Rabada breaks Shikhar Dhawan's bat with a brutal yorker in India's world cup opener




Kagiso Rabada came up with a brutal toe crusher that saw Shikhar Dhawan’s toe end of the bat breaking during the ongoing ICC Cricket World Cup clash between India and South Africa on Wednesday at the Rose Bowl in Southampton. Rabada, who started the proceedings for South Africa with the new ball, rose to the occasion with a fiery spell at the starting overs to make sure that South Africa’s first innings total of 227 shouldn't be a cakewalk for India. The yorker which ended up breaking Shikhar’s bat was one of the major highlights of his spell.
The South African pacer delivered a pinpoint yorker right into the blockhole which clocked 146kph and was an unplayable delivery even for one of the best batsmen. Dhawan brought his bat down just in time to dig it out but the ball hit the bottom end of the willow and sent a considerable amount of lump flying out of the bat. The broken piece went right behind the wickets and wicketkeeper Quinton de Kock presented it to the opener was an unusual sight. Dhawan was seen having a hearty laugh over it as he signalled to the dressing room for the change of the bat.

Rabada’s quickfire spell troubled the openers Dhawan and Rohit Sharma at the initial stages, as they could score only three runs off his first three overs. Rabada nearly managed to dismiss both the Indian openers in his very first over but the Indian batsmen managed to survive the edges as they fell in no man’s land. Rabada’s efforts were answered when Dhawan finally edged one to Quinton De Kock on the very first ball of his third over before departing for 8 off 12. Rohit however, managed to come back strongly hammering the South African for 15 runs in his fourth over with the help of a six and a couple of fours and later on played with lots of patience and composure to seal the win by smashing a century and remaining not out until the end of the innings.



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