KL Rahul catches a blinder with one hand to dismiss CSK’s Ajinkya Rahane, stunned by his own effort

KL Rahul took a brilliant catch behind the stumps in the mega Indian Premier League clash against Chennai Super Kings.

KL Rahul catches a blinder

Lucknow Super Giants captain KL Rahul is strengthening his claim for the T20 World Cup squad with each passing day. The flamboyant wicketkeeper took a brilliant diving catch behind the stumps during the IPL match against Chennai Super Kings on Tuesday.

Rahul won the toss and decided to bowl first against CSK and the decision worked out well for him as the hosts lost the wicket of Ajinkya Rahane early due to a brilliant catch.

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It was the last ball of the first over and Rahane drove the ball to Matt Henry, but the CSK batsman only managed to edge it as Rahul, who was very alert behind the stumps, moved to his right to catch the stunner with one hand. And dived.

Rahul is one of the contenders to be the wicketkeeper in India’s T20 World Cup squad, however, the position he is batting in the IPL – opening batsman – is making things difficult for him.

However, the LSG skipper played a brilliant innings against CSK in his last match at the Bharat Ratna Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee Ekana Cricket Stadium on Friday. Chasing the target of 177 runs, he scored 82 runs in 53 balls and helped his team register victory in 19 overs.

He hit three sixes and nine fours in his match-winning innings.

The 32-year-old has scored 282 runs in seven matches at a strike rate of 143.00. He has scored some half-centuries so far.

Meanwhile, Rahul won the toss and decided to bowl against Chennai Super Kings on Tuesday. Wicketkeeper batsman cites dew as reason behind call to chase target against CSK

“We will bowl first. There is a bit of dew, we have trained here and there is a bit of dew which will make an impact. The wicket is a bit slow and hopefully we can put their batsmen under pressure. (On the previous win) We have done well in all three aspects. We played well, but we know how challenging Chennai is, there is no need to cheer the crowd for us, they always encourage good cricket. Let’s do it,” Rahul said at the toss.

The Chennai team made one change in its eleven, including Daryl Mitchell in place of fellow Kiwi Rachin Ravindra, who is in poor form.

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“Nothing different, but coin tossing is something I need to work on. I think I have lost seven matches in a row. There will be some dew later on, but you never know how the wicket will hold you back.” All you need to do is go out there and express yourself, if the ball is in your zone then just attack it – it’s great for us to have Daryl coming in. Will need to win some tosses, however, it does not matter whether you are batting first or bowling first, you need to play good cricket here to win,” Gaikwad said at the toss.

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