Visakhapatnam, Apr 7: It was “rockstar" Ravindra Jadeja"s night on Saturday. The youngster"s magnificent all-round performance (48 and 5/16) catapulted Chennai Super Kings to a 74-run huge victory over Deccan Chargers in Game Six of IPL 5.
[Scorecard: Game Six, Chennai Super Kings Vs Deccan Chargers]
Deccan Chargers were rolled over by CSK for 119 runs in 17.1 overs while chasing 194.
The two-time champions CSK, stamped their authority in the competition after a setback in the opening game against Mumbai Indians at home.
CSK, the favourites this year to retain the title, played like true champions with Jadeja leading the way. The nickname “rockstar" was given to Jadeja by Australian spin legend Shane Warne when the all-rounder was playing under him for Rajasthan Royals.
Jadeja, who was bought by the defending champions in this year"s auction in February for a sum of $2 million, made it a memorable outing in only his second game in a yellow jersey. He was the obvious choice for Man-of-the-match award. It is a rarity to see bowlers taking five wickets in this format and it was Jadeja's best figures in Twenty20s.
The 23-year-old first took out Parthiv Patel in the 11th over and later added the scalps of Bharat Chipli, Manpreet Gony, DB Ravi Teja and Dale Steyn.
First, when he batted, he top scored with 48. Later he returned to weave his magic with his left-arm spin. Jadeja picked up five wickets including two in one over.
Deccan batsmen could not cope with the twin spin attack of Jadeja and Shadab Jakati. The latter took 2/14 in two overs. Captain Cameron White was the highest contributor in the chase with 23.
Chennai Super Kings Innings Report
Ravindra Jadeja and Dwayne Bravo propelled Chennai Super Kings to a commanding 193/6 in 20 overs against Deccan Chargers in Game Six of IPL 5 here on Saturday.
Jadeja top scored with 48 but it was Bravo"s blitz towards the ended that gave CSK to a mammoth total.
West Indian right-hander Bravo struck a breezy unbeaten 18-ball 43 with five huge sixes. Paceman Manpreet Gony was at the receiving end of Bravo as he was smashed for 23 runs in the final over the innings.
This is the highest team total so far in IPL 5. And CSK made up for their disappointing batting performance against Mumbai Indians on April 4. They had made only 112 in the opener.
Bravo hit Gony for three sixes in the 20th over. His other two sixes came in the 19th over of speedster T.P. Sudhindra. Bravo smashed successive sixes off Sudhindra.
Jadeja, the $2 million recruit for CSK, finally hit runs aftering failing in the opener. His 29-ball 48 had three fours and three sixes.
Earlier, opener Faf du Plessis hit four sixes on way to a 25-ball 39. Murali Vijay failed again, going for 2. Captain MS Dhoni made only 7 while Suresh Raina contributed 16. S. Badrinath made a 20-ball 25.
Gony had a dismal outing, giving away 54 runs without a wicket in his four overs. South African fast bowler Dale Steyn took two wickets for 25 in 4 overs. Steyn was the most successful bowler for the hosts. Australian medium paceman Daniel Christian too scalped two in four overs for 26 runs.
Toss Report: Deccan win toss, send CSK to bat
CSK went in with the same side that played the opening match against Mumbai Indians on April 4.
CSK lost their opening match to Mumbai Indians in Chennai. Mumbai had won the IPL 5 opener at the M.A. Chidambaram Stadium by eight wickets.
Deccan Chargers, who won the title in 2009, are playing their first match this season. Cameron White is captaining the side in Kumar Sangakkara's absence. Sangakkara will join the team for the next game as the Sri Lanka-England Test series concluded in Colombo today.
Chennai Super Kings: MS Dhoni (captain and wicketkeeper), Murali Vijay, Ravindra Jadeja, Suresh Raina, Subramaniam Badrinath, Dwayne Bravo, Albie Morkel, Ravichandran Ashwin, Doug Bollinger, Faf du Plessis, Shadab Jakati.
Deccan Chargers: Cameron White (captain), Shikhar Dhawan, Ankit Sharma, Manpreet Gony, Daniel Harris, Parthiv Patel (wicketkeeper), Dale Steyn, Bharat Chipli, Daniel Christian, Dwaraka Ravi Teja, TP Sudhindra.
Umpires: Johan Cloete (South Africa) and Kumar Dharmasena (Sri Lanka)
Third Umpire: Anil Chaudhary (India)
Match Referee: Graeme Labrooy (Sri Lanka)