Chennai Super Kings defeat Royal Challengers Bangalore by 69 runs

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Chennai Super Kings on Sunday defeated Royal Challengers Bangalore by 69 runs in an IPL match. Ravindra Jadeja, who picked up three wickets before scoring 28-ball 62 runs with the bat, was the star of the CSK win.
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Batting first, the CSK made 191-4 in 20 overs with Jadeja hitting Harshal Patel for 37 runs in just one over. This was the most expensive over bowled by any bowler in the history of the IPL. Incidentally, Harshal Patel is the highest wicket-taker in the ongoing competition.

Faf du Plessis made 51, while Ruturaj Gaikwad contributed with 33 runs.

Harshal Patel, who conceded 51 runs in his quota of four overs, picked up three wickets.

In response, the RCB could score 122-9 in 20 overs with Devdutt Padikkal emerging as the top scorer for his side with a quickfire 34 runs that he faced just 15 balls to score.

The RCB’s run-chase started on an electric note as they added 44 runs in the first 3.1 overs of their innings. However, they lost the direction after Padikkal’s departure, leading to the collapse of the middle-order batting.

A visibly dejected RCB skipper Virat Kohli said after the match, “You have to look at it the right way. It’s come at the right time for us. You have to understand the things that went wrong. I think this is positive feedback for our side. It’s good to get a performance like this out of the way early in the season. We were there most of the moments in the game, but the key ones we lost badly. Jaddu displaying his skills took the game away from us. You can probably say one guy beat us. We will continue to give him responsibility (Harshal) he got both the set batsmen out and plucked all the momentum away. We have to look at this in the right way. Brush it aside and learn from it. We will continue to use guys at 3 because we have Maxi and AB to follow. We will continue to use that depth. We’ll throw in guys there and ask them to change the game for us.”

MS Dhoni could not hide excitement on his team’s winning run this season as he said, “Jaddu is somebody who can change the game on his own. In the last few years we’ve seen significant change in batting and it’s worth it to give him that extra bit of time, extra deliveries. The bowlers have found it difficult to contain left-handers, and that helps as well. You can’t really predict the quantum of victory. There’s no control to how many runs or wickets. When we started we had the conversation about whether to bat or bowl. It’s a good wicket but I felt the spinners had something up their sleeves and I felt that extra few runs Jadeja made helped. 165 would have been par, and once you get 25 extra the opposition has to come a little harder. You cannot make your strategy on the assumption of what dew will do – frankly, some games have been high scoring, some have been low scoring. You have to assess every game and today we made the right decision to bat. We’re not doing anything drastically different from what we did last year. Me and Fleming, we keep saying that we focus on the process. You gain more respect if you keep following your path when you’re under pressure. I think that is something that gave a lot of confidence to the players. Credit to the players. Everybody would have felt the pressure in the first game because it was a lean season.”

Jadeja was declared Man Of The Match for his all-round performance.

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