On the opening night of the Indian Premier League (IPL), debutants Rising Pune Supergiants, led by MS Dhoni, cantered to an easy nine-wicket win over defending champions Mumbai Indians.
After the Pune bowlers restricted the hosts to 121/8 in 20 overs, Ajinkya Rahane (66*) and Faf du Plessis (34) put on 78 for the opening wicket in the second innings.
There was no stopping the visitors' charge after this splendid start and the Supergiants surged to victory in 14.4 overs.
After a break of a week following the World T20, Twitter was abuzz with snide commentary and jokes about the cash-rich league. The debutants won their match as well as an army of supporters (most of them transferring their loyalties from CSK to RPS) with their commanding display.
From the commentary to the graphics, the Twitter trolls spared no one. It may be a new season of the IPL but some things remain the same. While Ishant Shamra continued to be mocked for his hairstyle, the Twitterati couldn't heap enough praise on MS Dhoni.
Here is a collection of some of the best tweets from the opening match of the IPL:
— Mumbai Indians (@mipaltan) April 9, 2016
The IPL fonts are designed by Taher Shah because it's hurting the eye.
— Trendulkar (@Trendulkar) April 9, 2016
— Ashish Magotra (@clutchplay) April 9, 2016
Graphics for IPL are straight out of a shitty sci-fi movie like Krrish series.
— dorku (@Dorkstar) April 9, 2016
When your IPL team looks like a bunch of kids dressing up as Power Rangers for a sleepover: pic.twitter.com/78cTmvp520
— Alt Cricket (@AltCricket) April 9, 2016
"Where should Danny Morrison be seated?"
A bit further back from the microphone.
— Pavilion Opinions (@pavilionopinion) April 9, 2016
Ishant Sharma is looking like Gareebo ka Khal Drogo. #IPL2016
— Gabbbar (@GabbbarSingh) April 9, 2016
— Babu Bhai Angel (@Shahrcasm) April 9, 2016
The only way MI can reach a good total, If there supporting staff replace their lower batting order. #MIvRPS
— Silly Point (@Sarcaism_) April 9, 2016
This McClenaghan always looks like he just quit his job at The Wall, after killing Jon Snow. #MIvRPS
— Sorabh Pant (@hankypanty) April 9, 2016
— Gaurav Sethi (@BoredCricket) April 9, 2016
I will not see IPL..
Let's see first over..
Let's see for Dhoni..
Let's see for Faf..
I love Cricket let's see all games
— Broken Cricket (@BrokenCricket) April 9, 2016
No Ravichandran Ashwin bowling as yet. Dhoni still pissed with him for some reason?#MIvRPS
— Amit Banerjee (@akb287) April 9, 2016
— Sunil (@akshaykanitkar) April 9, 2016
Pick an island that's the least known in this world. Ask MS Dhoni to be their captain, that team will become #1 in no time. #MIvRPS
— Gautam (@gautamverma23) April 9, 2016
If Titanic would have had a captain like @msdhoni it wouldn't have drowned!
— Mayank Chandra (@mayank_hc) April 9, 2016