Friday, July 1, 2022

IPL 2022: LSG hammer KKR by 75 runs

A clinical all-round performance helped Lucknow Super Giants thrash Kolkata Knight Riders by 75 runs in the 53rd match of the IPL 2022 at Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium, here on Saturday.
A quickfire fifty from Quinton de Kock (50 off 29) and a vital knock by Deepak Hooda (41 off 27) guided Lucknow Super Giants to 176-7 in 20 overs, after being invited to bat first.
Both De Kock and Hooda steadied Lucknow with a 71-run stand for the second wicket. Apart from them, the likes of Krunal Pandya (25 off 27), and Marcus Stoinis (28 off 14) also made some valuable contributions with the bat for LSG. On the other hand, Andre Russell (2/22) was the most successful bowler for KKR, while Sunil Narine (1/20), Tim Southee and Shivam Mavi (1/50) also chipped in with one wicket each.
In reply, Andre Russell played an attacking knock (45 off 19) but he didn’t get the required support from the other KKR batters. After Russell, Sunil Narine (22 off 12) was the second-highest scorer for KKR. In the end, Kolkata were bowled out for 101-10 in 14.3 overs, losing by a huge margin of 75 runs.
Avesh Khan (3/19) and Jason Holder (3/31) were the star-performer for LSG with the ball. The likes of Ravi Bishnoi (1/31), Dushmantha Chameera (1/14), and Mohsin Khan (1/6) also picked one wicket each.
Brief scores
Lucknow Super Giants: 176-7 in 20 overs (Quinton de Kock 50, Deepak Hood 41; Andre Russell 2/22) beat Kolkata Knight Riders (Andre Russell 45, Sunil Narine 22; Avesh Khan 3/19, Jason Holder 3/31) by 75 runs.
Rajasthan defeat Punjab by 6 wickets
Promising opener Yashasvi Jaiswal made a dream comeback with a career-best 68 as Rajasthan Royals well and truly remained in hunt for a play-off berth after beating Punjab Kings by six wickets in an IPL game, here on Sunday.
The victory also happens to be Royals’ first while chasing in this edition of the League.
Drafted in place of Karun Nair, the 20-year-old showed superb game awareness and picked the gaps at ease in a 41-ball 68-run knock (9×4, 2×6) to brilliantly set it up for the Rajasthan Royals in their tall 190-run chase which was completed with two balls to spare at the Wankhede stadium.
With its first successful run-chase, the Royals team is now on 14 points from 11 matches. Placed third now, one more win will firmly put the side in contention for a top-four finish.
The win also meant that the five-time champion Mumbai Indians became the first team to be eliminated from the IPL-15 season.
The loss also dealt a big blow to Punjab playoff hopes as they now have 10 points from 11 matches.
Jaiswal, who was retained among the three players by the franchise and was playing only his fourth match this season, came into his elements after Orange Cap holder Jos Buttler (30 off 16 balls; 5×4, 1×6) departed inside the powerplay after a flying start.
Brief Scores
Punjab Kings:
189/5 in 20 overs (Jonny Bairstow 56, Jitesh Sharma 38 not out; Yuzvendra Chahal 3/28, Ravichandran Ashwin 1/32) lost to Rajasthan Royals 190/4 in 19.4 overs (Yashasvi Jaiswal 68, Shimron Hetmyer 31 not out; Arshdeep Singh 2/29, Rishi Dhawan 1/25)

Yashasvi Jaiswal of RR plays a shot. (PTI)

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