The squad of Chennai Super Kings (CSK) has started to showcase its talent and won a few games. Albeit, it is too late for them as there are no chances of CSK making it to the playoffs.
However, their victory against Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) on Thursday certainly spoilt the mood for a few other teams that are fighting it out to secure the three spots available for playoffs.
Notably, Mumbai Indians have already secured a spot in the playoff.
Ravindra Jadeja’s smashing performance
Ravindra Jadeja’s smashing performance, especially when it looked KKR had pulled things back, meant Mumbai Indians become the first team to move into IPL play-offs
Ravindra Jadeja smashed consecutive sixes in the final over to help CSK post a thrilling six-wicket win.
“I was hitting it well in the nets and just wanted to do that again. The last 12 balls you don’t have to think too much, just see the ball and hit the ball,” said Ravindra Jadeja.
With CSK needing 10 off the final over, Jadeja (31 not out of 11) dispatched the young Kamlesh Nagarkoti for back-to-back sixes to pull off a consolatory win.
“I was just looking to keep my shape and back my strength. I knew if they bowl in my arc, I could hit the six, it was simple. When you play good competitive cricket and win matches for your team, you always feel happy,” Jadeja said after the win.
CSK are already out of the play-offs reckoning. This after opener Ruturaj Gaikwad, the man of the match, set up the chase with a sublime 72 off 53 balls, his second straight fifty-plus score.
MS Dhoni praises Ravindra Jadeja
CSK skipper MS Dhoni praised Ravindra Jadeja for his match-winning cameo.
“This season Jadeja has been fantastic. He’s been the only batsman in our team who has taken the job of scoring in the last few overs. Not just using his power but through point, if the field is up. I feel throughout the season we needed someone by his side,” Dhoni added.
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