LSG vs SRH: Lucknow Super Giants established that defending a sizeable total was not beyond their capabilities. They earned a hard-fought win over Sunrisers Hyderabad.
LSG vs SRH: The last over that finished it for SRH
Jason Holder was assigned to defend 16 runs in the last over to give his team another IPL win. He restricted his former IPL team from scoring the required runs in his over. Washington Sundar was the first one to go in his over, getting caught at long-on. Holder picked up two more wickets including that of the threatening Romario Shepherd.
He had prevented any boundary coming from the previous five deliveries with a mixture of various attacks. With three wickets nicked off in that over, Holder gave Lucknow a comfortable win as the game got over in stark contrast to how it had started.
LSG vs SRH: Lucknow’s strategy to fight back
The captain KL Rahul stood firm on one end of the pitch and watched his team fold one by one. He struck some watchful knocks that took them par any risk. However, the arrival of Deepak Hooda changed the texture of the game in the middle overs. A fruitful partnership kick-started with a 20-run over against pacer Umran Malik.
Rahul and Hooda reversed the pressure by eyeing the halfway mark. Hooda reached 50 striking 16 in Malik’s over and scored 87 before he fell in the 16th over.
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LSG vs SRH: How did SRH perform in the chase?
SRH looked a lot in control of the match for a larger portion. However, a couple of bumps stood in the way of their first victory through a comfortable finish. Avesh Khan became the villain for them in the powerplay phase, getting rid of both the well-established openers.
Kane Williamson mistimed an attempted shot that went straight into the fine leg fielder. Abhishek Sharma ended up skiing a cutter, giving Manish Pandey a catch at the cover position.
LSG vs SRH: What other factors went wrong for SRH?
The third-wicket partnership was the one that had got SRH back in the game. Rahul Tripathi led the team in a 44-run stand of 30 balls with Aiden Markram. However, Markram fell trying to drive Krunal Pandya inside out and giving a simple catch to the cover. Markram fell for 12 off 14 balls without scoring a single boundary. However, SRH did not lose any momentum because of Tripathi who kept ticking the scorecard.
They found another powerful stand at this point with Nicholas Pooran and Washington Sundar adding 47 more in just 26 balls. Pooran managed a couple of sixes, however, Avesh Khan had the last laugh as Pooran hit a full toss straight to mid-off. Avesh Khan also nicked off the wicket of Abdul Samad getting him caught behind the first ball. He finished with Career-best IPL figures of 4-24 setting up Holder’s defense in the final over.
LSG vs SRH: Brief Scores
Brief Scores: Lucknow Super Giants 169/7 (KL Rahul 68, Deepak Hooda 51) beat Sunrisers Hyderabad 157/9 (Rahul Tripathi 44; Avesh Khan 4-24, Jason Holder 3-34) by 12 runs