Lucknow Super Giants beat Delhi Capitals on Sunday, 1 May in the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai to move to the second position in the points table. KL Rahul’s team made it three wins in a row, defeating Rishabh Pant’s Delhi by a margin of 6 runs.
Captain KL Rahul anchored LSG to victory, days after criticizing the reckless approach of his batters. He scored 77 off 51 balls alongside Deepak Hooda who pitched in with a quick-fire 52 off 34 balls. The duo put together 95 runs between them, setting up a huge total of 195 runs on a sticky Wankhede wicket on Sunday.
Returning to bowl, LSG pacers provided quick breakthroughs for their teams and restricted the Pant-led team to 189/7 in 20 overs in a nervous finish, winning the game by 6 runs.
LSG vs. DC Highlights
DC openers fail
Delhi Capitals openers have had a splendid season in the current edition of the IPL and DC needed them to be at their best chasing 196 runs. DC were pushing for the top half of the table as this win could have taken them above RCB in the points table.
However, it did not go according to plan today as Prithvi Shaw departed in the second over of the game top edging a Chameera short ball. Soon after Prithvi, David Warner took a long back to the dugout, pulling Mohsin Khan to Ayush Badoni who took a sharp catch inside the circle.
Mitchell Marsh’s Brain Fade
Mitchell Marsh has not had a good time in IPL with two struggling innings and a bout of Covid-19. The star player for Australia in the 2021 T20 World Cup counter-attacked Lucknow with his full repertoire of shots. This shook LSG’ confidence as they looked lost for ideas.
Rishabh Pant and Marsh brought up their 50-partnership in just 18 balls and DC looked set to chase their target down with Rovman Powell still to come.
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However, Marsh’s stay was cut short by a bizarre dismissal against Krishnappa Gowtham in the first delivery of the bowler’s introduction. Marsh was given out trying to slog a floated ball, and the Australian batter chose not to challenge the umpire on the caught behind call.
While Marsh’s initial reaction indicated that he had not touched the ball, he chose not to protest the umpire’s call despite two reviews remaining.
Replays showed that there was daylight between the ball and bat and Marsh would have stayed on if he would have reviewed the call.
Mohsin Khan Shines
Out of all the bowlers that bowled on the pitch today, Mohsin Khan was probably the best of the lot. He picked up four very important wickets for LSG on the day, David Warner, Rishabh Pant, Rovman Powell and Shardul Thakur. The wickets were taken at crucial junctures in the game, making sure that Lucknow dictated the game. After his quota of overs ended in the 17th over of the game, Khan’s figures read 4-0-16-4, his best in the Indian Premier League.
Mohsin Khan said his parents wanted to see him play in the #IPL. Well, they are going to be seeing a lot of him in the future.
— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) May 1, 2022
Rahul-Hooda base set
In a sticky wicket at the Wankhede stadium, Lucknow Super Giants started with an attempt after choosing to bat first. Quinton de Kock was the aggressor inside the power play against Delhi bowlers who were given one-over spells by captain Rishabh Pant.
After getting tonked for majority of the first four overs, the move brought rewards after the introduction of Shardul Thakur in the fifth over, as de Kock scooped an off cutter to Lalit Yadav in the fifth over of the game.
The wicket did not bring much reward for Capitals as Deepak Hooda and KL Rahul joined hands to produce a rapid partnership of 95 off just 61 balls, with both batsmen reaching their individual half centuries. Hooda was class apart on the day, hitting his half century in just 32-balls, setting up LSG for a big total before getting out in the 15th over.
LSG’s poor usage of Stoinis
World Cup winner Marcus Stoinis was Lucknow Super Giants’ pre-auction buy for Rs 11 crore. And why not? The Australian all rounder can bat at the top as well as float in the middle order, can bowl quick and is also a gun fielder. A full package basically.
However, Stoinis has not been able to perform at his best and today was no different.
Stoinis was not able to score against Kuldeep Yadav and struggled massively in the sticky wicket. A stuttering innings of 17 off 16 balls would have cost LSG much more if not for the abilities of KL Rahul, who got out due to the pressure put on him in the other end. He did not bowl in the second innings till the very last over, defending 21 runs off the final six balls. Not a death overs bowler by any stretch of imagination, he was hit for a six in the very first ball of his over by Kuldeep Yadav. It turned out to be a nervous over from the Australian, as he held his own in the final over to win the game by six runs.
Marcus Stoinis is the second bowler to have been hit by Kuldeep Yadav for a six in Twenty20 cricket.
The first was Rahul Tewatia.
— Abhishek Mukherjee (@ovshake42) May 1, 2022
LSG at the end of the day managed to put on 195 runs on board but could have and should have managed a lot more with seven wickets remaining. That did not matter at the end, as the bowlers put their hands up to win a nervous game and go up to the second position in the points table.