After losing their opening game of the tournament, the Lucknow Super Giants made a great comeback to win their second game against the Chennai Super Kings by six wickets.
Batting first at the Brabourne Stadium, the Super Kings posted a competitive total of 210 runs in their 20 overs. Opener Robin Uthappa scored a 50 off just 27 balls, which laid the foundation for the middle order batsmen. Moeen Ali, who played his first game of the season, contributed with a 22-ball 35, while Shivam Dube missed out on a half-century by just one run. Ambati Rayudu scored 27 off 20, followed by a contribution of 17 runs by Captain Ravindra Jadeja. It was MS Dhoni who eventually stole the limelight with an unbeaten 16 off just 6 at a strike rate of more than 260.
Ravi Bishnoi was the most economical bowler for the Super Giants with an economy rate of six, and he also picked up two wickets. Avesh Khan and Andrew Tye too chipped in with two wickets each.
Chasing 211, the Super Giants got off to a great start with their openers KL Rahul and Quinton de Kock sharing 99 runs for the first wicket. Rahul scored 40 off 26, while Quinton de Kock hit 61 off 45. The star performer though was Evin Lewis, who remained unbeaten on 55 off just 23 balls. His knock came at a strike rate of 239 and snatched the momentum away from CSK. Ayushi Badoni, meanwhile remained unbeaten on 19 off 9 as Lucknow crossed the line with three balls remaining.
Dwayne Pretorius picked up two wickets while Tushar Deshpande and Dwayne Bravo chipped in with one each.
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