Ravindra Jadeja played a starring role with both bat and ball as the Chennai Super Kings claimed a convincing 74-run victory over the Deccan Chargers in the Indian Premier League last night.
Jadeja hit 48 off 29 balls before he was out to Dale Steyn, helping Chennai to 193 for six from their 20 overs and then claimed five wickets for 16 as the hosts were skittled out for 119.
It represented a good response from Chennai, the champions for the last two years, who were convincingly beaten in their opening match by the Mumbai Indians after being bowled out for only 122.
A delighted Jadeja, whose effort with the bat came off 29 balls and included three sixes, said: "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 five-wicket haul is very good. I was trying to bowl stump to stump and wanted to restrict them. "
Chennai had put just two on the board when Murali Vijay was dismissed by Ankit Sharma after they had been put into bat by Deccan's Australian captain Cameron White.
But a 25-ball 39 from Faf du Plessis - which featured four sixes - put them back on track before Jadeja weighed in and then West Indies all-rounder Dwayne Bravo struck five sixes off 18 balls en route to an unbeaten 43, 22 of which came in the final over, to see Chennai to an imposing total.
Jadeja claimed his first wicket by dismissing Parthiv Patel for 20 and in a neat bit of symmetry he took the wicket of Steyn for five, before Doug Bollinger took the wicket of Sharma to wrap things up with the first ball of the 18th over.
MS Dhoni, the Chennai captain, 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."
A disappointed White said: "Jadeja played really well, and we did not play all that well. We are a young team and Chennai are an excellent side."
AB de Villiers carried his good batting form from South Africa’s tour of New Zealand last month into the Indian Premier League as he inspired the Royal Challengers Bangalore to a 20-run victory against the Delhi Daredevils with an unbeaten 64.
He hit two half-centuries during the three-match series, which South Africa won 1-0, to finish with a series average of 43.6.
That form was evident yesterday at Bangalore’s M Chinnaswamy Stadium.
He struck six boundaries and hit two sixes as he held the Bangalore innings together after they had slumped to 85 for five.
A stand of 54 for the seventh wicket with Vinay Kumar (18) helped Bangalore to their match-winning score.
De Villiers said: “The New Zealand tour helped me as I am riding the wave.
“I am gelling well with the [Bangalore] youngsters and have told them to keep it simple with regards to running between the wickets.”
Delhi were always on the back foot in their reply after Virender Sehwag, the captain, slashed his first delivery from Zaheer Khan straight to Cheteshwar Pujara.
Muttiah Muralitharan, the Sri Lankan bowler, kept the Delhi batsmen in order as he finished with three for 25.
Naman Ojha (33), Aaron Finch (25) and Irfan Pathan (24) each made promising starts, but none of the Delhi batsmen were able to go on and build an innings big enough to get them close to Bangalore as they fell short on 137 for seven.
“We lacked partnerships in the middle overs,” Sehwag said.
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