IPL 2021: Kagiso Rabada’s full-toss sends Chris Gayle’s stumps flying all over the place in PBKS vs DC clash
A bamboozled Gayle was knocked over with his stumps flying and cartwheeling over the place.
Updated - May 2, 2021 9:29 pm
The sight of stumps flying all over the place is perhaps the most satisfying for any pacer. And when that treatment is given to one of the most destructive batters in the world, the surrealness of the spectacle goes up a notch or two. Make that being immediately after going for a six, and that is there a dream come true.
All of that happened in a space of two balls when Kagiso Rabada and Chris Gayle faced off each other during the Punjab Kings’ encounter against the Delhi Capitals at Ahmedabad in the Sunday doubleheader of the IPL.
Winning the toss, Capitals’ skipper opted to field. While the bowlers managed to keep a lid on the scoring rate initially and Rabada even claimed a wicket in his opening over, getting Prabhsimran Singh, the Kings’ opener out cheaply, they eyed to make a shift with crucial powerplay overs passing on. Mayank Agarwal, the stand-in skipper, was the first to initiate as he picked a couple of boundaries in Avesh Khan’s over.
Getting into his groove, Gayle smothered Rabada behind square for gigantic six on the first ball of the immediately following over. Although, Rabada came back with an unexpected full toss, perhaps a missed yorker, which caught the big Caribbean off guard. Despite missing the length, clocked over 140kmp meant that the batter had little time to make an adjustment.
A bamboozled Gayle was knocked over with his stumps flying and cartwheeling over the place. Dissatisfied with the manner of departing, he walked back for a 13-ball 9.
— Simran (@CowCorner9) May 2, 2021
Mayank Agarwal shine for the Kings
Meanwhile, in the absence of KL Rahul, who developed sudden abdominal pain and was subsequently hospitalized, leading him to miss the game tonight, the stand-in skipper Mayank Agarwal smacked eight fours and four sixes in his 99-run knock.
Agarwal was 84 off 54 at the end of the penultimate over. He belted a couple of fours and six in the final over to reach 95, with the only way left to reach his century being hitting a six on the last ball. That he could not manage and smoked a boundary down the ground to remain unbeaten on 99 off 58. His knock might have been a run short of three-figures, but it ensured that Kings did not succumb to an uncompetitive total.