The encounter between the Lucknow Super Giants and the Chennai Super Kings turned out to be a high-scoring thriller, with Lucknow emerging victorious. CSK batted brilliantly, with Uthappa’s superb knock in the powerplay, Moeen Ali’s quick-fire innings in the middle overs, and later Dube’s destructive effort, together with a stylish finish from the Dhoni-Jadeja duo, helping them reach a total of 210/7. Ravi Bishnoi shined among the Lucknow bowlers with a spectacular 2/24 performance that included key players like Uthappa and Rayudu.
Lucknow got off to a terrific start in the chase, with KL Rahul and Quinton de Kock putting on a 99-run partnership, and Evin Lewis and Ayush Badoni completing the job in style to give Lucknow its first ever IPL triumph.
Evin Lewis’ destructive batsmanship guaranteed Lucknow crossed the winning line, while Shivam Dube’s 19th over of the innings completely altered the game’s context. Bravo and Dwaine Pretorius, both of CSK’s bowlers, looked impressive, whereas Tushar Deshpande and Mukesh Choudhary’s talent did not translate into a solid performance.
After two seasons of underwhelming performances, Dhoni’s ability to influence Chennai’s performance with his bat was all but ruled out. However, just two games into the new season, the wicket-keeper batter is demonstrating why he is still one of the team’s most prized assets.
After an unbroken half-century against Kolkata Knight Riders in the opening encounter, Dhoni scored another unbeaten 16 against Lucknow. It’s vital to note that those 16 runs were scored on just six balls. Dhoni, who normally takes at least 8-10 balls to get going, struck a six against LSG on the first ball of the innings. The ‘Thala’ has fully matured into a valuable asset for CSK.
Uncapped Ayush Badoni was bought for a cheap fee of INR 20 lakh in the IPL 2022 mega auction, therefore expectations were low. With only two games under his belt, the middle-order batsman is demonstrating why LSG coaches Gautam Gambhir and Vijay Dahiya hold him in such high regard.
Badoni was instrumental in Lucknow’s triumph over Chennai on Thursday, forging a key 40-run partnership with Evin Lewis for the fifth wicket. Ayush added another unbeaten 19 off just 9 balls in the encounter against CSK after hitting 54 in the first match against Gujarat Titans. The 22-year-old could be the IPL’s best find of the season.
Uthappa made a half-century in 25 balls, but was caught leg before by Ravi Bishnoi with a fast wrong’un.
Shivam Dube (49 off 30b; 5×4, 2×6) was up next, and he got out to a flying start, grabbing three boundaries off a Chameera over.
Avesh Khan smashed Ali’s stumps with a quick length ball that fizzed past the Englishman’s attempted sweep.
Ambati Rayudu teamed up with Dube to keep the scoreboard ticking over. Dube, in particular, ensured that part-timers like Deepak Hooda were not given any leeway. Following Rayudu’s dismissal by Bishnoi, Jadeja walked to the crease and scored a 9-ball 17 to give the CSK innings a boost.