After winning the toss and electing to bowl, Lucknow Super Giants displayed a disciplined bowling performance to restrict Delhi Capitals to 149/3 in 20 overs despite a half-century from Prithvi Shaw (61 off 34). In the end, LSG successfully chased down the target despite some hiccups. Reached 155/4 in 19.4 overs to secure their third win in four matches.
Chasing a modest total, KL Rahul and Quinton de Kock made a cautious start for Lucknow and were 26/0 in four overs. But the introduction of Enrique Nortje shifted the momentum towards LSG.
Nortje, playing a competitive game after a long period of injury, was far from his best and his Proteas teammate de Kock smashed the pacer for 19 runs in his over. The left-hander along with Rahul took LSG 48-0 in the powerplay.
After the end of the first six overs, Delhi Capitals captain Pant deployed spin from either end but LSG were still in cruise control of the game. After all, it was Kuldeep Yadav who shed the first blood for Delhi by dismissing Rahul for 24. Evin Lewis then joined De Kock at the crease and kept the scoreboard ticking.
Although Lewis struggled to bat freely, de Kock did not let the asking rate rise by scoring his fifty off 36 balls and reducing the equation to 66 off 50 balls.
LSG was going strong but Lalit Yadav brought Delhi back into the game after Evin Lewis was dismissed for five. With wickets falling from the other end, de Kock continued his strong outing and put on a 36-run partnership for the third wicket with Deepak Hooda (11) to propel the team forward in the run-chase.
Lucknow were on top but there was some play when Nortje was removed from the attack in the 16th over after bowling his second ball above waist height. After some deliberation and discussion, Pant went to Kuldeep, who was immediately dispatched for two boundaries by Quinton de Kock. But, Kuldeep got the last laugh when he was caught by Sarfaraz Khan at short third man with LSG scoring 28 off 25 balls.
Delhi bowlers Mustafizur and Shardul Thakur then conceded just nine runs in the next two overs to level 19 runs in 12 balls. The game was really in balance.
But Krunal Pandya smashed Mustafizur for a big six in the 19th over to bring LSG closer to the DC target. LSG lost the wicket of Hooda in the first ball of the last over, but Pandya (19 not out on 14) and Ayush Badoni (10 not out) held their nerves, remained unbeaten and took Lucknow on the winning line off two balls. took away. Remaining and six wickets in hand.
Earlier, the new opening pair of Prithvi Shaw and David Warner, invited to bat first, gave Lucknow a quick start and took a 52-0 lead in the powerplay. Out of 52, Shaw scored 47 runs alone while Warner was a mere spectator at the other end. Even after the powerplay, the attacking batsman continued his attack and completed his fifty in just 30 balls.
However, Lucknow made a strong comeback in the game by taking quick wickets. It was Krishnappa Gautam who gave LSG their first wicket by dismissing the dangerous Shaw.
After being hit for a six and a four in the first two balls of his over, Gautam changed the angle and went around the wicket. The spinner fired the ball wide and got Shaw (61) caught from behind. In the very next over, Ravi Bishnoi dismissed Warner, who could manage just four runs off 12 balls in his maiden IPL 2022 outing.
Captain Rishabh Pant then joined Rovman Powell at the crease and played cautiously against the LSG spinners. Powell (3), in particular, was finding it difficult to center the ball and his struggle was ended by Bishnoi via a googly, leaving Delhi struggling 74-3 after 10.3 overs.
From there, Sarfaraz Khan, who was playing his first match for DC, and Pant wanted to rebuild their team’s innings. But it was not easy as the LSG spinners bowled excellent line and length and runs were drying up for DC.
But, having had a good time in the middle, Pant decided to shift gears and hit Andrew Tye for two sixes and a four, helping Delhi cross the 100-run mark in the 16th over. His teammate Sarfaraz joined the party and scored 13 runs off Avesh Khan to get Delhi back on track in the game.
However, Lucknow pacers Avesh and Jason Holder used their variations very well and conceded just 19 runs in the last three overs. Pant (39 not out on 36) and Sarfaraz (36 not out on 28) both tried their best but could not time the ball properly and Delhi ended up with 149/3 in 20 overs.
Ravi Bishnoi (2/22) was the most successful bowler for Lucknow while Krishnappa Gautam (1/23) also took a wicket.
Brief Scores: Delhi Capitals 149-3 in 20 overs (Prithvi Shaw 61, Rishabh Pant 39 not out; Ravi Bishnoi 2/22) lost to Lucknow Super Giants 155-4 in 19.4 overs (Quinton de Kock 80, KL Rahul 24; Kuldeep Yadav (2/31) by 6 wickets.