DC vs LSG: Lucknow Supergiants eliminated from IPL 2024 by Mike Hesson

Updated - 14 May 2024, 03:11 PM

SRH vs LSG and Mike Hesson
SRH vs LSG and Mike Hesson. Image Credit: BCCI-IPL/JioCinema

Former New Zealand and RCB coach Mike Hesson delivered a bold assessment of Lucknow Super Giants’ (LSG) playoff prospects in the ongoing IPL 2024 after their embarrassing defeat against the Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) on May 8.

Lucknow Super Giants’ (LSG) playoff hopes hang in the air after a crushing defeat of 10 wickets against Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) in the 57th match of the ongoing IPL 2024 at the Rajiv Gandhi International Cricket Stadium in Hyderabad.

SRH chased down the 166-run target in just 9.4 overs. However, LSG still have good chances to make it to the IPL 2024 playoffs if they secure victories in their last two league matches, but Hesson feels Lucknow faces an uphill task to save their playoff aspirations and revive their campaign due to their bowling attack.

LSG's slide will continue in the IPL 2024: Mike Hesson

The cricket expert on Jio Cinema further went on to suggest that LSG’s campaign in the ongoing IPL 2024 has almost ended with their massive defeat against the SRH in Hyderabad on Wednesday.

Furthermore, Hesson pointed out that injuries to key players like Mayank Yadav and Mohsin Khan have severely weakened LSG's bowling attack, mentioning the lack of an X-factor in their bowling lineup.

Hesson also said that Ravi Bishnoi's underwhelming performances in the ongoing IPL 2024 further weakened LSG's bowling arsenal. The former RCB coach also predicted a further decline for the LSG in the IPL, given their weak bowling attack, which played a major role in their struggles this season.

Mike Hesson said on Jio Cinema on being asked whether LSG's campaign has ended in the ongoing IPL 2024: “I think yes.” He further stated: “With Mayank Yadav missing, they don't really have that X-factor in their bowling. Even Mohsin Khan didn't play today. Ravo Bishnoi hasn't been at his best this IPL. So, their bowling attack doesn't look threatening. Their slide will continue.”

SRH vs LSG IPL 2024 Match Highlights

Meanwhile, after being opted to bat first in Hyderabad, the Lucknow team managed to post 165/4 on the board, thanks to Nicholas Pooran’s unbeaten 48 and Ayush Badoni’s unbeaten 55 runs against the SRH. LSG’s batting show led many to speculate that the pitch wasn't favorable to strokeplay, and the same sentiment was echoed by head coach Justin Langer.

Langer considered 160 a competitive total. However, the match unfolded differently, with the SRH openers Travis Head and Abhishek Sharma chasing down the target with extreme ease. The dangerous SRH opening duo chased down 166 runs in a mere 9.4 overs, setting a new IPL record for the highest score by any team within the first 10 overs.

Head's blistering innings of unbeaten 89 off just 30 deliveries comprised 8 fours and 8 sixes, while Abhishek Sharma was equally impressive, contributing an unbeaten 75 runs from 28 balls, featuring 8 fours and 6 maximums against the LSG.

This remarkable win propelled SRH to the third position in the IPL 2024 points table with 14 points from 12 matches, while LSG finds themselves struggling in the sixth spot with 12 points from 12 games in the tournament.

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