IPL 2018: Dwayne Bravo dedicates match-winning knock to loyal Chennai Super Kings fans

first_imgDwayne Bravo ensured Chennai Super Kings returned to the Indian Premier League with a bang when they overhauled the Mumbai Indians target at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai on Saturday. (Match Highlights | Scorecard)Chasing a 166 for a win, Chennai’s chase never took off as Hardik Pandya and debutant wrist-spinner Mayank Markande ran through the visitors’ top order.However, Bravo kept Chennai’s hopes alive with some lusty blows from one end even as they kept losing wickets at the other end.Bravo hammered 68 off 30 balls to snatch victory from the jaws of defeat. Chennai were out of the contest at one stage when they were reduced to 118/8 after Mayank Markande (3/23) and Hardik Pandya (3/24) struck crucial blows.A Mumbai victory was imminent but Bravo had other plans as he clobbered seven sixes to and three fours to bring CSK back in the game from a hopeless position.”It was a great team effort. Want to dedicate this win to CSK fans. They waited so long for this moment. I’m happy. CSK have shown lot of faith in me. Wanted to give myself the best opportunity to start well. Here at Wankhede, once you bat deep, chances are you’ll win the game. Just happy with the win tonight,” Bravo said at the post match presentation ceremony.Bravo fell to Bumrah with seven runs needed off seven balls. Kedar Jadhav, having retired hurt earlier, walked in as CSK’s last man. He struggled to time the ball but soon hit a six and a four to seal victory for CSK with one ball and one wicket to spare.advertisementCSK captain MS Dhoni was relieved to start the tournament on a winning note but did not mince his words in praising the man-of-the-match Bravo.”I’m a practical person, so I was hoping in the dressing room that the quantum of defeat shouldn’t be too big. The idea was – if there’s a chance to win, go for it, but also try to get closer to the target. The way Bravo batted, it was really good to see him take the responsibility. Don’t think we batted well as a team. But it’s the first game, so we’ll take the positives out of it,” Dhoni said.Dhoni also stressed on the importance of horses for courses strategy in the tournament.”The kind of players we have got, our selection will be based on horses for courses where we’ll see the wicket and then decide. We’ll also keep an eye for players who are injury prone. We’ll have to keep an eye on lot of things. We have quite a few who can bat and bowl,” he added.Dhoni also praised the fans for supporting CSK.”I think they missed the competition (on Wankhede fans cheering CSK). CSK-MI is one game that people wait to watch. Support has always been there wherever we’ve played. We’re coming back after two years, that’s also the reason that people are eager to watch us in action. Overall the spectators have been very good. Those will be more important for us in the coming games,” he said.last_img

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *