|Hello and welcome to Sportstar’s LIVE coverage of IPL 2022 Match 42 between Lucknow Super Giants and Punjab Kings being played at the MCA Stadium in Pune.|
Krunal fiddles with his lengths but the batters negotiate in singles. A streaky top-edge from Rajapaksa nearly flies to the fine leg fielder on the full. GONE! Rajapaksa falls this time. Krunal slides one in on the length and Rajapaksa’s attempted flick goes straight to Rahul at cover off the leading-edge. Lucknow is right back in this one.
Bhanuka Rajapaksa c Rahul b Pandya 9 (7b 1×4)
Krunal Pandya replaces Avesh
PBKS 51/2 in 7 overs: Bishnoi cleans up Shikhar! Tossed up and Dhawan attempts to slog off the fuller length. The ball zips through his swing and rattles the stumps. Rajapaksa in at 4. Rajapaksa creates room and shimmies down to loft Bishnoi over cover for FOUR.
Shikhar Dhawan b Ravi Bishnoi 6 (15b)
Bishnoi into the attack
PBKS 46/1 in 6 overs: Avesh induces a streaky edge from Bairstow that gushes past first-slip for FOUR. A couple of singles to follow. Avesh fends short and Bairstow swats the ball down the ground for FOUR.
Avesh Khan into the attack
PBKS 36/1 in 5 overs: Room on offer and Mayank throws his hands at it. The ball flies off the outside-edge over short-third for FOUR. In the air and Mayank holes out to Rahul at mid-off! A sharp grab by skipper KL to pack his opposite number. In the slot to be hit but Mayank fails to clear the inner-circle and has to perish after another fine start. Bairstow in at 3. He’s off the mark with a single.
Mayank Agarwal c Rahul b Chameera 25 (17b 2×4 2×6)
PBKS 29/0 in 4 overs: Mayank seems to be in his element tonight. Holder bumps one in and Mayank shuffles across to pull the ball down to fine leg for FOUR.
Holder into the attack
PBKS 21/0 in 3 overs: Mayank makes room and slams the length ball from Mohsin over point for SIX. Cheeky from Mayank as he upper-cuts a shorter delivery that tails in over the keeper and a towering Holder at first-slip for FOUR.
PBKS 6/0 in 2 overs: Sharp start from Chameera as he maintains a tight line on the shorter length. Just two runs from the over.
PBKS 4/0 in 1 over: A sharp bouncer from Mohsin springs over Mayank and ‘keeper de Kock for FOUR byes. Mohsin angles one across and has Mayank rooted to the crease, his front-leg going nowhere. Three dots on the trot. A snorter to finish as the ball rises sharply to beat Mayank’s blade once again.
Mohsin Khan with the new ball.
Back for the chase. Mayank Agarwal and Shikhar Dhawan are at the centre.
LSG 153/8 in 20 overs: Arshdeep lands two deliveries in the blockhole but the batters escape with a couple of singles. A FOUR to finish as Mohsin drills one through extra cover. Lucknow scrapes past 150 and despite the top bowling effort, Punjab has a task on its hand.
Arshdeep for the final over.
LSG 144/8 in 19 overs: Short and Chameera pulls it all the way for SIX. SIX more. This time the leading-edge flies past third for maximum. Another rash heave and Chameera holes out to deep cover. Chahar completes a sliding catch and Chameera’s handy cameo comes to an end. Avesh Khan is the new batter. Rabada bowls out with figures of 4/38.
LSG 132/7 in 18 overs: Chahar tosses one in and Holder muscles the ball way over the long-on fence for SIX. Gone this time. Chahar slides one wide and Holder reaches out for it and sends the ball straight to Sandeep Sharma at deep cover. Mohsin Khan in at 9. Some start this from Mohsin. Chahar loops one in and Mohsin stands his ground to wallop the ball over long-on for SIX first ball.
Jason Holder c Sandeep Sharma b Chahar 11 (8b 1×6)
LSG 118/6 in 17 overs: Arshdeep unravels his tight death-overs lines to restrict the batters to singles. Seven from the over.
LSG 111/6 in 16 overs: Stoinis slaps one straight to Chahar! LSG is committing hara-kiri here. Short and there to be hit but Stoinis lobs it to the left of Chahar. The leggie puts in a fine dive to latch onto it and Lucknow loses its sixth wicket on Nelson. Chameera in at 8.
