Chennai v Mumbai, IPL 2013, 1st qualifier, Delhi May 22, 2013

'After Pollard got out, seemed like Mumbai were all out' - Jadeja

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As Chennai Super Kings crushed Mumbai Indians in Delhi to make their fifth IPL final, Ravindra Jadeja struck two pivotal blows, removing a rampaging Dwayne Smith and then dismissing Kieron Pollard just as he looked ready to make a final charge at the target of 193. His strategy, left-arm spinner Jadeja said after the game, was to look to dry up the runs and thus pressurise the batsmen.

"The plan was to not give boundaries because the format is such that if the batsmen don't get boundaries then obviously there are chances of getting wickets," Jadeja told "So that is what we were trying for. After ten overs the ball was not coming on to the bat. We were trying to bowl slow deliveries and in the right areas so that they don't get boundaries."

Jadeja claimed the wicket of Smith, who had threatened to take the game away from Super Kings with 68 off 28, with his second ball, getting him to mis-hit to Suresh Raina at square leg. In his second over, he trapped Dinesh Karthik lbw, before dismissing Pollard soon after the time-out; after being hit for two sixes in the over, Jadeja fired one into Pollard's pads and the batsman flicked it to Michael Hussey at square leg.

Though he got him with a leg-stump delivery, his primary aim was to keep the ball out of Pollard's reach, Jadeja said. "He is strong on the on-side. The plan was to bowl to him outside off and make him stretch for his big shots. I was trying to keep the ball outside his reach and also was bowling slow so that he struggles with his timing.

"In the first ten overs, they were on 92 for 2. We made a good comeback from there and in the last five overs, all the bowlers bowled well. And after he [Pollard] got out, it seemed like Mumbai Indians were all out."

After Pollard hit those consecutive sixes off Jadeja, Super Kings captain MS Dhoni had come over to speak to his bowler. Dhoni's inputs, Jadeja said, are a big help: "Depending on the situation and speaking to Mahi bhai, I try to bowl. He tells me what can happen and how the wicket is assisting [the bowlers]. And that is the advantage that we try to make use of."

Dwayne Smith, meanwhile, said Mumbai Indians would not let the loss get to them: "We still have another chance. We have to regroup and come back strong in the next game to get a chance to play in the final. We are still in the competition and our confidence will not drop."

But there was another small piece of bad news for the team after the game, as Karthik, who was not too happy to be given out lbw, was found guilty of breaching the players' code of conduct. He was fined 5% of his match fee for "showing dissent at an umpire's decision", the IPL said in a release.

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  • Mradul on May 23, 2013, 8:12 GMT

    @ Shajahan.P: In IPL-6 Sachin has scored his run at a strike rate of 124.24, which is not much different from what Sehwag, Gambhir, Gilchrist, Shikhar Dhawan, Shawn Marsh and D Smith have managed. What he has NOT tried to do this year is secure his wicket unless this Strike rate would have been close to what Kallis, Jayawardene and Dravid have managed, which is far worse.

  • uncle bob on May 22, 2013, 17:36 GMT

    Sir Ravi Jadeja has proven his worth so many times that I am inclined to remove sir from his name and put it on Senior Sir Rohit Sharma.

  • Shajahan on May 22, 2013, 15:23 GMT

    I watch DK from the day 1 he was selected for Team India. There is no point telling about he will be banned for next MI Match. He is only there can replace in Dhoni's absence.

    When he failed in Team India, the total Indian team also failed (vs Srilanka and WI). See how much MI costed to take in.

    See his recent domestic runs (scored four consecutive 50+ for Tamil Nadu in T20, Highest run getter for team India Cement).

    Have you wanted DK to take MI to Play-off and Now you need someother in and DK out? He is far better than R.Sharma, Rayudu and Tare. Rohit should give him freedom and far chance. Collapsing the Batting Order costed MI for last 4 Matches.

    He should play team like CSK, RR, SRH. The problem is he playing with lazy MI's. (see how Bajji, Smith, Rohit are running between the wicket. See how Sachin prefers to secure his wicket ahead of Scoring)

  • narendra on May 22, 2013, 13:44 GMT

    I am wondering whether Yellow Jersey itself has something to win the big matches.

  • Naveen on May 22, 2013, 12:28 GMT

    @AMV Ajay - Seriously dude what about Rohit Eating 15 balls for virtually nothing? talking aout talent we all know how rohit has excelled in utilising his Pristine Talent. and its not hard to figure out why you wouldnt mention that.

    If anything every MI member can Learn from Dhoni and CSK...where talent is respected and not star value...whoever you call Star in CSK have become one after playing for CSK(start from Faf,albie,vijay,ashwin..even jadeja who couldnt do anything worthwile untill last year barring first appearence for RR)...Except Dhoni,Rain and Hussey. Now stack it against rest of the teams SPECIALLY MUMBAI INDIANS

  • Dummy4 on May 22, 2013, 12:10 GMT

    They need to have someone else for Oza,,, now all teams have players who can play his spin,, he needs to be replaced by decent all rounder

  • Dummy4 on May 22, 2013, 12:06 GMT

    I guess Rohit seemed out of place,,, he never looked involved in match,,, he never guided any bowlers,,,,

  • Dummy4 on May 22, 2013, 12:06 GMT

    I love Dhoni, but seriously hope they loose the FINAL. IPL finals are getting boring with Chennai every time, we need two different teams in the final, it will be one side, i hope not though.

  • Thyagarajan on May 22, 2013, 11:34 GMT

    I don't know what Jadeja is saying here "plan is to not give boundaries". That is exactly what they were doing, I mean giving away boundaries to Smith. Albie was bowling at the pads, Morris was too short, Mohit gave width and Ashwin bowled right under the bat. So if that was the plan, that failed big time. However, what worked for Jadeja, was his widish offside length to get rid of Smith and the variation in line to get rid of Pollard. Until then he also went for boundaries.

  • Dummy4 on May 22, 2013, 10:44 GMT

    What about Rahul Dravid, he was so furious after getting out Vs Mumabi in their last match.......Bias.

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