Kolkata Knight Riders v Chennai Super Kings, IPL 2013, Kolkata April 20, 2013

Jadeja steals another win for Chennai


Chennai Super Kings 124 for 6 (Hussey 40, Jadeja 36*) beat Kolkata Knight Riders 119 for 9 (Jadeja 3-20, Ashwin 2-21) by four wickets
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

Make them Sir jokes all you want, Ravindra Jadeja is arising again and again this Indian home season. After he took three wickets - mostly poor batting from Kolkata Knight Riders - to reduce the hosts to 119, he came out to see his team-mates had messed the paltry chase so much that they now needed 40 off 27. Just like that, he smoked sixes down the ground, fours through cover, and on a sluggish track where almost every batsman apart from Gautam Gambhir struggled, Jadeja took Super Kings home with an unbeaten 36 off 14. There were five balls still to go.

In his recent column, Gambhir spoke of how the turbulence inside resulting from how his side snatched defeat from the jaws of victory in their previous match was much stronger than the choppy flight he had. His team went on to prove him wrong, showing turbulence much greater than Gambhir can imagine, chaos much greater than the honking cars in Kolkata can create. Kolkata Knight Riders were going swimmingly at 46 for 0 when Gambhir fell, and they all managed enough panic over the next 10 overs to throw their wickets away to be reduced to 91 for 8. They fought hard from there, but it wasn't enough.

Super Kings will claim, and not without reason, that the panic was initiated by their superb fielding, but it wouldn't justify the ordinariness of Knight Riders' batting and the diabolicalness of their running. First the superb fielding, though.

In this clash of the last year's finalists, Knight Riders went without the man who won them that final, Manvinder Bisla. The struggling Yusuf Pathan opened in Bisla's absence, and on a slow and low pitch he could put behind the nightmares of the bouncers from Mohali. The two cut and pulled well, but when Gambhir didn't bother keeping the cut in the sixth over down, Michael Hussey dived to his left at square third man boundary to pull off a special catch.

Two balls later, S Badrinath matched Hussey's effort. Yusuf had hit to the right of Badrinath at point, and Jacques Kallis called him through for a single. Badrinath swooped on it, fielded it one-handed, and threw off-balance to knock the only stump visible to him. Kallis gone without facing a ball. He has never scored a diamond duck in international cricket. Soon Eoin Morgan failed to read a Dwayne Bravio slower ball, and holed out.

That brought together the two men that lost Knight Riders their previous match: Yusuf and Manoj Tiwary. The association lasted two balls as Tiwary ran Yusuf out. Bravo could claim about as much credit as Tiwary. He bowled, saw the ball pushed towards deep midwicket, and hared two-thirds of the way to the boundary, slid and fumbled. That fumble meant Tiwary finally went for the second after he had left Yusuf stranded mid-pitch. Bravo recovered, and even when on his knees he let rip a bullet throw to Dhoni. Knight Riders 55 for 4 after eight overs.

After that it seemed there would be a run-out every second ball, but what followed was poor shots and in no time four more were back. Sunil Narine slogged two sixes, and gave himself and Sachithra Senanayake something to bowl at. They were helped by the failed Super Kings experiment of opening with R Ashwin. The visitors then found themselves in a rut they couldn't get out of. The slow pitch made it difficult to build momentum. Then came Jadeja.

He danced down to L Balaji and lofted him straight into the sightscreen. Hussey, who fought hard for his 40 off 49, fell, leaving 31 to get off 19. Jadeja proceeded to pull Balaji over short fine leg for another four. Knight Riders had an ace up their sleeve with one over from Narine to go, but Jadeja took his revenge and slogged him over long-on for six the first time he faced him today. If this blow wasn't what did it, Yusuf dropped Jadeja at backward square leg to finally lose it for Knight Riders. Jadeja finished it off with another high six off the first ball of the last over.

