Ravi Ashwin is a character on the field. He is a proper cricketing nerd and a complete team man. Whenever the team is in trouble, the skipper could expect Ashwin to deliver, be it with the bat or the ball. On Sunday, Ravi Ashwin and Jimmy Neesham were involved in a controversial run out against Lucknow Super Giants. Understanding the value of Neesham’s wicket in the death, the off-spinner tried to sacrifice himself but the third umpire intervened to take the final decision.
LSG and RR met at the Brabourne Stadium, Mumbai in the 62nd match of the IPL. It was a vital game for both sides as both of them are fighting for a spot in the playoffs and the Qualifier 1.
Rajasthan Royals batted first after winning the toss and posted a decent total of 178/6 in 20 overs. They could have scored more runs but lost a bit of momentum towards the end.
Ravi Ashwin tries to sacrifice himself for Jimmy Neesham
On the 4th delivery of the 18th over, Ashwin drove Ravi Bishnoi to the covers, where KL Rahul quickly released the ball to the bowler’s end after making the stop. Meanwhile, Jimmy Neesham got off the blocks for a quick single to get back to the strike.
Ravi Ashwin was late to leave his crease and Neesham was left stranded in the middle. However, Ravi Ashwin understood the value of the Kiwi all-rounder in the death to score more runs and tried to run toward the bowling end to sacrifice himself.
While in the first instance, it looked like Ravi Ashwin is the one to get out but the third umpire intervened and checked the replays. Later, it was concluded that Jimmy Neesham is the person to lose his wicket.
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Ashwin remained unbeaten for 10 runs off 7 deliveries in the end. The off-spinner, meanwhile, had a good game with the ball as he returned with an economical spell of 24/1 in 4 overs.