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Marcus Stoinis' All-Round Performance Leads Lucknow Super Giants To Victory In A Low-Scoring IPL Encounter Against Rajasthan Royals

  • Posted on April 20, 2023
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Lucknow Super Giants (154/7) beat Rajasthan Royals (144/6) by 10 runs in Jaipur

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LSG win by 10 runs in a low-scoring game against RR in IPL 2023

Cricket fans were on the edge of their seats as the Lucknow Super Giants (LSG) took on the Rajasthan Royals (RR) in a thrilling match that kept spectators hooked until the very end. LSG emerged victorious, winning by ten runs in a low-scoring game that saw some exceptional performances from both teams.

Boult's early spell restricts LSG to a slow start

The match got off to a slow start, with LSG struggling to get going in the first few overs. Trent Boult's tight lines made it difficult for LSG's openers, KL Rahul and Kyle Mayers, to score freely. In fact, Boult bowled 11 dot balls in his first two overs, and the openers could only muster 37 runs in the powerplay. Mayers' 18-ball 16 and Rahul's run-a-ball 17 were the slowest scores registered without losing a wicket in IPL 2023.

IPL 2023: Stoinis’ All-round Brilliance Leads LSG to 10-Run Win over RR
IPL 2023: Stoinis’ All-round Brilliance Leads LSG to 10-Run Win over RR

Holder goes for runs as LSG picks up momentum

But LSG soon found their footing, with Mayers breaking free and hitting a six over the long-off boundary off Jason Holder's delivery. Rahul joined in the attack, hitting a boundary and a six in the next two overs. By the time Rahul was dismissed, LSG had picked up the pace at 82 for 1 in 10.4 overs.

Rajasthan Royals stage a remarkable comeback as LSG lose four wickets in 20 balls

In the space of 20 balls, however, Rajasthan Royals struck four times. After Rahul's dismissal, Boult returned to bowl his final over and cleaned up Ayush Badoni, who missed out on a lap shot. Ravichandran Ashwin then struck twice in an over, having Deepak Hooda caught at deep midwicket and cleaning up Mayers, reducing LSG to 104 for 4 in 14 overs.

Stoinis' reverse-sweep kickstarts LSG's innings to victory

But LSG was not done yet. All-rounder Marcus Stoinis put up an impressive performance, contributing with a 16-ball 21 and taking 2 wickets for 28 runs. Despite most batters struggling to get going early on, Stoinis got off the mark by reverse-sweeping Ashwin for a boundary. The hard-hitting Australian was able to rotate the strike easily, but his partner Nicholas Pooran struggled for the majority of his stay.

Holder Concedes as Pooran's Explosive Batting Boosts LSG's Total

However, Pooran turned it around in the penultimate over, taking down Jason Holder by hammering his fellow West Indian for two boundaries and a six in a 17-run over. This late surge helped LSG post 154 for 7, a challenging total on a pitch that stayed low despite being hard on the surface.

Rajasthan Royals' Opening Pair Make Easy Work of LSG's Bowling Attack

In their chase, Rajasthan Royals got off to a decent start with Jos Buttler and Yashasvi Jaiswal putting up an 87-run opening stand. While both batters took some risks and even managed 47 runs in the powerplay, they seemed in a little difficulty.

Rajasthan Royals' Chase Takes a Nervous Turn as LSG Tightens Grip

But as the required run rate started to climb, things started to get tense. Jaiswal was eventually dismissed in the 12th over, and Sanju Samson was run out while attempting a quick single amidst some miscommunication with his partner. The opener Buttler followed soon after, getting caught at deep midwicket.

Hard Lengths and Slower Balls Work Wonders for LSG's Bowlers

The bowlers used hard lengths with slower balls to good effect, making it difficult for the batters to time their shots well. Stoinis bagged the wickets of the LSG openers, and this allowed LSG to strangle RR's scoring and even paved the way for the wickets of batters who went early in their shots, like Shimron Hetmyer who top-edged an Avesh delivery to Rahul at long-on.

Padikkal's Explosive Batting Not Enough as LSG Defeats Rajasthan Royals

Although Devdutt Padikkal, who was brought in as an Impact Substitute, smashed Stoinis for three boundaries in his final over, Riyan Parag's struggles from the other end didn't help. The required rate kept climbing quickly, and despite three boundaries off Stoinis's last over, RR was left needing 19 runs in the final over. Avesh Khan faced a daunting task due to LSG's tardy over rate, which compelled them to place an extra fielder within the 30-yard circle. Despite conceding a boundary on the first ball, he overcame his nervousness and managed to succeed. He had Padikkal caught behind and Dhruv Jorel caught at long-on to end RR's hopes.

Lucknow Super Giants (154/7) beat Rajasthan Royals (144/6) by 10 runs in Jaipur
RR vs LSG Highlights, IPL 2023

A Battle of Nerves: LSG Prevails Against Rajasthan Royals in a Thrilling Contest

The match was a testament to the importance of holding nerves and keeping calm under pressure. Both teams had their moments in the game, but it was LSG who emerged as the winner. They held their nerve and played smarter cricket in the end, which ultimately made the difference. With this win, LSG is just slightly behind RR in the rankings.

A Slow Pitch, A Hard Battle: Bowlers Steal the Show in an Entertaining Clash

Despite being a low-scoring match, the game was full of twists and turns, making it an engaging encounter for cricket fans. The slowish wicket made shot-making challenging for both teams, and the bowlers used hard lengths with slower balls to good effect, making it difficult for the batters to time their shots well

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