Lucknow Super Giants (LSG) captain KL Rahul was happy with the way his team performed, particularly the bowling department that worked in tandem and restricted a strong batting lineup to 149 in 20 overs.
They managed to chase it down in the final over but the match was in the bag after Quinton de Kock’s 52-ball 80. Krunal Pandya and Ayush Badoni managed to finish the game and take LSG to second place on the points table.
“I think we were brilliant (with the ball). In the powerplay, we obviously need to go back and work on. But that’s how powerplays go sometimes. We assessed things well after that and bowled better.”
“Obviously, would have loved the bowlers to assess things a bit earlier, but it was nice to see them discuss the lines, lengths, and pace to bowl after the powerplay,” Rahul said at the post-match presentation ceremony.
“Everytime he has gone into bat and he’s delivered for us under pressure” – KL Rahul on Ayush Badoni
Speaking about the youngster, Ayush Badoni, Rahul lavished praise and said that he is a quick learner and someone who has been delivering under pressure.
“That was the honest reason actually (on him saying at the toss that he had no idea why he opted to bowl). Can’t make up a reason every time. You don’t know what to expect of the pitch. Early on in the competition when the pitches are fresh, teams might want to bowl first.“
“Once the tournament goes on and the pitches grip a bit, teams might want to bat. He (Badoni) has held his nerve everytime he has gone into bat and he’s delivered for us under pressure. Great learning for him, important for him to keep working hard and stay humble. Been a complete team effort so far. The way everyone has stepped up has been brilliant,” Rahul added.