The dog’s intrusion onto the pitch delayed Monday’s Indian Premier League game between Chennai Super Kings and Lucknow Super Giants. The players and referees attempted to remove him from the pitch. A crowd of cheered fans as the unruly animal led a group of ground workers in a chase through a stadium in the southern city of Chennai.
The tail-wagging dog appeared to be enjoying the glare of the floodlights before being shooed away and the game started five minutes late. Great commentator Sunil Gavaskar wasn’t amused by the turn of events, saying, “Ground staff should ensure things like this don’t cause delays. Chennai Captain MS Dhoni smiled as he returned to his team’s stronghold, this time full of fans, after years of Covid forcing home and away games.”
The exclusive T20 tournament returned to a two-legged format for its 16th edition, with 10 teams traveling across India to qualify for the finals on May 28th. Focus returned to cricket when Chennai opener Ruturaj Gaikwad took on bowler Kyle Mayers after Lucknow opted to bowl first.
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