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Ayush Badoni of the Lucknow Super Giants (LSG) revealed that his team had prepared to avoid taking too many chances against Dwayne Bravo during their 211-run chase against the Chennai Super Kings (CSK).

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LSG targeted the other bowlers and effectively hunted down a target, showing that the strategy performed remarkably. All of CSK’s bowling, except for Bravo and Dwaine Pretorius, out to be costly.

Ayush Badoni. Photo-IPL
Ayush Badoni. Photo-Twitter

At a virtual press conference following LSG’s six-wicket victory, Badoni discussed how they prepared the chase.
“The strategy was to avoid taking risks against Bravo. But, with barely two overs remaining, we had no choice but to take chances since, I guess, we needed 28 runs (34). “As a result, we went all out.”

Evin Lewis (55* off 23) and Ayush Badoni (19* off 9) teamed to pound CSK bowler Shivam Dube for 25 runs in the last over with 34 needed off 12 balls. Lewis also smashed a six in the final over as LSG finished with three balls to spare.

The coaching staff advised me to play my natural game: Ayush Badoni

When asked if he received any messages from captain KL Rahul or mentor Gautam Gambhir before walking out to bat, the teenager stated it was simply about playing his natural game. He went on to say:

Evin Lewis and Ayush Badoni
Evin Lewis and Ayush Badoni. Image: Twitter

“They just told me to play my natural game since I know what I’m doing.” They realized that if Evin (Lewis) and I were successful in hitting the big shots, we could win. As a result, no such communication was sent. It was just a matter of playing our shots, which we did brilliantly.”

Ayush Badoni had impressed in LSG’s first encounter against the Gujarat Titans (GT), contributing 54 in 41 balls before his cameo against CSK.

The Lucknow Super Giants defeat CSK by six wickets, completing the fourth-largest successful run chase in IPL history. LSG won for the first time in the IPL thanks to Evin Lewis’ 23-ball 55 and Ayush Badoni’s nine-ball 19.

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