Dwayne Bravo and Kedar Jadhav stole the show for Chennai Super Kings as they won the nail-biting Indian Premier League 2018 opening encounter at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai. Bravo would have surely put out a smile on the face of his captain MS Dhoni who didn’t manage to put up a good show with the bat. The arch rivals gave the fans exactly what was expected of them in the 1st game of the competition that they had been waiting to start for months. Even more special was the sensational finish from an injured Kedar Jadhav who had his options limited but managed to scoop a six and a boundary of the last over from Mustafizur Rahman just when it looked like it would be impossible for Chennai to pull it off even with just 7 runs required off the last over. 

Highlights from the Wankhede Stadium of the IPL 2018 opening game between Chennai Super Kings and the Mumbai Indians: 

11: 45 PM IST: Chennai Super Kings win the opener with a sensational finish to the opener from Jadhav and Bravo

Chennai Super Kings 169/9  (19.5 overs) Chennai win the thriller by 1 wicket 

Kedar Jadhav wouldn’t run, the Mumbai Indians knew he cannot. But Jadhav had other plans, a six off the 4th ball as Jadhav scooped it with Tahir celebrating like there’s no tomorrow. A boundary on the last ball from Jadhav as Chennai wins a breathtaking encounter at the Wankhede. 

11: 43 PM IST: Out! Dwayne Bravo c Rohit b Bumrah 68(30), Chennai Super Kings 139/8  (18 overs), Tahir- 2

SENSATIONAL! BRILLIANT innings from Dwayne Bravo, he had almost won it for the Chennai Super Kings but gave it away on the last ball to Bumrah. Three sixes and a couple with 20 runs of the over. Seven needed of six balls for CSK. 

11: 39 PM IST: Chennai Super Kings 139/8  (18 overs), Bravo – 48, Tahir – 2 ( McClenaghan- 4-0-44-1)

Two sixes and a four what an over it was, surely a game-changing one for the Chennai Super Kings as Bravo closes the gap to win. Sensational batting from the West Indies all-rounder. What a cracker of a match this is turning out to be. McClenaghan finishes with a poor 44 in four overs. 

11: 34 PM IST: Chennai Super Kings 119/8  (17 overs), Bravo – 29, Tahir – 1 (Hardik Pandya –  4-0-24-3)

Just four runs off the over from Hardik Pandya as he finishes a superb spell with a wicket in the last over. Mark Wood had recently played a good knock for England and he could have amended his mistakes from the first innings but he failed to do so. 

11: 30 PM IST: OUT! Mark Wood c Mustafizur b Hardik Pandya 1(3) Tahir is the new man in 

Hardik Pandya return in action to dismiss Mark Wood, leaving Chennai Super Kings with only Bravo as their lone warrior. Only a miraculous performance from here can save the game for Chennai. 

11: 25 PM IST: Chennai Super Kings 115/7  (16 overs), Bravo – 28, Wood – 1 (Bumrah – 3-0-17-0)

Dwayne Bravo starts off the over with a brilliant six but fails to make the most of it with just nine runs of the over. Dwayne Bravo fighting the battle alone for the Chennai Super Kings, 51 runs required off 24 balls. Bravo can make it through but he will need support from Wood at the other end. Mark Wood has the opportunity to make amends for his poor bowling display in the first innings. 

11: 20 PM IST: OUT! Harbhajan c Bumrah b McClenaghan 8(5), Chennai Super Kings 106/7  (15 overs), Bravo – 13  (McClenaghan – 3-0-24-1)

Mumbai Indians now hurrying things up as Chennai Super Kings stand one step closer to defeat in the opening match of the Indian Premier League 2018. Harbhajan Singh walks back after getting caught by Bumrah on the third man. McClenaghan gets his first wicket of the day. 13 runs of the over from McClenaghan. 

11: 14 PM IST:  Chennai Super Kings 97/6  (14 overs), Bravo – 13, Harbhajan – 7 (Mustafizur – 3-0-29-1)

13 runs off the over from, a much needed good over for CSK with Bravo enjoying his outing along with a former Mumbai Indian teammate. The run rate is increasing but the two men on the crease can accelerate anytime and get things in place for CSK. Two fours in that over, one each from Bravo and Harbhajan. 

