Jaipur:Indian all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja said bowling accurately paid him rich dividends in tonight's thrilling one-dayer against South Africa.
After contributing 22 brisk runs with the bat, Jadeja played a stellar role with the ball as well, claiming two South African wickets conceding just 29 runs in his accurate 10 overs to help India win by one run.
"Since I was bowling in the Powerplays, the idea was to keep it stump-to-stump. There was no question of giving width to the South Africans. I decided not to bowl too much outside the off-stump. They were going great guns, so we could not afford to gift them easy runs," said the all-rounder who was adjudged Man of the Match for his sparkling performance.
"There was not much turn in the track, so I thought I would bowl to their pads. I thought even if I don't get the wickets, I would not concede runs since containing was also important at that stage," the Saurashtra player explained.
Jadeja conceded the team was worried when Wayne Parnell and Dale Steyn took South Africa close to a win, needing just 10 runs off the last over sent down by Praveen Kumar.
"PK (Praveen) Bhai sent down a good over and Sachin Tendulkar then saved one run when he dived to stop that boundary. Otherwise, it would have been a tie or we would have even lost," he said.
Jadeja said even though bowlers like S Sreesanth went for some runs initially, they made amends in the end.
"I think all the bowlers did well today. Some conceded runs early but then came back in the middle overs and everything was fine in the end," he said.
Asked if he struggled with dew problem, Jadeja said, "Not really. I came out early to bowl and the ball was not wet yet. I think other spinners bowled well when it was not easy gripping the ball."
The youngster, who has been banned from the Indian Premier League for allegedly sounding out franchisees outside his Rajasthan Royals team, remained tightlipped when asked if he expected mercy from the IPL authorities.
"I don't want to talk about that. I came here with my concentration only on this ODI series," he said.