Puno, May 11: The way releases behave in IPL 2022, the intermissions of a match, between 7 and 15, are becoming extremely crucial. With pitches offering early assistance, teams have failed to go all out on the power play and consolidate their innings in the intermissions before going ballistic in the slog overs.
Therefore, 35-40 runs are normal for the first six overs and teams try to get to 50 before the eighth over.
The IPL 2022 clash at the top of the table between rookies Gujarat Titans and Lucknow Super Giants had a similar script with both teams finishing with almost identical scores at the end of the power play: Gujarat managed 35/2 while Lucknow Super Giants. Giants were 37/3 wickets.
Intermediate overs proved to be the turning point in Tuesday’s match with Gujarat Titans’ Shubman Gill (63 not out) holding strong from one end as the team managed to score 57 runs for the loss of a wicket.
In contrast, Lucknow Super Giants were able to score 45 runs in the intermissions, but crucially lost seven wickets that ultimately ended their dream of chasing the goal of victory.
While the Gujarat Titans mostly met at one and two, as Gill and David Miller generated a 62-run partnership in the intermissions, they crossed the 100-run mark and set the stage for Rahul Tewatia in the closing overs.
Lucknow, 37/2 on the power play, lost his way in the intermissions as Krunal Pandya (5), Ayush Badoni, Marcus Stoinis, Jason Holder and Deepak Hooda all went off the rails in this period when they lost their way. LSG failed to make it to the slog overs as they were grouped by 82.
Lucknow Super Giants couldn’t capitalize in the intermissions as Krunal Pandya (5) was the first to go, stunned by Wriddhiman Saha from a Rashid Khan Googly. Badoni was next to go, lured out of the crease by Sai Kishore and Saha landed another clever shot.
Marcus Stoinios was out in the following over and Lucknow’s hopes were shattered when they slumped to 65/6 in the 12 over. Any of these batsmen, had they managed to stay in the crease along with Deepak Hooda, could have written a different story. But it wasn’t going to be.
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