IPL 2022 Updates: Quinton De Kock strikes as LSG wins DC by six wickets.

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Lucknow Super Giants defeated Delhi Capitals by six wickets in their Indian Premier League encounter on Thursday.

Quinton de Kock scored an impressive 80 off 52 balls as Lucknow Super Giants defeated Delhi Capitals by six wickets in their inaugural IPL season here on Thursday. After a blistering knock from Prithvi Shaw (61 off 31), the Delhi Capitals fell short at 149 for 3 after Lucknow, unsurprisingly, chose to field first. With Lucknow’s riches, 150 should have been a simple chase, and the K L Rahul-led side made sure it was, finishing with two balls to spare on a tough pitch.

De Kock was at his ruthless best, contributing 73 runs to a 73-run partnership with opening partner Rahul Dravid (24 off 25).

The South African wicketkeeper-batter was especially hard on fellow countryman Anrich Nortje, who was playing his first game since November. In his maiden IPL game in India, the fit-again bowler was blasted for three fours and a six by de Kock in an over that yielded 19 runs.

Nortje was hauled off the attack later after delivering two waist-high no balls on what turned out to be a dismal night for the South African pacer.

Following Rahul’s dismissal, his side needed 76 runs in the final ten overs. With his second 50-plus score of the competition, De Kock, who had nine fours and two sixes, placed the team on the verge of victory.
Because of the difficult surface, Lucknow struggled to end the game, with even the in-form Deepak Hooda and veteran Krunal Pandya failing to get the big smashes.
Lucknow finally won the game, with the youthful Ayush Badoni striking the game-winning four and six against Shardul Thakur in the last over.

Earlier, Shaw’s knock was flawless, but Lucknow re-entered the game with a superb bowling effort. Ravi Bishnoi, a young leg-spinner, was the standout performer for the new IPL newcomers.
David Warner (4 off 12) struggled in his first innings of the season after returning to the team where he made his IPL debut in 2009.
In the second over, off-spinner K Gowtham (1/23) was given the ball, and Shaw did not let him relax, smashing a full ball over cover for his first four runs of the innings.

Shaw pulled six-over midwicket off Jason Holder in the next over. Then it was the turn of pacer Avesh Khan, who was hit for three fours in a row in the fourth over.
While the rest of the team fought around him, it appeared that Shaw was hitting on a different surface. He sliced the ball with his fast hands and was equally quick to drive anything full over cover.
The Capitals had a promising powerplay, reaching 52 for no loss in six overs. Lucknow, on the other hand, stormed back after the powerplay, taking the wickets of Shaw, Warner, and Rovman Powell (3 off 10) in the space of 18 deliveries.

After hitting Gowtham for six, Shaw was taken off guard. Warner was out to a weak shot from Bishnoi, and Powell’s stumps shook as he attempted a slog-sweep off a googly from the young leg-spinner, leaving the Capitals at 74 for three in the 11th over.
The onus was on skipper Rishabh Pant (39 not out of 36) to lead the squad to a decent total, which he did with Sarfaraz Khan (36 not out of 28), who was making his club debut.
Pant usually hit straight boundaries, whilst Sarfaraz displayed skills that have gained him a lot of runs in domestic cricket without taking many risks.

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