Lucknow Super Giants continue their win record after defeating the Delhi Capitals at the DY Patil Stadium in Navi Mumbai. The 2020 finalists managed to score only 149 led by Prithvi Shaw’s 61 off 34 balls. But it was Ravi Bishnoi’s two wickets in four overs that put on the clamps on the Delhi batting. Then it was Quinton de Kock’s fast-paced 80 off 52 balls that took the game away from Delhi. His knock included nine fours and two sixes. In the end, it was Ayush Badoni and Krunal Pandya who hit the winning runs.
Changes in the Points table
After the fifteenth match of IPL 2022, Lucknow Super Giants are second on the table with three wins from four games. They have six points and a net run rate of +0.256. Whereas the Delhi Capitals are seventh on the table with two points as they have won only one game. They also have a net run rate of -0.116.
The Punjab Kings will face the Gujarat Titans at the Brabourne Stadium in Mumbai. Both teams enter this game after winning their previous game. PBKS defeated the Chennai Super Kings by 54 runs, whereas the Gujarat Titans took down Delhi Capitals by 14 runs.
What did the captains say?
DC captain Rishabh Pant talked about the drawbacks of the team against Lucknow. While speaking in the post-match interview, he said, “When the dew is like that you can't be complaining, as a batting unit we were 10-15 short, at the end, Avesh and Holder pulled it back, credit to them. We were talking about giving 100% till the last ball of the 40th over, no matter what happens [on his chat to the team before the start of the 2nd innings]. The powerplay was fine, we didn't get any wicket, our spin attack did well in the middle overs but in the end, we were 10-15 short.”
LSG captain KL Rahul praised his team and said, “I think we were brilliant (with the ball). In the powerplay, we obviously need to go back and work on. But that's how powerplays go sometimes. We assessed things well after that and bowled better. Obviously, would have loved the bowlers to assess things a bit earlier, but it was nice to see them discuss the lines, lengths and pace to bowl after the powerplay. That was the honest reason actually (on him saying at the toss that he had no idea why he opted to bowl). Can't make up a reason every time.”
“You don't know what to expect of the pitch. Early on in the competition when the pitches are fresh, teams might want to bowl first. Once the tournament goes on and the pitches grip a bit, teams might want to bat. He (Badoni) has held his nerve every time he has gone into bat and he's delivered for us under pressure. Great learning for him, important for him to keep working hard and stay humble. Been a complete team effort so far. The way everyone has stepped up has been brilliant”, KL concluded.