David Warner, KL Rahul
David Warner, KL Rahul [PC: BCCI]

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In the second match of the day, Lucknow Super Giants (LSG) defeated David Warner’s Delhi Capitals (DC) by a significant margin of 50 runs in the third game of the Indian Premier League 2023, securing their first victory of the season in their opening game at home.

LSG batted first and faced a shaky start after losing their skipper KL Rahul early on. However, Kyle Mayers dominated the opposition with an impressive knock of 73 runs off just 38 balls, while Nicholas Pooran provided a strong finish with 36 runs off 21 deliveries, enabling LSG to post a challenging total of 193 runs.

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During the chase, DC started reasonably well with David Warner and Prithvi Shaw adding 41 runs for the first wicket. However, LSG bounced back strongly and took three quick wickets to put the chasing team under pressure. David Warner and Rilee Rossouw had a partnership of 38 runs for the fourth wicket, but Rossouw’s dismissal for 30 runs off 20 balls ended their partnership.

David Warner tried his best to keep DC in the game, but Mark Wood’s five-wicket haul proved too much for the Capitals as they collapsed under his attack. In the end, the target proved to be insurmountable, and DC lost the match by a significant margin of 50 runs, giving LSG a resounding victory in their opening fixture.

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We Have To Assess The Wicket At Home: David Warner

The Delhi Capitals skipper David Warner was present with the broadcasters during the post-match presentation where he talked about the loss against Lucknow. Warner felt that his team was a little sloppy with their fielding and the team failed to negate the attack from Mark Wood.

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“It was a bit of a challenge. We had some early momentum with the fast bowlers, they bowled very well in the powerplay. A few dropped catches and the momentum shifted there but you can’t take anything away from Lucknow. They batted very very well. I thought 170 was par but they did an exceptional job. Momentum is a big thing in this game. Don’t take it away from Wood, he’s an exceptional bowler and he showed his true talent tonight. I feel on this wicket you’re playing on two different surfaces from either end.”

“We started very well. Our bowlers bowled exceptionally well. (On the knock of Mayers) When one guy goes big, he is a big strong boy. He was hard to stop. We go back to Delhi in front of our home crowd. We have to assess the wicket there. Last time I was in Delhi back in 2010-11 it was low and slow. It looks like there’s a bit of green grass there now with some dew coming in late in the night. (On being asked about the pitch in the Delhi Test last month) That was a bit of a different wicket with the red ball and we will forget about that.”

Delhi Capitals are playing this season under the leadership of David Warner following Rishabh Pant’s horrific injury and it will be interesting to see if the team can bounce back from their loss in the opening game.

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