IPL 2021: Ravindra Jadeja hits 37 runs in one over, picks up three wickets against Bangalore
Chennai Super Kings end Royal Challengers Bangalore's winning run
Ravindra Jadeja smashed a record-equalling 37 runs in an over, including five sixes, and claimed three wickets with the ball as Chennai Super Kings ended Royal Challenger Bangalore's unbeaten start to the Indian Premier League on Sunday.
Boosted by Jadeja's antics, Chennai reached 191-4 and then kept Bangalore to 122-9 to knock Virat Kohli's side off the top of the table with a 69-run victory.
Bangalore won their first four games of the season but were stunned by Jadeja's final-over blitz, which equalled the IPL record of 37 runs in one over hit by West Indies star Chris Gayle for Bangalore in 2011.
Jadeja smashed his runs off Harshal Patel, who had earlier been the star of Bangalore's bowling, taking three wickets.
The 32-year-old hit the first two off length balls for sixes that already put the bowler on edge.
Patel's third effort was a no-ball that Jadeja also bludgeoned over the ropes while earning a free hit. The repeat ball also went for six over deep square leg, taking Jadeja past 50.
He took two runs off the fourth ball – when he was nearly caught – and hit another six off a full toss for the fifth ball, before sending the final ball of the innings for a four which bounced close to the boundary line.
Jadeja finished on 62 from 28 balls. With his three wickets for 13 in the Bangalore innings and a direct-hit runout of Daniel Christian, he had no competition for man of the match.
Jadeja missed India's recent series against England through injury but has immediately proved his worth.
"I've been working hard on my fitness, skill, everything. Luckily it paid off," said Jadeja.
"One guy completely beat us," commented Kohli. "Today his skill was there for everyone to see."
Kohli added that there would be no fallout for Patel, who has been a key wicket-taker this year. "We will continue to back him," said the captain.
Updated: April 25, 2021 06:53 PM