Lucknow Super Giants returned to winning ways on Friday, April 7, as they defeated Sunrisers Hyderabad by five wickets in their third match of the IPL 2023. After opting to bat first, Sunrisers could only post a total of 121/8 in the first innings as they failed to come to terms with the slow track of Ekana Stadium in Lucknow.
“It is not the greatest of starts. Even I had them in my Top-4, I still believe that they have a good side, a very good batting lineup. They have not fired. Their batting has let them down in both the matches. Even against Rajasthan Royals at their home ground, they didn’t score enough runs. Even the bowling on this surface” said Kumble on JioCinema.
“Even when they played against Rajasthan, they missed a trick by not bringing in Adil Rashid against Jos Buttler. We all know Buttler, at the start of the innings, doesn’t like leg-spinners coming in and bowling. Even here, Adil Rashid was held till the first six overs. You only have 121 runs on board; use your main spinner. He should be bowling. Even Washington Sundar bowled just that one over in the powerplay. So, there are some things that they need to certainly work on, but most importantly, they need to get their batting sorted,” Kumble added.
It was a good all-round performance today by Krunal Pandya: Suresh Raina
“He (Krunal) batted with good intent. Scored boundaries and then picked up singles as well, it was a good all-round performance today. The boundary he scored by stepping out, it is a difficult shot in these conditions and then the six to Adil Rashid, he looked in good form. Like he mentioned to the press, he has worked on it and is a good white ball cricketer,” said Raina.
“He bowls during the powerplay and if asked to bowl later also, stands for his captain. In batting as well, he has good dimension. Looks to attack, has good intent and plays very less dot balls and whenever there is an opportunity, hits boundaries as well. He is a very important player for LSG,” the four-time IPL winner added.