Ravindra Jadeja’s batting rampage secured a record-equaling 37 runs off a single over in the IPL.
Ravindra Jadeja’s batting rampage secured a record-equaling 37 runs off the last over before taking 3-13 with the ball as Chennai Super Kings beat Royal Challengers Bangalore by 69 runs in the Indian Premier League on Sunday.
Delhi Capitals later joined Chennai and Bangalore at the top of the leaderboard on eight points after beating Sunrisers Hyderabad in the first Super Over this season.
At Mumbai, Bangalore finally lost a game after winning four in a row as Jadeja equalled Chris Gayle’s IPL record, set against Kochi Tuskers’ Prasanth Parameswaran during the 2011 edition of the IPL.
Chennai chose to bat and Jadeja, who was dropped on zero, rocketed his team’s total from 154-4 at the end of the 19th over to 191-4 at the end of the 20th. He hit five sixes and a four in Harshal Patel’s 20th over — with one of the sixes coming off a no ball — for his 28-ball 62.
Jadeja equals the highest runs scored in an over in the EPL, with Chris Gayle scoring 37 back in 2011. The highest in any match is 38, set by Scott Styris during his 37-ball 100 for Sussex in 2012.
In reply, Bangalore scored 122-9, mainly due to Jadeja’s brilliance.
“Jaddu (Jadeja) is somebody who can change the game on his own,” said Chennai skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni.
Jadeja, a seasoned all-rounder with left-arm spin, took the heart out of Bangalore’s run chase by clean bowling Glenn Maxwell (22) and A.B. de Villiers (4). Between those two vital blows, Jadeja ran out Dan Christian off a direct throw which reduced Bangalore to 81-5 in the 10th over with the chase falling apart for Virat Kohli’s team.
Opening batsman Devdutt Padikkal (34 off 15 balls) briefly looked to threaten Chennai’s imposing target before he was caught at backward square leg off Shardul Thakur (1-11) in an otherwise under-par batting effort by Bangalore.
“It’s good to get a performance like this out of the way early in the season,” said Kohli, who scored only eight runs. “You can probably say one guy beat us.”
Earlier, opening batter Faf du Plessis hit 50, his second successive half century, to give Chennai a strong start before Bangalore hit back in the middle overs.
Patel removed Suresh Raina (24) and du Plessis off successive deliveries in the 14th over and had impressive figures of 3-14 off his first three overs before Jadeja’s onslaught saw the fast bowler finish with 3-51.