New Delhi. In IPL 2022, Lucknow Super Giants defeated Punjab Kings by 20 runs in a low scoring match on Friday. Batting first, KL Rahul’s Lucknow team scored 153 runs for 8 wickets in 20 overs. But Punjab Kings could not chase the target. Even though Lucknow won the match. But captain KL Rahul was unhappy with the players. Especially with the batsmen. Rahul gave full credit for this victory to the bowlers.
Batting first in this match, Lucknow scored 99 runs for the loss of 2 wickets in 13 overs. The hope was that Lucknow would score big. But as soon as Quinton de Kock (46) was dismissed, Lucknow’s batting faltered and the team lost 4 wickets within 13 runs. Because of this, Lucknow could score only 153 runs. However, bowling brilliantly from the bowlers of Lucknow, Punjab Kings were restricted to 133 runs.
Lucknow Super Giants captain KL Rahul said after the match, “We played stupid cricket with the bat. We have experience in our batting order and we should have taken full advantage of it. When Quinton de Kock and Deepak Hooda were batting after 10 overs, they handled the innings well. Both of them had added 60 runs in 9 overs on a difficult wicket. If the rest of the batsmen had also batted thoughtfully, they would have easily scored 180-190. I am disappointed with the team’s batting.
Players have to play according to the situation: KL Rahul
Rahul further said, “I think we need to be smart in reading the game. If we didn’t play too many shots, we could have done better. We fielded and bowled well. Just, the same process needs to be repeated in the next match as well.
KL Rahul praises Krunal
Rahul praised the bowlers of the team fiercely. He said that Krunal (Pandya) has done well in this entire IPL. He has bowled economical and has taken wickets at crucial times. Apart from this, the way the fast bowlers bowled, our team has benefited. Rahul said, “We need to understand the conditions well in any match. We should know when to play the game.”
For Lucknow, Krunal took 2 wickets for 11 runs in 4 overs. At the same time, Mohsin Khan took 3 wickets for 24 runs in 4 overs. Dushmanta Chamira was also successful in sending two Punjab batsmen to the pavilion.
FIRST PUBLISHED : April 30, 2022, 09:48 IST