Chennai v Bangalore, IPL 2013, Chennai April 13, 2013

Ravindra Jadeja pulls off a heist


Chennai Super Kings 166 for 6 (Jadeja 38*, Rampaul 3-31) beat Royal Challengers Bangalore 165 for 6 (De Villiers 64, Kohli 58) by four wickets
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

The last time Royal Challengers Bangalore went to Chennai, Virat Kohli lost a won match when he bowled one over. The captain this time, Kohli lost a won game by handing over the ball to RP Singh, who conceded 16 in the last over, including a huge no-ball, which was caught at third man and would have won them the match had RP not overstepped - it was meant to be the final ball of the game. Laughing all the way to the win was Ravindra Jadeja, who mixed educated edges and meaty blows superbly to take Chennai Super Kings home with 38 off 20.

After Ravi Rampaul and R Vinay Kumar removed the openers to reduce Super Kings to 10 for 2 in four overs, it was all uphill for the home side. Suresh Raina and S Badrinath rebuilt but when they fell Super Kings still needed 88 off 46. Vinay brought it to 65 off 30, conceding only six in the 15th over. Dhoni and Jadeja kept on hitting the odd boundary, one of them right out of the stadium, but the asking rate kept going up.

With 29 required off the last two overs, Rampaul seemed to have sealed the deal with the wickets of Dhoni - for 33 off 23 - and Bravo - for 8 off 3 - in the 19th over. However, Kohli had a situation on his hands. Vinay had bowled out, and he had to choose between Daniel Christian and RP because the left-arm spinners would have turned or angled the ball into Jadeja's natural swing. Christian had gone for just 13 in two overs, but has had a forgettable record bowling the final over in IPL games.

So RP it was, and RP it was who bowled two length balls at the top of the over. Jadeja edged the first over short third man, but absolutely smoked the next one over long-on. The pressure was squarely on Royal Challengers now. Wearing the orange cap, reclaimed through an anchoring fifty earlier in the innings, Kohli misfielded the fourth ball at long-on, allowing the second. He had done so earlier too.

Chris Morris, who had taken three wickets including the big one of Chris Gayle and two during the slog overs to keep Royal Challengers down to 165, accepted that couple and followed it with a single to make it two required off the last ball. Surreal scenes followed. RP bowled a bouncer, Jadeja ramped it straight to third man, Kohli thought he could yet end up on the right side of it until he saw the outstretched arm of the umpire and the celebrating Jadeja, who seems to be unable to do any wrong this season even if he tries.

Replays showed this wasn't just any ordinary no-ball, RP had overstepped by a foot. Kohli backed RP in the public, but there might be words spoken behind closed doors. Royal Challengers will also look at the last over when they batted, when Arun Karthik kept heaving and wasting deliveries as opposed to bringing to strike AB de Villiers, who scored a manic 64 off 32, full of sweeps against fast bowlers.

Sidharth Monga is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • mohammed on April 15, 2013, 6:23 GMT

    It was not the RCB which lost the match. The culprit was RP who won the match for CSK. Imagine a bowler of RP's experience defending 16 runs. The no ball he bowled was not marginal, it was huge.

  • Sai on April 15, 2013, 5:02 GMT

    Request from CSK fans...Will CSK get freehit in the next match for the No-ball bowled by RP?

  • Harmon on April 14, 2013, 20:45 GMT

    I am sure you all saw that 104 metre six that MSD hit off Rampaul. Did anyone pay attention to the 'twock' sound that MSD's bat made for that shot? MSD hit that ball by the middle of his bat's sweet spot. That sound was soooo sooo mellifluous. I have seen many many sixes all these years and may be it is my confirmation bias but I can recall only one shot that made a similar 'twock' sound. It was a similarly huge six that Pollard hit of Shaun Tait in perhaps the 2nd CLT20 in SA. He pulled Taut over midwicket in that match for that six. If anyone can add to this list of 'twock' sixes then it would be terrific. I am not necessarily talking about huge sixes but 'twock' sixes. Hope the point is clear.

  • Srikant on April 14, 2013, 17:49 GMT

    My previous post did not see daylight for obvious reasons. The CSK v RCB game gets a 10 for the entertainment value. As for the RCB efforts on the field, it probably was a 4 and RP.....-1 (for the commitment, professionalism, & intent shown in the final over). Being an RCB fan, I just hope the team shows a better commitment & intent in their future IPL6 games.

  • Rajkumar on April 14, 2013, 14:44 GMT

    Congrats CSK.. Luck favours the brave, Tell me a team which will back itself to chase more than 2 a ball. Some credit must go the team mgmt as well, CSK has strengthened its fast bowling unit as well. Would like to see a glimpse of Jason holder.

  • Fawmy on April 14, 2013, 13:19 GMT

    Drop Kholi from captaincy and give to AB de Villers. Looking after the incident with Gambir, I wonder how people says Kholi is future India captain?

  • John on April 14, 2013, 9:44 GMT

    @TRAM on (April 13, 2013, 18:43 GMT) Marquee name above what they're actually doing in this format on the cricket field.

  • John on April 14, 2013, 9:44 GMT

    I certainly wouldn't attach any blame to Kohli for his choice of a bowler in the last over.

    However I thought there were a few instances where he was slack in the field towards the end which OK only cost a few runs but when the rest of the RCB players were fielding like their lives depended on it .. Great batsman and could become a great captain but for me he personally lost a little focus in the field

  • Deepak on April 14, 2013, 9:19 GMT

    cracking match, but the luck did not favour RCB. Daniel Christian's noball was called wrongly. No excuse for RP's noball. Time to sweat out in nets for right steps RP. RCB, CSK, MI the 3 big teams in IPL and almost granted with 3 places. 4th team is battling with other lower ranked ones. Go on RCB, still everything in the taking. 16 matches, need only 10-11 wins.You still 11 match and to win 7 out of them. Not a worry at all. It is just a game and we would still win the next game. We alomsot won 2 close matches.