Sunrisers Hyderabad were struggling at 38 in two, chasing Lucknow Super Giants 169 in seven, when cameras zoomed in on the team’s batting coach Brian Lara. The West Indies legend was engaged in conversation with Nicholas Pooran in the dugout, perhaps telling him how to plan his innings.
And the seasoned Pooran seemed to have listened carefully to Lara as his 24-ball 34s (3×4, 2×6) brought the Sunrisers closer to the target. But Avesh Khan (four for 24) took two wickets from two runs, including Pooran’s, in the 18th as the Super Giants secured a 12-run win in an IPL match at DY Patil Stadium on Monday.
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Earlier, Avesh cleared Sunrisers openers Kane Williamson and Abhishek Sharma in the first six overs. Rahul Tripathi (44, 30b, 5×4, 1×6), however, forged a 44-point stand with Aiden Markram for the third wicket. Making the most of a hold dropped by Deepak Hooda, Tripathi led the chase before Krunal Pandya landed a double blow, taking out both Markram and Tripathi.
It fell to Pooran to fire, and after settling in, he was involved in a 48-run partnership with Washington Sundar.
With just 33 required from 18 deliveries, Pooran hosted Avesh with a six and went for another big but ended up offering Hooda a hold.
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And before Sunrisers could even react, Avesh retired Abdul Samad for a golden duck. With 16 points needed for the final, Jason Holder, playing his first game this season, produced a perfect finish.
The West Indian gave up just three runs and collected three wickets as the Sunrisers missed 12 runs. Earlier, the Sunrisers’ decision to go bowling initially paid off as Washington fired Quinton de Kock and Evin Lewis cheaply. When Manish Pandey also perished, the Super Giants were 27 for three.
The Lucknow team fought back through Hooda (51, 33b, 3×4, 3×6) and captain KL Rahul (68, 50b, 6×4, 1×6), who built a stand of 87 for the fourth wicket. The duo took 20 points in the 10th against Umran Malik. Hooda also hit Malik for two fours and a six in the 14th to take control of the game despite birthday boy T Natarajan’s best efforts.