Lucknow Super Giants imploded again to continue its miserable home record at the Ekana Cricket stadium here on Monday, losing to Royal Challengers Bangalore by 18 runs chasing a modest total of 126 for nine.
Super Giants was hampered by captain K.L. Rahul’s thigh injury which he suffered in the second over of the RCB innings. When Rahul came out to bat, his side needed 24 off eight balls. Poor shot selection and lack of application by the batters hurt Super Giants as they slid to their third consecutive defeat at home.
Mohammed Siraj gave RCB an early breakthrough when he sent back dangerman Kyle Mayers for a duck, miscuing a shot to Anuj Rawat at mid-on. Krunal Pandya, after clattering Siraj for three successive fours, chipped Glenn Maxwell to Virat Kohli at long-off.
Josh Hazlewood, playing his first match of the season, tied Ayush Badoni in knots before forcing him to drive straight to Kohli at cover. Wanindu Hasaranga foxed Deepak Hooda and had him stumped by Dinesh Karthik.
Much depended on Nicholas Pooran but the West Indian holed out to Mahipal Lomor off Karn Sharma to leave Super Giants tottering at 38 for five. Marcus Stoinis and K. Gowtham staged a mini-revival, adding 27 for the sixth wicket, before Karn lured the Australian to his doom. It was all but sealed when Gowtham ran himself out.
Earlier, the Super Giants bowlers thrived on the sluggish wicket. The four spinners delivered 13 out of the 20 overs. Ravi Bishnoi (4-0-21-2) was the stand-out bowler while the other leggie, Amit Mishra (3-0-21-2), and off-spinner Gowtham (2-0-10-1) played the support role well. Though he didn’t pick up any wicket, left-arm spinner Krunal Pandya (4-0-21-0) shuffled his bowlers around and did a good job as captain after Rahul hobbled off the field.
RCB’s openers Kohli (31) and du Plessis (44) struggled with their timing as only 42 came in the PowerPlay. It was tough going for the batters, but the bowlers won the day for the Bengaluru side.
In 160 matches so far, he has taken 172 wickets at an average of 23.75 and an economy rate of 7.34. His best bowling figures are 5/17 in IPL.Amit has been performing well in IPL 2023. He has taken six wickets in six matches at an average of 18.16 and an economy rate of 7.26. His best bowling figures are 2/21.
The top-five wicket-takers in IPL history are: Dwayne Bravo (183 wickets), Yuzvendra Chahal (178 wickets), Mishra, Lasith Malinga (170 wickets) and Piyush Chawla (170 wickets).
Royal Challengers Bangalore: Virat Kohli st Pooran b Ravi Bishnoi 31 Faf du Plessis c Pandya b Mishra 44 Anuj Rawat c Mayers b Gowtham 9 Glenn Maxwell lbw b Ravi Bishnoi 4 Suyash Prabhudessai c Gowtham b Mishra 6 Dinesh Karthik run out (Yash Thakur) 16 Mahipal Lomror lbw b Naveen-ul-Haq 3 Wanindu Hasaranga de Silva not out 8 Karn Sharma c Gowtham b Naveen-ul-Haq 2 Mohammed Siraj c Pooran b Naveen-ul-Haq 0 Josh Hazlewood not out 1 Extras: (W-2) 2
Total: (For 9 wickets in 20 overs) 126
Fall of wickets: 1-62, 2-75, 3-80, 4-90, 5-109, 6-114, 7-117, 8-121, 9-121
Lucknow Super Giants bowling: Krunal Pandya 4-0-21-0, Marcus Stoinis 1-0 -11-0, Naveen-ul-Haq 4-0-30-3, Ravi Bishnoi 4-0-21-2, Amit Mishra 3-0 -21-2, Yash Thakur 2-0-12-0, Krishnappa Gowtham 2-0-10-1.
Lucknow Super Giants: Kyle Mayers c Anuj Rawat b Siraj 0 Ayush Badoni c Kohli b Hazlewood 4 Krunal Pandya c Kohli b Maxwell 14 Deepak Hooda st Karthik b W Hasaranga 1 Marcus Stoinis c Prabhudessai b Karn Sharma 13 Nicholas Pooran c Lomror b Karn Sharma 9 Krishnappa Gowtham run out 23 Ravi Bishnoi run out 5 Amit Mishra c Karthik b Harshal Patel 19 Naveen-ul-Haq c Karthik b Hazlewood 13 KL Rahul not out 0 Extras: (b-1, lb-1, w-3, nb-2) 7
Total: 108 all out in 19.5 overs
Fall of wickets: 1-0, 2-19, 3-21, 4-27, 5-38, 6-65, 7-66, 8-77, 9-103
Royal Challengers Bangalore bowling: Mohammed Siraj 3-0-24-1, Josh Hazlewood 3-0-15-2, Glenn Maxwell 1-0-3-1, Wanindu Hasaranga 4-0-20-1, Karn Sharma 4-0-20-2, Harshal Patel 3.5-0-20-1, Mahipal Lomror 1-0-4-0.