Match 10, Indian Premier League, 2023 Bharat Ratna Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee Ekana Cricket Stadium, Lucknow
Toss won by Sunrisers Hyderabad (Match Ended)
- Batsman R B 4s 6s SR
- Nicholas Pooran (W) 11 6 1 1 183.33
- Marcus Stoinis 10 13 2 0 76.92
Krunal Pandya is the Player of the Match for taking 3 wickets for 18 runs with the ball and scoring 34 runs in 23 balls with the bat. He says that it was a very good day in the office and says that everything was special about his performance in this game. Claims that he knew he would be bowling four overs since there were a lot of right-handers in the opposition. Mentions that he has got great clarity in his head and is feeling good about himself. Explains that his plans have been process driven and he does not think about results coming off. Adds that he took a break from playing cricket in the last four-five months and then began working on his skills, especially his bowling. Informs that he also worked on his action to get turn and bowl the arm ball. Reckons that the Markram wicket pleased him the most since people say that he doesn't turn the ball. Goes on to say that he trying to find rhythm and consistency while playing at number four. Ends by saying that he is okay with any track as long as he gets the Player of the Match and dedicates the award to his wife who has always supported him.
KL Rahul, the victorious skipper says that he knew how the wicket is going to play since yesterday. Adds that it was a no-brainer to get Krunal Pandya early into the attack. On being asked about his preference, is it red soil or black one, he informs that it does not matter what wicket they play on, as long they are winning. Mentions victory on both decks requires hard work in the end, and that's what matters. Ends by saying that it is all about backing yourself and getting used to the conditions as soon as possible.
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Amit Mishra now is in for a flash interview as well. He says that he is feeling good and he claims that he has done a lot of work to keep himself in contention. Explains that if he bowls fast, it is easy for the batters so he tries to vary his pace. About his catch, he mentions that he tries to do whatever he can do while he is fielding. Adds that he got a little bit of time to go for it and more than him, Jonty Rhodes is happy with the catch. Explains that he feels the red soil has more bounce and spin but on black soil the ball keeps low and there is not much spin.
Aiden Markram, the skipper of Hyderabad says that they would have liked to get to around 160 but the batters could not get going. Mentions that they knew it wasn't going to be a great wicket for batting and they had to fight hard but the opposition bowled well which did not allow them to get going. Adds that they didn't give the bowlers enough to work with but they fought hard and if they had given them 40 runs more, it would have been a good game. Ends by saying that it will be a new start in the next game and that gives them an opportunity to make things right.
Earlier in the innings, after being put to bat first, Hyderabad batters were taken aback looking at the conditions on offer. Only Anmolpreet Singh and Rahul Tripathi got off to good starts, but except for them, no one really got going. In the fag end, Abdul Samad hit a few lusty blows and gave something for the bowlers to fight for. Eventually, it proved to be well under par on this uneventful deck.
Defending 121 runs was never going to be easy for Hyderabad, but one might've thought they had a sniff here looking at the conditions on offer, with the black-soil deck coming into play in this encounter. Although, for Hyderabad, none of their spinners could make the most of it early on until Adil Rashid struck on consecutive deliveries in the 15th over. The three seamers Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Umran Malik, and Fazalhaq Farooqi, the impact player, chipped in with a wicket each. Also, one can say, their fielders also let them down, as they did not really back their bowlers with tight fielding.
A dominating victory for Lucknow. It is their second win of the season, out of the three matches played so far. KL Rahul played a skipper's knock on a wicket that favored the spinners majorly, although it looked like he was batting on some other deck. He used his feet really well and capitalized almost on all the bad balls that came his way. After losing Kyle Mayers and Deepak Hooda in quick succession. Krunal Pandya joined him at the crease. The two batters stitched a solid stand of 55 runs which helped them get near the victory line. In the end, Nicholas Pooran and Marcus Stoinis applied the finishing touches.
A walk in the park for Lucknow, that's what this chase turned out to be. It was one-way traffic throughout the inning and Lucknow have outclassed Hyderabad at home. Hyderabad have started their campaign with two consecutive losses. They will head straight to the drawing board.
SIX! Nicholas Pooran ends this in style! T Natarajan bowls this back of a length and outside the off stump. Nicholas Pooran pulls this towards deep square leg and collects six runs to his kitty. This is a comprehensive win for the hosts as the crowd goes wild!
A full toss this time in line with the stumps. Marcus Stoinis gets forward and knocks this towards wide mid off for one. Scores are level.
Right then, that's it from the coverage of this game. The action in the Indian T20 League continues on 8th April, that too, with a double-header coming your way. The first match will be played between Rajasthan and Delhi which will start at 3.30 pm IST (10 am GMT) followed by a thrilling encounter at the Wankhede Stadium, where Mumbai will be locking horns against Chennai. The first ball for this match will be at 7.30 pm IST (2 pm GMT). But as you all know, you can join us early for the build-up. Until then, take care and goodbye!