Lucknow Super Giants (LSG) beat Delhi Capitals (DC) by 50 runs in the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2023 match at the Bharat Ratna Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee Ekana Cricket Stadium in Lucknow yesterday.
Sent into bat after losing the toss, Lucknow posted a competitive 193/6 on the board as Kyle Mayers starred with a scintillating 73 off just 38 balls. Mark Wood then went through Delhi’s batting with exceptional figures of 5/14 as the attacking side were held to 143/9.
Batting first, Lucknow captain KL Rahul was out for 8, bowling a slower ball from Chetan Sakaria to deep backward square leg. Mayers, who got off to a slow start, could have been dismissed in the sixth over Sakaria’s bowling but Khaleel Ahmed dropped a simple catch in the ring.
Mayers made Delhi pay for the delay. In the very next over, he launched Mukesh Kumar for two sixes. He raced to his half-century off just 28 balls on IPL debut, hitting Kuldeep Yadav for a six over deep backward square leg.
After hitting three more maximums in the next two overs, his superb knock ended when he was cleaned up by Axar Patel who turned sharply. Towards the end of the innings, Nicholas Pooran (36 off 21) and Ayush Badoni (18 off 7) played handy cameos to lift LSG past 190.
Mark Wood rips through DC
Chasing 194, Delhi raced to 40/0 in four overs before Wood struck twice in his first over. He cleaned up Prithvi Shaw (12) and Mitchell Marsh (0) with quick deliveries off consecutive balls. Sarfaraz Khan (4) tried to top-cut a short ball from the LSG pacer but got tangled up and was caught at deep fine leg.
David Warner (56 off 48) and Rilee Rossouw (30 off 20) attempted a rescue effort but the latter fell to Ravi Bishnoi after hitting long leg for three fours and sixes. Warner brought patient fifty. However, DC was well behind in the hunt by then. The Delhi captain’s innings ended when he mistimed Avesh Khan’s slower ball to a long-on.
Wood then returned to complete a memorable five-wicket haul. He had Axar (16) caught at deep square leg while Sakariya (4) misplaced a long ball to short mid on.
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Mayers laid the foundation for a good total for LSG, smashing two fours and seven sixes with his knock. Wood was exceptional as he ran through DC with five wickets
For Delhi, Khaleel Ahmed took 2/30 but was reduced to a catch by Mayers. Warner contributed a valiant half-century in the chase.
Lucknow fast bowler Wood was named man of the match for his fantastic five-fer.