Jadeja guides Chennai to an easy victory over Deccan Chargers
Chennai Super Kings got a good recovery from the blow they had got in the match against Mumbai, as the all-round performance by Ravindra Jadeja helped them win the match by 74 runs. This has been well assisted by the blistering knock by Dwayne Bravo in the end to take Chennai to the total which is the highest of the matches played till now in this season of IPL.
There was nothing the local boys TP Sudhindra and Manpreet Gony could do in the end, when 40 runs were hit in the two overs, and the score of 190 wasn’t looking anywhere nearing earlier. It was a slow start for Chennai when they lost Murali Vijay for just two runs, but Raina came in for some quickfire before he got out for 16, and then Jadeja was promoted to bat before others.
After the bad start to the tournament, Jadeja proved against it by playing it with ease as he hit Ankit Sharma for three boundaries, and then consecutive fours off Daniel Christian.
Jadeja neared his half-century but was hit wicket when trying to nudge down a short quick delivery by Dale Steyn and the back leg touched the stump. Dwayne Bravo stole the show after Jadeja’s dismissal, and he scored 43 not-out from just 18 deliveries, after he was 7 from 7, and the innings had 5 huge sixes.
No big contribution from Deccan Chargers batsmen kept them under pressure as they started chasing the big total, and after a brisk start, Daniel Harris got out to Bollinger. Shikhar Dhawan fell in the trap of Suresh Raina after scoring 21, but the scoring rate was slow and that kept the asking rate on a high.
Cameron White, the captain for Deccan Chargers in the absence of Kumara Sangakkara, could not do much and scored 23 runs after Parthiv Patel was bowled off Jadeja. The batsman-in-form today Jadeja started picking wickets with ease and he got the wickets of Patel, Chipli, MS Dhoni, Ravi Teja and Dale Steyn in his account, when the match was almost done and Chargers had lost their nine wickets.
Ravindra Jadeja got the Man of the Match award for the all-round performance.
Here’s a few words from him: “A fabulous performance for me. I would like to thank my mom and family and I’m very happy that I had a good day. Initially I was looking to rotate strike. I was waiting for a left arm spinner to come in and then I wanted to go for the big shots. In T20, a 5 wicket haul is very good. I was trying to bowl stump to stump and wanted to restrict them.”
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