Both Dwayne Bravo and Ravindra Jadeja were match winners for Chennai Super Kings in their own right.
On Monday, with Kings XI Punjab openers Manan Vohra and Murali Vijay going full steam, Gujarat Lions skipper Suresh Raina had no choice but to bring on the duo to stem the flow of runs. The duo has done superbly well for CSK on numerous occasions and did just that for the Lions.
Bravo, who has been on a high since winning the World T20, took 4 for 22 to complete his 300 wickets in T20, while Jadeja finished with 2 for 30 to restrict KXIP to 161.
With Vijay and Vohra going great guns, Jadeja provided the much-needed breakthrough. Vohra, one of the players retained by Kings XI in 2014, had got a decent start. He had carted James Faulkner for three boundaries in an over and survived a chance when Bravo spilled a catch at midwicket.
Jadeja foxed Vohra with a ball that spun just enough to induce an inside edge, with Dinesh Karthik completing a diving catch behind the stumps. At this point, KXIP had galloped to 78 in 8.2 overs. Jadeja wasn’t finished yet as he removed Vijay for 42 with the batsman going for a long hog and missing the line.
Bravo was the toast of the team with his miserly spell. The West Indian’s 2015 IPL haul was 26 wickets from 17 matches after missing the 2014 season. He had snared 32 wickets in the 2013 season, and, by the look of it, the 2016 season is also shaping well for him.
Glenn Maxwell was pegged back with a bouncer and then Bravo sneaked in a yorker to clean bowl the Aussie for two. Bravo then removed David Miller with a slow dipping yorker to stem the flow of runs and left KXIP tottering at 102 for 4 in the 12th over.
Bravo returned again in the death over to snare two wickets of Wriddhiman Saha and Marcus Stoinis off consecutive balls. He might have finished with a five-wicket haul had Sarabjit Ladda not fluffed a chance off the last ball.
“I think the bowlers did a good job to restrict them to 160,” Bravo said during the innings break. The West Indian added that the slow yorker is something he has been working on and he is happy that it came off, especially against a player like Miller.
“The slower ball is a new ball I’ve been working on, and Miller is a dangerous player… happy to get his wicket. As a bowler, you always have to keep coming up with new variations, so no one can get accustomed to the way you bowl,” added Bravo.