DC vs LSG: ‘That’s why we are…’ – KL Rahul highlights LSG’s biggest problem in IPL 2024

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KL Rahul-led Lucknow Super Giants (LSG) took on Rishabh Pant-led Delhi Capitals (DC) in the 64th match of the Indian Premier League 2024 (IPL 2024) on Tuesday, May 14 at the Arun Jaitley Stadium in Delhi .

LSG won the toss and elected to play first in the match. The bowlers were unable to prove the pitch decision was correct and despite removing Jake Fraser-McGurk for a duck, LSG ended up conceding 208 runs and only managed to pick 4 wickets. Naveen-ul-Haq bagged two wickets, while Ravi Bishnoi and Arshad Khan got one wicket each.

With the bat, LSG got off to a terrible start as they lost 4 wickets for 44 runs. Nicholas Pooran then scored a sensational 61 off 27 balls to keep his team in the game. After that, Arshad Khan took center stage and scored a phenomenal fifty. However, other batsmen did not support Arshad and LSG were restricted to 189/9, losing the match by 19 runs.

Speaking after the match, KL Rahul said that the pitch remained the same throughout the innings and restricted Delhi Capitals to a par score. He said:

“I feel like the wicket stayed the same for the 40 overs. When we got JFM out in the first over, we should have capitalized but they, Hope and Porel, showed a lot of intent.”

KL Rahul felt that his team should have chased the target and highlighted the biggest problem with LSG in IPL 2024, which is their powerplay in batting. KL Rahul said:

“We did well in the end and 200 was a full par, we should have chased it. This has been a problem all season – we kept losing a lot of wickets in the powerplay, we never got off to a solid start.” “Getting players like Stoinis and Pooran in, that’s the big reason we’re in this position.”

Lucknow Super Giants current position in IPL 2024 points table

Before the match against Delhi Capitals, Lucknow Super Giants were ranked 7th in the Indian Premier League 2024 points table. They had 12 points to their credit with a net run rate of -0.769 as they won 6 and lost 6 of the 12 games they played.

The Lucknow Super Giants were placed just above three teams (Punjab Kings, Mumbai Indians and Gujarat Titans) that were eliminated from the playoff race. Notably, the team’s net run rate was very poor due to the drubbing they faced at the hands of Sunrisers Hyderabad in their previous match in Hyderabad. LSG had shown poor batting and posted 165/4 on the board. Although the total looked decent, SRH openers Travis Head and Abhishek Sharma made it look dwarf and completed the chase in 9.4 overs.

Coming back to Lucknow Super Giants’ current position in the Indian Premier League 2024 standings after the Delhi Capitals clash, the KL Rahul-led team has remained at the same spot and has a net run rate of -0.787.

Lucknow Super Giants will take on Mumbai Indians at the Wankhede Stadium on May 17, which will be their last league stage match in the current edition of the competition.