In the third match of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2023, Punjab Kings (PBKS) and Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) are locking horns with each other at the Ekana stadium in Lucknow. Matchups play a crucial role in the shorter formats and this game proved that with the dismissal of the LSG skipper, KL Rahul. Chetan Sakariya got the prized wicket of the opener twice before the match and he added another dismissal to the story between these two players.
After being invited to bat first in the game against Delhi Capitals, LSG struggled in the initial phase as the opposition bowler got some swing in the air. Kyle Mayers staged a recovery later as he started smashing the bowlers to capitalize on the fielding restrictions after an early reprieve. However, Chetan Sakariya grabbed the limelight in fourth over the match by wrapping up KL Rahul.
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Sakariya was bowling the fourth over of the innings and KL Rahul was facing the last ball. The southpaw pacer bowled a delivery on the leg side and the LSG skipper whipped it toward the leg side. Axar Patel was positioned at deep square leg and he made no mistake in grabbing the easy take. Before the start of the game, the bowler had dismissed Rahul twice and he continued his domination against the ace batter.
Here is the video of the dismissal of KL Rahul:
Lucknow Super Giants (Playing XI): KL Rahul (c), Kyle Mayers, Marcus Stoinis, Deepak Hooda, Krunal Pandya, Nicholas Pooran (wk), Ayush Badoni, Mark Wood, Jaydev Unadkat, Ravi Bishnoi, Avesh Khan, K Gowtham (Impact)
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Delhi Capitals (Playing XI): David Warner (c), Prithvi Shaw, Mitchell Marsh, Rilee Rossouw, Sarfaraz Khan (wk), Rovman Powell, Axar Patel, Kuldeep Yadav, Chetan Sakariya, Khaleel Ahmed, Mukesh Kumar, Aman Hakim Khan (Impact)
As expected, Twitterati took little time to criticize KL Rahul, who has been so popular on social media for negative comments.
Great Form Of #KLRahul continues in IPL Too
— Stroke0Genius🇮🇳 (@Stroke0Genius18) April 1, 2023
#KLRahul𓃵 is a GOAT but in a mutton biryani these days.
— Tapan Joshi (@tapanjoshi28) April 1, 2023
IPL man is back @klrahul #LSGvDC
Ya ya back to pavillion 😀😀
— Mandeep Grover 🇮🇳 (@MandeepGrover19) April 1, 2023
Kl rahul will motivate the team from. Dugout no 🔥🔥🔥🔥 #LSGvsDC
— Dexter ! (@careofpostivity) April 1, 2023
KL Rahul has a rocking start to #IPL2023 season. Expecting kind words from Venkatesh Prasad.
— AnuNaganathan 🇮🇳 (@AnuNaganathan) April 1, 2023
David Warner on player mic 🗣️ "We had KL Rahul as our impact player" 😭😭😭😭
— Halsey🇫🇮 (@Meandmyself017) April 1, 2023
Time for KL Rahul to join Bollywood. #IPL2023
— 🇮🇳Raman 🕉️ (@RamanPrasad72) April 1, 2023
KL Rahul proved all his critics wrong who said he plays for Orange Cap. What a legend🔥
— AnuragKetchup (@anuragkechup) April 1, 2023