Chennai Super Kings all-rounder, Ravindra Jadeja, had an outstanding game with both the bat and ball, as Chennai recovered from their opening night loss to the Mumbai Indians to thrash the Deccan Chargers.
Jadeja, is currently the most expensive player in the IPL, fetching USD 2 million at the auction, and Super Kings captain, Mahendra Singh Dhoni, was pleased to see that the rising talent was starting to showcase all of his talent.
Deccan Chargers captain, Cameron White, won the toss and chose to bowl first, since there had been some dew on the pitch leading up the game.
The Deccan crowd cheered as their side huddled in the middle of the field to discuss their game-plan, as the Chennai Super Kings openers, Murali Vijay and Francois du Plessis made their way to the crease.
Just five balls into the match, Chennai were dealt a big blow, when Vijay was bowled off a peach of a delivery, sending him back to the pavilion after making only two runs.
However, if Deccan thought they now had the momentum on their side, they were sadly mistaken, as Suresh Raina and du Plessis worked well together to produce a quick-fire 40 run partnership at a blistering rate of 8.57.
Raina, then perished on 16 from 12 balls, during which he smashed three boundaries.
Du Plessis, meanwhile, was looking absolutely unstoppable, until he threw his wicket away on 39 from 25 balls, in which he cracked four massive sixes and one boundary as well.
Subramaniam Badrinath and Ravindra Jadeja, combined well together to post a 31 run partnership, which was mostly dominated by Badrinath, who made 20 out of the 31.
However, Badrinath, would fail to capitalise on his great start, as he fell on 25 runs.
This was the point at which Jadeja started to become red hot, as he launched the Deccan bowling attack everywhere.
With a fifth wicket partnership of 26 runs with captain Dhoni at a run rate of 10.40, Jadeja started to prove that he was worth every cent of the 2 million paid Chennai paid for him.
A sixth wicket partnership of 27 runs at an even higher run rate of 10.80 between Dwayne Bravo and Jadeja ensured that Chennai would post a somewhat respectable total.
Jadeja, who was on 48, looked to clear the boundary to reach his half century, but, was caught in the deep.
During his innings, Jadeja, cracked three boundaries and three sixes as well, en route to his 29 ball 48.
With Chennai’s innings almost nearing an end, Dwayne Bravo, provided some last minute fireworks, as he and Albie Morkel hammered a 46 run partnership from only 16 balls, at a astounding run rate of 17.25.
This partnership took Chennai from 147 for the fall of six wickets to end their innings on 193.
Bravo, ended finishing on 43 runs from just 18 deliveries, during which he dealt only in sixes, thumping five of them.
Dale Steyn and Daniel Christian each registered two wickets for the Chargers, while Ankit Sharma and Taduri Prakash Sudhindra picked up a wicket each.
Facing a huge target of 194 to win, Deccan openers, Daniel Harris and Shikhar Dhawan, started things off with a 32 run partnership, before Harris was dismissed on 15.
Chennai struck soon after again, this time, getting rid of Dhawan, who made 21 runs off 18 ball, hitting three boundaries in the process.
A 32 run partnership between Parthiv Patel and captain, Cameron White, steadied the Deccan innings after the two early losses, before, Patel became the next victim of the outstanding Chennai bowling attack.
After Patel departed, the Chennai bowlers absolutely ripped right through the Deccan middle order, leaving them reeling at 99 for the fall of eight wickets by the 15th over.
A small resistance was put up by Ankit Sharma, who scored 15 runs off eight deliveries, in which he smashed two sixes, before he too succumbed to the pressure.
With the wicket of Sharma, the Chennai Super Kings registered an emphatic 74 run victory, sending a message out to the other teams in the tournament that the were not down and out by a long shot.
Ravindra Jadeja was the mostly the reason for the middle order collapse Deccan sustained, as he took five wickets and gave away just 16 runs.
Jadeja, was an easy candidate for the Man of the Match award, since he performed brilliantly with both the bat and the ball.
“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,” he said.
He was well supported by teammates Doug Bollinger and Shadab Jakati, who claimed two wickets each, while Suresh Raina picked up a wicket as well.
Deccan captain, Cameron White, was disappointed with his side’s performance, and said: “Jadeja played really well, and we did not play all that well. We are a young team and Chennai are an excellent side.”
Chennai captain, Mahendra Singh Dhoni, was pleased to be back on the winning side, and said: “It’s always good to be on the winning side. We were a bit rusty in the first match, but the boys executed the plans well today to put up a big score. We were not sure about the dew factor but we still thought 190 odd is a good score to defend.”
With their convincing victory, Chennai will be hoping to carry the momentum into their next match against the Delhi Daredevils on April 10, while Deccan, would be looking to put this loss behind them and get back on winning terms, when they clash with the Mumbai Indians on April 9.