Ruturaj Gaikwad’s audacious knock of 44-ball 75 against SunRisers Hyderabad eventually came to an end as the young opener saw his stumps pegged back after he failed to read what was an absolute ripper of a leg-break by Rashid Khan.
The dismissal of Gaikwad brought an end to what an eventful six balls by Rashid Khan.
Khan could have dismissed Ruturaj Gaikwad on the very first ball of his 3rd over when he induced an edge off the opener’s bat via a leg-break. But the ball went through Jonny Bairstow’s leg and ran away for a four.
To add further salt to Rashid Khan’s wounds, Ruturaj Gaikwad then proceeded to pull the leg-spinner twice on as many deliveries.
Rashid erred in his length on both occasions and Gaikwad, as he had throughout his knock, was quick to pounce on it as he rocked back on the backfoot and hammered him once between long-on and deep midwicket before following ig with another pull, this time behind square.
But, Khan eventually had the last laugh as he bowled a ripping leg-break, one that straightened a bit to rattle the off and middle stump.
That said, it was another brilliant innings by Ruturaj Gaikwad, one that was full of sumptuous stroke play. He cut, dabbed, he obviously cover-drove, he shimmied down the track, he lofted the ball on the up besides pulling the best T20 spinner in the world with absolute disdain.
Gaikwad, just like his partner Faf du Plessis, smashed his third consecutive half-century and his 129-run-stand was more than an ideal platform that Chennai Super Kings would have hoped for at the halfway mark.
Watch Ruturaj Gaikwad’s dismissal here: