Although the collection of 179 runs in the IPL is a struggle, it is not so important. Sunrisers Hyderabad chased down the target but were on the verge of victory at the end of the first 10 overs but lost the last 10 overs in the brilliant bowling of the bowlers of Lucknow Super Giants.
In the end, Lucknow won by 12 runs against Sunrisers after fighting for 169 runs for 8 wickets.
The Sunrisers did not do well in the challenge of scoring 6 and a half runs per over to win. At the end of 6 overs of Powerplay, the score of the franchise was 40 for 2. Lucknow pacer Abesh Khan picked up Ken Williamson (18) and Abhishek Sharma in the power play. From here, Sunrisers overcame the pressure of Aiden Markram and Rahul Tripathi’s 44 off 31 balls for the third wicket. At the end of 10 overs, the score of Sunrisers was 72 for 2.
Lucknow captain Rahul picked up a half-century
Lucknow captain Rahul picked up a half-centuryPhoto: IPL
Caribbean hard hitter Nicholas Puran was named after Markram (12) was dismissed in the first over by Krunal Pandya. 6 runs from 59 balls – the goal was not very difficult for Puran and Tripathi. But Tripathi, who made 44 off 30 balls, swept Krunal in the 14th over and was dismissed for a six. Then Washington Sundar came and tied the knot with Puran.
The Sunrisers were not far from victory at the end of the 15th over. The last 30 balls needed 50 runs. At that time, ‘set’ on the wicket meant that it was time for him to open his hand completely.
Lucknow captain Rahul handed the ball to Abesh Khan to keep the Sunrisers at 33 off 16 balls. Puran hit him with a six off the first ball. But in the third ball, Puran (34 off 24 balls) was turned into a long on catch by Abesh Khan. The pacer raised the possibility of a hat-trick by catching Abdul Samad behind the wicket with the next ball.
The end did not go well for Sunrisers
The end did not go well for SunrisersPhoto: IPL
He turned the match around with 2 wickets for 6 runs in the 18th over. Sundar and Romario Shepherd could not match the equation of 26 runs in the last two overs. 18 runs were needed in the last over to win. Sunrisers’ innings stopped at 156 for 9 wickets. Abesh Khan took 4 wickets, 3 wicket holder.
Lucknow has collected 160 touches in two pairs. Lokesh Rahul made a partnership of 7 runs off 72 balls with Deepak Hooda for the fourth wicket. In the next wicket, Lucknow got a pair of 30 runs from 18 balls from Ayush Badoni and Rahul. In the seventh wicket, Jason Holder and Badani put up a good fight for the end of Lucknow with a pair of 19 runs off 6 balls. Holder-Baduni made 16 runs in four sixes in the last over by Sunrisers Hyderabad pacer Romario Shepherd.
Separately, Lucknow’s innings was pulled by two main players – opener Lokesh Rahul and middle-order batsman Deepak Huda.