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KL Rahul admits he felt helpless during Head-Abhishek’s attack – India TV

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Image source: BCCI/IPL KL Rahul

The 57th match of the Indian Premier League (IPL) between Lucknow Super Giants (LSG) and Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) concluded on Wednesday (May 8) at 10:16 PM IST courtesy of Travis Head and Abhishek Sharma. The duo showed their skills as six batters against LSG, chasing the target of 166 runs in just 9.4 overs. LSG skipper KL Rahul tried five bowling options during this period but could not pick a single wicket as SRH romped in a crucial clash.

The Head-Abishek duo hit 16 fours and as many as 14 sixes in the 58-ball partnership, leaving the Super Giants reeling as they defended a total that many said was competitive. After the match, Rahul admitted that he felt helpless as they did not give LSG a chance to make a comeback in the match. However, in this case, the visitors have their own fault as they dropped Abhishek twice in the innings. But even then, his dismissal wouldn’t have made much difference to the match.

“I’m at a loss for words. We’ve seen that kind of batting on TV. But this is unreal batting. Everything seemed to find the middle of the bat. Kudos to their skills. They’ve worked hard on their six batting skills. they didn’t.” It doesn’t give us a chance to know what the pitch played in the second innings. It was difficult to stop them when they teed off from ball one,” Rahul said after the match.

Moreover, the LSG skipper’s decision to bat first is now also being questioned as the batters found it a bit difficult to get going on what seemed like a slow surface to begin with. But despite not being dew like SRH opens batters, the surface was definitely an improvement. Reacting to the decision at the toss, Rahul backed his decision but admitted that they fell short by around 50 runs at the halfway point.

“Once you are on the losing side, there are question marks over the decisions taken. We fell short by 40-50 runs. When we lost wickets in the powerplay, we couldn’t get momentum. Ayush and Nicky batted well to get us get to 166. But even if we had 240, they could have gone after it too,” the LSG captain added.