Pune: Apr 14, 2012
Ravindra Jadeja proved his worth with a brisk 26-ball 44 that lifted Chennai Super Kings (CSK) to a fighting 155 for five in their Indian Premier League (IPL) match against Pune Warriors India (PWI) at the Subrata Roy Sahara Stadium on Saturday.
Jadeja took centrestage after opener Faf du Plessis slammed 43 off just 33 balls to set the tone for the visitors at the Subrata Roy Sahara Stadium.
Skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni contributed 26 off 28 balls while Suresh Raina struck 20 off 19.
Opting to bat, Chennai were off to a flyer as du Plessis went hammer and tongs, especially against left-arm seamer Ashish Nehra.
In all, du Plessis hit five fours and two sixes, while Jadeja slammed four boundaries and two sixes.
Du Plessis collected 18 runs off Nehra's first over and soon the fifty was up on the board for the Super Kings.
Brought in to bowl the fourth over, Nehra was welcomed with a drive through the off-side. The second ball was carted over the extra cover for another boundary, and Du Plessis got the maximum when he nonchalantly went down the ground to hit Nehra over his head off the bowler's fourth ball.
The show did not end there as the South African sweetly drove Nehra through the extra cover region for another boundary. Thanks to du Plessis' onslaught, Chennai were able to maintain a health run-rate, which however dropped a bit after his dismissal.
Du Plessis' was an important wicket from the Warriors' point of view and the credit for that goes to Rahul Sharma who foxed the batsman with extra bounce in the 10th over.
Legspinner Sharma struck again when he had Raina, caught brilliantly by Steven Smith in the deep.
Chennai got a bit of momentum back as Jadeja picked Murali Karthik for special treatment, lofting him over long-off and long-on for a four and six respectively. (PTI)
Brief Score: CSK 155 for 5 in 20 overs (Ravindra Jadeja 44, Faf du Plessis 43; Rahul Sharma 2 for 16, Ashok Dinda 1 for 30) vs PWI