Marcus Stoinis c & b Chahar 1 (4b)
LSG 109/5 in 15 overs: Rabada strikes rightaway! Slower one outside the off-stump and Krunal drags it straight to Dhawan at long-on. Ayush Badoni in at 6. Badoni is off the blocks with two runs. Badoni miscues one and Livingstone grabs a skier! Rabada foxes the youngster with the cross-seamer. Badoni attempts a half-hearted flick which sends Lucknow into further trouble. Holder in at 7,
Krunal Pandya c S Dhawan b Rabada 7 (7b 1×4); Ayush Badoni c Livingstone b Rabada 4 (4b)
LSG 105/3 in 14 overs: Shot! A half-chance for Arshdeep but Krunal gets some real meat on the fuller ball, right past the tall seamer for FOUR. Back to back direct hits at the non-striker’s end and the batter might be short of his crease this time. OUT! That’s a bizarre way to go for Hooda who was completing the second run. Shoddy running from the well-set batter as Bairstow’s brilliant throw from deep square leg gets Punjab another wicket.
Deepak Hooda run out (Bairstow) 34 (28b 1×4 2×6)
PBKS 99/2 in 13 overs: Short and wide, and de Kock slams it past cover for FOUR. Low full toss on the stumps and de Kock opens the face of the bat to carve the ball through backward point for another FOUR. Is there an edge on that one? de Kock walks! The umpire had denied a wicket to Sandeep after the ball seemed to rush past the batter’s outside-edge to the keeper. de Kock doesn’t wait for the decision and gets a pat on the back from the bowler for his honest response. Krunal Pandya in at 4.
Quinton de Kock c †Sharma b Sandeep Sharma 46 (37b 4×4 2×6)
LSG 89/1 in 12 overs: Rahul to de Kock. Dropped. Tossed up and de Kock slams it straight back to the bowler who spills a tough chance. Chahar maintains tight lines but drops the last ball short. Hooda takes full advantage as he crunches the ball down the ground for FOUR.
LSG 82/1 in 11 overs: Livingstone loops one in on the full on the leg-stump and Hooda clears his front long to whack it over long-on for SIX. Hooda and de Kock negotiate the rest of the over with some quick running between the wickets. 15 off the over.
LSG 67/1 in 10 overs: Rahul attacks the stumps with tight lines while wafting the ball through the air. A rare loosener on the pads and de Kock sweeps it over short-fine leg for FOUR.
Rahul Chahar replaces Dhawan
LSG 60/1 in 9 overs: de Kock slaps Livingstone first-up through the cover and the ball races all the way for FOUR. A quick single to backward point to follow. Livingstone unloads his variations as only eight comes off the over.
Livingstone into the attack
LSG 52/1 in 8 overs: Dhawan hits the length and Hooda nonchalantly lofts the ball over long-off for SIX! A couple of singles to follow as the FIFTY comes up for Lucknow.
LSG 42/1 in 7 overs: de Kock’s having a hard time hitting Sandeep off the length. Sensible from QDK as he gets off strike with a single. Sandeep continues to maintain tight lines, cramping the batters for room. Dot. Sandeep tails one to the pads and the ball clips Hooda’s pad before flying to Jitesh. Another stifled appeal but more importantly the pressure grows on the batters.
Sandeep replaces Rabada
LSG 39/1 in 6 overs: Rabada nearly pulls off a stunner! Rishi hits the deck hard and de Kock swivels to pull him over mid-wicket but gets a leading-edge. The ball flies away from Rabada at short-third as he makes a lot of ground running backwards and springs up to grab the ball but spills it over. Hooda is struggling with the in-decker on the length. He attempts to make room but Dhawan follows him with a quicker one to douse the charge. Strays to the pads and the ball races past the keeper for FOUR leg byes.
Rishi Dhawan into the attack
LSG 32/1 in 5 overs: Rabada takes the ball away and ends up carrying too far. Wide. Low full-toss and de Kock attempts a rash slog but misses. In the slot from Rabada and de Kock lofts the ball cleanly over the bowler this time for SIX. WOW! Rabada offers length and de Kock gloriously slams the ball over deep mid-wicket for a cracking SIX. Rabada rushes one to the toes and de Kock gets off strike with a push to mid-on.
