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Gaikwad’s knock propelled the team in the yellow as they defeated the defending champions by 20 runs in an Indian Premier League (IPL) match at the Dubai International Stadium.
“Obviously one of my top innings till now. With the pressure of early wickets and with the seniors in the dressing room, I just had to grind and get the team to 130, 140 and then 150 was possible,” Gaikwad, who was adjudged ‘Man of the Match’, said during the post-match presentation.
“When Mahi bhai is around and with the CSK management, once they back you, you don’t have to think much. The Sri Lanka tour and the preparation coming here did help to,” he added.
“Initially the ball was seaming and swinging, so I had to take my chance against the spinners. Jaddu (Ravindra Jadeja) just came in and I had to take my chance and it came off well.”
For CSK, Dwayne Bravo scalped three wickets and Deepak Chahar took two. Saurabh Tiwary was the highest scorer for Mumbai Indians with his knock of 50 runs.
With this win, Chennai Super Kings went to the top of the points table while Mumbai are now in danger of falling outside the top four.