Jadeja Rattles RCB to take CSK to the top of the table

It’s the southern derby in the IPL 2021 as RCB takes on CSK. If the pressure wasn’t already high, the teams were also fighting out for the top position on the table. CSK won the toss and elected to bat first. CSK made two changes to their squad, with Moeen Ali, who is unfit, and Lungi Ngidi going out and Imran Tahir and Dwayne Bravo replacing them. RCB also made two changes to their team, with Navdeep Saini and Dan Christian coming back into the eleven with Kane Richardson and Shahbaz Ahmed going out.

Another good start for CSK

The openers provided CSK with a good start second game in a row. Ruturaj Gaikwad started in his typical fashion, slow but chipping in boundaries from time to time. On the other hand, Faf Du Plesis provided aggressiveness at the top. Both the batsmen were successful in keeping the RCB wicketless for the first time in this year’s IPL. After the end of the powerplay, CSK were 51 for a loss of no wicket.

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Both the batsmen continued to build on the strong start from the powerplay. In the 9th over Chahal who came to bowl his second over finally broke the opening stand. Gaikwad was caught playing a slog-sweep. Gaikwad made 33 of 25 balls. It was also the first time that Gaikwad got into double figures and didn’t make a fifty. Raina came out to bat after the first wicket.

Raina continued to build on with Du Plessis in an aggressive fashion. Du Plessis completed his consecutive fifty in the 14th over. After the end of 13 overs, CSK were 110 for a loss of just one wicket. All was going well for the CSK up till this point, however, the 14th over by Harshal Patel put a stop to this partnership with two wickets in two balls. Suresh Raina was the first to be dismissed, holing out a slower ball in the deep. Du Plessis followed next in a similar fashion, but this time the catch was at long-on. CSK would have been under even more pressure had Dan Christian caught Jadeja in the next over.

The Ravindra Jadeja Show

Some excellent bowling from the purple cap holder Harshal Patel ensured that the CSK made only 154 in the 19 overs played. Patel took 3 wickets and gave just 14 runs in his three overs. However, this all changed in just one over. In the final over of the innings, it was Patel against Jadeja. Purple Cap-holder Harshal Patel gave away 37 runs, which included five mighty sixes and a boundary from the bat of Ravindra Jadeja. It delivered the left-hander to a 25-ball fifty which would grow into a memorable inning of 62 off 28 balls. The final overexploits by Jadeja ensured that CSK finished on a mighty total of 191 for the loss of 4 wickets at the end of 20 overs.

A mixbag start for RCB

With a big total on board, it was crucial that RCB get off to a strong start. Both the openers got RCB off to a flier with 44 runs from the first three overs. Youngster Paddikal looked in a great touch scoring 32 off just 12 balls. CSK replied back in a similar fashion with Sam Curran, who was smashed for two sixes in his first overcame back to deliver an excellent second over. Curran gave just one run in the fourth over and picked up the crucial wicket of Virat Kohli. Padikkal followed the captain in the second over as Shrdul Thakur struck in his first over. After the end of the powerplay, RCB was 65 for a loss of two wickets.

Jadeja strikes again

After the end of the powerplay, it was time for spin. Jadeja who changed the game for CSK with the bat now came in to change it with the bowl. Between the over 6 to 11 Jadeja bowled three of them picking three wickets and also contributed to a run-out. Washington Sundar was the first prey dismissed on the first ball of the 7th over. The coming over followed the wickets of RCB power-hitters Glen Maxwell and Ab De Villers. Dan Christian was also run out courtesy of Jadeja. After the exploit of Jadeja RCB were 83 for 6.

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CSK wasn’t done with RCB yet, as Imran Tahir came to the party. He went on to pick two wickets in two consecutive overs. First, it was Harshal Patel in the last ball of the 12th over, then it was Navdeep Saini in the 14th over. With 94 for 8 after the end of 14 overs, the match was all but over for the RCB. Some great resilience from the RCB tail-handers ensured that RCB batted for the 20 over. However, in the end, it was a massive win for the CSK who won this match by a huge 69 runs margin to go to the top of the table.

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