IPL 2022: Avesh Khan scores brilliant 18th, as Lucknow Super Giants beat SunRisers Hyderabad by 12 runs

Lucknow Super Giants paid 25 times more than its base price of Rs 20 lakh to get the services of Avesh Khan in IPL-15. The move was worth it as his excellent bowling was the catalyst for his team’s 12-run win over Sunrisers Hyderabad on Monday. Heading into the lucrative T20 competition as the most expensive uncapped Indian player, Avesh took four big wickets for just 24 runs and dropped a brilliant 18th to turn the match decisively in LSG’s favour.

Asked to bat first, Skipper KL Rahul and Deepak Hooda struck a useful half-century to raise Lucknow Super Giants to 169 for seven after a disastrous start.

Chasing 170, Kane Williamson’s (16) innovation brought him two fours and a six, but he paid the price for going overboard, his ramp shot off Avesh and found a sliding Andrew Tye on short fine leg in the fourth over with SRH score of 25 for one .

Avesh caused Abhishek Sharma’s downfall with a change of pace as the batter couldn’t read it while trying to loft him.

As Sharma returned to the dugout, the half-centurion from the last game, Aiden Markram, walked out and joined Rahul Tripathi in the middle, and the two began to rebuild the SRH innings.

Placed at 51 for two at the end of the seventh over, Tripathi used Tye’s pace to hit the Australian bowler three fours and then, using his wrists, hit Krunal Pandya (2/27) for a six over a fine leg. However, a decent 10th over was followed by the sacking of Markram bowler Krunal.

Going strong with 44 out of 30 balls, Tripathi tried to slog Krunal’s sweep and hit straight to the deep center of the wicket, where Ravi Bishnoi was stationed. Nicholas Pooran crushed Krunal long for six, then took Jason Holder (3/34) for 15 runs to narrow the comparison down to 50 of the last 30 balls.

Andrew Tye kept it pretty tight in the 17th, giving up no more than eight runs, before Pooran chopped Avesh Khan for a max over the deep square leg.

However, Avesh had the last laugh when Pooran mistimed his knee-high full toss.

Earlier, after his team lost three wickets for just 27 runs in power play, Rahul (68 from 50 balls) found a capable ally in Hooda (51 from 33 balls) and added 87 runs for the fourth wicket to revive the innings to blow in.

Rahul hit six fours and a six, while Hooda found the fence three times and went over it three times as well.

Coming back from a long hiatus after playing their opener last Tuesday, SRH got off to a dream start, leaving the Super Giants in all sorts of trouble early on.

Washington Sundar (2/28) made a strong comeback after battling his team’s heavy defeat to the Rajasthan Royals, was handed the new ball and delivered his first-ever hand, and SRH’s second, beating the dangerous Quinton de Kock with his off-break bowling on a lawn that prompted Kane Williamson to make two slips as Bhuvneshwar Kumar began proceedings.

Despite throwing a lot in the previous game, Washington made sure de Kock (1) chipped Williamson at cover.

Moments later, Washington had caught Evin Lewis (1) for the wicket after the reckless West Indian batter failed to perform his slog sweep. It was another huge wicket for SRH, given Lewis’ blazing, match-winning knockout against Chennai Super Kings last Thursday.

Manish Pandey hit Romario Shepherd for a four and a six, but when he went for one too many, he ended up with a catch halfway through the same left to leave LSG in trouble.

Spurred on by early success, Williamson made frequent bowling changes, but he may have suffered at least one delay in introducing the attacking T Natarajan, while opting for Abdul Samad’s innocuous, part-time seaming at DY Patil Stadium.

The speedy Umran Malik consistently hit 145 kmps, but also leaked plenty of runs, allowing KL Rahul and Deepak Hooda to calm down and breathe new life into LSG’s innings.

After the duo of Rahul and Hooda weathered the early setbacks, they took on their task in a professional manner, pushing the boundaries and running the singles and twos as the 100 came up in the 14th and Malik went for 16 runs.

Shepherd broke off the partnership when he had Hooda caught in the deep end to signal the arrival of the in-form Ayush Badoni (19 of 12), who came in with a border in the groove.

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