It was rain in the beginning and rain at the end, and a little bit of cricket in the middle. Only 19.1 overs of play was possible in Lucknow after a 30-minute delayed start as inclement weather returned to have the final say. Both Lucknow Super Giants and Chennai Super Kings settled with a point each in a match that looked set for another tight finish. Notably, it was only the second instance of a no-result in IPL outside of Bengaluru.
It means that LSG finally managed a point at home after a run of three consecutive defeats. CSK, though, are now winless in three games in a row. Both teams are tied on 11 points from 10 games but LSG are placed ahead at the second position owing to a superior NRR.
Badoni’s magnificent 33-ball 59 stood out on a slow-low red-soil pitch which tested the rest of the batters and had plenty in it for the spinners.
He walked out to bat with LSG reeling at 44/5 in the 10th over, added 59 runs with Nicholas Pooran before really laying into the bowling that belied how difficult the pitch was. He consolidated against the spin trio of Moeen Ali, Maheesh Theekshana and Ravindra Jadeja before redeeming later against the pace of Matheesha Pathirana and Deepak Chahar. Such was Badoni’s impact that LSG went from 62/5 after 14 overs to 125/7 after 19.2 overs, which is when the players went off and never returned.
Yes, the pitches in Lucknow continue to get tougher as the season progresses. This was still a red-soil pitch but was dry underneath, allowing the CSK spinners to rule the roost right through the PowerPlay and middle overs. Moeen AlI returned figures of 2 for 13, one of the wickets being that of Kyle Mayers, whereas Ravindra Jadeja bowled a dream delivery to Marcus Stoinis which pitched outside leg and hit the top of off.
Still no Quinton de Kock for LSG?
Nope. Stand-in captain Krunal Pandya stuck to the same four overseas players, instead giving a break to the likes of Manan Vohra, Karan Sharma and Mohsin Khan.
Cold MS Dhoni chose to bowl on what’s lately been a bat-first venue because he felt the pitch was a bit “tacky” after being under covers, but Chahar was inconsistent with his lines and lengths and didn’t find much out of the pitch. He finished with unflattering figures of 4-0-41-0.