Royals v Super Kings, IPL 2014, Dubai April 23, 2014

All-round Jadeja downs Royals


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Agarkar: Rajasthan Royals blew it

Chennai Super Kings 140 for 6 (Dwayne Smith 50, Jadeja 36*, Bhatia 2-13) beat Rajasthan Royals 133 (Jadeja 4-33) by seven runs
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On a day that the usual Chennai Super Kings heavy batting artillery failed to fire, their bowling, led by the versatile Ravindra Jadeja's four-wicket haul, carved out a seven-run win against Rajasthan Royals on a slow Dubai pitch.

Defending a middling total, Jadeja's two wickets in two balls in his first over swung the pendulum decisively in favour of Super Kings, the wickets being those of Shane Watson and Sanju Samson. Royals never really recovered from the jolt and despite some happy hitting towards the end, disintegrated to their second defeat.

When Super Kings were asked to bat, Brendon McCullum mis-hitting a number of deliveries seemed a case of the batsman struggling but if anything, it was actually an indication of the nature of the pitch which wasn't as batsmen friendly as thought to be before the start of the match. McCullum was eventually out to a stunning catch by Steven Smith behind midwicket, hitting a length delivery from James Faulkner higher than longer.

That slowness of the pitch didn't seem to bother Dwayne Smith, however, as he raced to his second half-century in three matches with a flurry of big hits. After carefully playing out his first 18 deliveries for 17 runs, Smith used the pace the seamers offered him and carted the ball around the ground, his next nine deliveries bringing him 33 runs.

Smith reached his fifty with a six but was done in by the sponginess of the surface in the very next delivery as he tried to force the ball over the infield, but only spooned a catch to mid-off. What followed was a period of play controlled by the Royals' slower bowlers. He wouldn't have known at the time, but he did end up playing the defining innings of the match as no one from either team came close to his strike rate of 178.57.

The canny Rajat Bhatia, who later joked he was probably bowling "slower than the pitch", served up his most economical spell in the IPL of 4-0-13-2 - all 13 of them in singles - hardly giving any pace for the batsmen to work with. At the other end, Pravin Tambe removed the dangerous MS Dhoni to push Super Kings from a comfortable 59 for 1 to a perilous 74 for 5. Was it not for a fighting 36 from Jadeja, Super Kings would have had to settle for a much lower total than what they eventually got.

The task at the start of the second innings would have been considered manageable given the skill-level in Royals' batting and the knowledge of how the pitch was going to play. Though Royals lost Abhishek Nayar early to a suicidal run, Rahane appeared comfortable as he regularly employed late deflections to manoeuvre the ball. Samson was impressive, launching Ben Hilfenhaus for two clean sixes to finish the fifth over on 37 for 1.

The introduction of spin in the sixth over had the same effect as in the first innings with Rahane top-edging a sweep to deep square leg. Dhoni tossed the ball to Jadeja in the next over that pushed Royals to the edge of the precipice.

Devashish Fuloria is a sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • Ramya on April 24, 2014, 20:27 GMT

    @ Sambamoorthy Sivaramasubramanian - its clear tht u didnt watch the match. Abishek Nayar was very much attempting a run and was half way through the pitch when Rahane sent him back.

    If u had seen the match, u wud have known that Baz actually ran with the ball and took the bails off which means he had tht much time on hand to run Nayar out and still Nayar was nowhere in the scene!

    Blame it on poor judgement on Nayar's part. Baz was quick to react - was very much aware of wht was going on whereas Nayar was quite the opposite!

  • Dummy4 on April 24, 2014, 14:42 GMT

    Is it cricket.B.McCullam's run out of A.M.Nayar is not in the true spirit of the game. The batsman was not attempting a run and I believe run out is given only when the batsman runs for a run.In this instance it is the same as "mankading"

  • Android on April 24, 2014, 11:12 GMT

    really bad work done frm RR this match was on der pocket but sumwht they let csk steal or i would say given as a gift to them .... really wht to say.. i think faulkner should be rested hodge should get a game n speakin abt nayar wht he is doin his place should be filled by chand tame can be replaced by abdulla... frankly speakin after watchin last match i have my doubts on RR battin tho they have the best battin talent compare to lot of teams in this year ipl but they have temperament tht i doubt.... come on RR u dont look like champion team but i truly belive u r one ...

  • Joe on April 24, 2014, 11:06 GMT

    After glancing some view in this IPL7, Coming to realize that this particular feature is going to really help UAE's Tourism.. Thanks for the innovative idea of IPL Governing council and BCCI authorities. It seems as a Pilot project platform for ICC test championship. Second: The conditions suits the Team Batting second in most of the game, if they win the tosses except the game like yesterday. So expecting some matches like this in future IPL matches. Third: This phase of the IPL is going to help players who are not used to play in UAE.

  • Dummy4 on April 24, 2014, 10:05 GMT

    Sir Jadeja is back in action for CSK. replacing Bravo atleast now

  • Ravishankar on April 24, 2014, 10:03 GMT

    RR blew their chances with all the cannons that they can find in Rajasthan.

  • Anver on April 24, 2014, 9:46 GMT

    This is a much needed effort from Jadeja..... good all round skills from this guy after some time !!!

  • Dummy4 on April 24, 2014, 9:27 GMT

    I started getting the feeling that there is a mix-up between the Indian batsman Badri & West Indies bowler Badree, in the minds pf a few fans. The first one was not bought by any franchise, in the last auction. West Indian Badree is the one with CSK. Unfortunately CSK can field only 4 overseas players.

  • Ramya on April 24, 2014, 8:55 GMT

    @LAKingsFan - True Badrinath wudnt have taken CSK to 195+ but he wud have held the fort in one end and the other big hitters wud have played around him. CSK didnt have the purse to buy him in the auction when his name came up hence they chose Manhas who is somewhat a similar kind of player.

    Thats why I was baffled when MSD came ahead of him when the wickets were falling like nine pins. Manhas is never a big hitter but he can drop anchor - so making Manhas come at 6 or 7 will not help CSK....

    The nxt match for CSK is also at the same venue therefore they will do well to get things sorted out as Mumbai have a very strong bowling unit...

    @Sen_San Bravo wont be playing again this IPL - his recovery time from injury is 4 weeks and for him to gain match fitness it will take another 2 weeks atleast and by then IPL will be over mate!

  • Logan on April 24, 2014, 8:50 GMT

    For CSK to be unbeatable they will need to rectify 2 things. 1 Do not ever bowl spinners in the death overs especially last over no matter even if they are number 1. 2. Invest in a death bowler,even if that has to be his primary job

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