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Harshal Patel delivers two waist-high no balls in the tenth and final ball of the Southern Derby between RCB and CSK.

Harshal Patel delivers two waist-high no balls in the tenth and final ball of the Southern Derby between RCB and CSK.

Faf du Plessis’ bowlers felt the heat in the 20th over of the first innings in the ‘Southern Derby’ of the ongoing Indian Premier League 2023, which is seeing Royal Challengers Bangalore and Chennai Super Kings face off at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bangalore. The CSK batters were smashing big hits at nearly every opportunity.

In the final over, the ball was given to ace pacer Harshal Patel, who conceded a single on the first delivery.

The very next ball, however, he bowled a full spin well beyond the permitted limit, and the on-field umpire correctly ruled it a no-ball. On strike, Ravindra Jadeja was unable to capitalize on the free shot and could only manage a single that veered off his pads.

The third ball was ruled a wide because it was observed to have sailed past Moeen Ali’s thighs. The very next delivery, Patel again bowled a waist-high no-ball, rendering him unable to bowl further in accordance with cricket regulations.

Glenn Maxwell assumed responsibility for bowling the remainder of the over and was struck for a six during the second free hit of the over. Jadeja danced down the track in an attempt to take advantage of the fourth delivery, but to no avail, as he was unable to clear the fielder at long off.

At number eight, captain MS Dhoni could only manage a single on the penultimate delivery, leaving Moeen to confront the final ball. The English southpaw scored only one run off the final delivery, bringing the team total to 226/7 in the allotted number of overs. In the final over, a total of ten deliveries were bowled and 16 runs were scored.

In the end, it appeared that the Chennai batsmen were unable to maintain the momentum generated by Devon Conway (83 runs off 45 balls), Ajinkya Rahane (37 runs off 20 balls), and Shivam Dube (52 runs off 27 balls). Notably, 105 runs were scored between the eighth and fifteenth over, while only 61 were scored between the sixteenth and twentieth overs.

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