All hell breaks loose as Ambati Rayudu and Sheldon Jackson get into a fight during SMAT match

Baroda captain Rayudu and Sheldon Jackson go toe-to-toe during a Syed Mushtaq Ali trophy match between Baroda and Saurashtra.

During the 9th over of Saurashtra’s innings, Ambati Rayudu appeared to be dissatisfied with wicket-keeper batter Sheldon Jackson’s excessively prolonged breaks between deliveries. Rayudu voiced his displeasure with the situation by addressing it sternly to the officials, prompting Jackson to intervene.

Watch video: Ambati Rayudu and Sheldon Jackson caught in a tussle

The umpires separated the pair and told the players not to fight during matches. Rayudu started yelling at the umpire, which sparked the fight. Sheldon Jackson began swinging recklessly and eventually got out.

Saurashtra won the toss and opted to field first. Opening batter Milesh Patel and Vishnu Solanki scored a 50 each persuading Baroda to a total of 175 in which Rayudu recorded a first ball duck. Bhani Pania’s 10-ball 26-run cameo helped in the end.

Saurashtra’s openers failed to get them off to a good start but top-order batter Samarth Vyas scored a 52-ball 97 to ensure that the total was chased down. Krunal Pandya was the standout performer with the ball as he took 2wickets in his quota of 4 overs.

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