Ravindra Jadeja claimed his first 3-wicket haul in T20s in three years © AFP
Ravindra Jadeja claimed his first 3-wicket haul in T20s in three years © AFP

Match 35 of VIVO Indian Premier League (IPL) 2018 saw Chennai Super Kings (CSK) bowlers run through a star-studded Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) line-up. Ravindra Jadeja (4-0-18-3) lived up to MS Dhoni’s expectations, claiming his first 3-wicket haul in three years in T20 cricket to restrict Virat Kohli’s team to 127 for 9. Harbhajan Singh also came to the party, with 4-0-22-2. For RCB, only Parthiv Patel (53) and Tim Southee (36) provided some resistance: none of the others reached double figures.

Brendon McCullum’s indifferent form continued. He fell for 5, trying to hit Lungi Ngidi over the top. However, Parthiv went after Ngidi, enabling RCB to recover to 47 for 1 after the Powerplay overs. At that stage RCB looked for a total of 150, perhaps more.

Then Jadeja cleaned up Kohli with his first ball. Playing for the turn, Kohli missed the ball and got his middle stump rattled, for 8.

Harbhajan dropped Parthiv for 39, but got the massive wicket of AB de Villiers (1) next ball. Attempting a reverse-sweep, de Villiers missed completely and was left stranded as Dhoni whipped the bails off.

Mandeep Singh found himself batting in the eighth over. He added 17 with Parthiv before falling to a slog sweep off Jadeja for 7. Despite wickets tumbling around him, Parthiv scored his 11th IPL fifty, in 37 balls. Shortly after that he hit Jadeja straight back to him. Dhoni stumped Murugan Ashwin brilliantly. And Colin de Grandhomme played a dolly to extra-cover to give David Willey his first IPL wicket. Willey then ran Umesh Yadav out, leaving RCB in tatters at 89 for 8.

Southee provided some late fireworks for RCB, taking them past the 100-run mark. He and Mohammad Siraj added 37 for the ninth wicket, much to CSK’s irritation. Siraj, who slipped once in the last over, was run out for 3 off the last ball of the innings, Southee remained unbeaten on 36.

Earlier, CSK handed out caps to Willey and Dhruv Shorey, and included Shardul Thakur for K Asif. RCB roped in Parthiv, de Villiers and Murugan.

Brief score

Royal Challengers Bangalore 127 for 9 in 20 overs [Parthiv Patel 53 (41), Tim Southee 36*  ; Ravindra Jadeja 3 for 18 ] vs Chennai Super Kings.