Chennai Super Kings (CSK) all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja was adjudged as the Man of the Match for his performance against Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) on Sunday. He made the game-winning impact in the penultimate over of the chase by hitting two fours and two sixes off Prasidh Krishna.
It turned the match on its head as CSK suddenly found itself in the driver’s seat after suffering a mini-collapse during the chase. They needed 26 runs off the last two overs and the pitch was quite tricky to bat on. Jadeja managed to take 22 off the 19th over and it was enough to guide CSK home eventually.
“It is difficult. After you have played five-day cricket and then come to white-ball cricket, I was working on my bat swing. I wanted to repeat whatever I was doing. The runs in the second-last over turned out to be the match-winning over for us. But Rutu and Faf gave us a good start,” Jadeja said while receiving his award.
“I was just backing my strength” – Ravindra Jadeja on the game-defining over
Prasidh Krishna bowled a good couple of balls and brought the equation down to 24 off 10. The next four balls were dismissed by Jadeja. He picked up the slower balls while depositing the full tosses away. The game went down to the last over but Jadeja’s blitzkrieg in the 19th proved to be the difference-maker.
“You need to be collective as a unit, whether with bat or ball. I was just backing my strength. He was bowling with fine leg and square leg up. I thought he would bowl full outside off, and slow short ball. I thought he would give one ball up, and luckily I connected well,” Jadeja added.
CSK registered their eighth win out of ten games which took them to the top of the table and pretty much secured them a place in the playoffs.