Turning point of LSG vs. SRH

Super Giants berated a whopping 10 crore INR on Avesh during the February auction. On the night of April 4, he made those expenses look sensible.

Aves Khan. (Photo source: IPL/BCCI)

Lucknow Super Giants pacer Avesh Khan changed the course of the game with a double wicket 18th left to hold the Sunrisers Hyderabad scoreless in IPL 2022. While chasing 170 at the DY Patil Stadium, the Sunrisers seemed to have the situation well under control by the end of the 17th, with 33 of 18 deliveries with a set of Nicholas Pooran and Washington Sundar taking them to what until then seemed a viable target.

Enter Avesh. He briefly hit the ball to start his over and was awarded the expected treatment, with Pooran sending him for a 85-yard hit toward the deep square leg fence. But Avesh, who built his reputation as a successful death bowler in the 2021 IPL when he finished second in the wicket-taking charts with 24 wickets in 16 matches, was not deterred as he brought his specialty to the fore to deliver a ​unlikely collapse.

Avesh followed with yorker, then delivered his side with two wickets to turn the game upside down. He let Pooran burp to long for an attempted yorker that eventually turned into a full throw, before whipping up a faint edge to a caught bum of Abdul Samad, packing a golden duck, on the immediately following delivery. Romario Shepherd did well to take down a Yorker to deny Avesh a hat-trick, but what tight bowling by Andrew Tye and Jason Holder meant in the last two overs LSG sealed a game that a while ago they seemed like they had nothing to gain.

Meanwhile, Avesh wasn’t alone in the wickets at the endovers – before he was the death-over specialist, he was the powerplay performer for his team, taking two blows in the first six overs to get the Sunrisers back at the start. to pin. He scalped Kane Williamson for a run-a-ball 16 while trying to push him up, but could only reach as far as Andrew Tye on a short penalty, undoing Abhishek Sharma with a slower one as the batter skied a flyout to Manish Pandey stationed at cover.

Avesh revealed his plan during a conversation with broadcasters at the party after the game, explaining that he had his sights set on contributing with the ball in both power play and death. By the end of the match, he checked both boxes with a return of 4/24. β€œThe plan is always how I can pick up wickets in the power play and slog-overs. I wanted to bowl the slower ball (Williams resigned) because we felt like the ball was grabbing and holding the surface,” he told Murali Karthik as he received a well-deserved Player of the Match award.

Super Giants paid a whopping INR 10 crore to Avesh in the February auction, making it the most expensive uncapped purchase in IPL history. On the night of April 4, he made those expenses look sensible.

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