The Super Giants’ 6-run win over the Capitals had IPL fans all over the world buzzing about multiple standout performances. Here are the talking points: 

KL Rahul-Deepak Hooda partnership built the foundation

Lucknow Super Giants’ impressive score was constructed on a 95-run stand between Rahul and Hooda. The pair teamed up when Quinton de Kock’s wicket fell in the fifth over. Rahul cleared his front leg to hit a six from Kuldeep in the 10th over, while Hooda went inside-out to score a boundary. That inside-out stroke was also indicative of the favourable batting conditions.Hooda was eventually bowled out in the 15th over by Shardul Thakur. Despite Stoinis’ inability to hit the accelerator pedal, Rahul attempted a few of shots into the stands to keep the scoreboard ticking.

Axar-Kuldeep heroics miss their mark

With wickets falling at regular intervals, it was left to the spin pair of Kuldeep and Axar to push the side closer to the target. Both of them did a commendable job to put the pressure back on LSG. In the 19th over, Kuldeep and Axar combined to collect a boundary and a six off Chameera to bring the equation down to 21 off 6. There was more drama in the final over with Kuldeep pulling a slower short ball from Marcus Stoinis for a six. However, despite a harsh call, Stoinis was able to nail a few yorkers and gave only two runs in the next four balls to ensure LSG would come out victorious. Axar did crack a six off the final ball but by then it was more or less over for DC as they finished with a total of 189.

Mohsin Khan turned the tide for LSG

Mohsin Khan had a huge effect in the DC versus LSG match, taking four wickets. He continued to bowl deliveries outside the off stump, forcing Pant to reach for the balls. He made Pant frustrated by hitting exactly the proper lengths. Then there was that one ball that was fuller and was aimed at the stumps. Pant was unprepared for it, believing that he would continue to force him to play away from the body, and this is where he lost wickets when the ball disturbed his stumps.