IPL 2024: Mayank Yadav's fiery spell wins it for LSG

Mayank Yadav
It was a memorable debut Mayank Yadav. Photo: PTI/Atul Yadav

Lucknow: India unearthed a new fast-bowling star in Mayank Yadav (3/27), who stole the limelight on debut with his searing pace amid the usual flurry of monstrous hits, as Lucknow Super Giants (LSG) defeated Punjab Kings by 21 runs in the IPL here on Saturday.

Asked to bat first, floater Krunal Pandya's late blitz powered LSG to a competitive 199/8.

Opener Quinton de Kock top-scored for LSG with a 38-ball 54 but it was stand-in skipper Nicholas Pooran's 21-ball 42, which infused life into his team's innings in the middle overs.

On the back of two sixes and four boundaries, Krunal then scored at a strike rate of 200 to finish on a 22-ball 43 and give his side extra cushion.

That total proved to be enough for LSG, who registered their first win of this IPL thanks to Mayank's exploits. Punjab, who ended on 178/5, missed Liam Livingstone's (28 not out off 17 balls) service at No.4 as he could not bat in the position due to an injury.

In the 12th over of Punjab's innings, Mayank bowled the tournament's fastest ball at 155.8 kmph.

Lucknow Super Giants
Lucknow Super Giants players celebrate a wicket. Photo: PTI/Atul Yadav

It was Mayank's extra pace that rattled Jonny Bairstow, Prabhsimran Singh and Jitesh Sharma and led to their downfall. He consistently clocked 150 and above on the speedometer during his four-over spell, emerging as the night's hero.

This was after the dashing opening combo of Shikhar Dhawan (70 off 50 balls) and Bairstow (42 off 29 balls) quickly got the measure of what looked like a very good surface for batting, both getting a few boundaries to set the ball rolling.

Punjab skipper Dhawan made a statement of sorts when he reverse-swept M Siddharth over backward point.

Thanks to their attacking approach, Punjab raced to 61/0 in the powerplay and continued in the same vein with Dhawan bringing up his fifty with a maximum off Ravi Bishnoi.

Bairstow was equally marauding and struck Krunal for two successive sixes as the visitors crossed 100 in the 11th over.

Bishnoi put the brakes on the scoring with a tight 11th over, giving away just three runs, and that forced Bairstow to go after Mayank but the batter miscued and ended up throwing away his wicket. It was the fast bowler's maiden IPL wicket.

Prabhsimran blazed away to a seven-ball 19 before becoming Mayank's second victim.

Dhawan tried hard to keep his team in the game, but could not keep up with the asking rate and soon the Punjab captain too succumbed to the pressure after Jitesh failed to tackle Mayank's extra pace.

Earlier, de Kock got the LSG innings underway with a splendid drive through mid-off for a boundary.

Quinton de Kock
LSG opener Quinton de Kock smashes one. Photo: PTI/Atul Yadav

Playing the game as Impact Player' having handed over the leadership responsibility to Pooran, K L Rahul didn't look convincing as he tried to flick Kagiso Rabada behind square on the leg-side.

Running in from a long way, a diving Harshal Patel made a valiant attempt to latch on to the ball but Rahul was lucky as the fielder could not pull off what would have been a blinder.

At the other end, de Kock was in his element as he flayed Rabada over point for a four in the first delivery he faced from the South African speedster.

Next ball de Kock did one better, as he opened the face of the bat to whack Rabada over the backward point boundary for a six.

Rahul drove Arshdeep Singh down the ground for a maximum, and then, smashed another delivery in a similar fashion, but that fetched him a four.

Arshdeep, however, exacted his revenged when the left-arm seamer had the LSG batter caught byBairstow at backward point for a nine-ball 15.

Devdutt Padikkal got himself two boundaries before being dismissed by Sam Curran (3/28).

Marcus Stoinis (19) hit two sixes before being bowled by Rahul Chahar as he looked to hoick the spinner on the on-side.

That brought Pooran into the middle and the West Indian quickly got into the groove, hitting Chahar for two sixes and a four for a 20-run over, which gave LSG's run rate a much-needed impetus.

Meanwhile, de Kock brought up his half-century off 34 balls but the strategic timeout broke LSG's momentum as the left-hander top-edged a short Arshdeep delivery for wicketkeeper Jitesh to complete an easy catch.

Pooran kept the scoreboard moving at a good rate until he dragged a Rabada delivery onto the stumps, a big blow for LSG at a crucial juncture.

Krunal did not waste any time to settle down, brilliantly dispatching a short Rabada delivery over midwicket for a maximum.

Curran bowled a tight 17th over to halt LSG's charge, but Krunal got a flurry of boundaries to prop up LSG.

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