LSG 16/1 in 4 overs: Sandeep continues to trouble de Kock. Sandeep angles one across and de Kock is beaten with the fuller length. Short and Hooda’s off the blocks with a single down to deep point.
PBKS 13/1 in 3 overs: Gorgeous from KL. Rahul picks the length delivery on the up and drives it past cover for FOUR. Rabada squares up KL to find the outside-edge next ball with a sharper line on the middle-stump. The edge zips to short third. GONE! KG gets him this time! Excellent comeback from Rabada as he finds pin-point accuracy with his line. The ball straightens a touch and sails towards the top of off. Rahul pokes and ends up giving the edge straight to the keeper. KL Rahul c †Sharma b Rabada 6 (11b 1×4)
Rabada replaces Arshdeep
PBKS 7/0 in 2 overs: de Kock nudges one to deep point for a single. Sandeep beats Rahul’s outside-edge with a length delivery outside-off. There’s enough room to plant it past point but Rahul misses out on the freebie. Fuller from Sandeep and Rahul works it down to long-on for a single. Three dots to finish as Sandeep mixes his lengths to keep de Kock on his feet.
Sandeep Sharma from the opposite end
PBKS 5/0 in 1 over: de Kock’s underway with a single to point. Gentle movement for Arshdeep. Rahul on strike, deep backward point and fine leg in place. Arshdeep tucks one in high onto the pads and there’s a stifled lbw appeal. Arshdeep hits the length and brings the ball back into Rahul who pushes it back. Another shout as Arshdeep hits the pads once again. Rahul’s struggling against the in-swinger. Excellent from Arshdeep as he sends in the out-dipper this time. Rahul’s caught off-guard for a moment but recovers to get bat on ball. Angling in once again and this time the ball races off Rahul’s thighs down leg for FOUR.
Arshdeep Singh takes the new ball.
Action begins. KL Rahul and Quinton de Kock walk to the middle for LSG.
Punjab Kings Playing XI: Mayank Agarwal(c), Shikhar Dhawan, Jonny Bairstow, Liam Livingstone, Jitesh Sharma(w), Bhanuka Rajapaksa, Rishi Dhawan, Kagiso Rabada, Sandeep Sharma, Rahul Chahar, Arshdeep Singh
Lucknow Super Giants Playing XI: Quinton de Kock(w), KL Rahul(c), Krunal Pandya, Deepak Hooda, Ayush Badoni, Marcus Stoinis, Jason Holder, Dushmantha Chameera, Ravi Bishnoi, Avesh Khan, Mohsin Khan
UPDATE FROM LSG: “Lucknow Super Giants’ CEO Raghu Iyer, his associate Rachita Berry and Gaurav Arora, manager for Gautam Gambhir were involved in a minor road accident en route to the venue for tonight’s game. Fortunately, all three are safe and well.“
TOSS: Punjab wins toss, opts to bowl
Mayank Agarwal: We are going to bowl first. We’d like to know what total to chase. No changes to our lineup. There is very less dew here. The guys are quite flexible. It’s going to be a terrific challenge.
KL Rahul: When dew is not around, it’s quite an even game. I have played here before, we’ll have to bat smartly. Manish misses out, Avesh Khan comes in. It’s a high boundary-scoring ground, good to have an extra bowling option.
PITCH REPORT from Danny Morrison: “The uniqueness of this pitch for me is about the lengths. Not so much fuller, it’s about bowling length and it’s about bowling bouncers and getting people out with the short ones. You can see why the players want to bowl short, because of this beautiful, even covering of grass. Guys with pace and energy love it here. 29 wickets to the short ones and 20 off length, suggests enough little bit of extra bounce here in Pune.”
6:21PM IST: Fancying some leather tonight, Jumbo?
PBKS coach Anil Kumble. – SPORTZPICS
5:00PM IST: The Super Giants have been heavily reliant on their openers despite possessing a long attack in the order. KL Rahul and Quinton de Kock have contributed over 42 per cent of the team’s runs so far.
4:50PM IST: Despite possessing one of the most lethal batting line-ups in the league, Punjab Kings has fallen into similar tracks as its previous seasons. Mayank Agarwal’s men will have to strap their boots and win games successively to stay in the race for the playoffs. An edge on the NRR will be crucial and the Kings require a breezy outing to improve their stakes.
