After being asked to bat first, Lucknow Super Giants (LSG) posted a challenging score of 176-8. Naveen-ul-Haq was pumped up after the dismissal of Rahmanullah Gurbaz. Naveen-ul-haq has been LSG’s one of the main bowlers.
LSG’s destructive batter Nicholas Pooran smashed a blistering knock of 58 runs in 30 balls and struck 4 fours and 5 sixes. Sunil Narine was the pick of the bowlers who took 2 wickets and gave away 28 runs. The pitch was quite sluggish.
In response to the 177 target, KKR got off to a flyer and scored 61 runs in the first 6 overs for the loss of no wickets. The introduction of spinners in the middle overs slowed down things for KKR who were reduced to 82-3 in 10 overs.
KKR surprisingly made Rahmanullah Gurbaz bat at the No.4 position. Gurbaz was seen struggling against the spinners as there was a sharp turn for the spinners. LSG skipper Krunal Pandya marshaled his troops smartly and was seen having interactions with the bowlers.
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Naveen-ul-Haq Silences Crowd
At the end of 13 overs, KKR’s score was 103-3. Yash Thakur, the impact player was bowling the 14th over and on the 4th delivery, Gurbaz tried to play a drive shot but couldn’t connect it, and Ravi Bishnoi who was at the deep backward point took a good catch.
Naveen-ul-haq made a finger-to-lips gesture after the dismissal of Gurbaz to silence the crowd at Eden Gardens. Gurbaz was dismissed on 10 runs in 15 balls and struck 1 four. KKR’s score at 13.4 overs was 108-4.
Notably, earlier when Naveen-ul-Haq came to bowl, the crowd took a dig at him with the “Kohli Kohli” chants. For reference, Virat Kohli and Naveen-ul-Haq had a verbal spat with each other during the game between LSG and RCB in Lucknow. The two players had some harsh words to say to each other and since then whenever the fast bowler has stepped on the field, the crowd has taken a dig at him.