Mumbai Indians leg-spinner Mayank Markande had a dream debut in the Indian Premier League as he finished with spectacular figures of 3-23 from his four overs in the opening match against Chennai Super Kings on Saturday.
Defending 166 at the Wankhede Stadium, Markande broke the back of Chennai’s batting as he got all three wickets through beautifully disguised googlies.
Markande got a wicket off his third delivery in IPL, getting Ambati Rayudu out lbw off a googly.
In his next over, Markande got the big fish as he hurried Chennai captain MS Dhoni with a wrong’un that caught the India captain on the back foot for a simple lbw decision.
And he finished a fine spell for Mumbai with a googly off his final ball as he got seamer Deepak Chahar stumped.
The 20-year-old from Punjab has shown wrist spinners with good googlies will always be valuable in T20 cricket.
All-rounder Krunal Pandya hit 41 not out off 22 deliveries as Mumbai Indians reached 165-4 against Chennai Super Kings in the opening match of IPL 2018.
On a wicket that had enough help for fast bowlers, Krunal provided a timely boost at the end of the innings to take Mumbai to a competitive total.
Here was take a look at the all-rounder’s batting effort on Saturday.
BALLS FACED: 22
STRIKE RATE: 186.3
The Mumbai all-rounder provided the perfect impetus at the end of the innings when Mumbai looked like getting somewhere close to 150. He targeted both sides of the field and took special liking to Chennai’s England pacer Mark Wood, hitting him for four boundaries and two sixes in his last two overs.
His attacking instincts made up for the below-par effort of brother Hardik who only managed 22 off 20 balls and injured his foot twice during the innings. Krunal was the man of the match for Mumbai in the 2017 final win and proved his worth again.
This is some innings from Krunal Pandya! Front foot and, especially, back foot.— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) April 7, 2018
Targeted the strongest bowler in Chennai side – Wood. The English seamer’s first two overs went for 12 runs but by the time Krunal was done, Wood had gone for 49 runs in four overs on his IPL debut. Krunal also took pressure off Hardik.
If anything, he didn’t get enough runs in the final over. Mumbai were on 160 and could realistically have gone beyond 170. But credit must also be given to Dwayne Bravo who used all his experience to keep the scoring down to five runs.
The perfect start to the league for the Mumbai all-rounder who was the player of the match in last year’s victorious effort in the final. On a wicket where fast bowlers were getting a lot of help, he looked at ease. Worth every rupee for Mumbai.
The opening match of IPL 2018 turned out to be a mini disaster for Mumbai Indians and India all-rounder Hardik Pandya after he was forced off the field after colliding with Chennai Super Kings’ Dwayne Bravo while batting in the the first innings in Mumbai.
Running hard for a two to mid-wicket off Bravo, Hardik – batting on 21 – turned in for a second but crashed into Bravo who was looking the other way at the bowler’s end. It was the last ball of the innings as Mumbai reached 165 for four.
Hardik was in considerable pain and had to be helped off the field. His fitness will be of great concern not only for Mumbai but the Indian team as well as he is a crucial member of the team in all formats with important tours of England and Australia line-up this year.
Hardik, surprisingly, bowled in Chennai’s chase and even picked up two wickets but struggled to walk properly throughout the night and then went off the field after bowling three overs.