Mohsin Khan and Krunal Pandya shine as the Lucknow Super Giants defeat the Punjab Kings by 20 runs.
On Friday, the Lucknow Super Giants capitalized on the blunders of the Punjab Kings to win by 20 runs in the Indian Premier League. Kagiso Rabada hit four boundaries as Punjab Kings improved their bowling to restrict Lucknow Super Giants to 153 all out. It should have been a simple chase, but Punjab blundered their way to 133 for eight in 20 overs. LSG’s spirited bowling effort was headed by pacers Dushmantha Chameera (2/17) and Krunal Pandya (2/11), but they were also aided by the recklessness of the Punjab hitters, especially skipper Mayank Agarwal (25), Liam Livingstone (18), and Jonny Bairstow (2/11). (32).
Mohsin Khan, a left-arm bowler, also finished with three wickets.
Rishi Dhawan (21 not out) tried his hardest to resurrect Punjab, but it proved too difficult.
LSG’s sixth win in nine games moves them closer to a playoff berth, while Punjab’s quest becomes more difficult with only four wins in nine games.
Earlier, the lone bright point of LSG’s innings was an 85-run second-wicket stand between opener Quinton de Kock (46 off 37) and Deepak Hooda (34 off 28).
Rababda (4/38), Arshdeep Singh (0/23), and Sandeep Sharma (1/18) all contributed in different ways, while leg spinner Rahul Chahar picked up a handful of wickets. After skipper Mayank Agarwal chose to bowl, Punjab pacers were brilliant in the powerplay, limiting LSG to 39 runs with the wicket of in-form K L Rahul (6).
While the ever-improving Arshdeep and the experienced Sandeep got the ball swinging, it was Rabada who got rid of the opposition captain.
The South African paceman got one to straighten from a good length, indicating it was too good for Rahul, making it appear like a real Test match dismissal.
With only 16 runs scored in the first four overs, de Kock broke the shackles for LSG by hammering fellow countryman Rabada for consecutive sixes, one a straight hit that nestled on the boundary rope and the other a tremendous hoick over midwicket. Hooda, who battled to rotate strikes early in his innings, got off to a flying start with a straight-six from Rishi Dhawan. Sandeep was outstanding in his opening spell, allowing only eight runs in three overs. With LSG 67 for 1 in 10 overs, Punjab was in complete command of the game.
The 11th over of Liam Livingstone yielded 15 runs, and it appeared that LSG were finally finding their stride, but the dismissals of set hitters de Kock and Hooda compounded their woes. Hooda paid the price for not being vigilant enough to get himself run out following a stunning direct hit from the deep by Jonny Bairstow, while De Kock was honest enough to walk back into the dressing room after getting a small edge off Sandeep.
LSG’s innings were stalled as they labored to 109 for five in 15 overs. LSG passed the 150-run mark thanks to cameos from Jason Holder (11 off 8), Dushmantha Chameera (17 off 10), and Mohsin Khan (13 not out off 6).