GT vs LSG: Dushmantha Chameera’s searing yorker cleans Vijay Shankar all ends up
Chameera peppered Shankar with consecutive back-of-a-length deliveries before returning to clean him up with a near-unplayable yorker.
Updated - Mar 28, 2022 11:28 pm
Sri Lankan pacer Dushmantha Chameera knocked over Vijay Shankar with a searing yorker during his team Lucknow Super Giants’ fixture against Gujarat Titans at the Wankhede Stadium on March 28.
Chameera, who was roped in by the Super Giants for INR 2 crore at the mega auction against his price of INR 50 lakh, was pumped up after striking in his maiden over on IPL debut, as he had Titans’ opener Shubman Gill caught at point by Deepak Hooda for a three-ball duck.
He peppered Shankar in the same over with consecutive back-of-a-length deliveries, before returning in the third over to clean him up with a near-unplayable inswinging yorker clocked in the mid-140s. The delivery was quick enough to not give Shankar enough time to bring his bat down in time, as he awkwardly attempted to block it to no avail before hearing the death rattle.
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Meanwhile, Chameera was not the only IPL debutant who made noise in the game of debuts, as Super Giants youngster Ayush Badoni grabbed eyeballs with a ballistic half-century that helped his team recover after an early stutter. Badoni joined forces with Deepak Hooda to stitch an 87-run stand off merely 68 balls after a spirited spell from Mohammed Shami had left his team gasping for breath.
The youngster smacked four fours and three maximums in his knock, and was helped in no small cause by Hooda’s 41-ball 55, laced with six fours and two sixes. The duo’s counterattacking alliance meant the Super Giants recovered from a hapless 29/4 inside the powerplay to 116/5. Badoni later found an able partner in Krunal Pandya (unbeaten 21 off 13), with whom he added 40 off 23 for the sixth wicket to launch his team to 158/6 which was nowhere in sight at one stage.
Speaking of the game of debuts, both Super Giants and Titans are the newest additions to the Indian Premier League and marked their opening game against each other on March 28.