The contest between Lucknow Super Giants and Punjab Kings is on and it is the Kings who have won the toss and elected to bowl first. Lucknow, trying to build a good total have scored 153 runs for 8 wickets in the first innings. Punjab chasing 154 have scored 67 runs for 3 wickets. In the last 5 overs, the team managed to score 31 runs losing 2 wickets.
All is not going in favor of Punjab as they again lost their captain early on. During the first six overs, Mayank after scoring a quick 25 got out in the fifth over. Bairstow replaced him and along with Dhawan added runs to reach the score of 46. The power play restrictions saw the scoreboard ticking.
Chameera took the important wicket of Mayank Agarwal to get Lucknow their first breakthrough.
Avesh Khan bowled the 6th over of the innings and went on to give 10 runs from the over. In the very next over Dhawan got out while playing sweep shot off Bishnoi’s lengthy delivery. The 8th over of the innings was bowled by Krunal who continued the momentum, conceding just 7 runs from the over, and also got wicket of Rajapaksha.
7 runs came off the 9th over of the innings bowled by Bishnoi where he kept things tight. Krunal bowled an impressive 10th over of the innings, conceding just 2 runs from it.
If Punjab continues to lose wickets this way, we either would see Lucknow defending a llow score or a really close match that could go either way. What we are seeing in this innings is a replica of the previous one and PBKS fans would want the next half to go in their favor.
The run rate at the end of 10 overs is 6.70 while the required run rate is 8.70. Punjab Kings have to score 87 runs in the next 60 balls to win the match. Liam Livingstone 3 (9) and Jonny Bairstow 14 (13) are at the crease now.