Recent Match Report – Super Giants vs Sunrisers 12th Match 2022

Lucknow Super Giants 169 for 7 (Rahul 68, Hooda 51, Natarajan 2-26, Washington 2-28, Shepherd 2-42) Sunrisers Hyderabad 157 for 9 (Tripathi 44, Pooran 34, Avesh 4-24, Holder 3-34) with 12 runs

Deepak Hooda, KL Rahul and Avesh Khan led the way as Lucknow Super Giants came back from behind with bat and ball to take a 12-run win over Sunrisers Hyderabad, continuing the turn of fortune for teams batting first in IPL 2022.

Reduced to 27 for 3 after being sent in, Super Giants recovered and set a target of 170, and Avesh took two powerplay wickets to put them firmly in front. But Sunrisers took the initiative with quick blows from Rahul Tripathi and Nicholas Pooran; at one point they needed 27 of 17 balls with six wickets in hand. But Avesh turned it around again with two wickets in two balls in the 18th left, and two more solid death-overs from Andrew Tye and Jason Holder, playing his first game of the season, finished the job.

Washington dominates power play

Sunrisers didn’t open the bowl with Washington Sundar in their first game against Rajasthan Royals, but they had a clear case for doing so against Super Giants. One of their openers, Quinton de Kock, was a southpaw, and the other, KL Rahul, has struggled to score quickly against offspin lately, his batting rate against that style of bowling dropping from 176.66 until the end of 2019.

Washington made an even bigger impact than Sunrisers had hoped. He sent De Kock away by denying him room to hit inside out, knocking out another lefthander in Evin Lewis, who fell in the dangerous chase to wipe every ball from a bowler who was aiming incessantly at the stumps. With Rahul and Manish Pandey – another right-hander who starts slow against spin – taking no chances against him either, Washington ended the power play with numbers of 3-0-11-2.

Romario Shepherd’s hard play, meanwhile, defeated Pandey, having previously conceded in the over a six and a four, and Super Giants finished the power play 32 to 3.

A partnership of contrasts

In both 2020 and 2021, Rahul was criticized for his low-risk approach in the power play and the mid-overs, which earned him plenty of runs, but also made him feel that his then-franchise, Punjab Kings, often ended up with lower-than-ideal totals, even if they didn’t lose too many wickets. That approach was more understandable in this game, given the situation Super Giants found themselves in.

On the other hand, Hooda took a different approach, after taking 12 balls to get his eye in. The speedy Umran Malik bore the heaviest penalty, with three fours and a six pinging Hooda’s club. It wasn’t that Malik bowled particularly badly: Hooda played some exceptional shots off him, including an open-faced slice to send a near-Yorker past the backflip and a batted six from a short ball that angled. tilted inwards to tuck it in for space. There was also a ramped six that the leaping third man fielder – perfectly stationed for just that shot – could get a hand but couldn’t catch.

Rahul also hit two fours on Malik, and his second and third overs—the 10th and 14th of the Super Giants innings—went for a combined 36. Even with the other Sunrisers bowlers doing well at this stage, the recovery was of Super Giants well underway. track.

Bhuvneshwar and Natarajan nail the yorkers

Malik’s bad night forced Sunrisers to use Washington’s fourth over—which they probably had no intention of bowling—in the 17th over. Rahul and Ayush Badoni – who replaced Hooda after his resignation in the 16th over – took over for 17.

Badoni and Holder then took over 17 from Shepherd in the 20th, but in between Bhuvneshwar and T Natarajan made sure Sunrisers wouldn’t chase a target too steep, with expert use of the yorker – if they made a mistake they sent low fulls instead of half volleys, and they always followed the batters’ movements with their line, so they rarely had room to clear their arms. Super Giants took just a combined 15 runs from the 18th and 19th overs, losing to Rahul and Krunal Pandya.

Avesh, part one

Sunrisers started their chase hard enough to reach 21 without a loss after three overs, with Kane Williamson pulling out a striking six behind the wicket with a scoop over Holder’s keeper in the third over.

But just as Williamson’s form was beginning to look foreboding – he punched Avesh against the boundary of the cover point at the start of the fourth – Avesh pulled him out, another attempt at round over a short, fine leg ended in the hands of the fielder.

Abhishek Sharma, the other opener, fell in the next over from Avesh, mistaking a big hit attempt from a slower ball, and Sunrisers ended the power play at 40 for 2.

One way, then the other, and back

The midfielders swung back and forth. Rahul Tripathi clattered 44 out of 30, including taking three quarters of the eighth over delivered by Andrew Tye – culminating in an agile slope over the keeper from a rising short ball. But Krunal eliminated him and Aiden Markram, leaving Sunrisers 75 out of 41 with six wickets in hand and two new batters on the crease.

Pooran started off slow as well as very inconclusively, as Ravi Bishnoi hit his outside edge into four balls three times with his foul connected to his over-the-left-hander corner. But he spanned Krunal for a leg-side six in the 14th and hit Holder for two-fours in the 15th, before finishing 16th with a glorious drive to bisect extra coverage and long distance at Bishnoi to beat Sunrisers. leave that 41 need. out 24. The match turned again.

Avesh, part two

Tye’s changes of pace and ability to land the ball wide of the left-handers’ strike arc saw him concede just eight runs in the 17th over, with the only frontier coming via a loft drive from Washington.

Then, with Sunrisers taking 33 of 18, Pooran made a mistake in a pull from Avesh, only for the ball to carry all the way for six. Two balls later, the luck turned when Pooran hit a full toss directly into the hands of the inveterate player.

Then Avesh snatched Abdul Samad’s first ball, giving another blow to Sunrisers’ chances, before finishing the pass with two dots and a wide, pushing the wide line out to Shepherd.

Tye delivered another great win in the 19th, but just as Sunrisers appeared to slip out of the game with 22 required out of 8, a yorker attempt turned into a full toss that launched Shepherd for a straight six.

Sixteen of the last remaining was possible, albeit difficult. And it turned out to be even more difficult thanks to the new batter crossing rule. Looking for the first ball for six, Washington was caught on the long-on-boundary. Where Shepherd might have hit the next ball in previous seasons, now he had to look at Bhuvneshwar from the other side.

Two basehits followed, before Bhuvneshwar hit a hole. Again, Shepherd couldn’t take a strike, and with two sixes needed to tie the game, the game was pretty much over.

Karthik Krishnaswamy is a senior sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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