11: 07 PM IST:  Chennai Super Kings 84/5  (13 overs), Bravo – 7 (Markande -2-0-16-1), Chahar st Ishan Kishan b Markande 0(1),  Harbhajan Singh is the new man to walk in 

Deepak Chahar walks back after some brilliant glove work from Ishan Kishan. Markande has been outstanding in this game, he finishes his quota of 4 overs with two important wickets of Dhoni and Rayudu. Jadhav appeared to have pulled his hamstring with the game getting interrupted for a while with the Indian right-hander getting retired hurt. Deepak Chahar dismissed by Markande who picks his third of the day. 9 runs off the over. 

11: 01 PM IST: Out! Jadeja c Suryakumar Yadav b Mustafizur 12(13), Chennai Super Kings 75/5  (12 overs), Jadhav – 13 (Mustafizur -2-0-16-1), Bravo is the new man in 

Required rate up to 11 now with Ravindra Jadeja walking back after handing an easy catch to Suryakumar Yadav. Jadeja gone for 12, managed to get the elevation but not the distance. Mustafizur gets his first wicket of the day as Mumbai take pole position in the game. The wicket could be the end of Chennai’s hopes in the match. Eight runs of the over from Mustafizur. 

10: 56 PM IST: Chennai Super Kings 67/4  (11 overs), Jadhav – 12, Jadeja – 6   (Markande – 3-0-15-2)

Jadhav takes on Markande with a six off the second ball off his over. Kedar Jadhav trying to make thing happen for CSK, but the team would really need a finisher towards the end to get them past the winning mark. After Bravo, Harbhajan Singh is the only man CSK can rely on with some hopes if they are close to the target. Really good show by Markande if this over has to be left aside. 

10:51 PM IST: Chennai Super Kings 56/4  (10 overs), Jadhav – 4, Jadeja – 3   (Hardik Pandya –  3-0-20-2)

Hardik Pandya has left the pitch after bowling three overs with two wickets for 20. Chennai Super Kings, on the other hand, are looking desperate with the required rate racing upwards, Jadeja and Jadhav will have to make up for Dhoni and Raina to get CSK in a comfortable position. Just 5 runs off the over from Pandya as he leaves. 

10:46 PM IST: Chennai Super Kings 51/4  (9 overs), Jadhav – 2, Jadeja – 4   (Bumrah – 1-0-2-1)

Brilliant over from Markande, he has turned the match around with his sensational spin bowling. Two wickets in two overs for him to send CSK on back foot, the required rate has now jumped to close to 10 as Ravindra Jadeja walks on to the pitch to calm things sown for his side. 

10:41 PM IST: OUT! Dhoni lbw b Markande 5(5) Ravindra Jadeja is the new man to walk in 

MS Dhoni failed to read that one from the young Markande who is turning out to be the player of the night for Mumbai Indians with two big wickets in his pocket. After Rayudu the spinner has got the big man MS Dhoni. The umpire went up to the third umpire and no touch from Dhoni meant he was gone. 

10: 39 PM IST: Chennai Super Kings 44/3  (8 overs), Jadhav – 2, Dhoni – 4   (Bumrah – 1-0-2-1)

Five runs off the over from Jasprit Bumrah, brilliant bowling from the Indian pacer who despite conceding a no-ball made sure the free hit did no damage to his team. Dhoni and Jadhav will have to settle down quickly as Mumbai Indians are now going all out for a wicket with spin and pace from two ends. 

10: 34 PM IST: Chennai Super Kings 44/3  (7 overs), Jadhav – 1, Dhoni – 1   (Markande – 1-0-2-1)

Terrific start for young spinner Markande in a Mumbai Indians jersey, just two runs off the over with a wicket, he couldn’t have asked for more. Rayudu stopped for a while and decided not to take the review and rightly so as it would have wasted CSK’s review. After seven overs all of a sudden, CSK are in a soup at the Wankhede Stadium with Dhoni and Jadhav, two new batsmen on strike. 

10: 31 PM IST: OUT! Rayudu lbw b Markande 22(19)

Ambati Rayudu falls to young Markande who has got his first wicket for the day. After two dot balls, Rayudu failed to read this one and got out LBW. 

