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Jadeja, Bravo power Chennai to 193/6 against DC

April 07, 2012 22:16 IST

Ravindra Jadeja hit 29-ball 48 while Dwayne Bravo provided the late burst with some lusty shots as defending champions Chennai Super Kings scored an imposing 193 for six against Deccan Chargers in an Indian Premier League match, in Visakhapatnam on Saturday.

After Jadeja's show, West Indian Bravo played a special unbeaten knock of 43 from 18 balls towards the end to provide the late surge for the visitors, who piled up 40 runs in th last two overs. Bravo struck five sixes which included three off Manpreet Gony's last over.

Sent into bat, Chennai Super Kings were in for an early shock as left-arm spinner Ankit Sharma cleaned up Murali Vijay (2) with a peach of delivery in only the fifth ball of the innings.

New man Suresh Raina showed glimpses of his class with a 12-ball 16 with the help of three boundaries before perishing, caught by Daniel Christian of his own bowling.

Opener Fau du Plesis scored a quickfire 39 off 25 balls before being caught by Christian at long on off debutant TP Sudhindra's opening over.

Du Plesis struck four sixes and one lone boundary during his stay. Du Plesis was particularly severe on Gony as he scored 18 runs of the bowler's second over with two back-to-back hits over the fence.

Subramaniam Badrinath (25)) and Jadeja then forged a 31-run fourth wicket stand which came off 25 balls to give some momentum to Chennai innings before the former was caught by Bharat Chipli at backward point off Christian.

Jadeja then took the task to the opposition and clobbered Ankit for a boundary and two sixes to pick up 18 runs in the 14th over.

But Chennai were dealt a massive blow in the next over in the form of skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni (7), who hit one straight to Daniel Harris at mid-on off Dale Steyn bowling.

Jadeja, however, was in no mood to relent as the left-hander struck Christian for two consecutive fours in the 16th over. He then clobbered pacer TP Sudhindra for a massive six straight over the bowler's head in the next over.

Jadeja's quickfire innings came to an end in the 18th over bowled by Steyn when he was out hit wicket trying to clip the ball to short fine leg but his left toe touched the off stump and the bail came off.

Deccan bowlers came in for some harsh treatment from Bravo as CSK posted the highest total in the tournament so far.

For Deccan, Steyn impressed with figures of two for 25, while Christian also accounted for two wickets.

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