Ravindra Jadeja’s all-round effort highlighted Chennai Super Kings’ comfortable victory over Deccan Chargers, while Royal Challengers Bangalore beat Delhi Daredevils in the IPL on Saturday.
Jadeja seemed to justify his US$2 million tag at this year’s auctions as he slammed 48 in Chennai’s huge total of 193-6 and then bagged 5-16 as Deccan folded for 119 in 17.1 overs at Rajasakhera Reddy Stadium in Visakhapatnam.
Jadeja propped up the innings in the company of South African Faf du Plessis (39), but the score was propelled by West Indies allrounder Dwayne Bravo’s brisk 43 off 18 balls with five sixes, three of them in an over from former Chennai pace bowler Manpreet Gony.
Jadeja then varied his trajectory well to fox batsmen who had no option but to go for big hits in the face of a galloping asking rate. His victims included Parthiv Patel and Australia’s big-hitting batsman Cameron White.
At Bangalore’s Chinnaswamy Stadium, A.B. de Villiers propelled the home side to 157-8 with his well-paced knock of 64 not out. Veteran spinner Muttiah Muralitharan then stifled the opposition with 3-25 in his first game for Bangalore, who won by 20 runs.
De Villiers smashed six fours and two sixes after Australian opener Andrew McDonald had produced a brisk innings of 30 off 19 deliveries.
The home side were struggling at 59-4 in the ninth over. However, De Villiers batted himself in with singles and twos before the onslaught.
He hit seam bowler Irfan Pathan for a six and a four off successive balls in the 19th over of the innings with superbly executed reverse sweeps off full tosses.
In reply, Delhi got off to a flying start as Australian batsman Aaron Finch produced three consecutive fours through the offside off pace bowler Zaheer Khan, but captain Virender Sehwag was out for a first-ball duck in the same over.