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Aaron Finch was at the centre of brutal scenes in the IPL on Thursday after having his stumps smashed in a wild dismissal against Delhi Capitals.
Finch did battle with compatriots David Warner and Mitch Marsh as the Kolkata Knight Riders took on Delhi in Mumbai.
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And it was Warner and the Capitals who came out on top, with Finch lasting just seven balls while opening the batting for Kolkata.
Finch was dismissed for three in just his third match of the IPL season, unable to cash in on a massive lifeline after being dropped on the previous ball.
In his three knocks so far in the IPL this season, Finch has scored a half-century against the Rajasthan Royals, sandwiched by two failures.
On Thursday, he had his stumps skittled by Chetan Sakariya after taking a wild swipe at a full ball that swung back in between his bat and pad.
The dismissal came just one delivery after Finch was dropped in the deep playing a similarly expansive shot.
Cricket fans were somewhat confused by the nature of Finch's dismissal.
“Got a good one”
— Lachlan McKirdy (@LMcKirdy7) April 28, 2022
That's a big technical failure of Finch that even the commentators were laughing when he got out again in that fashion
— Hrushikesh Panda (@Hrushik42082501) April 28, 2022
The most unpredictable batsman on earth.
— Manas (@TBEmanas) April 28, 2022
Haha, so this is why Aaron Finch throw the "kitchen sink" and get clean bowl, after he was drop , man was hungry , lol , pic.twitter.com/kMueQFYaiC
— CRICKETBITTS (@cricketbitts) April 28, 2022
What the rass is this 😒 switch Aaron Finch with Mohammed Nabi! pic.twitter.com/GManljbglK
— °• Chenae •° (@chenae876) April 28, 2022
What is that body language by Aaron Finch? #IPL2022
— Shawmava Mukherjee (@IndiCoder18) April 28, 2022
David Warner continues fine form in IPL
With the Capitals chasing Kolkata's 9-146, Warner conclusively won the battle of the 35-year-old openers as he cracked a 28-ball 42.
The knock gave his new franchise the impetus to go on and win by four wickets.
As well as Warner, left-arm wrist spinner Kuldeep Yadav and fast bowler Mustafizur Rahman set up Delhi's victory against a Kolkata side which left out Aussie Test captain Pat Cummins.
Kuldeep demolished Kolkata's top order with 4-14, and Bangladesh left-armer Mustafizur picked up three wickets in the final over to restrict the Knight Riders even further.
Delhi then overcame a middle-order collapse against fast bowler Umesh Yadav (3-24) as Rovman Powell's unbeaten 33 off 16 balls carried his team to 6-150 with an over to spare and handed Kolkata their fifth-straight loss.
Warner had kicked off Delhi's response in impressive fashion, cracking eight boundaries in his 42 to continue what's been a fruitful IPL campaign, featuring three half-centuries.
Umesh provided Kolkata with the perfect start when he had Prithvi Shaw caught and bowled first ball.
That brought Warner's Aussie colleague Mitch Marsh to the crease, back after his absence with Covid-19.
Marsh struck a couple of boundaries in his seven-ball 13 before holing out at backward-square off Harshit Rana.
Umesh later removed both Warner and captain Rishabh Pant (two) in his return spell as Delhi slipped to 5-84 in the 12th over.
Axar Patel hit 24 off 17 before getting run out needlessly, but Powell smashed three sixes and a boundary in his unbeaten knock to guide them home.
After the game, Kolkata captain Shreyas Iyer hinted that Cummins was left out because he had a physical "niggle".
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