, Jean-Paul Duminy, Tajinder Singh, Sharad Lumba, Siddhesh Lad, Aditya Tare, Mayank Markande, Akila Dananjaya, Anukul Roy, Mohsin Khan, MD Nidheesh, Mitchell McClenaghan.
Chennai Super Kings: MS Dhoni (C), Suresh Raina, Ravindra Jadeja, Faf du Plessis, Harbhajan Singh, Dwayne Bravo, Shane Watson, Kedar Jadhav, Ambati Rayudu, Deepak Chahar, KM Asif, Kanishk Seth, Lungi Ngidi, Dhruv Shorey, Murali Vijay, Sam Billings, Mark Wood, Kshitiz Sharma, Monu Kumar, Chaitanya Bishnoi, Imran Tahir, Karn Sharma, Shardul Thakur, N Jagadeesan.
Brief Preview: Returning to the fray after serving out a two-year suspension, two-time winners Chennai Super Kings will take on reigning champions Mumbai Indians in the tournament opener of the Indian Premier League in Mumbai on Saturday. The much-anticipated clash, expected to be watched by a capacity crowd at the Wankhede Stadium, looks set to raise the curtains on the decade-old T20 League in grand style after a formal opening ceremony.
MI, led by Rohit Sharma, appear to face an arduous task against the star-studded Chennai side, led by their charismatic skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni who is back at the helm following the team's two-year ban in 2016 and 2017 IPL seasons along with Rajasthan Royals. The visitors would surely like to begin their campaign with a bang against their arch-rivals in the latter's backyard. To give an extra dimension to the contest will be the sight of veteran offie Harbhajan Singh turning out in CSK yellows against a side which he served with distinction for ten long years. (Read Full Match Preview)