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Sunrisers Hyderabad face yet another narrow defeat

The Lucknow Super Giants defeated Sunrisers Hyderabad by 12 runs to win their second IPL game in a row. Before Avesh Khan picked up a four-fer, KL Rahul (68 off 50 balls) and all-rounder Deepak Hooda (51 off 33 balls) both struck half-centuries.

Sunrisers Hyderabad face yet another narrow defeat
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The trend of losing the match at the very end continues for Sunrisers Hyderabad as Lucknow Supergiants register their second win. 

Former SRH player Jason Holder was the man who won it for LSG in the last over by picking up three wickets. 

Lucknow Supergiants lost the toss and were put in to bat by SRH. Washington Sundar struck early for SRH by dismissing Quinton de Kock and Evin Lewis early in the innings. Manish Pandey continued his poor run of form as he was dismissed by Romario Shepherd for 11 runs. 

KL Rahul and Deepak Hooda stand tall
Sunrisers Hyderabad face yet another narrow defeat
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The captain of LSG and young all-rounder Deepak Hooda who has been in sublime form joined forces and put on an 87 run partnership for the 4th wicket. Deepak Hooda got out after scoring his fifty. KL Rahul stabilized the innings from the other end by scoring a gritty 68 runs in 50 balls. T Natarajan stopped the flow of runs in the 19th over by picking up two crucial wickets as SRH restricted LSG to 169 runs. 

The fightback and the giveaway at the very end

Sunrisers Hyderabad started their innings on a decent note chasing down a target of 170 runs. They were 25/0 in 3.2 overs before Avesh Khan broke the partnership. Avesh Khan then came back for his second over and dismissed Abhishek Sharma for 13 runs. SRH was in a spot of bother at 39/2 after 6 overs. 

Sunrisers Hyderabad face yet another narrow defeat

Rahul Tripathi and Aiden Markram then started rebuilding the innings as the pair added 44 runs in 5 overs before Aiden Markram was dismissed by Krunal Pandya. Pandya then dismissed Rahul Tripathi who was well set and batting on 44 in the 14th over. SRH was once again in trouble.

Nicholas Pooran and Washington Sundar showed fight till the very end but it was too little too late for SRH. Avesh Khan sealed the game in the 18th over by dismissing Nicholas Pooran and Abdul Samad. 

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Sunrisers Hyderabad face yet another narrow defeat

Romario Shepard walked in and started swinging his bat to hit a few lusty blows. It was down to the last over with SRH needing 16 runs to win. Jason Holder with the ball in hand against his former team SRH. Holder dismissed Washington Sundar on the very first ball and the match was done and dusted by then.

Avesh Khan was awarded the man of the match for his match-winning 4 wicket haul. 

Sunrisers Hyderabad face yet another narrow defeat
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Avesh Khan spoke about his performance in the post-match interview saying “The plan always is how I can pick up wickets in the power play and slog overs”. I wanted to bowl the slower ball (Williamson dismissal) because we felt that the ball was gripping and holding on to the surface. The plan is to always bowl dots and try to hit the yorker length”.


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