India and South Africa locked horns with each other in the first game of the five-match ODI series at the Arun Jaitley Stadium in Delhi. However, spectators witnessed a bizarre incident in the game as a near-perfect yorker from Avesh Khan broke Rassie van der Dussen’s bat into two parts.
It was a high-scoring encounter as while batting first, India posted a total of 211/4 courtesy of a half-century from Ishan Kishan who scored 76 runs. South Africa was in control of the chase as they were poised on 61/2 when Rassie van der Dussen came in to bat. However, the run rate dropped later on and the match turned out to be a close contest.
India restricted the South African batters from playing dominating cricket in middle overs and Avesh Khan played a crucial role in it. He bowled his last two overs very well and the 14th over was one of them. Van der Dussen was facing the third ball of the over and he bowled a yorker outside off. The batter toed it to mid-off but his bat was broken into two pieces after the impact.
Here is the video of the incident:
India (Playing XI): Ishan Kishan, Ruturaj Gaikwad, Shreyas Iyer, Rishabh Pant (c & wk), Hardik Pandya, Dinesh Karthik, Axar Patel, Harshal Patel, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Yuzvendra Chahal, Avesh Khan
South Africa (Playing XI): Quinton de Kock (wk), Temba Bavuma (c), Rassie van der Dussen, David Miller, Tristan Stubbs, Wayne Parnell, Dwaine Pretorius, Keshav Maharaj, Tabraiz Shamsi, Kagiso Rabada, Anrich Nortje
Here is how the fans reacted to the incident:
— Nur Hasan (@Nh_nurhasan) June 9, 2022
Rassie's bat was broken by a Pacey off-side yorker by Avesh Khan pic.twitter.com/6NWHkpEvq6
— Krishav (@iamkrishavC) June 9, 2022
Avesh Khan 🤯 pic.twitter.com/VGVZA70aQT
— Arnav (@imarnav_904) June 9, 2022