Sunrisers Hyderabad lost their second consecutive game of IPL 2022 to Lucknow Super Giants by 12 runs despite good performance from their bowlers like Washington Sundar and T.Natarajan. SRH winning the toss invited LSG to bat first and inside powerplay itself SRH managed to have got 3 quick wickets of Quinton de Kock, Evin Lewis and Manish Pandey. Sundar's extraordinary bowling in powerplay paid dividends for them as LSG were totally struggling. However, KL Rahul and Deepak Hooda's 87-run partnership brought them back into the game which helped LSG to post a respectable total of 169 runs on board.
SRH didn't have that intent to go for the attacking shots in chase as only Rahul Tripathi seemed to be fighting lonely for his team's cause and later Pooran smashed 34 runs which helped them to come close to LSG's 1st innings total, while Aiden Markram despite being at the crease for longtime with Rahul Tripathi struggled to get those big shots as he ended up scoring only 12 runs from 14 balls. Avesh Khan was star player of the game as he picked 4 crucial wickets of Kane Williamson, Abhishek Sharma, Nicholas Pooran and Abdul Samad in tandem. Krunal Pandya played a key role in breaking the partnership of Rahul Tripathi and Aiden Markram while Jason Holder bowled the last over at a situation when he had 15 runs to defend and he ended up conceding just 3 runs picked 3 wickets.
Numbers and stats from SRH vs LSG game:
2 - SRH became 2nd team after PBKS to lose their first two matches of an IPL season in 3 consecutive years.
SRH's first two matches in IPL:
2020 - Lost to RCB and KKR
2021 - Lost to KKR and RCB
2022 - Lost to RR and LSG.
PBKS lost their first two matches of an IPL season from 2008-2010 consecutively.
2/26 - T. Natarajan recorded his 2nd best bowling figure (2/26) in IPL. His best was 2/24 against Punjab Kings in 2020.
4 - KL Rahul has smashed 4 fifty-plus scores against SRH in IPL.
Most fifty-plus scores by an Indian batters vs SRH in IPL:
MS Dhoni - 4
Virat Kohli - 4
Ajinkya Rahane - 4
Ambati Rayudu - 4
KL Rahul - 4
4 - Last 4 matches have been won by teams batting first in IPL 2022 which was totally contrary to first 8 matches where teams chasing first won 7 out of those 8 games.
6 - KL Rahul became 6th Indian to smash 50 fifties in T20 cricket.
Most fifties in T20 cricket by an Indian batter:
Virat Kohli - 76
Rohit Sharma - 69
Shikhar Dhawan - 63
Suresh Raina / Gautam Gambhir - 53
KL Rahul - 50
6 - Avesh Khan became 6th Indian bowler to record a four-wicket haul against SRH in IPL. Also, Avesh Khan recorded his best bowling figure (4/24) in IPL, which also remains to be his first four-wicket haul in the IPL.
Indian bowlers to take a four-wicket haul vs SRH in IPL:
Lakshmipathy Balaji in 2014
Jaydev Unadkat in 2017
Mayank Markande in 2018
Ankit Rajpoot in 2018
Prasidh Krishna in 2018
Avesh Khan in 2022
13 - KL Rahul smashed his 13th fifty-plus score as captain in IPL.
Most fifty-plus scores as captain in IPL:
Virat Kohli - 40
Gautam Gambhir - 31
David Warner - 27
Rohit Sharma - 23
MS Dhoni - 22
KL Rahul - 13
Adam Gilchrist / Virender Sehwag - 12
Sachin Tendulkar - 11
Kane Williamson - 10
13 - Since 2021, SRH have lost 13 out of 16 IPL games they played.