Kyle Mayers struck a half-century in 20 balls to get Lucknow off to a flying start, while Marcus Stoinis, Ayush Badoni, and Nicholas Pooran followed suit. Shikhar Dhawan, the captain of the Punjab Kings, won the toss and decided to bowl. Mayers was removed by Kagiso Rabada on 54 off 24 balls, but the carnage has continued since then. Ayus Badoni and Marcus Stoinis combined for a 50-run partnership in only 26 balls. Badoni ultimately went for 43 off 24 balls, but Nicholas Pooran came in and struck three fours off the first three balls he faced.
The Lucknow Super Giants (LSG) have managed to defeat the Punjab Kings (PBKS) by a convincing margin of 56 runs in the 38th encounter of the Indian Premier League (IPL 2023) taking place at the Punjab Cricket Association IS Bindra Stadium in Mohali. The Lucknow Super Giants posted the highest total of IPL 2023 in the first innings and registered their fifth victory from as many as 8 matches in the ongoing T20 competition. The KL Rahul-led LSG team have now climbed to the second position on the points table with as many as 10 points.
The Lucknow Super Giants got off to a bad start after losing the toss, as their in-form skipper KL Rahul was removed in the fourth over. Despite this, the Lucknow Super Giants scored an explosive 74 for 2 in the first six overs of the powerplay, with to Kyle Mayers’ blistering knock of 54 runs off only 24 deliveries, including 7 fours and 4 sixes. Marcus Stoinis, on the other hand, appeared in fantastic form, smashing a fantastic innings of 72 runs off only 40 balls, including 6 fours and 5 sixes.
Stoinis and Nicholas Pooran added a key 76-run combination for the fourth wicket, and runs were flowing at a breakneck speed.
Pooran produced an exciting cameo of 45 runs off just 19 balls to help the Lucknow Super Giants post the highest total of IPL 2023 and the second highest in IPL history, as LSG concluded with 257 for 5 in their 20 overs. Kagiso Rabada took two key wickets for the Punjab Kings.
The Punjab Kings got off to a slow start at the top of the record run-chase, losing both openers, Shikhar Dhawan and Prabhsimran Singh, with only 31 runs on the board. The combination of Sikandar Raza and Atharva Taide then put on an amazing 78-run partnership for the third wicket. Taide batted brilliantly to reach his maiden IPL half-century, scoring 66 runs off 36 balls with 8 fours and 2 sixes.