10: 27 PM IST: Out! Suresh Raina c Krunal Pandya b Hardik Pandya 4(6), Chennai Super Kings 42/2  (6 overs), Rayudu – 20   (Hardik Pandya- 2-0-15-2)

Good over from Hardik Pandya as he puts a knuckle around Rayudu, conceding only just three runs and dismissing Suresh Raina who was looking to settle down. Raina went for a pull and failed to middle it as Krunal Pandya took the catch. Mumbai Indians have their second wicket and so does Pandya with the help of his brother Krunal. 

10: 22 PM IST: Chennai Super Kings 39/1  (5 overs), Raina – 3, Rayudu – 20   (McClenaghan- 2-0-15-0)

Eight runs off the over with rayudu getting five off it and making things tougher for his former side at his former home ground.  Freeing his arms a bit, Rayudu slammed a boundary off the over and gave the strike too Raina who utilised the left deliveries to settle down before he could get going. 

10: 18 PM IST: Chennai Super Kings 31/1  (4 overs), Raina – 0, Rayudu – 15   (Hardik – 1-0-12-1)

After bagging a six of the previous ball, Shane Watson failed to make it over the ropes as he gave away the catch to Evin Lewis who made no mistake.  Raina will be the new man walking in for the Chennai Super Kings as Hardik Pandya who looked like would not be able to ball enjoys his first wicket of the day. 

10: 14 PM IST: OUT!  Watson c Lewis b Hardik Pandya 16(14) Suresh Raina is the new man in 

Slower ball and Hardik Pandya does the trick for Mumbai Indians, Shane Watson failed to connect and handed it to Lewis who took a comfortable catch as Mumbai drew the first blood. 

10: 07 PM IST: Chennai Super Kings 19/0  (3 overs), Watson- 9, Rayudu – 10   (Bumrah – 1-0-3-0)

Jasprit Bumrah calms things down for Mumbai Indians with just 3 runs off his over. Ambati Rayudu and Shane Watson would need some time before they can get things going against Bumrah. Both the Chennai openers are looking in good form  but in a T20 match you never know when a ball can get you off. 

10: 07 PM IST: Chennai Super Kings 16/0  (2 overs), Watson- 7, Rayudu – 9   (Mustafizur – 1-0-9-0)

Ambati Rayudu is making things easy for Chennai Super Kings against his former side with the years of T20 experience that he packs in his belt. He finished the over from Mustazizur with a splendid boundary through the gap. Earlier in the over, Watson clinched his first boundary of the season on the first ball of the over. 9 runs concede by Mustafizur as Rayudu, Watson settle down well. 

10: 02 PM IST: Chennai Super Kings 7/0  (1 over), Watson- 2, Rayudu – 5     (McClenaghan – 1-0-7-0)

Ambati Rayudu with a superb boundary off the last ball from the 1st over from McClenaghan to garner seven runs off the over for Chennai Super Kings. Three singles from the over as Chennai starts things slowly. Mumbai Indians will look for early wickets looking at teh heavy batting line up that Chennai has in its rankings.

9:58 PM IST: Ambati Rayudu, Shane Watson will open the innings for CSK with McClenaghan taking the ball for Mumbai

9:55 PM IST: What a game of cricket this opener has been, Bravo with his brilliant depth bowling skills limited Mumbai Indians to a total of 165 which is quite achievable at the Wankhede Stadium. Mumbai Indians could have posted a much bigger total with the kind of rhythm Kishan and Suryakumar Yadav was in but Bravo stood up when required. 

9: 39 PM IST: Mumbai Indians 165/4 (20 overs) Hardik – 22, Krunal – 41 (Dwayne Bravo- 4-0-25-0)

Bravo with the final over for Chennai Super Kings as he gives away just 5 runs off it flooring Hardik Pandya with a beautiful yorker on the fourth ball. Hardik Pandya who has injured himself a bit was limping and didn’t look fully fit. Hardik couldn’t finish the final run as he stuck into Bravo before colliding on the pitch. He appears to have hurt his left ankle and can’t walk. 

