KL Rahul-led Lucknow Super Giants (LSG) won by 20 runs against Mayank Agarwal-led Punjab Kings (PBKS) in the 42nd match of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2022 at the Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium in Pune on Friday, April 29.
Punjab Kings (PBKS) won the toss and opted to bowl first against Lucknow Super Giants (LSG). Kagiso Rabada provided PBKS with a good start by dismissing KL Rahul early in the innings. However, Quinton de Kock and Deepak Hooda had a good partnership and in the end, after a batting collapse, LSG were able to post 153/8 on the board. Also, Kagiso Rabada completed his 4-wicket haul.
Chasing the target, Mayank Agarwal scored good runs but Shikhar Dhawan struggled to score runs. Later in the innings, other than Jonny Bairstow no batter was able to score good runs for PBKS and they lost their 5th match of the Indian Premier League 2022.
I was disappointed and fuming at the end of the first innings – KL Rahul
During the post-match presentation, Lucknow Super Giants skipper KL Rahul said that he was disappointed after the first innings and labelled his innings as “stupid cricket with the bat”. He added that the crucial runs contribution at the back end and the execution with the ball helped them earn the victory. He said:
“I was disappointed and fuming at the end of the first innings. Stupid cricket with the bat. It does happen but we did talk about it at the time-out. We did talk that we can defend 160 as this wasn’t a great pitch. The crucial runs at the back end and then the execution with the ball helped us win.”
Lucknow Super Giants captain said that the team need to get better at batting. However, he was satisfied with the bowling performance of the team. He asserted:
“We need to get better with the bat. Half-time, when Quinny and Deepak were batting. They paced it really really well to get to 60 in 9 overs on a tricky wicket. Had we batted smartly, we could have gotten to 180-190. The way we responded with the ball was phenomenal.”
KL Rahul showered high praise on all-rounder Krunal Pandya and said that he has delivered a brilliant performance throughout the tournament with the ball. He stated:
“Krunal has been brilliant throughout the tournament. This season he has really worked on his bowling. Bowling economically is important but he has been giving us two-three wickets in the middle overs.”
KL Rahul while talking about leg-spinner Ravi Bishnoi said that he is an aggressive bowler and they are fine with him getting smashed for a few boundaries. He added that they just need to be smart when it comes to reading the game as the fielding and bowling performance of the team has been incredible. He elaborated:
“Bishnoi is an aggressive bowler. We are fine with him going for a few fours and sixes looking to go for wickets. I think we just need to be smarter in reading the game. If we could have not played too many shots we could have done better. We have been good on the field and good with the ball. Just need to keep repeating the good things.”
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