19th Match (D/N), Wankhede, April 25, 2021, Indian Premier League

Super Kings won by 69 runs

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end of over 2011 runs
RCB: 122/9CRR: 6.10 
Mohammed Siraj12 (14b 1x6)
Yuzvendra Chahal8 (21b)
Dwayne Bravo 2-0-19-0
Shardul Thakur 4-0-11-1

7.44pm That is all from our coverage of this game, make sure to go over to SRH vs DC, where Prithvi Shaw is setting the powerplay alight.

Jadeja: [Has he had a better day?] Don't think so. (laughs) I've been working hard on my fitness, skill, everything. Luckily it paid off. It's been a tough job being allrounder, you have to do all departments. During training I don't work on all three, I do skill work one day, training one day, fitness one day. I was just looking to hit it hard. Mahi bhai told me he would bowl somewhere outside off and luckily I connected. Today was not my day [because he didn't take a catch].

Ravindra Jadeja is the Player of the Match.

Dhoni: 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.

Tahir: I've been waiting for the opportunity but the guys have been doing really well. Really grateful to represent CSK again, always a proud moment. I hope I justified my role. I think I just don't wanna look slow on the field because it's easy to pick on me, the age I'm going through. I work hard, don't take things for granted. Really glad I got the run-out for that team. I hope that everyone's noticed that! (laughs) People think with age you get slow, I was a bit slow earlier, first game and it was hot. But I'm pleased, I'll try to give my 100% for the team. [Jadeja] I've seen him bat in the nets, hours and hours, fielding, bowling. Really good on him.

Kohli: 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. [Jadeja] I am very happy to see him perform with the bat, ball and on the field. Always a pleasure to see your premier all-rounder do well with the bat.

Some sour news for CSK: L Sabaretnam, chairman of Chennai Super Kings board, has passed away due to a heart ailment.

7.16pm RCB have their first loss of the season, and it is a massive one. They were in this game for a lot of their bowling innings. A proper deflation from Jadeja came in the last over, and the powerplay of the chase is the only place they were still in contention. Once again, it was Jadeja who came to haunt them. The wickets of Maxwell and AB de Villiers, and the run-out of Christian pretty much ended RCB's resistance. All in quick time. He finished with three wickets, to go with his 62 off 28, 36 of which came in the last over of the innings. CSK go to the top of the table, RCB drop to second.

Dwayne Bravo to Siraj, 1 run

yorker at middle stump, a helicopter shot, off the inside part to short fine's left

Dwayne Bravo to Chahal, 1 run

full dipping slower ball outside off, leans in and drives. Thick outside edge falls to Jadeja's right and, no, he can't take that catch

Kishore: "Chahal 7 of 20 balls. Is this the slowest innings in T20 in terms of strike rate, where a batsmen faced 20 balls?" --- Third-lowest for such an innings, MS Dhoni is second place

Dwayne Bravo to Siraj, 1 run

low full toss at leg stump, driven down to long-on

Dwayne Bravo to Siraj, 2 runs

slower length ball at middle stump, looks for the sweep, ends up slicing into vacant deep square

Aravind: "OMG! Where did THAT come from?!"

Dwayne Bravo to Siraj, SIX runs

pumped over deep midwicket! Full slower ball at middle stump, clears the front leg and gives this a proper slog to clear the field

Dwayne Bravo to Siraj, no run

dipping slower ball wide outside off, Siraj waits and has a late chop. Beaten

end of over 192 runs
RCB: 111/9CRR: 5.84 RRR: 81.00
Mohammed Siraj2 (9b)
Yuzvendra Chahal7 (20b)
Shardul Thakur 4-0-11-1
Sam Curran 4-0-35-1

With that single the required rate goes up to 81.

Javed: "Good to see Chahal 'anchoring' the RCB innings today."

Thakur to Siraj, 1 run

length and into leg stump, flicked out to deep square

jignesh: "Chahal 3 short of his T20 highest .... exciting moments" ---- Siraj better stop hogging the strike

Thakur to Siraj, no run

short of a length and rising in the corridor, extremely late on the late cut

Thakur to Siraj, no run

slower ball at a length in the corridor, beaten on the slog

Varun : "After all the handshakes match resumes again.."

Rahul Gupta : "17.6 every one wants to go home but umpire says play on"

Thakur to Siraj, no run

full and floating away outside off, backs away, slashes, misses

Thakur to Siraj, no run

length and just outside off, backs away and swings, beaten

Thakur to Chahal, 1 run

full and wide outside off, slashed out to sweeper cover

end of over 185 runs
RCB: 109/9CRR: 6.05 RRR: 41.50
Mohammed Siraj1 (4b)
Yuzvendra Chahal6 (19b)
Sam Curran 4-0-35-1
Shardul Thakur 3-0-9-1

Even his team-mates laugh at him. Siraj, purely by mistake, lives to fight another day.

Sam Curran to Siraj, no run

a silent appeal from Dhoni, a raised finger from the umpire, a review immediately from Siraj. And then he takes his gloves and helmet off to shake hands. Peak village cricket. It's a short ball outside off, he looks to pull, there's a sound. We're waiting for Ultra Edge to determine what it looks like a flat line! Is it professional if the rest of my commentary is 56 HA(s) jammed together?

Sam Curran to Chahal, 1 run

slower ball at a length outside off, whipped to long-on off the front foot

Krishna: "Chahal played most balls in RCB today. That sums up the game for RCB! "

Sam Curran to Chahal, no run

length outside off, defended into the covers

Sam Curran to Chahal, 2 runs

Jadeja gets the direct hit and that bat was plonking down. But just in. He stabbed that to point's right off the back foot and for his bravery, gets overthrows as the ball deflects off the stumps

Sam Curran to Siraj, 1 run

full and just outside off, pushed out to sweeper

This is the most controlled 3* (16) in a T20, ever

Sam Curran to Chahal, 1 run

length and just outside off, pushed through the covers off the front foot

end of over 171 run
RCB: 104/9CRR: 6.11 RRR: 29.33
Mohammed Siraj0 (2b)
Yuzvendra Chahal2 (15b)
Shardul Thakur 3-0-9-1
Dwayne Bravo 1-0-8-0
Thakur to Siraj, no run

length and just outside off, looks to drive and is beaten

Thakur to Siraj, no run

length outside off, stabs and misses

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