IPL 2013: Jadeja Stars In Last-Over Thriller
Chennai Super Kings 166-6 (Jadeja 38no) beat
Royal Challengers Bangalore 165-6 by four wickets
Indian Premier League 2013, Chennai
Report by Chetan Narula
Chennai Super Kings recorded a sensational four-wicket win over Royal Challengers Bangalore at Chennai to move into fourth place in the Indian Premier League 2013 points table.
They now have four points from three games, while Bangalore are at second spot with six from five games after a dramatic match which was only settled in the dying moments.
It was a match of many twists and turns, and in the end it came down to Ravindra Jadeja holding his nerve, or rather RP Singh losing his, as a dramatic last over saw the hosts scale the stiff target of 166 runs.
Chennai needed 16 runs off the last six balls and Jadeja took 10 from first two deliveries. With four runs off the next three, the equation came down to two runs needed off the last ball and Singh bowled a no ball, which Jadeja upper cut to third man and was caught, but as the batsmen crossed over, Chennai won.
Jadeja was unbeaten on 38 runs off 20 balls, with three fours and one six, with Chris Morris (seven not out) giving him company.
Earlier, Chennai got off to a bad start losing both their openers, Murali Vijay (2) and Michael Hussey (6) with just 10 runs on board. Suresh Raina and Subramaniam Badrinath then added 56 runs for the third wicket and resurrected the innings.
Raina made 30 off 22 balls, with five fours, while Badrinath scored 34 runs, hitting four fours. Then, Syed Mohammad (2-15) dismissed both set batsmen and reduced the score to 78 for four in the 13th over.
It brought Mahendra Singh Dhoni and Jadeja to the crease, and they put on 59 runs for the fifth wicket. Dhoni scored a quickfire 33 runs off 23 balls, with one four and two sixes, giving Jadeja a platform from which to go on and score the victory.
He fell in the 19th over as Ravi Rampaul picked up his second wicket. Three balls later he took a third as Dwayne Bravo (8) was out leg before wicket. That brought forth the final dramatic over, where Jadeja did his bit.
In the first innings of the match, Bangalore got off to a rocky start with Chris Gayle (4) dismissed cheaply. Mayank Agarwal (24) and Virat Kohli put up 45 runs for the second wicket, and built a stage for the lower batsmen to attack.
Kohli himself went on to score another half-century, his 58 runs coming off 47 balls, including two fours and two sixes, and earning him the Orange Cap once again for the highest run-scorer.
But the greater highlight was AB de Villiers' stroke-filled half-century, coming off just 32 balls, as he shared an 82-run stand with Kohli. De Villiers hit eight fours and one six as the visitors finished at 165 for six in their allotted 20 overs.
Morris had another successful outing with figures of three for 40, while Dirk Nannes, Ravichandran Ashwin and Bravo took a wicket each.
© Cricket World 2013
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