IPL 2023: Ayush Badoni hits half-century before rain stops, LSG-CSK tie. Cricket
A day when 50,000 fans in yellow were roaring for their hero and captain of Chennai Super Kings M S Dhoni And young Ayush Badoni scored IPL 2023Rain took the final call at the Atal Bihari Vajpayee Ekana Cricket Stadium here on Wednesday to prevent Lucknow Supergiants’ innings from turning out to be a complete disaster on the back of a second half-century.
After being asked to bat when play was stopped due to drizzle, LSG were reduced to 125/7 in 19.2 overs. The covers were forced to come back before play could be called off.
Dhoni, who said that the cheering crowd that greeted him in the KKR game at the Eden Gardens was a farewell, found similar cheers in Lucknow. However, when former New Zealand fast bowler, commentator Danny Morrison asked, “How are you enjoying your swansong tour”, Dhoni gave a cryptic response: “Well, you’ve decided this is my last one. “
The home team, which lost to Royal Challengers Bangalore in another low-scoring game on Monday night and lost skipper KL Rahul to injury, was in poor shape. Badoni scored an unbeaten 59 off 33 balls (2×4, 4×6) batting at No.7 to ensure some total after losing the top three batsmen in the powerplay.
Both the teams took one point each. Four-time champions CSK will take on Mumbai Indians in Chennai on Saturday, while LSG will face Gujarat Titans in Ahmedabad on Sunday.
Kyle Mayers (14 – 17b, 2×4) and Manan Vohra (10, 11b, 1×4) fell in quick succession, followed by Krunal Pandya (0-1b). From 44/5, Badoni along with Nicholas Pooran (20) helped LSG cross the 100-march. Badoni took 20 runs in the 19th over bowled by Deepak Chahar.
Abbreviated Score: LSG 125/7 in 19.2 overs (A Badoni 59*, M Ali 2/13, M Tikshana 2/37, M Pathirana 2/22) vs CSK. Abandoned match.