Jadeja leads with bat and ball as CSK beat RCB by 69 runs
Ravindra Jadeja of Chennai Super Kings in action during their match against Royal Challengers Bangalore in the Vivo Indian Premier League at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai on April 25, 2021.BCCI/IPL

Jadeja leads with bat and ball as CSK beat RCB by 69 runs

Mumbai, April 25, 2021

Ravindra Jadeja led Chennai Super Kings (CSK) to a 69-run win over Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) with superb performances with the bat and the ball in the Indian Premier League (IPL) at the Wankhede Stadium here on Sunday.

Jadeja took three wickets and gave away just 13 runs as RCB were restricted to 122/9 in reply to CSK's 191/4, which also came largely due to Jadeja's blistering 62 off 28 balls.

Jadeja hit 37 runs off the last over of the CSK innings bowled by Harshal Patel, hitting five sixes and four, making it the joint most expensive over in the history of the IPL.

RCB came into the match having won all four of the matches that they have played thus far.

The last over saw the all-rounder hit five sixes -- which included one off a no ball -- and a four off Harshal Patel, who had taken three wickets and given away just 14 runs in the three overs he bowled previously.

Jadeja ended the innings on 62 off just 28 balls, hitting four fours in addition to the five sixes.

He put up a partnership of 49 runs off 17 balls for the fifth wicket with his partner, captain M S Dhoni, contributing just two runs to it.

Jadeja's rampage made the 20th over of the match the joint most expensive in the IPL's history, first set by Chris Gayle for RCB in 2011 when he scored 37 runs off Prasanth Parameswaran against Kochi Tuskers Kerala.

Jadeja was dropped on zero by Dan Christian off Washington Sundar in the 15th over. CSK started the 17th over on 134/3 and Mohammed Siraj and Patel gave away just 20 runs in the 17th, 18th and 19th overs.

It looked like RCB had done well to restrict CSK to a below par total, but Jadeja turned it around in the last over.

He started with a six over the long-on and deep midwicket areas. Patel missed the yorker and the second delivery was sent over the ropes again. The fast bowler then came over the wicket but ended up bowling a no-ball for height which was also sent for a six by Jadeja.

The free-hit that came after that was sent over deep midwicket. Jadeja then looked to hit the next ball over extra cover and the fielder there almost pulled off a stunning catch. The batsmen ran two runs, bringing Jadeja back on strike and he hit the next ball over long-on for the fifth six of the over. He then hit the final ball over square leg and it took a bounce before going for four.

Earlier, Ruturaj Gaikwad and Faf du Plessis put up an opening partnership of 74 in the first 10 overs. Yuzvendra Chahal provided RCB the breakthrough by dismissing Gaikwad on 33 off 25.

Patel then took the wickets of du Plessis (50) and Suresh Raina (24) off consecutive balls in the 14th over before dismissing Ambati Rayudu (14) in the 18th.

Brief scores: Chennai Super Kings 191/4 in 20 overs (Ravindra Jadeja 62 not out, Faf du Plessis 50; Harshal Patel 3/51, Yuzvendra Chahal 1/24) beat Royal Challengers Bangalore 122/9 in 20 overs (Devdutt Padikkal 34; Ravindra Jadeja 3/13, Imran Tahir 2/16) by 69 runs

IANS

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