It was the last of the matches at Chennai and Mumbai in this season of IPL. In the first of the double headers on Sunday, Chennai Super Kings skipper MS Dhoni went against the trend and chose to bat first. They posted a mammoth 191 on the back of a blazing innings from Ravindra Jadeja. In reply, Royal Challengers Bangalore's middle order, which had been their strength, crumbled against the spin twins of Chennai - Jadeja and Imran Tahir. They fell short by 69 runs as Chennai ended their unbeaten streak.
After 19 matches, we witnessed the first Super Over of the season. Delhi Capitals posted 159 in the first innings after electing to bat first, which has been a par score at Chepauk. As has been the case this season, Jonny Bairstow teed off with an 18-ball 38 in Sunrisers Hyderabad's chase. Time and time again, their middle order has let them down. But, Kane Williamson, held one end and took it down to the wire, resulting in a tie. With only eight runs to defend, Rashid Khan tried his best but ended up inches short. Delhi won the Super Over and plunged to second spot in the table.
Harshal Patel taken to the cleaners
It was all going good for the Purple Cap holder Harshal Patel, until the 20th over. Before that, Harshal had figures of 3 for 14 in his three overs. But, the Indian premier allrounder Jadeja, as mentioned by Virat Kohli in the post-match, changed the dynamics. He clubbed 37 runs in the last over, which is the joint most a bowler has conceded in IPL. Prasant Parameswaran in 2011, also conceded 37 runs against Bangalore in an over.
Jadeja alongside Chris Gayle and Rahul Tewatia
Since last year, Jadeja has been exceptional for Chennai in death overs. In today’s match, it wasn’t a demonstration, but a massacre. He hadn’t hit a six for the first 21 balls that he faced. In just a span of six balls, he had five to his name. He became the third batsman to hit five sixes in an over, the most for a batsman in an over in IPL. In addition, he hit a boundary and ran two in the over, taking his tally to 36 in the over. Only two batsmen in IPL have hit as many runs. Gayle in his rampage against Parameswaran, also had 36 runs.
Most runs scored between a wicket
The Bangalore based franchise might have had a horrendous match but they registered a significant record to their name. In their match against Rajasthan Royals, they had posted 181 runs without losing a wicket. Prior to that, in their match against Kolkata Knight Riders, their last wicket fell at the score of 148 and they had added an unbeaten 56-run partnership. In their match against Chennai, before the first wicket, Bangalore had 44 runs, taking the total to 281 runs between wickets. This is the most a team has scored between wickets in IPL.
Jadeja becomes the first Chennai allrounder to 50+ and 3+ wicket haul
“Fortune favours the brave” they say and none can articulate it better than Jadeja. A 37-run over in which five sixes came off his bat against the Purple Cap holder, a three wicket haul that included a wicket-maiden and finally, a cherry on top in the form of a run-out. That is an allround performance of the highest calibre in any format of cricket. He became the first ever Chennai player to score a 50+ score and bag a 3+ wicket haul in IPL. The records just don’t end there. In T20s, Jadeja became only the second player to hit five sixes, a fifty, bag three wickets and include a maiden in the same match.
Delhi’s best batsman
The stand-in Delhi skipper Rishabh Pant, has been a prolific run scorer for his franchise in IPL. In a span of 73 innings, him being the highest run scorer for Delhi is a testimony of it. Firstly, en route his 27-ball 37, Rishabh became the seventh wicket-keeper batsman in IPL to register 2000 runs, he was the second quickest among them. When he reached 34, he went past Shreyas Iyer’s tally of 2200 to become the most successful batsman for Delhi. He now has 2204 runs and nine or more matches in this season to extend his lead.
First of a kind super-over
Prior to tonight’s one over eliminator, there have been 13 matches in which the result was decided through a Super Over in IPL. But, in none of those both teams went with spinners. Hence, making it the first time ever in IPL history. In the first ever Super Over of IPL in 2009, Kolkata had gone in with Ajanta Mendis when they were defending 16 and lost. The interesting pattern is, prior to tonight, there were five instances of spinners bowling the Super Over and all had been when they were defending and all had ended up losing. This was the first time a spinner was bowling in the first innings of a Super Over.
A winning and a losing streak
For both Delhi and Hyderabad, this was the fourth time in IPL that a match had gone into the super Over. Delhi had lost their first Super Over encounter against Bangalore in 2013. On the other hand, Hyderabad were victorious against the same opposition in 2013. Post their first, the fortunes have changed. Including tonight’s Super Over, Delhi have played three and won in all three. As for Hyderabad, in the same number of Super Over encounters, they have lost all. In a rather engrossing fact, in all the three losses, Rashid Khan was the bowler who was defending. The three wins for Delhi via Super Over are the joint most for a team and the three losses for Hyderabad is the joint most losses for a team in IPL. Punjab also has three wins and Kolkata has three losses.