With the improvement in the quality of bats in world cricket, it doesn’t occur frequently that a bat gets broken while playing pacey deliveries. Notwithstanding, one such occurrence occurred in the game between Gujarat Titans (GT) and Chennai Super Kings (CSK) as a blazing full-length conveyance from Lockie Ferguson broke the bat.
In the wake of losing the initial four games five games they have played in the IPL 2022, Chennai Super Kings appear to have begun their revival. They dominated their last match against Royal Challengers Bangalore and are in a solid situation against Gujarat Titans too. Gujarat Titans won the toss and decided that CSK will bat first. The team lost two wickets on a total of 32 runs however Ruturaj Gaikwad and Ambati Rayudu made a splendid partnership of 92 runs for the third wicket.
The partnership between Gaukwad and Rayudu was going well, however, in any case, an intriguing episode occurred in the thirteenth over of the innings. Lockie Ferguson bowled the third delivery of the over almost in the blockhole to Rayudu. Rayudu descended the track and stuck down the yorker. Notwithstanding, it hit right on the toe and the toe-end of Rayudu’s bat flies off.
Here is the full video of Lockie Ferguson crashing the bat of Ambati Rayudu:
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Gujarat Titans (Playing XI): Wriddhiman Saha (wk), Shubman Gill, Vijay Shankar, David Miller, Abhinav Manohar, Rahul Tewatia, Rashid Khan (c), Alzarri Joseph, Lockie Ferguson, Yash Dayal, Mohammed Shami
Chennai Super Kings (Playing XI): Robin Uthappa, Ruturaj Gaikwad, Moeen Ali, Ambati Rayudu, Shivam Dube, Ravindra Jadeja (c), MS Dhoni (wk), Dwayne Bravo, Chris Jordan, Maheesh Theekshana, Mukesh Choudhary
One big gain for CSK is Ruturaj getting some good runs today to ease top-order woes. Rolled the clock back with some of his superb shots. Theekshana again did a fantastic job in the powerplay, so those are the two excellent positives out of this game for CSK. It will be more interesting to see if Wade returns once Hardik is back. With the shortage of runs, Vijay Shankar is under a lot of pressure of losing his spot too. But whatever said Gujarat Titans have shunned quite a few with their brilliant performances thus far. Not many spoke so much of them after the auction. Now they are a team to compete. A team that knows their limitations and plays to their strengths.
Lockie Ferguson breaks Ambati Rayudu’s bat. pic.twitter.com/l6OcWl9uBn
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