Jadeja guide Chennai to easy win over Deccan
Coming at a crucial juncture, Jadeja first hit a quickfire 29-ball 48 and then scalped five wickets for 16 to put Chennai back to winning ways after they lost the tournament opener against Mumbai Indians by eight wickets.
After Jadeja`s show with the bat, West Indian Dwayne Bravo played a special unbeaten knock of 18-ball 43 towards the end to propel Chennai to an imposing 193 for six at Dr Y S Rajasekhara Reddy ACA-VDCA Cricket Stadium here.
Bravo provided the late burst with some lusty hitting as the visitors piled up 40 runs in the last two overs. He struck five sixes, including three off Manpreet Gony`s last over. Chennai bowlers complemented their batsmen`s superb show by bowling out Deccan for 119 in 17.1 overs.
Apart from Jadeja, Shadab Jakati (2/14) and Doug Bollinger (2/20) also chipped in with two wickets apiece. Chasing a stiff target, Deccan lost two wickets early in the form of Daniel Harris (15) and Shikhar Dhawan (21).
The home side failed to build up any substantial partnership and kept losing wickets at regular intervals. Openers Harris and Dhawan gave Deccan a good start, adding 32 runs in the first four overs.
Bollinger provided the breakthrough when Harris was caught behind by CSK skipper and wicketkeeper Mahendra Singh Dhoni. Dhawan too followed suit as he was caught by Bravo off Suresh Raina at deep mid-wicket. New man in Parthiv Patel (20) made his intentions clear from the outset as he hit Bollinger for two fours in the sixth over. However, his stay was shortlived as he was cleaned up by Jadeja in the 11th over.
Skipper Cameron White (23) departed in the next over in search of quick runs. He was caught at long-off by Raina off Jakati. From there on, it was tough ask for Deccan as they lost Bharat Chipli (10) and Daniel Christian (2) in quick succession.
Jadeja accounted for Gony (4) and DB Ravi Teja (0) in the 15th over before snaring up Dale Steyn (5) in his next over. Bollinger sealed the issue in CSK`s favour by dismissing Ankit Sharma (15), who was caught by Albie Morkel at mid off.
Earlier, sent into bat, Chennai were in for an early shock as left-arm spinner Ankit cleaned up Murali Vijay (2) with a peach of delivery in only the fifth ball of the innings.
New man Suresh Raina showed glimpses of his class with a 12-ball 16 with the help of three boundaries before persishing, caught by Daniel Christian of his own bowling.
Opener Fau du Plesis scored a quickfire 39 off 25 balls before being caught by Christian at long on off debutant TP Sudhindra`s opening over. Du Plesis struck four sixes and one lone boundary during his stay.
Subramaniam Badrinath (25)) and Jadeja then forged a 31-run fourth wicket stand which came off 25 balls to give some momentum to Chennai innings before the former was caught by Chipli at backward point off Christian.
Jadeja then took the task to the opposition and clobbered Ankit for a boundary and two sixes to pick up 18 runs in the 14th over. But Chennai were dealt a massive blow in the next over in the form of skipper Dhoni (7), who hit one straight to Daniel Harris at mid-on off Dale Steyn bowling.
Jadeja, however, was in no mood to relent as the left-hander struck Christian for two consecutive fours in the 16th over. He then clobbered pacer Sudhindra for a massive six straight over the bowler`s head in the next over.
Jadeja`s quickfire innings came to an end in the 18th over bowled by Steyn when he was out hit wicket trying to clip the ball to short fine leg but his left toe touched the off stump and the bail came off.
Deccan bowlers came in for some harsh treatment from Bravo towards the end as CSK posted the highest total in the tournament so far. For Deccan, Steyn impressed with figures of two for 25, while Christian also accounted for two wickets.