Mohali: The house was of Punjab Kings but the party was of Lucknow Super Giants. Lucknow, which faced defeat at home in IPL 2023 against Punjab, settled the scores with Sood. Lucknow defeated Punjab by 56 runs on Mohali’s pitch which proved to be the graveyard of bowlers. On the basis of the storm of Marcus Stoinis and Kyle Meyers, Lucknow scored 257 runs, in response to which Punjab could score only 201 runs.
On Friday evening at the PCA Stadium, Lucknow first scored the biggest score of this season leaving behind the score of 235 runs by Chennai Super Kings. Then in the 20th over, he touched the figure of 250 and became only the second team in IPL history to do so. Although she could not break the record of 263 runs of Royal Challengers Bangalore.
Dhawan’s return did not bring color
Captain Shikhar Dhawan returned in this match for Punjab, who was sitting out of the last three matches. However, his comeback was not good and Dhawan was dismissed in the first over itself. His fellow opener Prabhsimran Singh also returned to the pavilion till the fourth over. Punjab’s two wickets had fallen for just 31 runs but still the attack continued.
Even trying hard isn’t enough
Atharva Taide and Sikandar Raza shared an excellent partnership of 78 runs to take the team past 100 runs by the 12th over. Taide scored his first half-century in just 26 balls during this period. Although both the batsmen were dismissed in the 12th and 13th overs, Taide was made his victim by Ravi Bishnoi, while Raza was dismissed by Yash Thakur.
After this, Liam Livingston also gave wickets on Bishnoi’s ball and Punjab’s defeat was confirmed from here. Sam Karan and Jitesh Sharma played some good shots but they only worked to reduce the margin of defeat and save the net run rate from doing much damage. In 20 overs, the Punjab team collapsed for 201 runs. Yash Thakur (4/37) and Naveen-ul-Haq (3/30) were the most successful for Lucknow.
Meyers started the attack
The start of Punjab Kings could have been good in this match if the catch was taken on the very first ball. KL Rahul missed an easy catch on this ball of fast bowler Gurnoor Brar, who was making his debut. Rahul got out in no time but Kyle Meyers made it rain. The explosive opener scored 54 runs scoring his fourth half-century. Both the openers fell prey to Kagiso Rabada in the powerplay.
In the next 4 overs, the Lucknow batsmen batted even more and by the 10th over, the team’s score was 128 runs. There was a great partnership between Marcus Stoinis and Ayush Badoni. There was a partnership of 89 runs in just 47 balls between the two. When this storm stopped, Nicholas Pooran started batting indiscriminately with Stoinis.
Stoinis-Puran also rained
During this, Stoinis scored a half-century in 31 balls and added 76 runs in just 30 balls with Pooran. Stoinis was dismissed in the 19th over and Puran was dismissed before the half-century in the 20th over, but both their innings took Lucknow to 257 runs. This is the biggest score of this season. While only for the second time in IPL a team crossed the 250 mark. Rahul Chahar (0/29) was the most economical for Punjab but wickets went to Rabada (2/52).