Chennai Super Kings defeated defending champions Mumbai Indians by five wickets in the opening game of the 13th edition of the Indian Premier League on Saturday.
CSK had lost their last five matches against Mumbai Indians (four in 2019, one in 2018) but started off the 2020 season with a win against defending champions as Ambati Rayudu and Faf du Plessis hit half centuries while Sam Curran played a crucial cameo.
CSK won the toss and opted to field, as the much-delayed IPL 2020 got off to a start in Abu Dhabi.
Mumbai could manage 162/9 in their 20 overs on a pitch that didn’t have much turn but had plenty of grass and was slow overall.
Chennai got off to a horror start as they lost their openers Shane Watson and Murali Vijay with just six runs on the board at the end of two overs.
However, Rayudu (71 off 48) and du Plessis (58 not-out off 44) came together to put on a…