Two friends from Karnataka — K.L. Rahul and Mayank Agarwal— will walk out to the middle together at Pune’s MCA Stadium on Friday night, not to open an innings like they often do, but for the toss as opposing captains.
Mayank has taken over from Rahul at Punjab Kings, while the latter has moved to Lucknow Super Giants.
Rahul has slammed two hundreds and a fifty and is the second-highest scorer this season, behind Rajasthan Royals’ Jos Buttler. His opening partner Quinton de Kock and Deepak Hooda have notched up two fifties each and will be followed in the order by hard-hitters like Marcus Stoinis and Krunal Pandya.
The bowling has been spearheaded by Avesh Khan, but he missed the last game against Mumbai Indians with a niggle. The attack also features the spin of Ravi Bishnoi and Krunal and the pace of Jason Holder and Dushmantha Chameera.
They all will be particularly keen to ensure that Punjab’s leading scorers Shikhar Dhawan and Liam Livingstone do not stay long at the wicket. Mayank and Jonny Bairstow need to spend more time there, though. South African quick Kagiso Rabada and leg-spinner Rahul Chahar have been the team’s most successful bowlers, with 19 wickets between them.
Both the sides are in form too. LSG defeated Mumbai Indians in its last match, while on the following day PBKS beat Chennai Super Kings.
And just two points separate the teams. From eight matches, LSG has 10 points and PBKS eight.
– P.K. Ajith Kumar
Lucknow Super Giants: Quinton de Kock (Wk), KL Rahul (C), Manish Pandey, Krunal Pandya, Deepak Hooda, Ayush Badoni, Marcus Stoinis, Jason Holder, Avesh Khan/Mohsin Khan, Dushmantha Chameera, Ravi Bishnoi
Punjab Kings: Shikhar Dhawan, Mayank Agarwal (C), Bhanuka Rajapaksa, Liam Livingstone, Jonny Bairstow, Jitesh Sharma (Wk), Rishi Dhawan, Kagiso Rabada, Rahul Chahar, Arshdeep Singh, Sandeep Sharma
PBKS vs LSG DREAM11 FANTASY TEAM
Keeper – KL Rahul (C), Quinton de Kock
Batters – Shikhar Dhawan (VC), Bhanuka Rajapaksa, Mayank Agarwal
All-rounders – Liam Livingstone, Jason Holder, Krunal Pandya
Bowlers – Kagiso Rabada, Rahul Chahar, Ravi Bishnoi
Lucknow Super Giants: KL Rahul (c), Manan Vohra, Evin Lewis, Manish Pandey, Quinton De Kock, Ravi Bishnoi, Dushmantha Chameera, Shahbaz Nadeem, Mohsin Khan, Mayank Yadav, Ankit Rajpoot, Avesh Khan, Andrew Tye, Marcus Stoinis, Kyle Mayers, Karan Sharma, Krishnappa Gowtham, Ayush Badoni, Deepak Hooda, Krunal Pandya, Jason Holder
Punjab Kings: Mayank Agarwal(c), Shikhar Dhawan, Bhanuka Rajapaksa, Jonny Bairstow, Liam Livingstone, Jitesh Sharma(w), Rishi Dhawan, Kagiso Rabada, Rahul Chahar, Sandeep Sharma, Arshdeep Singh, Shahrukh Khan, Odean Smith, Vaibhav Arora, Harpreet Brar, Nathan Ellis, Prabhsimran Singh, Benny Howell, Baltej Singh, Writtick Chatterjee, Prerak Mankad, Ishan Porel, Atharva Taide, Ansh Patel, Raj Bawa
AT WHAT TIME DOES TODAY’S IPL 2022 MATCH – PBKS vs LSG START?
The IPL 2022 match between Lucknow Super Giants and Punjab Kings begins at 7:30 PM IST.
WHERE TO WATCH TODAY’S IPL MATCH – LSG vs PBKS LIVE?
IPL 2022 will be aired live on Star Sports channels – Star Sports 1, Star Sports 1 HD, Star Sports 3 and Star Sports 3 HD. It will also be streamed live on Disney+Hotstar. You can also follow the live commentary and latest updates from IPL 2021 on Sportstar.