Chennai Super Kings captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni won the toss and bowled first against Lucknow Super Giants on Wednesday (May 3). The toss was delayed by half an hour due to rain on the ground, while the start of the match was delayed by 15 minutes. Batting first, Lucknow struggled to score runs. But they could not complete their innings as the rain reappeared. In the meantime, a job done by Lucknow’s fielding coach Jonty Rods was appreciated by many.
Lucknow Super Giants regular captain KL Rahul () was unable to play in this match due to an injury sustained in the previous match. Krunal Pandya was leading Lucknow in Rahul’s absence. Lucknow team came out to bat first after Krunal lost the toss. In 6 overs of Powerplay, Lucknow scored 34 runs and lost 4 important wickets. The team did not get the expected start in the powerplay. But Ayush Badoni (), who came to bat at number seven, scored an unbeaten 59 runs. Due to this explosive innings by Badoni, the Lucknow team could reach almost 125 runs in 19.2 overs.
But with 4 balls left in the innings, rain made an appearance again and play had to be stopped. After the players left the ground, members of the ground staff went to work covering the pitch. At this time Lucknow’s coach Jonty Rhodes also came to the aid of these employees. Rhodes along with the ground staff dragged the paper to cover the pitch onto the field. Although Rhodes did the job voluntarily, he later decided to step aside after being urged by a member of the ground staff. This video is going viral on social media. Fans are praising Rhodes for his simplicity.
.@JontyRhodes8 to the rescue 😃👌🏻
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Meanwhile, Jonty Rhodes age is currently 53 years. But they can still surpass a young player in terms of fitness. Looking at Lucknow’s performance in the current season, the team has won 5 out of 10 matches. (Jonty Rhodes helps ground staff to cover the pitch)