KL Rahul. (Photo: IPL)
KL Rahul. (Photo: IPL)

The 12th match of the IPL 2022 saw Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) losing to KL Rahul’s Lucknow Super Giants (LSG) at the DY Patil Stadium in Navi Mumbai on April 4, 2022, by 12 runs in a chase that many would say they should have won pretty comfortably. Rahul was pretty happy with the outcomes and praised his team for their spirit.

Chasing 170 to win in their second game of the IPL 2022 tournament, SRH just didn’t get going from the start. Kane Williamson (16), Abhishek Sharma (13), and Aiden Markram (12) got starts, but then LSG kept putting pressure on them with regular wickets as Avesh Khan and Krunal Pandya hurt them the most in the first 10 overs.

Despite this, Rahul Tripathi with 44 and Nicholas Pooran with 34 kept SRH in the hunt. However, Avesh returned again and with Jason Holder’s 2 wickets, snuffed whatever hopes SRH had of chasing down the total successfully. Avesh Khan finished with 4/24, while Jason Holder got 3/34, and Krunal Pandya pouched two wickets for LSG. SRH finished on 157/9 in 20 overs and lost by 12 runs.

Nicholas Pooran of SRH. PHoto- IPL
Nicholas Pooran of SRH. PHoto- IPL

Lucknow captain KL Rahul was a happy bloke and praised his team and players for their efforts in the post-match presentation.

He said: “What’s been pleasing is that we have always found a way to stay in the game and give ourselves a chance to win, we did that again today. Not ideal to lose three wickets in the first four overs, it’s not something that’ll bring us down. that’s something we need to learn as a batting group how we can play risk-free cricket. With the ball, we have been brilliant in all three games and that’s something we need to carry ahead. You don’t chat so much in the middle. You don’t want to plan too much as openers. If the wicket is good, both of us go.

We have the extra batter with Jason coming in, the plan is put the pressure on the opposition. That’s the body language we want to carry, go out there and look to hit boundaries and sixes. If we end up losing a couple of wickets, we need to assess the conditions quickly. Quinton and Lewis, it didn’t matter if an offie was bowling, they wanted to put pressure on him, didn’t come off the this game but that’s something to learn.

Avesh Khan. Photo- IPL
Avesh Khan. Photo- IPL

I have been playing with him (Hooda) for the last 3-4 seasons and we talk a lot. He loves batting in the nets and never comes out. He’s keen to learn, he had to wait for chances and he’s using them. He’s become somebody whom we can rely on in the middle-order. He soaked in the pressure today and took on the bowling. Really pleased with the way he’s batting. Hopefully he can grow and get better.”

Deepak Hooda And KL Rahul Star With The Bat To Help Lucknow Super Giants To A Good Total

Washington Sundar had rattled LSG batting with quick wickets of Quinton de Kock and Evin Lewis, leaving them 27/3. But then Deepak Hooda (51 with 3 fours and 3 sixes) and KL Rahul (68 with 6 fours and 1 six) added 87 runs for the fourth wicket. In the end, Ayush Badoni with a quick 19 took LSG to 169/7 in 20 overs.

Deepak Hooda and KL Rahul. (Photo: IPL)
Deepak Hooda and KL Rahul. (Photo: IPL)

Washington Sundar (2/28), Romario Shepherd (2/42) and T Natarajan (2/26) were the picks of the Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) bowlers.

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