Lucknow win spin shootout to beat Hyderabad
Krunal Pandya’s 3-18 led a wounding spin attack for Lucknow Super Giants to outclass Sunrisers Hyderabad on a slow pitch during Friday’s five-wicket victory in the Indian Premier League (IPL).
The visitors wilted under a relentless 13 overs of spin and managed to cobble together just 121-8 after electing to bat first.
Veteran leg spinner Amit Mishra, who missed last year’s tournament, vindicated his return to the IPL with 2-23 in four overs on the slowest pitch of the season so far.
“I am happy to play a limited role for the side,” said Mishra, 40.
“There is less bounce on this black soil wicket, and that’s the beauty of different conditions in the IPL. We did well to win in these conditions.”
The Sunrisers tried hard to fight fire with fire but their own spin attack took too long to yield results with too small a total to defend.
Lucknow scored 127-5 in 16 overs and Pandya also shone with the bat, scoring 34 off 23 balls for the third wicket.
But it was his left-arm spin that sealed the win, with Mayank Agarwal sent back for eight and Aiden Markram falling for a golden duck during his debut as skipper on consecutive balls.
‘Tried to fight’
“We didn’t really have enough runs on the board. It wasn’t a great wicket for batting,” said Markram.
“We tried to fight and scrap as much as we could, but they bowled well as per the conditions. We didn’t have any momentum at all.”
Leg spinner Ravi Bishnoi took 1-16 for Lucknow and now has six wickets in three outings.
He trails English teammate Mark Wood, who has eight wickets in two games but missed Friday’s match to illness.
Skipper KL Rahul anchored Lucknow’s innings with a sedate 35.
Hyderabad has now lost both its opening games and is languishing at the bottom of the IPL points table.
Lucknow leads the tournament with its second win in three games.