Powered by three excellent performances from Avesh Khan,
Deepak Hooda and KL Rahul, the Lucknow Super Giants registered their second win
of the season against the Sunrisers Hyderabad at the DY Patil Stadium on
Monday. After being reduced to 27 for 3, Hooda and Rahul scored half-centuries
to take the Super Giants to a fighting score of 169 before Avesh Khan picked up
four wickets and bowled superbly at the death to give Lucknow a hard-fought
Despite chasing teams losing the previous three matches in
the IPL, SRH opted to bowl first after winning the toss, and the Men in Orange
enjoyed some immediate success in the powerplay through the off-spin of
Washington Sundar. The 22-year-old dismissed both of Lucknow’s overseas
left-handers with the new ball, getting Quinton de Kock caught at cover by Kane
Williamson before trapping Evin Lewis on his pads for 1. Lucknow slipped
further when Manish Pandey tamely guided one into the hands of mid-on against
Romario Shepherd in the fifth over, leaving the Super Giants reeling at 32 for
3 at the end of the powerplay.
Walking in at number five, Deepak Hooda led the recovery for
Lucknow alongside his captain KL Rahul, as the pair put on an 87-run
partnership to get the team back into the contest. After both batters took
their time to get their eye in, it was Umran Malik who bore the brunt of their
carnage as Rahul and Hooda climbed into the fiery pacer, taking 36 runs from
his two overs in the middle period.
Hooda eventually departed following a well-made 51 off 33,
while Rahul creamed Washington Sundar for a couple of more boundaries before
falling on 68 in the 19th over to T Natarajan. However, the Super Giants were
still able to finish strong as Ayush Badoni and Jason Holder took 17 runs off
the final Romario Shepherd over to finish with a par score of 169.
SRH got off to a promising start in the run-chase with Kane
Williamson playing a couple of vintage strokes through the cover-point region,
but Avesh Khan spoiled the party as he removed both openers inside the powerplay.
Despite losing Williamson and Abhishek Sharma early on, the
Sunrisers were on track for the majority of the run-chase thanks to some
excellent batting from Rahul Tripathi and then Nicholas Pooran. Tripathi smashed
three fours in one Andrew Tye over and played a handy knock off 44 off 30
deliveries before holing out to the man at deep mid-wicket against Krunal
Pooran took over the scoring responsibility after Tripathi’s
dismissal, hitting Jason Holder for two boundaries in the 15th over and pulling
Avesh Khan into the stands to leave SRH in pole position with 27 needed off 17.
However, it was Avesh who had the final say in the match as he removed Pooran
and Abdul Samad off consecutive deliveries in the 18th. The pacer was also well
backed up at the death by Andrew Tye and Jason Holder, who picked up three
wickets and conceded just three runs in the final over to help Lucknow close
out a tight 12-run victory.