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Lucknow Super Giants Beat Rajasthan Royals in Low-Scoring Game

At a snail’s pace, Sawai Mansingh Stadium pitch saw Lucknow Super Giants beat Rajasthan Royals by 10 runs in a game of middling totals after defending 154 – the lowest total successfully defended in this IPL. It was full of twists and turns and both teams put up a good fight.

RR won the toss and decided to bowl first on the slow-mo surface. LSG got off to a rough start but Kyle Mayers’ half-century helped them get to 154-7 as RR’s bowlers made the most of the conditions.

RR vs LSG – Super Giants’ Set a Below PAR

The opening overs saw LSG struggling to score freely, with KL Rahul getting multiple lives thanks to some missed catches and dropped catches. It was only after the powerplay that Rahul and Mayers tried to increase the tempo, but the next nine overs brought them just 55 runs with the loss of four wickets. Mayers brought up his 50 off 40 balls, but R Ashwin’s double strike got rid of Deepak Hooda and Mayers, keeping the run rate in check. Nicholas Pooran’s 17-run over took Super Giants just over the 150 mark.

Royals’ Chase – RR vs LSG

Royals got off to a slow start, with Yudhvir Singh leaking 16 runs in the second over and then sitting at 23-0 after four. But by the end of the powerplay, they’d more than doubled their score. A misfield by Mayers gave Jaiswal a boundary on Yudhvir’s first ball of the fifth over, and three balls later, Buttler – who’d only scored 5 off 14 until then – smashed a 112-metre six. In the last over of the powerplay, Jaiswal and Buttler hit Avesh for three fours, with Jaiswal’s slash bursting through Naveen’s hands at short third.

Buttler was going slow, but it was Jaiswal who kept the Royals afloat. They added 87 in 11.3 overs, and Buttler only contributed 35 of those. With 56 needed from six overs and Padikkal and Hetmyer at the crease, Royals were still the favourites. But Hetmyer was caught for 2 runs, turning it in Super Giants’ favour. From there they didn’t give the Royals a chance and won the match by 10 runs – successfully defending the lowest total this IPL!

Kyle Mayers’ Half-Century – RR vs LSG

RR won the toss and opted to field first against LSG on a slow burner surface. Kyle Mayers’ half-century got Lucknow Super Giants off to a rocky start, but they still managed to score 154-7, thanks to the Rajasthan Royals bowlers making the most of the conditions.

Bowlers Stoinis and Avesh Seal Victory

The Royals were steaming towards their target with no problems when Stoinis got Jaiswal’s wicket, who guided one to Avesh at short third. With 56 left to get in just 6 overs and Padikkal and Shimron Hetmyer still at the crease, the Royals were still the frontrunners.

Naveen leaked just five in the 15th over, resulting in the required rate going past ten for the first time in the chase. Hetmyer tried to take on Avesh but was caught at long-on, only for 2. That turned the game in Super Giants’ favour, and from there on, they didn’t give the Royals any chance.

Player of the Match

Marcus Stoinis was named the Player of the Match. He said, “It was nice to get involved with the ball. We identified it was a tough wicket and we got the message clear to just put on a good total. I am good fitness-wise to bowl and you have to ask the skipper (on bowling more in the tournament).”

Upcoming Matches

Rajasthan Royals will face Royal Challengers Bangalore in their next match on Sunday, April 23rd, while Lucknow Super Giants will take on defending champions Gujarat Titans on Saturday, April 22nd. 


Lucknow Super Giants defended the lowest total successfully this IPL against Rajasthan Royals by 10 runs. The game had middling totals, and Super Giants used the slowness of the surface to their advantage by banging the ball in the middle of the pitch to make run-scoring difficult. It was a hard-fought victory for the Super Giants.

Gurleen Kaur