Trent Boult, Jasprit Bumrah and Mumbai openers demolish Super Kings to top table

Mumbai Indians 116 for 0 (Kishan 68*, de Kock 46*) beat Chennai Super Kings 114 for 9 (Curran 52, Boult 4-18, Bumrah 2-25, Rahul Chahar 2-22) by 10 wickets

IPL 2020 had begun with the Chennai Super Kings surging to a five-wicket win against the Mumbai Indians. The return fixture between the two with more than two thirds of the league stage gone illustrated how divergently the tournament has gone for each side. Mumbai demolished the Super Kings by 10 wickets in 12.2 overs, having put up a clinical bowling display and followed it up with a dominant opening stand between Ishan Kishan and Quinton de Kock. Mumbai joined the Delhi Capitals and the Royal Challengers Bangalore on 14 points, but with the best net run rate to top the table.

Trent Boult and Jasprit Bumrah wrecked the Super Kings top order after putting them in, with high-quality, accurate seam bowling. The Super Kings floundered to 3 for 4 in the third over, the second-lowest score at four wickets down in IPL history. That was only one of the lows that the Super Kings touched – and there was no coming back from a powerplay score of 24 for 5, the third-most wickets lost in a powerplay ever.

Boult and Bumrah were irresistible at the top, and Mumbai didn’t even feel the absence of regular captain Rohit Sharma, sitting out with a hamstring strain which gave Kieron Pollard his second game in charge in the IPL. The Super Kings had made a host of changes, bringing back Ruturaj Gaikwad and N Jagadeesan and handing Imran Tahir his first game of the tournament, but none of those bore much effect.

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