Quinton de Kock key to Lucknow Super Giants win over Delhi Capitals in IPL 2022

South African opener's 80 off 52 balls puts side on way to six-wicket victory in Mumbai

Quinton De Kock hit 80 for Lucknow Super Giants, including nine fours and two sixes, during their IPL win over Delhi Capitals in Mumbai on Thursday, April 7. Sportzpics for IPL
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A superb 80 from Quinton de Kock helped Lucknow Super Giants seal a six-wicket Indian Premier League victory over Delhi Capitals in Mumbai on Thursday.

The South African opener looked set to carry his bat right through the innings after Delhi were restricted to 149-3 in their 20 overs at Dr DY Patil Sports Academy.

But De Kock's 51-ball innings came to an end with his side needing 27 for victory with four overs left and an unbeaten 19 from Krunal Pandya saw them over the line with two balls left with the winning runs coming from a big Ayush Badoni six over extra-cover.

It was Lucknow's third win in four games and leaves them second in the table behind Kolkata Knight Riders only on run rate.

“I think we were brilliant [with the ball], but powerplay is something we have to work on,” said captain KL Rahul after the match. “We showed a lot of character but after the powerplay, the bowlers had a good chat and knew what lines and lengths to bowl and executed well.

“We just like to know what to chase. Dew factor does play on the minds of team and everyone chooses to bowl first because of that.

“Last game there wasn't much dew here and we got lucky. Today, there was a lot of dew and I think everyone likes chasing.”

Opener Prithvi Shaw top-scored for Delhi in their innings with 61 off 34 balls - including nine fours and two sixes - but tight bowling from the likes of Krishnappa Gowtham (1-23) and Ravi Bishnoi (2-22) restricted the scoring.

An unbeaten partnership between captain Risbah Pant (39) and Avesh Khan (36) dragged the team to 149 after they lost David Warner (four) and Rovman Powell (three) cheaply.

“Obviously when the dew is like that, you can't complain,” admitted Pant. “But as a batting unit, we were 10-15 runs short.”

Updated: April 07, 2022, 6:55 PM