Indian top-order batter Ajinkya Rahane turned back time as he smashed 23 runs in Arshad Khan's second over. The El Classico of IPL between Mumbai Indians and Chennai Super Kings saw an incredible bowling performance by the Yellow Army.
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Then continuing their incredible form at the Wankhede Stadium, Ajinkya Rahane came out all guns blazing and put on an incredible batting display against an inexperienced bowling attack. In the over before, the Mumbai-born batter hit a scintillating six against Jason Beherendoff which started off the carnage.
Facing off against Arshad Khan, Ajinkya Rahane smashed another incredible six over fine leg. Then the former Indian captain hit four consecutive boundaries, including a Sachin Tendulkar-like straight drive to score 23 runs in the over. Then in the next two overs, he completed the fastest 50 in IPL 2023, reaching the milestone in just 19 balls.
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He said, "Really enjoyed it, I got to know before the toss. Moeen was unwell. And Flem told me I was playing. Had a good domestic season. I just try to maintain my shape. Focus on timing. It is all about you have to feel that you are playing a match. IPL is a long tournament and you never know when you get an opportunity."
"I always enjoy playing at Wankhede. I have never played a Test here. I would want to play a Test here. The important thing about Mahi bhai and Fleming is they give freedom to everyone. Mahi bhai told me to prepare well," he further added.