IPL 2022: Lucknow beats CSK by six wickets
Lucknow Super Giants 211/4 in 19.3 overs. Chennai Super Kings 210/7 in 20 overs.
In a close fight, Lucknow Super Giant steals a six-wicket win over Chennai Super Kings, it was the fourth biggest run chase in IPL history. On the other hand, CSK tasted a consecutive second defeat in this season.
Lucknow Super Giants chase down the 211 run target with 3 balls to spare and win by 6 wickets over Chennai Super Kings. Evin Lewis remains unbeaten on 55 runs from 23 balls.
LSG’s win is fourth-highest successful chase in IPL history. Rajasthan Royals hold the record having chased down 224 against Punjab Kings in IPL 2022 while Mumbai Indians are second with a chase of 219 against Chennai Super Kings. At the third spot are also RR with a chase of 215 against the erstwhile Deccan Chargers.
LSG’s Evin Lewis’ 55 run from 23 ball and Ayush Badoni’s 19 run in just 9 balls makes last laugh for LSG winning the match by six wickets.
Skipper K.L. Rahul and opener Quinton de Kock made solid opening 99-run partnership makes LSG’s chase the big total on board. KL Rahul (40) and Quinton de Kock (61) laid the foundation for LSG’s to get its maiden win over the champions.
CSK has posted a mammoth 210 for seven with Robin Uthappa scoring a 27-ball 50 and Shivam Dube smashing a 30-ball 49 before MS Dhoni struck an unbeaten six-ball 16 to push the total beyond 200.
Evin Lewis, who looks up to Chris Gayle for inspiration, batted, or rather, belted the ball like the legendary Jamaican to power Lucknow Super Giants to an incredible win over Chennai Super Kings in the IPL on Thursday. Lewis blazed away to an unbeaten 23-ball 55 as LSG, from a hopeless situation, overhauled an imposing target of 211 with three balls to spare. Openers with a rollicking stand but the increasing required run-rate made the task extremely difficult for LSG.
Lewis and Ayush Badoni takes the team to reach the big target. Badoni smashed Shivam Dube for 25 runs in the penultimate over to bring the equation down to nine from the last six balls.
Lewis hit six fours and three sixes as first-timers LSG recorded their maiden win in the lucrative league. Badoni hit two maximums, which turned out to be crucial in the context of the final result.
Leg-spinner Ravi Bishnoi (2/24) did a tremendous job with the wet ball in difficult conditions, even as Robin Uthappa turned back the clock with his beautiful yet brutal assault to propel CSK to a strong total.
Rahul and de Kock duo were at its destructive best, dealing only in fours and sixes and at one point it looked like they were going to finish the game in quick time.
CSK fielders also didn’t have the best of times with their catching. They dropped two catches. They first dropped Quinton de Kock when he was batting on 30, Moeen Ali who failed to hold onto a sitter at extra cover. Kock went on to make 61 off 45. CSK next dropped LSG captain KL Rahul when he was on 34.
From CSK’s side, Uthappa scored a fluent 50 off 27 balls to give CSK a solid start before Dube made 49 off 30 deliveries, while skipper Ravindra Jadeja (17 off 9) and MS Dhoni (16 off 6), who slammed two fours and a six, provided the final flourish.
Uthappa, and new man Moeen Ali (35), continued the assault by dealing only in fours and sixes.
The Super Giants bowlers had no answer for the duo as CSK raced to 73 for one at the end of the Powerplay.
Uthappa slammed eight fours and one maximum, while Moeen hit four boundaries and two sixes during his 22-ball stay.
It was Bishnoi again who gave the second breakthrough when he trapped Uthappa's leg before with quick delivery, soon after the batter reached his fifty.
Dube (49)and Ambati Rayudu (27), then, shared a 60-run stand to keep CSK on course for a big total.