IPL 2020: MS Dhoni’s mastermind stuns Rohit Sharma with spin, Piyush Chawla bags breakthrough wicket
Piyush Chawla gets Rohit Sharma in IPL opener
MS Dhoni brings in spin at the right time
CSK had bought Chawla for 6.75 crores in the IPL auction
The 2020 edition of the Indian Premier League, which was originally supposed to begin on March 29, is finally underway after a long wait of almost 6 months amid the coronavirus-induced pandemic. With the UAE hosting the IPL 2020 season, excitement is at an all-time high as the Mumbai Indians and the Chennai Super Kings stepped onto the field. After winning the toss against Rohit Sharma, MS Dhoni opted to field first.
Rohit Sharma started off Mumbai Indians’ innings with a first-ball boundary off Deepak Chahar. Both Sharma and his opening partner Quinton de Kock started to charge at the Chennai Super Kings pacers. The score was a promising 45/0 at the end of 4 overs when Dhoni decided to call in spin. Giving Piyush Chawla the 5th over could’ve been a gamble for CSK, however it paid off pretty well.
We all know who was behind it, and it was none other than the brilliant CSK captain MS Dhoni. The former Indian captain is known for his chemistry with his spinners and this incident showcased it once again as Rohit Sharma fell prey to Chawla. The legspinner bowled a fuller ball to the MI skipper and Sharma lofted it straight to the mid-off where the fielder Sam Curran took a comfortable catch to dismiss the Mumbai opener (46/1).
It was grand when MS Dhoni took the field after almost 14 months, at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium, and to put icing on the cake the CSK skipper won the toss and decided to take the field without veteran bowlers – Imran Tahir and Dwayne Bravo. The CSK captain, with his usual refreshing style, made a witty joke about the social distancing rules at the toss.
“So that’s why I asked the match referee if you can keep first slip, whether it comes under the rules and regulations of social distancing,” MS Dhoni quipped.
CSK also got their 2nd breakthrough in the form of Quinton de Kock as Sam Curran dismissed the South African in the very next over (48/2).