Royal Challengers Bangalore were the only undefeated side this season, until this Sunday. They dominated much of their bowling innings and began chasing the well, despite a colossal goal, but in both cases they came across the same man who left them deflated. After a whirlwind of 62 * at a distance of just 28 balls, which included a record of 37 runs, Jadea rejected two of RCB’s main kills this season – Glenn Maxwell and AB de Villiers – to end their invincibility this season. Jadeja’s universal brilliance in Mumbai helped CSK climb to the top of the table, while RCB, despite having similar points, fell from a position below, in second place due to a lower NRR.
Changing the CSK in the PowerPlay state
In the first three games, Chennai had the worst result in PowerPlay, scoring less than running with a ball with an average of only 20.60 and five dismissals. Their highest PowerPlay score was 46 in the first three games. In the next two games, the percentage of CSK results jumped to 8.46 with zero dismissals and a limit of 4.5 balls. In both games, they managed to score 54 against Kolkata Knight Riders and 51 against Royal Challengers Bangalore. The key difference was largely the return of the form of Rutiraj Gaikwad, who scored 64 in the previous game with 42 balls and was followed by 25-ball 33 against RCB.
6666264 “That Jadea carnage at Wankhead!”
After the opening of 74 seats, which ended with Gaikwad’s departure at the beginning of the 10th, RCB bowling impressively limited CSK’s score. In the next six overs, CSK managed to score just 43 more innings for losing two more wickets. Even after Judea entered in the 14th, the running speed passed only with a CSK score of 154 for 4 at the end of the 19th. Mohamed Siraj and Harshal Patel had done a great job after Kyle Jamieson’s 17 run-overs, allowing only 20 runs, including a lone limit and one dismissal, in his death. And just when RCB seemed relatively relieved by a somewhat competitive crowd, CSK was in for a far bigger surprise.
Judea broke five sixes, including one without the ball, and a limit to score a record 37 wounds against Harshal, the current Purple Cap winner in IPL 2021, in the final part of the game to strengthen the overall CSK to 191 by 4.
THE JADGE IS EVERYWHERE!
Although they lost two wickets in PowerPlay in response to a huge goal for RCB, Devdutt Padikkal’s 15-ball 34 brought the country to its best of 65 runs at the end of the first six overs. With Glenn Maxwell and AB de Villiers still waiting for their chance in the dugout, average overs were crucial for CSN spinners to bounce back in the race. And within the next five overs, the numbers clearly illustrated the winner, thanks to the ubiquitous Judea.
After taking the bat, Jadea eliminated Maxwell in his second, left Dan Christian, and returned to fire De Villiers in his third. It was never a surprise against Maxwell, given his advantage over the Australians in their draw. He fired him for the fifth time in T20 cricket and 11th in all competitions. Jadeja, as a slow Orthodox left-hander, was also a good match against De Villiers, who managed a strike of only 116.5 in the 2017 IPL, the least he managed against any kind of bowling while being fired four times.
Therefore, the RCB slipped from 65 for two in 6 overs to 83 for 6 in 11 overs.