KL's captaincy innings…Lucknow beats Chennai well at home

Ronit Kawale
Ronit Kawale - Senior Editor
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KL Rahul scored half century in 31 balls
Mahendra Singh Dhoni played an inning of 28 runs in 9 balls.
Ravindra Jadeja hits fifty

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New Delhi. On the strength of KL Rahul's captaincy innings and Quinton de Kock's half-century, Lucknow Super Giants registered a spectacular victory by defeating Chennai Super Kings by 8 wickets in the 34th match of IPL. This is LSG's fourth win in 7 matches while CSK's third defeat in 7 matches. Chasing the target of 177 runs at Ekana Stadium, Lucknow Super Giants team won by scoring 180 runs at the loss of 2 wickets with 6 balls remaining. Captain KL Rahul played the highest innings of 82 runs for Lucknow. De Kock was out after playing an innings of 54 runs. With the fourth win, LSG is at fifth position in the points table with 8 points while CSK is at third position with the same number of points.

KL Rahul and Quinton de Kock gave an explosive start to Lucknow Super Giants while chasing the target of 177 runs. Both the batsmen thrashed the Chennai Super Kings bowlers. KL Rahul scored his fifty in 31 balls while De Kock scored a half-century in 41 balls. LSG completed 100 runs on the fifth ball of the 11th over. Rahul and De Kock laid the foundation of victory by making a partnership of 134 runs for the first wicket. LSG got its first blow in the form of de Kock in the 15th over. He was caught by Mustafizur Rahman at the hands of Dhoni. De Kock scored 54 runs on 43 balls. KL Rahul was caught by Jadeja on the ball of Mathisa Pathirana on the personal score of 82 runs. Rahul hit 9 fours and 3 sixes in 53 balls. Nicholas Pooran returned unbeaten on 23 runs while Marcus Stoinis scored 8 unbeaten runs.

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Jadeja's fighting half-century
Earlier, with Ravindra Jadeja's unbeaten half-century, Chennai Super Kings scored 176 runs for 6 wickets. Jadeja played an unbeaten inning of 57 runs in 40 balls with five fours and one six. He made a partnership of 51 runs for the sixth wicket with Moeen Ali (30 runs), while Mahendra Singh Dhoni finally played an unbeaten inning of 28 runs with three fours and two sixes in nine balls, taking the team's score beyond 170 runs.

Krunal Pandya was the most successful bowler
Krunal Pandya was the most successful bowler for Super Giants, taking 2 wickets for 16 runs. Mohsin Khan, Yash Thakur, Marcus Stoinis and Ravi Bishnoi got one wicket each. Super Kings, who came to bat after losing the toss, had a bad start and the team lost the wickets of opener Rachin Ravindra (00) and captain Ruturaj Gaikwad (17) till the score of 33 runs in the fifth over. Rachin was bowled after missing the very first ball of Mohsin Khan in the second over of the innings. Gaikwad also did not look in rhythm and was caught by wicketkeeper Lokash Rahul on Yash Thakur's ball.

Rahane looked in good form
Rahane looked in good form. He opened his account with a four on Matt Henry and then also hit a six on this fast bowler. Rahane also hit two consecutive fours on Yash. Super Kings scored 51 runs for two wickets in the power play. Both Rahane and Jadeja hit fours on leg spinner Ravi Bishnoi. Rahane, however, missed Krunal's straight ball and got bowled. Facing 24 balls, he hit five fours and one six. Marcus Stoinis gave a big blow to the Super Kings by getting Shivam Dubey (03) caught by the wicketkeeper captain in his very first over. After this, Super Kings fielded Sameer Rizvi as 'impact player'. Rizvi (01), however, could not take advantage of this opportunity and was stumped by Rahul on Krunal's ball.

Jadeja held one end
Jadeja, however, maintained one end. He completed the team's century in the 15th over with two runs off Bishnoi's ball. Jadeja completed his half-century in 34 balls with a six on Mohsin. Moeen also opened his hands and hit three consecutive sixes on Bishnoi in the 18th over but was caught by Ayush Badoni on the next ball. In the next over, Dhoni hit fours and sixes on consecutive balls of Mohsin and then in the last over, he hit sixes and fours on consecutive balls of Yash, taking the team's score beyond 170 runs.

tag: Chennai Super Kings, ipl 2024, KL Rahul, Lucknow Super Giants, M S Dhoni, quinton de kock, Ravindra Jadeja

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