Dwayne Bravo © AFP
Dwayne Bravo © AFP

Chennai’s return to the Indian T20 League was no less than drama. In the Match 1 of the tournament, Chennai beat all odds to triumph over defending champions Mumbai at Wankhede Stadium by 1 wicket. The win was set up by a Dwayne Bravo special. Chennai were staring at loss with 47 required off 18 balls with just two wickets in hand. An injured Kedar Jadhav produced the finishing touch.

Marks out of 10 rates the individual players on their performance. Starting with the losing team.

Mumbai

Players Performance Rating
Mayank Markande 4-0-23-3 9/10
Krunal Pandya 41 (22)*, 1 c 8.5/10
Suryakumar Yadav 43 (29), 1 c 8/10
Hardik Pandya 22 (20)*, 4-0-24-3 8/10
Ishan Kishan 40 (29), 1 st 7.5/10
Jasprit Bumrah 4-0-37-1, 1 c 3/10
Mustafizur Rahman 3.5-0-39-1, 1 c 3/10
Mitchell McClenaghan 4-0-44-1 2/10
Rohit Sharma 15 (18), 1 c 1/10
Evin Lewis 0 (2), 1 c 0.5/10
Kieron Pollard NA*

*Pollard neither batted nor bowled. He did not even take a catch.

Mumbai’s team average: 5.05/10

Chennai

Players Performance Rating
Dwayne Bravo 4-0-25-0 & 68 (30) 9.5/10
Shane Watson 4-0-29-2 & 16 (14) 8/10
Kedar Jadhav 24 (22)* 8/10
Deepak Chahar 3-0-14-1 7.5/10
Ambati Rayadu 22 (19), 1c 6.5/10
Harbhajan Singh 2-0-14-0 , 1 c, 8 (5) 5/10
Imran Tahir 2-0-23-1 & 2 (2)* 5/10
MS Dhoni 5 (5) 3/10
Suresh Raina 4 (6) 2/10
Ravindra Jadeja 1-0-9-0 & 12 (13) 1/10
Mark Wood 4-0-49-0, 1c 1/10

Chennai’s team average: 5.13/10

Not much to choose between them. Had it not been for Bravo’s superlative efforts, Mumbai would have cruised to an easy win.

Brief scores

Mumbai 165 for 4 in 20 overs [Ishan Kishan 40 (29), Suryakumar Yadav 43 (29), Krunal Pandya 41 (22)*; Shane Watson 4-0-29-2] lost to Chennai 169 for 9 in 19.5 overs [Dwayne Bravo 68 (30); Hardik Pandya 4-0-24-3, Mayank Markande 4-0-23-3] by 1 wicket

Man of the Match: Dwayne Bravo