Sports, Cricket

Lucknow down IPL champions Chennai

Published : 02 Apr 2022 12:28 AM

Evin Lewis hit an unbeaten 55 off 23 balls to star in Lucknow Super Giants' six-wicket win over reigning IPL champions Chennai Super Kings who scored 210-7 after they were asked to bat Thursday.

It was the first victory for KL Rahul-led Lucknow who lost their opening match to Gujarat Titans, the other débutants in the expanded 10-team tournament, on Monday.

Lewis hit three sixes and six fours in the last over win after openers Rahul, who scored 40 off 26 balls, and Quinton de Kock, 61 off 45 balls, set a solid base with their 99-run stand.

South African all-rounder Dwaine Pretorius put the brakes on the Lucknow chase after removing both openers in his tight four-over spell for 31 runs.

Pretorius was ably assisted by Chennai veteran Dwayne Bravo, 38, who broke Sri Lankan Lasith Malinga's record after taking one wicket to become the leading wicket taker in IPL history with 171 scalps.

It was a tough chase for Lucknow till the penultimate, and most decisive, over of the match which was bowled by all-rounder Shivam Dube, who leaked 25 runs in his only over the game.

Lewis and IPL rookie Ayush Badoni, who scored 19 off 9 balls with two sixes, hit nine runs in the 20th over to secure victory with three balls to spare.