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IPL 2021 Final, CSK vs KKR: Shubman Gill relieved from ball hit spidercam cable before being caught by Ambati Rayudu



Shubman Gill got a lucky respite as the ball hit the spidercam before it was caught by Ambati Rayudu.© BCCI/IPL

Kolkata Knight Riders opener Shubman Gill got a major relief during KKR’s high-pressure chase in the IPL 2021 final in Dubai as his dismissal was reversed after the ball hit the spidercam cable. Gill was batting on 27 when he tried to hit a big shot off Ravindra Jadeja in the third ball of the 10th over of KKR’s innings. The ball hit the thumb end of the bat and went up in the sky. Ambati Rayudu, who was fielding at deep mid-wicket position, covered a lot of ground to take a well-judged catch at the end.

There was a celebratory mood in the CSK camp, but the scenario soon changed as the on-field umpire was seen taking advice from the third umpire. After watching a few replays, it was clear that the ball was stuck to the Spidercam cable. Under the prevailing rules of the game, the delivery in such a situation is considered a dead ball and the batsman is ruled out.

That’s exactly what happened and Gill got another chance to keep CSK chasing the big target. However, things changed dramatically after this incident as CSK made a comeback in the match and Shardul Thakur picked up the wickets of Venkatesh Iyer and Nitish Rana in the same over. Sunil Narine was promoted in the order to continue hitting big, but he too was soon dismissed by Josh Hazlewood.

Gill, however, could not make the most of the opportunity as Deepak Chahar dismissed him for 51 off 43 balls in the 14th over.

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