Lucknow Super Giants beat Delhi Capitals on Sunday afternoon at iconic Wankhede Stadium. KL Rahul’s yet another brilliance with the bat and Mohsin Khan’s four-wicket haul outplayed Delhi Capitals by six runs in a high scoring game. Lucknow has registered seven wins in ten games and has maintained their position amongst the top four teams, while Delhi, with four losses in nine games, currently sit at sixth position in the points table.
Speaking of the match, wicketkeeper batter Quinton de Kock (23 off 13) and KL Rahul (77 off 51) gave a flying start to their side as they quickly added 42 runs on board before Shardul Thakur dismissed De Kock in the 5th over. Lucknow’s momentum had little effect with that first dismissal as Deepak Hooda (52 off 34) and the skipper continued to play cracking shots all around and added respective totals. Marcus Stoinis (17 off 16) and Krunal Pandya (9 off 6) also added a few runs towards the end for their side. Lucknow posted 195 as a target; Shardul Thakur was the star bowler for Delhi as he picked three wickets for his side.
Delhi had a troublesome start in response as Prithvi Shaw (5 off 7) got dismissed cheaply in a high-stake game, followed by David Warner (3 off 4) in the fourth over. The partnership between Mitchell Marsh (37 off 20) and Rishabh Pant (44 off 30), followed by a blistering knock from Axar Patel (42 off 24) were a few notable contributions from the second innings. Delhi fell short of just six runs in the match.
Let’s take a look at some of the highlights from the game.
1. KL Rahul’s 77 run knock
The Lucknow skipper is having a dream run in the current edition as he has been leading the charge with bat for his side. His brilliance with the bat was evident as he scored 77 runs on board for his team. Rahul’s 77-run knock guided the side to post a huge total on board. His innings was studded with five maximums and four boundaries.
2. Delhi’s poor bowling performance
Delhi bowlers conceded too many runs in the first innings of the game. Shardul Thakur was the only bowler who could take wickets in the game as he provided three crucial breakthroughs, while none of the other bowlers could take a single wicket. Chetan Sakariya leaked most runs as he finished his four-over with 44 runs and no wickets. His economy was 11.00.
3. Axar Patel’s 42 in 24 balls
Delhi had a troublesome start to their second innings as Prithvi Shaw (5 off 7), and David Warner (3 off 4) got out cheaply, followed by regular wickets in the middle-order. As Delhi’s required run rate was skyrocketing, Axar Patel played a blistering knock. He played 42-run knock in 24 balls with the help of three maximums and one boundary towards the end of the game.
4. Mohsin Khan’s four-wicket haul
Mohsin Khan has been bowling really well for Lucknow, and on Sunday afternoon, he got his reward. He picked four crucial wickets in the game to ensure victory for his side. His first wicket came in the form of David Warner, followed by prized wickets of Rishabh Pant, Rovman Powell and Shardul Thakur. Khan conceded just 16 runs in a high scoring game and finished the game with an economy of 4.00. He was also rewarded with the Man of the Match award.