Indian Premier League 2022: Avesh stars in LSG's hard-fought win over SRH

Lucknow Super Giants proved that defending a target was not beyond them as they earned a hard-fought 12-run win against a spirited Sunrisers Hyderabad.

What happened in that last over?

Tasked with defending 16, Jason Holder restricted his former IPL team to give Lucknow another win. He first had the well-set Washington Sundar caught at long on before picking two more including that of the dangerous Romario Shepherd off the last ball of the match. By then he had already prevented any boundary coming off the previous five deliveries with a mixture of slower balls and yorkers. With three wickets in that over, Holder gave Lucknow a comfortable win as the game finished in stark contrast to how it had started.

Match-up perfection

Sunrisers Hyderabad ticked most boxes in the initial part of the game, reducing Lucknow to 27/3 in the powerplay. SRH played and executed the match-up game to perfection. Kane Williamson brought on Washington Sundar to open the attack, and the offspinner struck with his fourth ball having Quinton de Kock caught at cover. Off the first ball of his next over, Sundar trapped the in-form Evin Lewis, the other leftie in the top order, LBW for just 1. Adding to these twin strikes was Romario Shepherd who peppered Manish Pandey with a back-of-the-length ‘heavy’ balls and had him caught at mid on. The powerplay belonged completely to SRH as they threatened to walk away with the game early.

How did Lucknow fight back?

The skipper KL Rahul had watched the mayhem unfolding at the other end, and was trying to hold one end up with a watchful knock sans any undue risk. However, the arrival of Deepak Hooda changed the complexion of the game in the middle overs. A free-flowing partnership kickstarted with a 20-run over against the pacy Umran Malik. Both the batters, having got their eye in by the halfway mark, proceeded to reverse the pressure. Malik was taken for 16 in his next over as Hooda first brought up his fifty in a stand worth 87 before he fell in the 16th over.

How did Lucknow finish well then?

The blistering stand had upped the run-rate, and Rahul was just beginning to kick on when he was trapped LBW for 68 by T Natarajan in the penultimate over. However, Ayush Badoni and Jason Holder managed to crack crucial boundaries as the innings drew to a close, taking them to a highly competitive 169.

How were SRH in the chase?

For large parts of it, they did look in a lot of control. But a couple of hiccups put paid to a comfortable finish. The first came with Avesh Khan getting rid of both the well-set openers. Kane Williamson miscued an attempted lap shot to be caught at short fine leg, while Abhishek Sharma ended up skiing a cutter, giving Manish Pandey a steeper to pouch at cover.

What were the other hiccups?

The third-wicket partnership was the one that had got SRH back in the chase. Rahul Tripathi took the lead role in a 44-run stand off 30 balls with Aiden Markram. However, the latter fell trying to drive Krunal Pandya inside out and presenting a simple catch to cover. That he fell or 12 off 14 without managing a boundary did not rob SRH of any momentum only because Tripathi was making up for it at the other end. With three smart boundaries, toying with the lengths, in an over by Andrew Tye, Tripathi had made his mark and nearing a well-deserved half-century when he slog-swept Krunal straight to the man at deep mid-wicket. At 95/4, SRH were still a fair way out from the target.

They found another sprightly stand at this point with Nicholas Pooran and Washington Sundar adding 47 more in just 26 balls. Pooran hit a couple of sixes, including a big pull off Avesh. However, the bowler had the last laugh as Pooran hit a full toss straight to mid-off, and then followed it up by getting Abdul Samad caught behind first ball. He finished with career-best IPL figures of 4-24 setting up Holder’s final over defence.

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

Updated: April 6, 2022 — 2:52 pm

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