Twitter Reactions: Ravindra Jadeja-inspired Chennai Super Kings halt RCB's winning streak in ruthless style

Twitter Reactions: Ravindra Jadeja-inspired Chennai Super Kings halt RCB’s winning streak in ruthless style

Chennai Super Kings went onto roll over Royal Challengers Bangalore by a whopping 69 runs on the back of a sensational show from Ravindra Jadeja, who was all over the place.

Ravindra Jadeja
Ravindra Jadeja. (Photo Source: IPL/BCCI)

For all the anticipation around what was billed as the clash of titans, the El Clasico, and whatnot, the Chennai Super Kings went onto roll over Royal Challengers Bangalore by a whopping 69 runs on the back of a sensational show from Ravindra Jadeja, who was all over the place.

Winning the toss, MS Dhoni cited “heat” and the wicket getting “slower later” as the reason behind him opting to bat, despite Wankhede’s chase-favouring reputation. CSK flew off the blocks quickly with Faf du Plessis picking a four and a six off Mohammed Siraj early in his innings, while Ruturaj Gaikwad slammed a boundary of the same bowler to get into his groove.

When du Plessis, who notched up another half-century (50 off 41), picked another couple of boundaries off Kyle Jamieson in the third, CSK’s intentions were loud and clear. The duo picked 14 off Navdeep Saini’s opening over to end the powerplay at 51/0 and their fluent 74-run partnership flourished until the halfway mark when Gaikwad mistimed a slog off Yuzvendra Chahal to end his 25-ball 33.

In next, Suresh Raina kept the momentum up, hitting sixes against both the spinners before Harshal Patel turned the tide in his team’s favor through his crafty slower ones as Raina and du Plessis holed out in the deep off consecutive deliveries before a 31-run stand between Ambati Rayudu and Jadeja steadied them.

Contrasting tales of Harshal Patel

The purple-cap holder and RCB’s death-bowling solution Harshal Patel has lit up the IPL season. When he dismissed both Raina and du Plessis off consecutive deliveries, it seemed that Bangalore might be able to pull things back. Little did they and Patel – whose figures read 3/14 after three overs – knew that he would be in the record books for different reasons.

CSK seemed in danger of settling for an under-par total by the end of 19th over at 154/4. Enter Jadeja, who was unbeaten on 26 off 21 until then. He belted Patel for 37 – yes, you read that right – in the final over which had five sixes and read: 6, 6, 7 (no-ball), 6, 2, 6, 4. Having gotten to a 25-ball fifty, Jadeja finished 62 off merely 28 to power CSK to 191, a score that was once nowhere in sight. Much to RCB’s dismay, he was dropped off Sundar’s bowling by Dan Christian, who juggled him twice unsuccessfully at deep square leg, when he was yet to get off the mark (ouch!).

RCB tumbles post brisk start

They had Padikkal, de Villiers, Maxwell, and most importantly, the world’s finest chaser, Virat Kohli, in their ranks. And so, expecting RCB to chase the target, specifically after Kohli and Padikkal’s 181-run stand against Rajasthan Royals, was not an impossible proposition. When Kohli flicked Shardul Thakur towards long-leg for a boundary in the opening over, it seemed that he picked exactly from where he left that day.

The wrinkles of worry slightly increased for CSK, when an ultra-fluent and efficient Padikkal beautifully timed Sam Curran for two sixes in the second over and picked three boundaries off Chahar in the next to fly to 32 off just 12. Curran, although, found the prized wicket of Kohli, as he edged a wide, slower one behind as the captain caught captain.

Joined by Washington Sundar, Padikkal could not stay on for too long as Shardul Thakur got him caught by Raina for a 15-ball 34 to snatch RCB’s momentous start away.

Jadeja could do no wrong 

If he would have taken leave after wreaking havoc in a scorching Mumbai afternoon, no one would have complained. But Ravindra Jadeja was the show-stopper. Getting ample grip from the surface, he knocked down Glenn Maxwell’s (22 off 15) leg-stump and then foxed the might de Villiers, hitting the top of his off-stump to ruin RCB, taking his third strike, in a wicket-maiden over. Sundar holed out to deep midwicket off him earlier for an 11-ball 7 and he finished 4-1-13-3.

Wait there is more… Jadeja affected a run-out with a traditional, bulls-eye direct hit that sent Dan Christian packing. Imran Tahir, the old leggie, became Jadeja’s accomplice, running out Kyle Jamieson with a direct hit after knocking over Patel for an eight-ball duck and getting Saini caught by Raina to finish 2/16.

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