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IPL 2022 – Punjab Kings vs Lucknow Super Giants Match 42 – Post Match Comments

Two of the three teams at the top of the table lack IPL experience but do not carry any baggage. To some extent, beginner’s luck has also played a role, although Pandya’s Titans and Rahul’s Super Giants have done exceptionally well with their resources. LSG has increased their lead to 12 points. Punjab is still seventh in the table with 8 points. “A good beginning is half the job done,” as the phrase goes. However, after starting well in both facets, Punjab has been unable to follow up in the second half.

The match was a fairly silent affair as the Lucknow Super Giants emerged victoriously. This is what the captains and the player of the match had to say at the end of the contest.

Mayank Agarwal (Punjab Kings) – Losing Captain

I think we just kept losing wickets. We had batsmen who were set and we kept getting out. So many soft dismissals for us. It is disappointing and we have to face the truth. We didn’t bat well enough and we were below par with the bat. The new ball was doing a bit, seaming around and there was some bounce, it was a crucial period and after that, it did get better to bat on. We are bowling exceedingly well and doing a lot of right things as a bowling unit. Arshdeep has stepped up, Rahul got wickets, and KG being the big guy is always stepping up and getting us important wickets.

KL Rahul (Lucknow Super Giants) – Winning Captain

 I was disappointed and fuming at the end of the first innings. Stupid cricket with the bat. It does happen but we did talk about it at the time-out. We did talk that we can defend 160 as this wasn’t a great pitch. The crucial runs at the back end and then the execution with the ball helped us win. We need to get better with the bat. Half-time, when Quinny and Deepak were batting they paced it really really well to get to 60 in 9 overs on a tricky wicket. Had we batted smartly, we could have gotten to 180-190. The way we responded with the ball was phenomenal. Krunal has been brilliant throughout the tournament. This season he has really worked on his bowling. Bowling economically is important but he has been giving us two-three wickets in the middle overs. Bishnoi is an aggressive bowler. We are fine with him going for a few fours and sixes looking to go for wickets. I think we just need to be smarter in reading the game. If we could have not played too many shots we could have done better. We have been good on the field and good with the ball. Just need to keep repeating the good things.

Krunal Pandya (Lucknow Super Giants) – Player of the Match

I have been bowling well. For the last 7-8 months, I have been working hard. Special mention to Rahul Sanghvi. The results everyone can see as I have tried to improve my skills. A lot of times when you are playing shorter formats you don’t realize a lot of things. I have been trying to increase my height with my release and some things on my grip. I took Rahul Sanghvi’s help and it has worked. Batting is slightly close to my heart. I haven’t been contributing much with the bat but it is a long tournament and going forward I will look to contribute with the bat.