Men in the field, some holding umbrellas, stand as it rains after the abandonment of the Indian Premier League cricket match between Lucknow Super Giants and Chennai Super Kings in Lucknow, India on Wednesday, May 3, 2023 (AP Photo/Surjeet Yadav)
CSK and LSG had to settle for one point each as the match between the teams was called off following heavy rain at the Bharat Ratna Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee Ekana Cricket Stadium in Lucknow.
The IPL 2023 match between the second most successful franchise in money-rich league history, Chennai Super Kings and Match of the Day hosts, Lucknow Super Super Giants has been abandoned due to rain at Ekana Stadium in Lucknow.
CSK won the toss and opted to bat LSG first as the Tamil Nadu side turned the screws on the home side’s batting line-up from the start.
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LSG have opened their innings with Manan Vohra and Kyle Mayers after skipper KL Rahul’s injury blow kept him out.
The West Indies heavy hitter was the first to leave the crease as he fell prey to Moeen Ali in the fourth of the game as Ruturaj Gaikwad clung to the hold offered to him for the breakthrough. Mayers returned to the locker room after scoring 14 runs on 17 balls he faced.
Sri Lankan spinner Maheesh Theekshana sent Vohra back to the flag as he casted the 29-year-old India for 10 runs from 11 deliveries. Theekshana claimed back-to-back wickets as he sent Krunal Pandya back to the dugout in the first-ever delivery the left-handed attacking batsman faced on the evening.
Marcus Stoinis came out looking to make an impact on the game but fell cheap for just 6 runs from 4 deliveries as Ravindra Jadeja knocked down the Aussie.
Ali was back in the wickets as he caught Karan Sharma from his own bowling alley to clinch his second of the night and Chennai’s 5th.
West Indies batsman Nicholas Pooran came on at 44 for the loss of 5 wickets and set up a stand of 59 runs alongside Ayush Badoni. But, the southpaw received the marching orders as he missed a shot from Matheesh Pathirana, which landed safely in Ali’s hands.
Krishnappa Gowtham, a former CSK player, was next to get into the crease but was also next to go as he was scalped for a lone run by Pathirana.
Badoni remained unbeaten at 59 from just 33 balls when the rain spoiled the party. The players were ordered to return to the dugout as the covers came in, with help from none other than the legendary Jonty Rhodes, who despite his role as an on-field coach with LSG , rushed to the field to help the gardeners. with the tarp.
After a long wait, the game was called off and both teams got one point each.
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The win takes CSK and LSG to 11 points each from their 10 outings this season, while Lucknow sit second thanks to their superior net run rate.
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