9: 37 PM IST: Mumbai Indians 160/4 (19 overs) Hardik – 19, Krunal – 40 (Wood – 3-0-21-0)

Krunal Pandya is on fire here at the Wankhede as he smacks Wood for 16 runs in the 18th over. Total 17 off it with Mumbai reaching 160 at the end of 19 overs and are moving towards a decent total at the Wankhede Stadium. 

9: 32 PM IST: Mumbai Indians 143/4 (18 overs) Hardik – 16, Krunal – 23 (Bravo – 3-0-21-0)

Bravo with the 18th over for the Chennai Super Kings, just three runs off the over as Bravo tightens his knuckle on the Mumbai batting in the death overs. Bravo was accurate and fuller with his length and ensured that the left hand-right hand combination of Hardik and Krunal didn’t capitalise much on his over. 

9: 28 PM IST: Mumbai Indians 140/4 (17 overs) Hardik – 16, Krunal – 23 (Mark Wood – 3-0-32-0)

Wood got thrashed by Krunal Pandya who took him on from the first ball of the 17th over with a brilliant six. Krunal continued his assault on Wood with a boundary of the 4th and the last ball of the over. Mark Wood has been not on top of his game today conceding 32 runs of his first three but this over has been responsible for the poor show. Krunal Pandya took 17 runs off the over from Wood. 

9:22 PM IST: Mumbai Indians 121/4 (16 overs) Hardik – 15, Krunal – 6 (Bravo – 2-0-18-0)

Bravo with an economical over for Chennai, showcasing his depth over brilliance. The Pandya brothers: Krunal and Hardik are on the pitch and would be aiming to make the most of the left four overs. Just four runs off the over with two dot balls from Bravo. The West Indies allrounder’s left two overs will be imperative for Chennai Super Kings if they have to stop Mumbai from reaching a 170 or 80. 

9:16 PM IST: Mumbai Indians 117/4 (15 overs) Hardik –  13, Krunal – 4 (Tahir – 2-0-23-1)

Tahir has been costly today but he has got his first man in Ishan Kishan who was largely responsible for Tahir going for runs. Just five runs of the over with a wicket for the South African veteran as he delivers to his captain’s expectations. MI now have only five overs left to add to the 117 runs they have on the board so far. 

9: 13 PM IST: OUT! Ishan Kishan c Mark Wood b Tahir 40(29) Krunal Pandya joins brother Hardik

Caught at the short third man by Mark Wood, Ishan Kishan walks back after a well played 40 in 29 balls. He had dismantled Tahir in his first over with sensational batting effort but eventually bowed down to the South African. Kishan got down on his knees and was caught at short third man with the googly taking an edge of his bat. 

9:11 PM IST: Mumbai Indians 112/3 (14 overs) Hardik –  12, Kishan – 40 (Mark Wood – 2-0-13-0)

Eleven runs off the over from Mark Wood as Mumbai look to up the ante once again, Hardik Pandya sent the first and fifth ball from Wood over the boundary line to ensure it turned out to be a good over for his side. Pandya is hitting it clean and look he can be unstoppable if gets going. 

9:06 PM IST: Mumbai Indians 101/3 (13 overs) Hardik –  2, Kishan – 37 (Watson – 4-0-29-2)

Just four runs of the over from Watson as he completes his quota of four overs. A wicket and 4 runs, is exactly what Dhoni was looking for as he appreciated Harbhajan Singh after he took the catch to dismiss Suryakumar Yadav and break the partnership between Kishan and Watson. 

9:03 PM IST: OUT! Suryakumar Yadav c Harbhajan b Watson 43(29) Hardik Pandya is the new man in 

Shane Watson has got his man breaking the partnership between Ishan Kishan and Suryakumar Yadav. Yadav went for the slog on a slower ball bouncer which landed straight in the hands of Harbhajan Singh. The appreciation from Dhoni showed how important that wicket was for CSK. 

9:00 PM IST: Mumbai Indians 97/2 (12 overs) Suryakumar Yadav – 43,  Kishan – 37 (Dwayne Bravo – 1-0-14-0)

Dwayne Bravo with another poor over for Chennai Super Kings as he goes for 14 runs off it. The West Indies all-rounder who took the ball for the first time in the game was thrashed by Suryakumar Yadav for three boundaries in a row. Mumbai have now collected 32 runs in the the last two overs. 

8:55 PM IST: Mumbai Indians 83/2 (11 overs) Suryakumar Yadav – 30,  Kishan – 36 (Tahir- 1-0-18-0)

Ishan Kishan took on Imran Tahir earning two splendid boundaries and a six of his first over. The former Gujrat Lions southpaw who showed what he is capable of in the IPL 2017. 18 runs off the over from Tahir with Kishan banging 17 runs off it to elevate to 36 in just 24 balls. Good all round cricket at the Wankhede in the IPL 2018 opener so far. 

8:50 PM IST: Mumbai Indians 65/2 (10 overs) Suryakumar Yadav – 29,  Kishan – 19 (Mark Wood – 1-0-2-0)

Mark Wood takes a short run up in a no-nonsense fashion to quickly complete his first over for CSK. just 3 runs off the over, ten overs up with 65 runs on board for Mumbai Indians. The English pacer is expected to lead CSK’s attack in the competition and he is showcasing promising signs in the opening game against one of the team’s fiercest rivals. 

8: 45 PM IST: Strategic timeout

8:44 PM IST: Mumbai Indians 62/2 (9 overs) Suryakumar Yadav – 28,  Kishan – 18 (Harbhajan- 2-0-14-0)

Good over for the Mumbai Indian as Harbhajan goes for 10 runs. Suryakumar Yadav who is looking in a fine touch smashed for a superb boundary after getting four runs off the first ball. St=rategic timeout expected from CSK after the end of 9 overs. Mumbai looks in a comfortable position now with 62 on board in nine overs. 

8:41 PM IST: Mumbai Indians 52/2 (8 overs) Suryakumar Yadav – 19,  Kishan – 17 (Jadeja- 1-0-9-0)

9 runs off the over from Ravindra Jadeja as Ishan Kishan goes all out against his former Gujrat Lions teammate. Two boundaries from the bat of the former U-19 skipper as he comfortably settles down in the match. Though three dot balls in the over would be the positive for Dhoni to grab from that Jadeja over. 

8: 37 PM IST: Mumbai Indians 43/2 (7 overs) Suryakumar Yadav – 18,  Kishan – 9 (Harbhajan-1-0-4-0)

Harbhajan Singh who knows the Mumbai track outright gives a decent first over to Chennai with just four runs off it. The veteran off-spinner kept both Kishan and Suryakumar at the bay to limit them to finding singles. Harbhajan Singh begins the spin spell for India which will Dhoni’s key to this battle as Chennai’s main strength lies in its spin attack. 

8:33 PM IST: Mumbai Indians 39/2 (6 overs) Suryakumar Yadav – 16,  Kishan – 7 (Watson- 3-0-25-1)

Suryakumar Yadav takes on Watson in his third over with a sensational six off the last ball, he had earlier hit him for a boundary with a lovely shot in the gap towards the covers. Good over for Mumbai Indians who were in a desperate need for a big over like this one. Suryakumar Yadav is looking in great touch for his new side. 

8:29 PM IST: Mumbai Indians 26/2 (5 overs) Suryakumar Yadav – 4,  Kishan – 6 (Chahar -3-0-14-1)

Good third over from Chahar with just four runs of it, he is really proving to be a great domestic bowler to have for Dhoni. After his exploits previous season with the Rajasthan Royals, this is the kind of a start he would have wanted in the IPL 2018. Rohit Sharma’s departure, on the other hand, means Suryakumar Yadav and Ishan Kishan will have to stay for a bit before they could accelerate. 

8:25 PM IST: Mumbai Indians 22/2 (4 overs) Suryakumar Yadav – 0,  Kishan – 6 

The Mumbai Indians have lost their captain with Shane Watson getting the second wicket for the Chennai Super Kings and his first of the season. The veteran sent Rohit Sharma packing after being hit for a six on the delivery before the dismissal. 

8:23 PM IST: OUT! Rohit c Rayudu b Watson 15(18) Suryakumar Yadav is the new man in 

Shane Watson has got the second one for the Chennai Super Kings. After hitting the first six of the IPL 2018, Rohit went on looking for another one out of the ground but failed to find the middle of the bat with Ambati Rayudu his former teammate making no mistake with the superb catch. 

