LSG vs PBKS: Lucknow Super Giants smash second-highest total in IPL history, thrash Punjab Kings by 56 runs
Lucknow Super Giants (LSG) put on a batting masterclass as they scored a whopping 257 for 5, the second-highest total in the history of Indian Premier League (IPL), against Punjab Kings (PBKS) in Match 38 of IPL 2023 at the Punjab Cricket Association IS Bindra Stadium in Mohali on Friday.
KL Rahul and Quinton de Kock give LSG a flying start
LSG captain KL Rahul won the toss and decided to bat first on a flat pitch and a small ground. He led by example as he opened the innings with Quinton de Kock and gave his team a flying start. The pair took full advantage of the powerplay overs and scored 72 runs without losing any wicket.
Rahul was in sublime form as he played shots all around the ground. He reached his fifty off just 24 balls and continued to dominate the PBKS bowlers. De Kock was also aggressive and matched Rahul stroke for stroke. He hit six fours and a six in his 25-ball 45.
The duo brought up their century partnership in just 8.2 overs, before de Kock was caught by Liam Livingstone off Nathan Ellis. However, that did not slow down LSG’s scoring rate as Marcus Stoinis joined Rahul and kept the momentum going.