Match 45: Lucknow Super Giants won by 6 runs
The Lucknow Super Giants (LSG) won their third game in a row in the TATA Indian Premier League (IPL) 2022 on Sunday at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai, defeating the Delhi Capitals (DC) by 6 runs. KL Rahul's captaincy knock of 77(51) and Mohsin Khan's four-wicket haul gave LSG a final-over victory. DC lost Prithvi Shaw's wicket early in the innings after the opener was caught at mid-on while chasing a tough score of 196. After David Warner was caught at mid-wicket by Badoni, the DC openers were sent back to the hut. The pressure of losing early wickets had little effect on DC when skipper Pant and Mitchell Marsh smashed the LSG bowling attack.
At the end of the powerplay, DC was up 66-2, and Marsh was on the move with three clean sixes. After being caught behind in the eighth over, K Gowtham dismissed the dangerous Marsh. Ravi Bishnoi got his maiden wicket by deceiving Lalit Yadav with a googly. DC led 94-4 at the halftime break, thanks to Skipper Pant's limits. In the 11th over, Pant was given a reprieve before Rovman Powell smashed two sixes and a four off Gowtham's bowling. After the left-arm seamer knocked the DC skipper's stumps, Mohsin Khan pushed things back in LSG's favor. In the 17th over, he took two more wickets, dismissing the dangerous Powell and then Shardul Thakur.
DC drew closer with a four and a six each from Axar Patel as they needed 21 runs off the last over. Kuldeep Yadav and Axar Patel each added six runs, but DC fell 7 runs short of their goal. LSG, who chose to bat first, made one change in the eleven, with K Gowtham replacing Avesh Khan. KL Rahul and Quinton de Kock, the LSG openers, got off to a good start with the bat, as LSG were 41/0 after the first over, with both hitters hitting sixes. After Lalit Yadav completed the catch at backward point, Shardul Thakur broke the partnership. At the completion of the powerplay, LSG led 57-1.
Rahul went to attacking mode against Kuldeep Yadav and smashed two fours. Hooda applied similar pressure on the other end as the duo's fifty-year union came to an end. In the 11th over, LSG surpassed 100 runs. In the 13th over, skipper KL Rahul added another easy six to complete his half-century. Hooda reached fifty runs, but was bowled out soon after when Thakur took a catch off his own bowling. LSG were 145-2 after 15 overs when new hitter Marcus Stoinis hit two fours.
In the 17th over, Mustafizur Rahman only gave up 8 runs. In the next over, Rahul hit another six before Lalit Yadav made an outstanding deep catch off Thakur's bowling. After Stoinis smacked a six over long-on, LSG concluded the innings with a total of 195-3.
Scores: Lucknow Super Giants 195/3 (KL Rahul 77, Deepak Hooda 52; Shardul Thakur 3-40) beat Delhi Capitals 189/7 (Rishabh Pant 44, Axar Patel 42*; Mohsin Khan 4-16) by 6 runs.
Match 46: Chennai Super Kings won by 13 runs
The Chennai Super Kings (CSK) returned to winning ways in the TATA Indian Premier League (IPL) 2022 on Sunday at the Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium in Pune, defeating Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) by 13 runs. After stitching a beautiful match-winning combination to push CSK to 202/2 in the first innings, Ruturaj Gaikwad (99) and Devon Conway (85*) excelled in CSK's 13-run victory. With a target of 203 to chase, SRH openers Kane Williamson and Abhishek Sharma got off to a flying start, and the team was 46-0 after four overs.
Williamson and Sharma both hit a six to put the CSK bowlers on the back foot. In the third over, Sharma was given a reprieve. Mukesh Chaudhary took two wickets in two deliveries to end the fifty-run stand for the first wicket. Rahul Tripathi sliced it straight to short third man while Sharma holed out to the deep. For the next wicket, Aiden Markram and Williamson contributed 30 runs. Markram hit a string of sixes against Santner, but the bowler had the final laugh when he was caught at deep midwicket. At the halfway point, SRH led 89-3. Nicholas Pooran showed his determination right away, slamming a six as SRH approached 100 in the 12th over.
Williamson and Pooran both hit sixes, but Dwaine Pretorius took the crucial wicket of SRH captain Williamson when he was trapped LBW. After Pooran smashed his third six of the innings, the equation was down to 56 off 18 for SRH. After dismissing Shashank Singh and Washington Sundar in the 18th over, Mukesh Choudhary added two more wickets to his total. Pooran hit three sixes and a four in the last over to reach fifty, but SRH fell 14 runs short of the goal. CSK, who were given the opportunity to bat first, made two changes to their lineup: Devon Conway and Simarjeet Singh were named in the eleven.
Devon Conway and Ruturaj Gaikwad, the CSK openers, made a cautious start with the bat but did not lose any wickets throughout the powerplay. CSK were 40/0 after six overs as Ruturaj Gaikwad whacked two sixes and did the most of the batting. In the next two overs, Conway and Gaikwad each added a four and a six. Gaikwad countered Umran Malik's quick bowling with a run of fours to bring up his half-century. After Gaikwad smashed two sixes in a succession off Markram's bowling, the hundred partnership was up for the first wicket. The CSK openers continued to hit the ball to all parts of the ground in the 12th over, bowled by Umran Malik, for 17 runs.
To reach his half-century, Conway smashed two sixes and a four against Marco Jansen. CSK were 153-0 at the end of 15 overs, having put on a 150-run partnership for the first wicket. Unfortunately for CSK, Gaikwad was caught at backward point off Natarajan's bowling, falling one run short of the three-figure mark. CSK skipper MS Dhoni was dismissed by Natarajan for his second wicket, but Conway added two fours in the final over to move CSK to 202/2 in the first innings.
Scores: Chennai Super Kings 202/2 (Ruturaj Gaikwad 99, Devon Conway 85*; T Natarajan 2-42) beat Sunrisers Hyderabad 189-6 (Nicholas Pooran 64*, Kane Williamson 47; Mukesh Choudhary 4-46) by 13 runs.