Sidharth Monga is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • Thyagarajan on April 22, 2013, 5:42 GMT

    For all those who are saying I am a CSK hater, here is the truth. I am a Chennaite, I am a big fan of CSK and I will be absolutely elated if CSK wins this year (too!). I honestly believe CSK has been performing well below par so far. They have 8 points inspite of that and luck has a big role to play in that. Jaddu sir didn't hit sixers, he slogged and got sixers. I presume you all known what slog means (in crude terms we call it hit out or get out). Jaddu just got stuck into those shots. My mood was absolutely down when we needed 50 off 30 balls but in the end, when CSK won I was absolutely elated. Anyway, I hope CSK starts winning on their own fire power rather than luck.

  • Prakash on April 22, 2013, 1:49 GMT

    stealing a win in IPL or domestic cricket is not at all enough......

    Jadeja played, 60+ ODIs, no single match winning performance... either with bowling or batting.... (in fact india lost few because of him)

    Let him do the same against the quality bowling attack.... then we will see.....

    Still I bet, he is going to struggle to rotate the strike in ODIs in SA.

    In IPL, things are going in favor of him.... 2 or 3 seasons back it was Yusuf Pathan, and one Australian batsman (forgot his name)...etc

  • Ram on April 21, 2013, 19:10 GMT

    @ Tal_Botvinnik seriously I am just laughing at all your comments, you are a great cricket analizer seeing IPL5, please realize this is IPL6

    See your comments : Poor Decisions given against teams when batting against them - Kholi was not given out and Vijay was given out on the same match ,Giving no ball which actually is , you think that as wrong decision!!!! Their bowling is pathetic - please check the stats!! Over hyped suresh raina - Highest run getter in IPL history (not in form now) With the playoffs not played in chennai i don't think chennai will win - Please watch IPL 6 Overall you have poor cricketing knowledge, go watch some other sport which you are good at...:-P

  • Yasiru on April 21, 2013, 14:31 GMT

    @ Thyagu5432:- An explanation by a great cricket analizer about hitting a six :p..............."The ball was in the right place, it hit the bat in the right place and it went in the right direction, at the right height and finally cleared the boundary at the right place. The irony, of course, is that Jadeja didn't mean any of those. All that just happened and fortunately."

    Wow !! seems like a anti -CSK fan...What a definition of the reasn that br8 victory to CSK!! He heee...Hey mate if you are saying such xplanations i can simply tell this xplantn to every team who finishes like this with sixers. Hilarious !! So be careful if morgan or gambhir or kallis or anybody won a match for kkr in last over with sixers i will say the same ok !! This xplantion is unique know :)

  • adithya on April 21, 2013, 12:32 GMT

    @ Tal_Botvinnik,which IPL r u watching??CSK have players who can perform on all kinds of surfaces....and CSK have been in receiving end when it comes to poor umpire decisions,yes they did struggled last year but once they made it playoffs they smashed two top teams(MI and dd) and they nearly won last ipl....and in T20S most of bowlers picks wicket due to the mistake made by batsmen....CSK have won all away matches so far this season so they will have no problem in playing away from chennai....better talk with sense...cricinfo pls publish

  • Cricinfouser on April 21, 2013, 11:08 GMT

    No doubt Chennai are performing upto their potential. With the batting line up they have got, I dont think they should have struggled to chase a mere total of 120. Kolkata made a lot of mistakes. There was no understanding between the batsmen, and some bad shots were also played which cost them a wicket. Kolkata can play much better.According to me, Yusuf Pathan should not play, and in plavce another young Indian talent should be give a chance.

  • Dummy4 on April 21, 2013, 10:22 GMT

    CSK cannot be happy eventhough it won. Their bowling and batting were not any way outstanding or inspiring but commitment in fielding stood out. I would say fortune favoured CSK in this chase of moderate total.. I wonder whether this standard of performance would suffice to finish at the top.

  • kumar on April 21, 2013, 10:14 GMT

    they can still win it even if they reverse their batting order.

  • Dummy4 on April 21, 2013, 6:34 GMT

    It was a fantastic move by Dhoni to experiment with Ashwin as an opener. The target was just run a ball for which the batsmen need not do heavy slogging. The batsmen just have to use their feet and find the gaps which Ashwin is very much capable of. He was looking good, but could not take it to a big score.