Jadeja’s Unplayable Delivery, Dhoni’s Brilliant Reaction; Watch Here

Generally overshadowed by Dhoni-mania this season, Jadeja reminded the fans on Tuesday why he is a superstar in his own right.

While there have been rumours that Jadeja is not enjoying his time with the franchise, the all-rounder scored a crucial 16-ball 22 and bagged two important wickets at the MA Chidambaram to fire CSK to their 10th IPL final. His delivery to dismiss David Miller was a work of art, as even MS Dhoni couldn’t control his emotions.

As Jadeja’s delivery turned sharply and beat Miller through his defence, Dhoni passionately screamed “oh yeah”, before raising his right arm in delight.

About the Qualifier 1 match:

After being invited to bat, Ruturaj Gaikwad registered his fourth half-century of the season as he capitalised on a reprieve on two when he was dismissed in the second over, only for the delivery to be called no-ball.

The 26-year-old hit back with a six and four and soon converted Chennai’s modest start into a strong opening stand of 87 with New Zealand’s Devon Conway, who made 40.

CSK posted 172-7, a total their bowlers defended as they bowled out Gujarat for 157.

When Jadeja walked out to bat ahead of Dhoni, there was a sense of restlessness among the Chennai crowd once again. They had turned up to see Thala smash sixes in what might be his last game in the city. Dhoni fell for 1, but Jadeja roused the crowd when he manufactured swinging room and carted Mohit Sharma’s 101 kph slower ball over extra-cover. The crowd was right behind Jadeja once again when he whipped a full toss from Mohammed Shami over midwicket for four more in the last over of CSK’s innings.

Shubman Gill attempted to drive Gujarat’s chase with his 42, but the rest of the batting faltered.

Rashid Khan attempted to pull a rabbit out of the hat with his 16-ball 30 but fell in the 19th over, and Pathirana sealed the deal on the final ball.

In the final on Sunday, CSK will take on the winner of Qualifier 2, which will be contested between GT and the Mumbai Indians.


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