IPL 2023: Lucknow beat Delhi with the help of Mark, Meyers’ blazing 73 runs


Lucknow , Kyle Mayers’ 38-ball 73 was followed by a sensational 5-14 by England pacer Mark Wood as Lucknow Super Giants lifted IPL 2023 at the Bharat Ratna Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee Cricket Stadium, Ekana here on Saturday. Defeated Delhi Capitals by 50 runs in their first match. Two demoralizing blows from Mark Wood in his first over saw openers Prithvi Shaw (12) and Mitchell Marsh (0) sent back. They left Delhi Capitals behind after getting off to a good start to chase down 194 in 20 overs.

But before Mark Wood could get into action, Kyle Mayers brought up a half-century laced with fours and lifted the LSG after skipper KL Rahul (8) was dismissed for 19. Meares’ brilliant batting and scintillating cameos from Nicholas Pooran (36) and Ayush Badoni (18) helped LSG post 193/6 in 20 overs to score 63 runs in the last five overs.

Lucknow skipper KL Rahul brought on Mark Wood in the fifth over and the English pacer made an immediate impact as he bowled Prithvi Shaw (12) and Mitchell Marsh (0) off consecutive deliveries to beat the batsmen at a brisk pace.

Kyle Mayers scored 73 off 38 balls to help the hosts reach 193/6 in 20 overs. After this the score of Delhi Capitals became 143/9. Wood just proved that there is no substitute for speed as he made all the difference for LSG.

Captain David Warner, who won the toss and chose to bowl first, put up a lone fight of 56 off 48 balls. Warner expected the wicket to become easier in the second innings. But the pitch had a lot to offer to the bowlers and the LSG bowlers, especially Mark Wood, bowled brilliantly.

The South African batsman was dismissed for 30 off 20 balls, hitting three fours and a six. Earlier, captain David Warner scored 38 runs for the fourth wicket partnership with Rilee Rossouw.

Rossouw, who hit Ravi Bishnoi for two fours and a six in the 10th over and also pulled him to the midwicket boundary. Rovman Powell (1) and big-hitting impact player Aman Khan were dismissed for 4 as Delhi failed to chase it down.

The West Indies batsman brought up his half-century in 28 balls with a six off Kuldeep Yadav and then hit Axar Patel for back-to-back sixes in the 10th over. His last big hit was a huge flat-drive off Kuldeep Yadav for a six off the first ball of the 11th over. He was dismissed in the next over, a good length by Akshar Patel and clean bowled by going into the stumps.

He added 79 runs for the second wicket partnership with Deepak Hooda, in which Hooda contributed only 17 runs before Warner was driven out by Kuldeep Yadav.

Abbreviated Score :

Lucknow Super Giants 193/6 in 20 overs (Kyle Mayer 73, Nicholas Pooran 36, Khaleel Ahmed 2-30) lost to Delhi Capitals 143/9 in 20 overs (David Warner 56, Rilee Rossouw 30).

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