New Delhi. The bowlers of Lucknow Super Giants successfully defended their relatively low score to lead their team to a 20-run win against Punjab Kings on Friday. Lucknow lost five wickets in 13 runs in the middle overs, leading to the second wicket between Quinton de Kock (46 off 37 balls, four fours, two sixes) and Deepak Hooda (34 off 28 balls, one four, two sixes). The stage was shattered by a partnership of 85 runs. But with the useful contribution of the lower order batsmen, the team was finally able to score 153 runs for eight wickets.
However, the bowlers of Lucknow made this score like a mountain for Punjab. He lost wickets at regular intervals and in the end his team could only reach 133 runs for eight wickets. Jonny Bairstow scored the highest 32 runs from his side. The fast bowlers were getting extra bounce from the pitch. The bowlers of Lucknow also took advantage of this. From his side, fast bowler Mohsin Khan took three wickets for 24 runs and Dushmantha Chamira took two wickets for 17 runs. Left-arm spinner Krunal Pandya took two wickets for 11 runs in four overs.
This is the sixth victory of Lucknow in nine matches, due to which it has reached number three in the points table with 12 points. This is Punjab’s fifth defeat in nine matches.
Punjab bowlers also bowled well. Kagiso Rabada took four wickets for 38 runs. Leg-spinner Rahul Chahar (2 for 30) and fast bowler Sandeep Sharma (one for 18) supported him well. Arshdeep Singh (4 over 23 runs) and Rishi Dhawan (2 over 13 runs) also bowled tightly. The Punjab batsmen, however, sabotaged the efforts of their bowlers.
Captain Mayank Agarwal (25 off 17 balls) showed his attitude by hitting sixes on Mohsin and Chamira but Lucknow captain KL Rahul did not allow him to play a big innings by taking his excellent catch at mid-off.
Punjab scored 46 for one in the powerplay, which was reduced to 46 for two by leg-spinner Ravi Bishnoi bowling Shikhar Dhawan (5). Rahul also took the best catch of Bhanuka Rajapakse (nine). In such a situation, Liam Livingstone (18) tried to relieve the pressure by hitting two consecutive sixes on Bishnoi, but in an attempt to scoop Mohsin’s slow ball, he gave an easy catch to Dekock.
Krunal Pandya raised hopes of Lucknow by tug-bearing Jitash Sharma (two). Bairstow remained at the crease with the help of DRS, which he celebrated by hitting two fours on Bishnoi, but Pandya took a brilliant catch at short third man off Chamira and turned the match again towards Lucknow. Even after this, wickets kept falling. Rishi Dhawan (21 not out) could only reduce the margin of defeat.
Hooda tried to justify the team management’s decision to send sixes off Rishi Dhawan and Liam Livingstone to the top of the order while de Kock hit some hard boundaries in the meantime. However, he could not complete the half-century. When the umpire turned down Sandeep’s appeal for a catch behind the wicket on the short pitch ball, Dekock left the crease himself showing sportsmanship. After this, suddenly there was a fall of wickets.
Hooda was run out on a straight throw by Jonny Bairstow, while Krunal Pandya (7) and Ayush Badoni (four) caught the pavilion by waving the ball in the air as soon as it came. Marcus Stoinis (one) also handed the catch back to Chahar. The score soon went from 98 for one to 111 for six. Lower-order batsmen Jason Holder (11, one six), Dushmantha Chamira (17 runs, two sixes) and Mohsin Khan (13 not out, one four, one six) collected useful runs in the last moments as Lucknow crossed the 150-run mark. . Chamira hit both her sixes on Rabada. (with language input)
FIRST PUBLISHED : April 30, 2022, 07:06 IST