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Twitter Reactions: Ravindra Jadeja hits the bullseye twice to tie the game

Fielding at his favorite position at backward point, Jadeja inflicted two crucial run outs to keep Gujarat Lions alive in the game.

Ravindra Jadeja
Ravindra Jadeja. (Photo Source: Twitter)

IPL 2017 witnessed its first Super Over tonight which Mumbai Indians ended up winning. It was the seventh Super Over in IPL history. Both the teams ended their allotted 20 overs at the score of 153 at the SCA Stadium in Rajkot. Defending a low total, Gujarat Lions fielded exceptionally well. As many as four run outs were affected in Mumbai Indians’ innings. Interestingly, all four run outs were done through direct hits by left-handers.

Faulkner started it but it was Ravindra Jadeja’s twin run outs and a brilliant direct hit from Irfan Pathan on his debut for the Lions, which were crucial in holding back Mumbai who were cantering towards victory at one stage. Irfan, after that run out, was immediately summoned to bowl the last over.

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Defending 11 runs, Pathan got hit for a six first ball by Krunal Pandya. The left-handed Pandya took a single next ball which got the No. 10 Bumrah on strike. Bumrah tapped and set for the single to get Pandya back on strike and in came Jadeja from backward point. He picked the ball and released it immediately to hit the stumps directly. Bumrah was a couple of inches short of his ground.

Tension soared in the Mumbai Indians dugout. With 4 to win off 3 balls, the equation was pretty simple but they had just one wicket in hand as Malinga joined Pandya in the middle. He steered the next two balls for three runs which left Malinga to get the last run off the last ball of the match.

Raina called all his men inside the ring anticipating that Malinga won’t go for the big one. Everyone knew that Pandya will back-up a very long way so the fielders had to be on their toes.

Malinga swung hard but couldn’t make contact but the ball thudded his pads and went towards the point region. Jadeja quickly picked up and fired onto the stumps hitting them directly again. He didn’t bother to wait for the umpire’s decision and set off in celebration. The replay confirmed the run out of Pandya, as he was agonisingly short by just half an inch.

Jadeja’s twin run outs gave Gujarat another opportunity to come back in the game but they couldn’t capitalise on it as Mumbai Indians won the super over by 5 runs.

Here is how Twitterati reacted to Jadeja’s brilliance:

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