Jadeja shoots down Bangalore

Afp, Mumbai

27 April, 2021 12:00 AM printer

Ravindra Jadeja smashed a record-equalling 37 runs in an over, including five sixes, and claimed three wickets with the ball as Chennai Super Kings spectacularly ended Royal Challenger Bangalore's unbeaten start to the Indian Premier League on Sunday.

Boosted by Jadeja's antics, Chennai reached 191 for four and then kept Bangalore to 122 for nine to knock Virat Kohli's side off the top of the table.

Delhi Capitals beat Sunrisers Hyderabad in a super over showdown, after both scored 159 from their 20 overs, to also go ahead of Bangalore. Delhi's thrilling win over Hyderabad in Chennai produced the season's first super over playoff.

Bangalore won their first four games of the season but were stunned by Jadeja's final-over blitz, which equalled the IPL record of 37 runs in one over hit by West Indies star Chris Gayle for Bangalore in 2011.

After being dropped before scoring, Jadeja smashed his runs off Harshal Patel, who had earlier been the star of Bangalore's bowling, taking three wickets.

The 32-year-old hit the first two off length balls for sixes that already put the bowler on edge.

Patel's third effort was a no-ball that Jadeja also bludgeoned over the ropes while earning a free hit. The repeat ball also went for six over deep square leg, taking Jadeja past 50. He took two runs off the fourth ball -- when he was nearly caught -- and hit another six off a full toss for the fifth ball, before sending the final ball of the innings for a four which bounced close to the boundary line.

Jadeja finished on 62 from 28 balls. With his three wickets for 13 in the Bangalore innings and a direct-hit runout of Daniel Christian, he had no competition for man of the match.


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