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‘Sai Kishore should’ve been given a chance much earlier’ – Twitter impressed by GT spinner debut

Ravisrinivasan Sai Kishore made his IPL debut today for the Gujurat Titans against Lucnow Super Giants, and it’s unlikely to be a day he’ll ever forget. The left-arm spinner took two wickets for only seven runs in the two overs that he bowled, and together with Rashid Khan tightened the screws on LSG’s chase. LSG collapsed for 82 all out inside fourteen overs, and lost by a massive 62-run margin.

The 25-year-old from Tamil Nadu has waited years for his debut ever since he was acquired by his first team CSK in 2018. GT’s pacers were spot on, with the new ball combination of Mohammed Shami and Yash Dhayal making early inroads and reducing LSG to 37-3 at the end of the powerplay.

GT were in a commanding position the halfway mark of the innings with LSG four wickets down and languishing at a run-rate of 5.8. They still needed over 80 runs from the last ten, and that was when Sai Kishore was introduced. Rashid Khan had already bowled a couple of overs by then, and taken the wicket of Krunal Pandya.

Kishore’s first over was a dream start to his IPL career. He bowled a beautiful flighted delivery to Ayush Badoni, and the youngster came charging down the pitch, missing the ball entirely and was easily stumped by Wriddhiman Saha. Only four runs came from that over. Rashid Khan inflicted further damage on the wounded LSG side with the wicket of Jason Holder in the next over, while Marcus Stoinis was involved in a catastrophic runout that sent him back to the hut after scoring just 2.

Deepak Hooda and Mohsin Khan were at the crease during Kishore’s second and final over of the match. A full, flighted delivery around off-stump took care of Mohsin, who skied it to backward point.

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