After a horror of a show at Eden Gardens earlier this week, Ravindra Jadeja came back strong to scalp his first three-wicket haul in Indian Premier League after two years as Chennai Super Kings defeated Royal Challengers Bangalore by six wickets on Saturday night. Playing at MCA Stadium in Pune, Jadeja bagged three wickets conceding 18 runs to bag the Man of the Match trophy.
Jadeja was introduced in the first over after powerplays and he picked up the most important wicket of Virat Kohli. The length ball hurried through the pitch to beat Kohli who looked to drift it down to the third man as the RCB skipper departed for just eight runs. A big wicket it was, but the spinner didn’t celebrate at all. No fist pump, no jumping, and that did catch the attention of many.
“It was my first ball and I was not ready to celebrate. Virat’s wicket is always a huge wicket, I was thinking I got a good wicket,” Jadeja said during the innings break. “I am really happy, I was enjoying my bowling, wicket was little dry and I was bowling in the right areas and was enjoying my rhythm today.”
“Bhajji from the other end was also bowling very well, he took the important wicket of ABD. We bowled as a pair and that is required as a bowling unit. We have a very good batting line-up so we should not worry about the total much. We need to bat the 20 overs and we will get the desired result,” he added.
Mandeep Singh and Parthiv Patel were his other wickets as RCB stuttered thoroughly before a late blitz from Tim Southee propelled their total to 127 for nine.
Orange Cap holder Ambati Rayudu and Suresh Raina made a handy contribution of 44 runs early on after the quick departure of Shane Watson, before Mahendra Singh Dhoni took centre stage to drive the team past the dismal target.
“It’s good to get MoM awards in a T20 game. Very happy with the way I bowled today. The wicket was a bit dry, the ball was holding a bit, I was looking to bowl in the right areas and not give them width. Bhajji also bowled very well, together, we tried not to give them too many runs. Overall, I am very happy, I finally took a few wickets, looking to do better and better in the coming games,” said Jadeja after winning the Man of the Match award in the post-match presentation.