The 42nd match of the ongoing edition of the Indian Premier League has been played between Lucknow Super Giants and Punjab Kings. Talking about the game, the skipper of Punjab Kings, Mayank Agarwal decided to take the field after winning the toss.
Batting first, Lucknow Super Giants posted a quite decent total of 13 runs in the first half of the game. Quinton de Kock has been the best with the bat for Lucknow, scoring 46 runs for his team.
Following him, Deepak Hooda also played a decent knock of 34 runs as both the batters were the only hope for their side. Chasing the target posted by the opposition, Punjab Kings lost the match, as they ended up short of 20 runs.
Jonny Bairstow scored 32 runs whereas Mayank Agarwal added 25 runs before getting dismissed by Chameera. However, Lucknow Super Giants registered their sixth win and moved to the third spot on the league table.
We have to face the truth: Mayank Agarwal
Losing the game, Mayank Agarwal had a few words in the post-match presentation and also claimed where they lost the game. "I think we just kept losing wickets. We had batsmen who were set and we kept getting out. So many soft dismissals for us.
It is disappointing and we have to face the truth. We didn't bat well enough and we were below par with the bat," Mayank Agarwal was quoted as saying by Cricbuzz.
"The new ball was doing a bit, seaming around and there was some bounce, it was a crucial period and after that, it did get better to bat on.
We are bowling exceedingly well and doing a lot of right things as a bowling unit. Arshdeep has stepped up, Rahul got wickets and KG being the big guy is always stepping up and getting us important wickets," he added.
However, during Lucknow's inning, Deepak Hooda was jogging during the second run as Jonny Bairstow's direct hit made him go back to the dressing room. Even Krunal Pandya was not happy with the right-handed batter.
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