Rituraj Gaikwad’s performance was seen in the first match of the second phase of IPL 2021. This opener of Chennai Super Kings (CSK) played a brilliant inning of 88 not out against Mumbai Indians (MI).
Gaikwad breaks Michael Hussey’s record in the half-century
Gaikwad broke Michael Hussey’s record in a half-century innings. This is the highest innings play by any Chennai batsman against Mumbai Indians in IPL. Earlier, Hussey played against Mumbai in IPL 2013 in Delhi. He scored an unbeaten 86 runs in 58 balls in the match.
Rituraj made a special record
Rituraj also set a special record during his innings. has now become the highest run-scorer for CSK in a match against Mumbai Indians in IPL. Earlier, Michael Hussey played the biggest innings for CSK against Mumbai. Hussey scored an unbeaten 86 in Delhi in 2013. Apart from this, Suresh Raina scored 83 runs at the Brabourne Stadium in 2010.
The first player to do so
Gaikwad has become the first player to score four consecutive 50-plus scores in the IPL on UAE soil. Earlier last year, he scored an unbeaten 65 against RCB, 72 not out against KKR, and 62 not out against Punjab Kings.
Made a comeback after a bad start
Elected to bat after winning the toss, Chennai got off to a bad start. And on the total score of 24 runs, Faf du Plessis, Moeen Ali, Suresh Raina, and captain MS Dhoni returned to the pavilion after getting out. Along with this, Ambati Rayudu also returned to the pavilion after he retired hurt. After this, Gaikwad along with Ravindra Jadeja handled the innings and added 81 runs for the fifth wicket.
Rituraj Gaikwad became the man of the match
Chasing a target of 157 runs for Chennai. Mumbai’s team could only manage 136 for 8 in front of the sharp bowling of Dwayne Bravo (3 for 25) and Deepak Chahar (2 for 19). For Mumbai, Saurabh Tiwary (50 not out in 40 balls, five fours) managed to cross the 20-run mark. Super Kings won by 20 runs against Mumbai Indians. Rituraj Gaikwad was the man of the match.