WATCH : Pat Cummins upholding spirit of game denying Jadeja’s field obstruction


The Chennai Super Kings encountered a shaky start when they lost their key opener, Rachin Ravindra, in the fourth over. However, Ruturaj Gaikwad and Ajinkya Rahane provided stability, guiding their team to 48/1 by the end of the powerplay.

After Gaikwad’s departure in the eighth over, Shivam Dube and Rahane strengthened the CSK batting lineup, forging a solid 65-run partnership and pushing the score to 115/2 after 13 overs. Nonetheless, the home team’s bowlers showcased their prowess by swiftly dismissing both batsmen.

As Ravindra Jadeja and Daryl Mitchell took charge in the slog overs with the bat, an intriguing moment unfolded, highlighting the cricketing spirit displayed by SRH skipper Cummins.

In the 19th over, Bhuvneshwar Kumar bowled a yorker to Jadeja, who defended it and looked to take a single. However, Mitchell, at the other end, declined the run, leading Bhuvneshwar to retrieve the ball. As he prepared to throw, the ball inadvertently hit Jadeja’s back as he attempted to return to the crease.

Despite a potential opportunity to claim a wicket via ‘obstructing the field’, SRH wicketkeeper Heinrich Klaasen chose not to appeal. On-field umpires Rohan Pandit and Yeshwant Barde discussed the incident, but Cummins intervened, dismissing the obstruction of field appeal.

As per the MCC laws, a batter shall not be out obstructing the field if the obstruction is accidental, for the purpose of avoiding injury, or if the striker makes a second or subsequent strike to guard their wicket lawfully.


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