Recent Match Report – Super Giants vs Punjab Kings 42nd Match 2022

Recent Match Report - Super Giants vs Punjab Kings 42nd Match 2022

Lucknow Super Giants 153 for 8 (de Kock 46, Hooda 34, Rabada 4-38) beat Punjab Kings 133 for 8 (Bairstow 32, Agarwal 25, Mohsin 3-24, Krunal 2-11) by 20 runs

Krunal Pandya sucked the life out of Punjab Kings’ run chase, leading the way with the ball as Lucknow Super Giants defended 153 to consolidate their play-off position.

Kings had made a solid start to their chase, reaching 46 for 1 off the powerplay to take their requirement down to 108 off 14 overs with nine wickets in hand, an equation that should have proved relatively straightforward.

But after Ravi Bishnoi removed Shikhar Dhawan, Krunal’s spell of 2 for 11 from his four overs meant that the asking rate climbed and forced Kings’ batters to take risks on a sticky, two-paced pitch. Jonny Bairstow, Liam Livingstone and Rishi Dhawan showed brief glimpses of their hitting ability but all struggled for fluency as Kings ended up 20 runs short.

Lucknow’s total of 153 owed much to an 85-run stand between Quinton de Kock and Deepak Hooda for the second wicket, the only partnership of more than 35 in the match. They collapsed through the middle overs, losing five wickets for 13 runs, but late blows from Dushmantha Chameera and Mohsin Khan ensured they finished with a defendable total.

Krunal’s star turn

Andy Flower has often packed his teams with allrounders during his two-and-a-half years on the franchise circuit and his Lucknow side have taken his T20 philosophy to its extreme: they had nine bowling options in their side for this game, with Avesh Khan returning from injury to replace Manish Pandey in the playing XI.

Krunal has been a beneficiary of that style, required as a bowler only when conditions or match-ups have suited. With the final ball of his first over, he dismissed Punjab’s only remaining left-handed batter in their top seven, Bhanuka Rajapaksa, when his arm ball found a leading edge and looped up into the covers.

That enabled him to wheel away against their right-handers, conceding only four runs off the bat in his final three overs and trapping Jitesh Sharma lbw. When his spell was finished, Punjab needed 62 off 36 balls with five wickets left and with the out-of-form Bairstow their only frontline batter left standing. When his thick edge off Chameera flew to deep third, it was inevitable that Krunal was the man diving forward to take the catch and seal the game.

Matt Roller is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo. @mroller98

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