Defending Indian Super League champions Chennaiyin FC and their southern rivals Kerala Blasters played out a drab goalless draw at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in Chennai.
In a charged-up derby atmosphere the game sadly never rose to great heights as the defensive units of both sides kept the opposing attacks in check.
In the first session Chennaiyin FC had the better of the exchanges with midfielder Raphael Augusto the creator of a number of opportunities but his side were wasteful with Dudu, Eli Sabia, Davide Succi and Bernard Mendy all could have scored. Towards the end of the first half the Kerala Blasters were getting better but without any real chances. It remained goalles at the break.
In the second half Kervens Belfort could have been the Kerala Blasters hero, but his effort went wide of the goal as the match ended goalless.
Club award: Chennaiyin FC/Kerala Blasters FC
Amul Fittest Player of the Match: Raphael Augusto (Chennaiyin FC)
DHL Winning Pass of the Match: Mohammed Rafique (Kerala Blasters FC)
Maruti Suzuki Swift Moment of the Match: Aaron Hughes (Kerala Blasters FC)
ISL Emerging Player of the Match: Jerry Lalrinzuala (Chennaiyin FC)
Hero of the Match: Cedric Hengbart (Kerala Blasters FC)