LSG crushed by Travis Head and Abhishek Sharma as SRH openers chase down 167 in under 10 overs

Lucknow Super Giants and hosts Sunrisers Hyderabad faced off at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium on Wednesday in a crucial IPL game. Both teams needed a win to boost their chances of qualifying for the playoffs. While LSG struggled with their top-order batting, SRH openers Travis Head and Abhishek Sharma dominated the match.

Sunrisers Hyderabad's openers Travis Head and Abhishek Sharma celebrate the team's victory against Lucknow Super Giants (IPL- X)
Sunrisers Hyderabad’s openers Travis Head and Abhishek Sharma celebrate the team’s victory against Lucknow Super Giants (IPL- X)

LSG struggled early in their batting innings, only managing 27 runs in the powerplay and reaching 73/4 after 13 overs. However, a late partnership between Ayush Badoni and Nicholas Pooran propelled them to a competitive total of 165 runs.

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SRH’s opening pair of Head and Sharma made quick work of the chase, reaching the target in just 9.4 overs and defeating LSG by 10 wickets. Head scored 89 not out, while Abhishek made 75 not out, guiding SRH to third place on the points table.

Following this dominant win, SRH moved up the table with 14 points from 12 games, while LSG remained in sixth place with 12 points from 12 games and faces a tough road ahead to reach the top four.

LSG captain KL Rahul struggled with the bat as SRH’s opening pair showcased exceptional batting skills. LSG’s bowlers had no answer to Head and Abhishek’s attacking display, as they reached the target with ease.

SRH’s strong fielding display, backed by Bhuvneshwar Kumar’s fine bowling, set the tone for the match. Bhuvneshwar’s figures of 4-0-12-2 were instrumental in restricting LSG’s batting efforts.

Debutant Vijayakanth Viyaskanth, the first cricketer from Jaffna to play in an internationally televised game, had a solid start with the ball for SRH.

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