Bengaluru: Kedar Jadhav's fiery half-century lifted Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) to 157/7 before Delhi Daredevils (DD) applied the brakes in the fifth match of the 2017 Indian Premier League (IPL) at the M. Chinnaswamy Stadium here on Saturday.
The Maharashtra batsman not only blasted a quick-fire 37-ball 69, laced with five fours and as many sixes, but more importantly shared a 66-run partnership for the fourth wicket with Stuart Binny (16) to help the hosts recover from a precarious 55/3.
Jadhav picked out leg-spinner Amit Mishra for special treatment, hammering two sixes and couple of fours in the 13th over.
In the following over, the diminutive right-hander smashed West Indian medium pacer Carlos Brathwaite for a six and a four as he completed his 50 runs in 26 deliveries.
Jadhav also chipped in with 21 runs for the fifth wicket with rookie Vishnu Vinod (9) before Delhi skipper Zaheer Khan put the brakes on the scoring rate with two quick wickets -- effected Vinod's run out with Shahbaz Nadeem's throw and induced Jadhav with a slower one only to be caught by Chris Morris at mid-off.
Jadhav not only helped his side to win but also played a special shot which was introduced by Mahendra Singh Dhoni in cricket, yes we mean "The Helicopter Shot", and it was well a copy of MSD.
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