LSG defeated PBKS by 20 runs.
The Lucknow Super Giants defeated the Punjab Kings by 20 runs in match 42 of IPL 2022 at Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium in Pune on April 29. PBKS made a complete mess of a manageable chase to concede two valuable points while continuing to play the catch-up game in the points table.
Punjab skipper Mayank Agarwal won the toss and chose to bowl first. LSG lost KL Rahul early for six before Quinton de Kock and Deepak Hooda added 85 runs for the second wicket score. While the wicketkeeper batter scored 46 runs from 37 deliveries, Hooda scored a 28-ball 34. However, once the duo were fired, Lucknow lost wickets at regular intervals, and thanks to some helpful contributions lower in the order, they finished at 153/ 8.
PBKS snatch defeat from the jaws of victory
In what should have been a chase, Shikhar Dhawan and Mayank Agarwal laid a good foundation with a 35-run opening score before getting completely lost from there. England duo Jonny Bairstow and Liam Livingstone did contribute with 32 and 18 respectively, but that was just not enough as both batters were retired just when PBKS couldn’t afford setbacks.
All rounder Rishi Dhawan made his presence felt with an unbeaten 21. Unfortunately for him, with no support from the other side, his valiant knock was in vain and Punjab Kings were limited to 133/8 of their 20 overs.
Losing skipper, Mayank Agarwal said:
I think we just kept losing wickets. We had batsmen ready and we kept coming out. So many soft layoffs for us. It is disappointing and we have to face the truth. We didn’t hit well enough and we were below average with the bat. The new ball did a bit, seam around and there was some bounce, it was a pivotal period and then it got better to hit. We bowl extremely well and as a bowling unit we do a lot of good things. Arshdeep has stepped up, Rahul has wickets and KG who is the big man always comes forward to give us important wickets.
Winning skipper, KL Rahul said:
I was disappointed and furious at the end of the first innings. Stupid cricket with the bat. It does happen, but we did talk about it during time-out. We talked about being able to defend 160 because this wasn’t a great pitch. The crucial runs from the back and the execution with the ball helped us win. We need to get better with the bat. Halftime, when Quinny and Deepak were at bat. They played really well to get 60 in 9 overs on a tricky wicket. If we had hit smart, we could have hit 180-190. The way we reacted with the ball was phenomenal. Krunal has been brilliant throughout the tournament. This season he has really worked on his bowling. Economic bowling is important, but he gave us two to three wickets in the middle overs.
Player of the match, Krunal Pandya said:
I’m good at bowling. I have worked hard for the past 7-8 months. Special mention to Rahul Sanghvi. The results that everyone can see as I have tried to improve the skills. Often you don’t realize a lot of things when you play shorter formats. I’ve been trying to increase my height with my release and something on my grip. I enlisted the help of Rahul Sanghvi and it has worked. The beating is a bit close to my heart. I haven’t contributed much with the bat, but it’s a long tournament and in the future I’ll try to contribute with the bat.
Full list of winners in PBKS vs LSG match
Super Striker of the Match – Dusmantha Chameera
Game changer of the match – Kagiso Rabada
Most Sixes – Liam Livingstone
Power Player of the Match – Dushmantha Chameera
Most Valuable Asset of the Match – Mohsin Khan
Fastest Delivery of the Match – Mohsin Khan
Most Fours – Jonny Bairstow