Mohsin Khan took 4 for 16 and KL Rahul IPL continued his excellent run-scoring streak with a 51-ball 77 as Lucknow Super Giants defeated Delhi Capitals by six runs in a hard-fought match. With 14 points, LSG has moved up to second position on the points table, while DC is in sixth place.
Swing Back LSG
In DC’s innings, there were numerous momentum shifts. When it appeared that DC had the upper hand, LSG responded with a wicket or two.
After Dushmantha Chameera and Mohsin had pegged DC back by claiming the vital scalps of Prithvi Shaw and David Warner, respectively, Rishabh Pant took a heavy toll on Krunal Pandya to lift his side.
Pant took advantage of the left-arm angle and thwacked the spinner for three boundaries and a six.
Mitchell Marsh also joined in the fun, tonking Jason Holder to the ground and flogging him for another six.
Pant and Marsh also bowled Chameera for two boundaries and a six, helping DC to 66 for 2 in six overs.
Just when it appeared that DC had reclaimed the lead, Marsh took a step back from K Gowtham. Ravi Bishnoi used the googly to disturb Lalit Yadav’s stumps, making things worse for DC.
Mohsin struck again by castingling Pant with just under 80 points needed for victory.
The fact that the DC captain remained motionless did not help his cause. In actuality, Rahul had given his opposite number a reprieve just a few overs before Pant’s exit, which fortunately for LSG did not come at a cost.
Axar & Kuldeep in a Row
As wickets dropped at regular intervals, Kuldeep and Axar, the spin duo, were entrusted with bringing the side closer to the target. They both did a fantastic job of applying pressure to LSG.
In the 19th over, Kuldeep and Axar combined for a boundary and a six against Chameera, reducing the equation to 21 off 6. In the penultimate over, Kuldeep got a slower short ball from Marcus Stoinis for a six, adding to the tension. Despite a difficult decision, Stoinis bowled a pair of yorkers and only allowed two runs in the next four deliveries, ensuring LSG’s triumph (wide).
DC’s innings were virtually done at that moment, with a score of 189, despite Axar’s six-run home run on the final pitch.
Hooda was eventually dismissed in the 15th over, with Shardul Thakur claiming his scalp. Despite Stoinis’ struggles to hit the gas pedal, Rahul attempted a few of shots into the stands to keep the scoreboard ticking. In the 19th over, Rahul fell, and Stoinis finally found his stride with a six over long-on off Mustafizur Rahman. In the end, LSG’s performance was sufficient to defeat DC. Thakur, meanwhile, got three wickets for DC.
Published by – Mohit Maurya
Edited by – Soumyajit Dutta