The team’s triumph by five wickets is powered by Krunal Pandya’s performance both with the bat and the ball.
Sunrisers Hyderabad Inning
During an outstanding spell, left-arm spin bowler Krunal was able to take the wickets of the top three hitters.
Anmolpreet Singh with 31 runs, Mayank Agarwal with 8 runs, and skipper Makram with a duck were all dismissed by Krunal in the 8th over, with his final two dismissals coming from consecutive deliveries. This brought the score for SRH, who had elected to bat first, down to fifty for three.
Markram, who was leading SRH for the first time, attempted to drive the 1st ball he faced, but the ball spun away and disrupted his stumps. This was Markram’s first game of IPL 2023 as well as his 1st match overall.
After that, Ravi Bishnoi got rid of Harry Brook for three runs by getting him stumped by Nicholas Pooran. At that point, SRH was in shambles, with 55 for 4 after nine overs. SRH was unable to make a comeback from that point on.
Following in the innings, experienced bowler with leg-spin Amit Mishra delivered an excellent spell with a score of 2/23, which helped to restrict SRH to a low total. With only one over remaining in the innings, Mishra was replaced by Ayush Badoni, who was designated as an “Impact Player.”
On a challenging surface that had varying bounce, LSG skipper Rahul made a smart move by giving the ball to Krunal, a spin bowler, in the third over. This strategy was successful.
Agarwal attempted a drive but hit the ball direct to Marcus Stoinis in 3rd over, which resulted in LSG getting their 1st wicket of the game. In 5 overs, he got the well-set batsman Anmolpreet out by trapping him LBW and then bowled out Makram a next delivery to ruin the South African’s debut appearance as captain of SRH.
At the halfway stage, SRH were 63 for the loss of 4 wickets, which was an improvement over their score of 43 for 1 just after powerplay overs.
One-down Rahul Tripathi with 34 runs played a lone arm in the 2nd half of the innings. He sewed 39 runs, which was the maximum partnership for Sunrisers Hyderabad, with 16 runs by Washington Sundar, until he fell victim to a bowler like Yash Thakur in the eighteenth over. Washington Sundar with 16 runs also fell victim to the same bowler.
On the final over that was bowled by Jaydev Unadkat, Abdul Samad struck two sixes, which allowed the SRH score to go above 120.
Lucknow Super Giants Inning
Together with partner spin bowlers Ravi Bishnoi with 1/16 and Amit Mishra with 2/23, Krunal initially took an outstanding 3 wickets for 18 runs and then helped LSG hold opponents SRH, who elected to bat 1st, to a poor total of 121 runs for 8.
After that, Krunal with 34 runs off 23 deliveries, and captain KL Rahul with 35 runs, who put on a vital 55 scores for the 3rd wicket, established the foundation for LSG’s dominating victory at their home ground. Although Adil Rashid received a double-wicket over while he was delivering the 15th over, he was unable to prevent the home team from completing their run chase with 24 deliveries to spare. This postponed the inevitable.
After Krunal was run out during the thirteenth over, LSG just required 22 runs to claim the victory. In the end, the home team batted for 16 overs and achieved 127 for 5 runs.
Throughout his knock of 31 balls, Rahul smashed four boundaries, and Krunal’s innings were littered with 4 boundaries, as well as one six.
In the 15th over, Romario Shepherd with a duck and Rahul were both dismissed by consecutive deliveries delivered by Adil Rashid with 2/23, although it was only prolonging the inevitable.
In the very first over of the run chase of LSG, the veteran pace bowler Bhuvneshwar Kumar allowed 13 runs to be scored thanks to the fact that he gave up 5 wides and was hit a four by Rahul.
While Rahul Tripathi (SRH’s previous impact player) struck the boundary against Aiden Makram and Washington Sundar, he was unable to prevent the dismissal of opening mate Kyle Mayers with 13 runs in the 4th over delivered by Fazalhaq Farooqi.
In the final delivery of the powerplay, Bhuvneshwar made up for his costly 1st over by taking the wicket of Deepak Hooda with 7 by catching him in the act of bowling him. This brought the score of LSG down to 45 for 2.
For the course of 6.2 overs, Krunal and Rahul prevented any success for SRH, allowing LSG to step closer to the objective.
LSG was always a significant distance ahead of the required run rate, and they needed only 40 runs from the remaining 10 overs to win with 8 wickets remaining.
In Lucknow on Friday, at the Ekana Cricket Stadium, Krunal Pandya, an experience all-rounder shined with both the bat and the ball to lead the home team, the Lucknow Super Giants, to a comfortable 5-wicket triumph over the visiting Sunrisers Hyderabad.
With 4 points from their first 3 matches, the Lucknow side moved to the top of the table in the Indian Premier League 2023 thanks to their victory.
They have the identical number of points as the former champion Gujarat Titans and the unbeaten Punjab Kings, but they are now in the first place because their gross run rate is 1.358, which is higher.
Aon Ali has graduated from the Institute of Engineering and Technology, Multan in 2012 and then he started his career in a local News agency as an IT manager. Later on, he started creating news reports for the sports category. Since he is fond of cricket, so most of his work is in the coverage of news related to local cricket events.