Lucknow Super Giants hold on for tight win over Delhi Capitals in IPL 2022

Captain Rahul hits 77 as team posts 195-3 while opponents fall just six runs short at Wankhede Stadium

KL Rahul hit 77 off 51 balls for Lucknow Super Giants in their IPL win over the Delhi Capitals at Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai on May 1, 2022. Sportzpics for IPL
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Lucknow Super Giants held on for a tight six-run victory over Delhi Capitals in the Indian Premier League on Sunday despite some late fireworks from Axar Patel.

Captain RL Rahul cracked 77 off 51 balls – his fourth 50-plus knock this season – to help his team post 195-3 in their 20 overs. In reply, Delhi Capitals fell just short, reaching 189-7 with Patel's unbeaten 42 off 24 balls almost earning his team victory.

Rahul combined with Quinton de Kock (23) for a 42-run opening stand and then added another 95 runs with Deepak Hooda for the second wicket.

Lucknow set a quick pace, scoring nearly 10 runs per over for most of its innings as Rahul and Hooda put Delhi’s attack to the sword.

Rahul smacked four fours and five sixes - taking his total for the season to 451 runs - while Hooda hit six fours and a six during their 67-ball partnership. Hooda scored his third half-century before falling to Shardul Thakur (3-40).

Marcus Stoinis scored 17 not out off 16 balls, as Rahul took charge of the final overs though in the end Lucknow failed to breach the 200-run mark.

In reply, Delhi made a poor start, losing both openers Prithvi Shaw (5) and David Warner (3) cheaply. At 13-2, Delhi were reeling but Mitchell Marsh launched a counter-attack to bring the side back into the game.

The Australian batsman hit three fours and three sixes to reach 37 off 20 balls. At the other end, Rishabh Pant hit seven fours and a six to score 44 off 30 balls.

The duo put on 60 runs off only 25 balls to resurrect Delhi’s hopes. Lucknow appeared to be helping Delhi's cause with a horrendous fielding display.

Marsh was out caught in the eighth over and Lalit Yadav soon followed when he was bowled off Ravi Bishnoi as Delhi stumbled again to 86-4.

But the Super Giants’ fielders then dropped three catches and missed two run-out opportunities to allow Delhi to creep closer to Lucknow’s total.

Mohsin Khan (4-16) bowled Pant in the 13th over to tip the scales again. Rovman Powell, though, had different ideas as he hit 35 off 21 balls, including three fours and two sixes.

Then Patel’s late surge ensured Delhi was in the hunt when the final over began with 21 runs needed. But Stoinis held his nerve allowing Lucknow to register its third consecutive victory.

The win moves the Super Giants to second in the table with 14 points from 10 games. Delhi are sixth with eight points from nine matches.

Updated: May 01, 2022, 4:15 PM
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