Ravindra Jadeja’s fielding prowess needs no introduction, but the all-rounder showed that he is not rusty following an injury lay-off with a sensational direct hit to send KL Rahul back to the pavilion.
Sending the Punjab Kings into bat first, CSK began the innings on a prolific note. Deepak Chahar nailed a perfect outswinger to square Mayank Agarwal all up and hitting the top of off stump.
In the penultimate over of Chahar’s second over, Gayle was hit on the pads with an inswinger. While the majority of the fielders joined the bowler in appealing for an LBW, Rahul and Gayle went for a single after a moment’s bit of hesitation.
However, Jadeja, stationed at short cover, was on full alert as he picked the ball in no time and hit the target with only a stump to aim at.
The third umpire adjudged the decision as out after Rahul was marginally short of the crease. Watch the brilliant piece of fielding right below.
Jadeja followed it up with a brilliant catch to remove Gayle for just 10. Bowling his third over on the trot, Chahar foxed the explosive opener with a knuckleball.
Punjab Kings slid further into danger after Nicholas Pooran registered his second duck in a row by finding the fielder in the deep.
PBKS are currently reeling at 25-4 with only 3 balls left in the powerplay.
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