New Delhi: The table-toppers of IPL 2021 Chennai Super Kings (CSK) and Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) were involved in a thrilling encounter on Sunday at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai. And the cricket fans said that the match was played between RCB and Ravindra Jadeja.
CSK won the toss and decided to bat first. CSK replaced Moeen Ali and Lungi Ngidi with Imran Tahir and Dwayne Bravo. RCB provided some depth to their bowling line-up as Navdeep Saini and Daniel Christian were included in the place of Shahbaz Ahmed and Kane Richardson.
Faf du Plessis and Ruturaj Gaikwad gave CSK an explosive start. They stiched a crucial partership of 74 runs. After the wicket of Gaikwad, the CSK’s innings was slowed down. Faf du Plessis also returned to the pavilion after scoring a half-century. Suresh Raina and Ambati Rayudu could score only 24 and 14 runs respectively.
Then Ravindra Jadeja came and powered CSK to big score single-handedly. Jadeja smashed 62 runs in just 28 balls. In which, 37 runs came in the 20th over of purple cap holder Harshal Patel, which is a record by any player.
Jadeja also took three important wickets of Washington Sundar, Glenn Maxwell, and AB de Villiers. He was also involved in a run-out of Dan Christian. Jadeja impacted the game with his batting, bowling, and fielding. Enthused by the performance of Jadeja, cricket commentator wrote on Twitter, “If @imjadeja flaps his hands today, he will fly.”
Chasing 192, RCB started their innings aggressively, Devdutt Padikkal and Virat Kohli smashed 44 runs in the first three overs. However, after three overs, all the batsmen quickly lost their wickets and RCB found themselves reeling at 89 for seven in 12 overs.
Virender Sehwag also shared a tweet, “Ball 6 aur run 37. Only Sir Jadeja can do it. Unbelievable hitting against the purple cap holder. #CSKvRCB.”
Ball 6 aur run 37. Only Sir Jadeja can do it. Unbelievable hitting against the purple cap holder. #CSKvRCB— Virender Sehwag (@virendersehwag) April 25, 2021
See how social media reacted after the match:
Meanwhile Ravindra Jadeja be like :- pic.twitter.com/Eu9WZkQigg— _Sarcasme16_ (@_Sarcasme16_) April 25, 2021
Harshal patel to Sir Ravindra Jadeja after getting smashed for 37 in the last over pic.twitter.com/RmPAaELngV— ASH || Diljit Dosanjh Lite (@anguuu20) April 25, 2021