8:17 PM IST: Mumbai Indians 12/1 (3 overs) Rohit Sharma – 9,  Kishan – 3  (Chahar 2-0-10-1)

Terrific second over from Deepak Chahar who drew the first blood for his side Chennai Super Kings. Rohit Sharma with a couple on the last ball seems to be settling down well. Chahar, however, is the man of the over as he nullified a much talked about Lewis. Rohit hasn’t hit it over the boundary line yet but can be doing it soon. Just 5 of the over with a wicket. 

8:14 PM IST: OUT! Lewis lbw b Chahar 0(2) Ishan Kishan is the new man in 

What a start to IPL 2018 for the young Deepak Chahar who has got his first wicket o of the season in form of explosive West Indies opener Evin Lewis. The wicket also saw the use of the DRS for the first time this season with Mumbai being at the receiving end of it. Evin Lewis also became the first one to use the DRS in the IPL, it was a fuller which swung back with Lewis missing it completely. 

8:12 PM IST: Mumbai Indians 7/0 (2 overs) Rohit Sharma- 7, Evin Lewis – 0   (Watson- 1-0-2-0)

Shane Watson squared off the third over for Chennai Super Kings with two dot balls to Rohit Sharma. The Mumbai Indians captain looked to have got the distance but the ball landed in no man’s land luckily for Rohit who is looking to get things started quickly in front of the home crowd. Good first over by Watson with just 2 runs of it. 

8:07 PM IST: Mumbai Indians 5/0 (1 over) Rohit Sharma- 5, Evin Lewis – 0   (D Chahar – 1-0-5-0)

Deepak Chahar who is coming to the Indian Premier League after a good domestic season opened the attack for Chennai with the ball. After two good balls from Chahar, Rohit Sharma dispatched the fourth ball towards the extra covers for the first boundary of the season. Rohit with that solid boundary also scored the first runs of the IPL 2018 season, 5 runs of the over with Lewis getting none from the last one from Chahar. 

8:00 PM IST: Rohit Sharma opens Mumbai Indian’s attack with Evin Lewis. The move was predicted considering Rohit was looking for a promotion up the order. Deepak Chahar takes the ball for Chennai Super Kings. 

7:59 PM IST: The Chennai Super Kings players are on the field and the first ball of the Indian Premier League 2018 will be bowled in a few minutes from now. 

7:50 PM IST: The absence of Shardul Thakur in the Chennai Super Kings line up is a bit of a surprise. But Dhoni has been doing that for the past decade and he has gone with Deepak Chahar as his only Indian pace option in the high octane first clash of the season. Mark Wood, Dwayne Bravo, Shane Watson and Deepak Chahar will lead CSK’s pace attack. Mayank Markande is the surprise inclusion in the Mumbai Indian’s line up. Evin Lewis and Kieron Pollard were almost certain starters.


Chennai Super Kings (Playing XI): Shane Watson, Ambati Rayudu, Suresh Raina, Kedar Jadhav, MS Dhoni(w/c), Dwayne Bravo, Ravindra Jadeja, Harbhajan Singh, Deepak Chahar, Imran Tahir, Mark Wood

Mumbai Indians (Playing XI): Evin Lewis, Ishan Kishan(w), Rohit Sharma(c), Hardik Pandya, Kieron Pollard, Suryakumar Yadav, Krunal Pandya, Mayank Markande, Mitchell McClenaghan, Mustafizur Rahman, Jasprit Bumrah

7: 42 PM IST: Mumbai Indians have opted for two pacers in their four foreigners slot with Mustafizur Rahman and Mitchell McClenaghan making the eleven. It will be interesting to see who has Rohit Sharma picked apart from Pollard who is a sure shot inclusion. Meanwhile, Dhoni has opted for Tahir as an extra spinner sacrificing a batsman in Faf du Plessis or Sam Billings. 

7: 40 PM IST: MS Dhoni: ‘We will bowl first. There will be some dew later on, it’s a good batting surface. It feels nice to be back in yellow, but we can’t be emotional. Starting well is important. Wood, Tahir, Bravo and Watson are the four overseas players today.

Rohit Sharma: Happy to bat first, we were bowling as well. Fresh wicket, should be plenty of runs on offer. We have prepared very well, we have come together as a group. It’s time to perform.McClenaghan, Bumrah, and Mustafizur are our pace options, Mayank Markande is the new guy in our team, heard good things about him.

