The Chennai Super Kings (CSK) were beaten by their main rivals Mumbai Indians (MI) in a thrilling and scoring match at Arun Jaitley Stadium in Delhi on May 1, 2021. CSK, who hit first, scored 218 points at the board, which MI chased with 4 wickets in hand thanks to the dazzling innings of Kieron Pollard of 87 * in 34 balls with 8 sixes and 6 fours.
While Faf du Plessis (50 in 28 balls) and Moeen Ali (58 in 36 balls) prepare the ground for the big hitters to explode in the death over, Ravindra Jadeja, who slammed a record of 37 races against the RCB a couple of matches back, have contributed just 22 races in this meeting.
In comparison, Ambati Rayudu came in like a hot missile and exploded on MI bowlers, making 72 * in 27 balls with 7 sixes and 4 fours to his name as CSK went 218/4 in 20 overs. CSK coach Stephen Fleming shared his take on Jadeja’s moderate innings in a game where 437 points were scored.
“He just didn’t get away,” CSK coach Stephen Fleming said of Ravindra Jadeja’s 22 22 balls.
Ravindra Jadeja could only hit 2 fours in his 22 * in 22 balls against MI, while Rayudu went crazy against MI bowlers as Trent Boult gave 42 points, Dhawal Kulkarni gave 48 points and Jasprit Bumrah recorded his worst IPL digits of 1/56. in 4 overs.
“He just didn’t escape. But at the other end, it was a high score. So sometimes it works this way that one person performs amazingly well and the other returns the strike. So we looked at the partnership. The last 5-10 overs were very good, ” CSK coach Fleming said of Jadeja’s shot in the deaths against CSK.
However, his shot didn’t hurt CSK more as the three-time IPL champions scored 82 points in the last five overs of the game. Ravindra Jadeja only managed to score 19 points from 13 balls while hitting during this span.
On the other hand, he added 102 runs from 48 balls with Ambati Rayudu which was more important for Fleming as Jadeja continued to feed Rayudu during their partnership. The Chennai Super Kings are still the No.1 team on the IPL 2021 points table with 5 wins in 7 games and 10 points to their name.