Season 2 of the Indian Premier League kicked off today with the Mumbai Indians taking on Chennai Super Kings.
Despite being bathed in sunshine over the last few days, Newlands was overcast and gloomy ahead of the start of play. The conditions looked to be far different to that of the sub continent.
Mumbai having lost the toss were put into bat. Jayasuriya edged a few early on before he was dismissed for 26 off 20 deliveries. Thilan Thushara took the first wicket of the tournament with the wicket of Sanath Jayasuriya.
The first six of the match only came in the 17th over. There were early signs that the wicket was not very conducive for batting.
Thilan Thushara, also making his IPL debut, looked threatening in patches. Thushara sent down a tight over to contain Jayasuriya, and then went on to dismiss him in the same over. Thushara went for 32 in his four, only picking up the one wicket.
Muralitharan speaking to Simon Doul mentioned he was rested due to the over cast conditions. Chennai chose to field an all seam attack due to a moist wicket.
Mumbai closed their innings with 166-7 in their 20. The Indians would be pretty happy with a total of over 150 when one takes the conditions into account.
Some would argue that Chennai faltered in leaving out specialist bowlers, the likes of Ntini and Murali. The Super Kings looked to have shown preference for a combination of players who are all-rounders, leaving out the specialist bowlers.
Lasith Malinga who missed the 2008 leg of the tournament due to injury made his IPL debut today as well. Malinga was the most impressive bowler on show picking up 3-15 in his four overs.
The Slinga showed he still has it. Lasith looked as good as he did when he picked up the world record – 4 wickets in 4 balls – in the 2007 World Cup. Malinga was out of the Sri Lankan squad due to injury and he played just one international match in the last 12 months prior to this game. He did not look one bit rusty.
Patel fell in Malinga’s very first over – Dhoni in his last, Lasith finished with an impressive economy rate of 3.75.