TOSS! Chennai Super Kings have won the toss and will bowl first in the IPL 2018 opener against Mumbai Indians

7: 30 PM IST: The team batting second have won more matches at the Wankhede Stadium with the average score being close to 175. Toss in a few moments from now. 

Pitch report: There is a fair bit of grass covering, it means that the seam bowlers will get the ball to move a bit. It will come on to the bat nicely, should be plenty of runs on this surface, a typical Wankhede pitch, reckons Sunil Gavaskar, in his pitch report

7.20 PM: The players from both teams are seen  warming up as the toss will get underway in just a few minutes from now. 

7.17 PM: Ambati Rayudu and Harbhajan Singh who will be playing for the Chennai Super Kings this season were phenomenal for Mumbai during their stint and will most likely be successful for CSK too, says Mumbai skipper Rohit Sharma.

7.14 PM: Rohit Sharma compares the MI-CSK rivalry to the famous El Classico as he talks about former MI stars Ambati Rayudu and Harbhajan Singh who have now moved to the CSK outfit. 

7.02 PM: After Hrithik Roshan’s eye-catching dance performance, all the 6 performers for the evening have joined on the stage as Mika makes the audience groove to the IPL anthem. 

6.55 PM: B’wood hunk and superstar Hrithik Roshan comes on stage to wrap-up the glittery opening ceremony. Meanwhile, the cameras have spotted Bollywood diva Elli Avram present in the audience as she’s cheering her alleged boyfriend Hardik Pandya.   

6.51 PM: Judwaa 2 Co-star Varun Dhawan joins Jacqueline on stage. 

6.49 PM: KICK superstar Jacqueline Fernandez arrives in a beautiful palanquin

6.42 PM: Dum-a-Dum rockstar, MIKA SINGH has arrived. 

6.37 PM: Baahubali star Tammannah Bhatia enters on a chariot for her performance. 

6.34 PM: Rohit Sharma, captain of the defending champions Mumbai Indians has reinstated the IPL Trophy for the tournament to begin. 

6.32 PM: Since all the captains aren’t present at the ground, a video showing 8 of them taking the Fairplay Pledge is being played at the Wankhede. 

6.25 PM: Dance sensation Prabhu Deva has joined his ABCD co-star Varun Dhawan, as the fans in Wankhded are going berserk.

6:18 PM: IPL Chairman Rajiv Shukla declares the eleventh edition of the Indian Premier League open, as Varun Dhawan takes the stage to get the crowd rolling. 

4:20 PM: The IPL 2018 opening ceremony will kick off in a few hours from now with a number of Bollywood celebrities taking the stage. In a decade-long history of the cash-rich league, it has always been a tradition of beginning thing in style and add glamour to the showdown with performances from Bollywood stars. This time around too, the likes of Hrithik Roshan, Prabhudeva, Varun Dhawan, Jacqueline Fernandez will be delivering power-packed performances at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai. 


Mumbai Indians: Rohit Sharma (c), Jasprit Bumrah, Hardik Pandya, Kieron Pollard, Mustafizur Rahman, Pat Cummins, Suryakumar Yadav, Krunal Pandya, Ishan Kishan, Rahul Chahar, Evin Lewis, Saurabh Tiwary, Ben Cutting, Pradeep Sangwan, Jean-Paul Duminy, Tajinder Singh, Sharad Lumba, Siddhesh Lad, Aditya Tare, Mayank Markande, Akila Dananjaya, Anukul Roy, Mohsin Khan, MD Nidheesh, Mitchell McClenaghan.

Chennai Super Kings: MS Dhoni (c), Suresh Raina, Ravindra Jadeja, Faf du Plessis, Harbhajan Singh, Dwayne Bravo, Shane Watson, Kedar Jadhav, Ambati Rayudu, Deepak Chahar, KM Asif, Kanishk Seth, Lungi Ngidi, Dhruv Shorey, Murali Vijay, Sam Billings, Mark Wood, Kshitiz Sharma, Monu Kumar, Chaitanya Bishnoi, Imran Tahir, Karn Sharma, Shardul Thakur, N Jagadeesan.