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Jadeja, Gaikwad power Chennai to 7-wicket win over Kolkata

Jadeja celebrates with his captain Gaikwad (R) after taking the wicket of Sunil Narine. (Photo credit: Getty Images)

By: Vivek Mishra

Captain Ruturaj Gaikwad and all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja’s performances helped Chennai Super Kings (CSK) defeat Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) by seven wickets on Monday and get back to winning ways in the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2024.

Ravindra Jadeja returned bowling figures of 3-18 while Gaikwad made an unbeaten 67 as holders Chennai handed Kolkata their first loss of this season.

“Jaddu (Jadeja) always comes in after the power play with momentum in the spin department,” Gaikwad praised the Player of the Match.

“With this team, I don’t really need to tell things to anyone. Everyone’s in a great headspace, Mahi (MS Dhoni) bhai and (Stephen) Fleming are still around to take those calls,” Gaikwad added.

Having suffered back-to-back losses, CSK restricted Kolkata Knight Riders to 137 for 9 after opting to bowl. Gaikwad (67) then scored an unbeaten half-century while Shivam Dube slammed 28 off 18 balls to take CSK to victory. Earlier, Jadeja (3/18) led the charge for CSK, who took wickets at regular intervals and did well to stem the flow of runs at the Chepauk.

Pacer Tushar Deshpande (3/33) also accounted for three batters while Mustafizur Rahman (2/22) picked two wickets.

Gaikwad, who was handed the captaincy by veteran Dhoni ahead of the season, hammered nine boundaries including the winning hit to make it three in three at home this season.

Shivam Dube hit 28 off 18 balls before departing with Chennai needing three for victory and the crowd erupted at the sight of Dhoni, who led the team to five IPL titles, walking out to bat.

The 42-year-old, who is likely playing his last season as a player, made one off three balls amid loud cheers from the fans dressed in Chennai’s yellow.

Kolkata had a horror start to their innings after they lost England’s Phil Salt on the first ball off fast bowler Tushar Deshpande.

Jadeja remained the hero as he struck on the first ball of his opening over and sent back the in-form Sunil Narine (27) four balls later to put Kolkata in trouble at 60-3 inside seven overs.

Wickets kept tumbling as Jadeja, who reached 100 catches in the IPL, took one more and fellow spinner Maheesh Theekshana reduced the opposition to 85-5 in 11.5 overs.

The innings never took off with skipper Shreyas Iyer adding some respect with his 34 in 32 balls.

“We have to go back to our drawing board and learn, just a matter of one match and one innings, glad it happened at the start of the tournament,” said Iyer.

Deshpande claimed three wickets and Bangladesh left-arm quick Mustafizur Rahman took two for Chennai.

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