Jadeja's last-over rampage takes CSK to 191/4
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's last-over rampage takes CSK to 191/4

Mumbai, April 25, 2021

Ravindra Jadeja smashed 37 runs off the last over of the Chennai Super Kings' (CSK) innings to take them to 191/4 against Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) in the Indian Premier League (IPL) at the Wankhede Stadium here on Sunday.

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 MS Dhoni, contributing just two runs in 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)

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