IPL 2018
IPL 2018: Ankit Rajpoot bowls a double-wicket maiden
By B Dixit - May 20, 2018 11:10 pm
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During the 56th match of the 11th season of the Indian Premier League (IPL) between Chennai Super Kings (CSK) and Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) at Pune, Kings XI Punjab’s Ankit Rajpoot bowled a double-wicket maiden over to put Chennai Super Kings on the back foot.

After MS Dhoni won the toss and put the visitors in to bat, Kings XI Punjab struggled in the initial phase of the innings. Karun Nair’s 10th IPL half-century saw Kings XI score 153-10 in 19.4 overs. Lungi Ngidi’s career-best T20 bowling figures dominated Kings XI’s batting line-up to the fullest.

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Rajpoot celebrates a wicket.

In the second innings, even the hosts lost wickets in the powerplay. Ankit Rajpoot had opened the bowling for Kings XI. In his third over, he dismissed Faf du Plessis and Sam Billings.

On the third delivery of the fifth over of the Super Kings’ innings, du Plessis flirted with danger as he played a loose delivery against a moving Rajpoot delivery. The ball carried off his edge to land in the hands of Chris Gayle at first slip. Initially, Gayle wasn’t sure whether he’d taken the catch clearly. Upon watching the replays, it was evident that the catch was a clean one. du Plessis ended up scoring 14 (15) with the help of three fours. Watch the video:

On the following delivery, Rajpoot bowled a peach of a delivery to Billings, beating the batsman all ends up. The ball went on to hit the top of Billings’ off-stump. The bowler even verbally abused in Hindi after the wicket and released his frustration as it seemed¬†after reading his lips. Watch the video: