Avesh Khan took four wickets to help Lucknow Super Giants beat Sunrisers Hyderabad by 12 runs in the Indian Premier League.
Khan’s haul of 4-24 helped restrict Hyderabad to 9-157 after Lucknow posted 7-169 last evening.
Lokesh Rahul and Deepak Hooda struck half-centuries for the Super Giants, who won their second consecutive game.
Put in to bat, Lucknow didn’t get the best start. Washington Sundar dismissed Quinton de Kock and Evin Lewis for one run apiece, after they had scored half-centuries in the previous game.
Manish Pandey was out for 11 and Lucknow were reduced to 3-27 in the fifth over. Rahul and Hooda then came together, putting on 87 for the fourth wicket off 61 balls.
Both batsmen scored their second half-centuries of the IPL season, with Rahul cracking 68 off 50 balls, including six fours and a six, and Hooda hitting three fours and three sixes in his 51 off 33 balls.
Their partnership was instrumental in Lucknow reaching a decent total at the DY Patil Stadium.
In reply, Hyderabad lost openers Abhishek Sharma (13) and Kane Williamson (16) to Khan’s new ball spell. Rahul Tripathi rescued Hyderabad from 2-38 and put on 44 with Aiden Markram (12) for the third wicket.
But Hyderabad kept losing wickets at regular intervals.
Nicholas Pooran, demoted in the order, scored 34 off 24 balls, including two sixes but Jason Holder who picked up 3-34 won their match-up.
Hyderabad have now lost both their opening games and are languishing at the bottom of the table.