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WATCH: LSG Owner Sanjiv Goenka In Heated Exchange With KL Rahul Post Embarrassing Defeat To SRH

With six losses, Lucknow Super Giants need wins in their remaining matches to keep playoff hopes alive, while Sunrisers Hyderabad's strong performance has put them in contention for the playoffs, eliminating the Mumbai Indians from the race.

Edited By : Aniket Raj | Updated: May 9, 2024 10:33 IST
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The Lucknow Super Giants’ (LSG) promising run in the 2024 IPL took a hit with two consecutive heavy losses, raising concerns among fans and stakeholders alike. Following a crushing 98-run defeat against the Kolkata Knight Riders, the team suffered another blow as the Sunrisers Hyderabad chased down 166 runs with 62 balls to spare. This alarming performance prompted franchise owner Sanjiv Goenka to express his disappointment, particularly directing his frustration towards team captain KL Rahul.

Rahul faced criticism after his 29-run innings off 33 balls on what appeared to be a challenging pitch in Hyderabad initially. However, any doubts about the pitch’s difficulty were quickly dispelled by Travis Head’s explosive 89 off 30 balls and Abhishek Sharma’s blistering 75 off 28 balls. Their aggressive intent and high-quality strokeplay left no room for speculation about the pitch conditions.

Goenka’s demeanor towards KL Rahul was nearly scolding before coach Justin Langer intervened in their intense one-sided discussion. Rahul appeared visibly uncomfortable, and upon Langer’s arrival, he promptly exited the scene. Goenka’s behavior drew criticism for its lack of tact, with many feeling that disappointment could have been conveyed in a more private and respectful manner, particularly considering the public scrutiny with numerous cameras capturing the incident on the field.

On a pitch where the visiting team struggled to reach 165 runs, Sunrisers Hyderabad made a mockery of the total by achieving the highest-ever run-chase inside 10 overs in T20 cricket.

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With six losses under their belt, the Lucknow Super Giants find themselves in a precarious position, needing victories in their upcoming matches against the Delhi Capitals and Mumbai Indians to keep their playoff hopes alive. Their fate remains firmly within their control. On the other hand, Sunrisers Hyderabad’s impressive performance has propelled them to third place in the standings, effectively eliminating the Mumbai Indians from contention for the playoffs.

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First published on: May 09, 2024 10:33 AM IST

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