Lucknow Super Giants (LSG) with 176 runs for 7 wickets, managed to defeat the Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) who managed a score of 101 runs.
The LSG team is now at the top of the table with this win against the KKR team. Though KL Rahul was dismissed, the LSG team was hard against the new ball. It was difficult to bat on this pitch, but the 30 runs in the 19th over by Shivam Mavi was able to take them to a total that was ‘par-plus’.
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De Kock and Hooda sparkle
Quinton de Kock had got KL Rahul out, even before he could face a ball. This was due to them looking for that ‘quick’ single. De Kock seemed to be brutal against all the balls that were short of length or pitched short. He managed to score 44 runs off 23 balls in the powerplay of 66 runs.
De Kock managed to take care of the pace in his 50 runs made off 29 balls. This included 4 fours and 3 sixes. Deepak Hooda hit a 6 in the fourth and also hit Anukul Roy for a 4.
Marcus Stoinis was careful when playing the 1st half of the ‘death-over’s’. There was only a single boundary in the over’s that were bowled by Russell, Mavi and Narine. This was in the 16th, 17th and 18th over. The tables seem to turn in the 19th over. Mavi had an over that worked out to be horrific for him. He had managed to concede only 20 runs in the 3 over’s till now. The first 3 balls were hit for sixes by Stoinis. He was out on the 4th ball.
There was no change with the new batter coming to the crease. Jason Holder managed to hit the 2 slot balls bowled by Mavi over long-off and square leg. Even though Southee slowed down a little, the LSG team knew they had enough.
The defense was perfect by Mohsin Khan. He managed to bowl at a ‘high’ pace and also got the ‘length’ balls to seam away and managed to dismiss B Indrajith. The KKR team could get their first run only after 9 balls. Dusmantha Chameera could match the pace of Mohsin and bowled hard lengths. He also dismissed Shreyas in the 4th over of the innings.
After 7 overs the KKR team was 25 runs for the loss of 4 wickets.
KKR team was interested in Russell
Russell was sent to bat in the 7th over. There was a chance of either KKR winning or batting out their allocation. Russell managed to hit 5 sixes and 3 fours in only 19 balls. Finally, a short ball by Avesh flew to the 3rd man.
Narine, also, made 22 runs in 12 balls. The lower order had collapsed. With this last pair at the crease, Holder went for a ‘hat trick’. Though Harshit Rana managed to avoid the hat trick, he was run out when taking a 3rd run.