LSK beat CSK by six wickets to earn the new franchise’s first victory in IPL

Evin Lewis, who draws inspiration from Chris Gayle, batted, or rather, belted the ball, like the great Jamaican, to lead Lucknow Super Giants(LSG) to a thrilling IPL victory over Chennai Super Kings(CSK) on Thursday. Lewis scorched his way to an undefeated 23-ball 55 as LSG rallied from a dismal position to beat an intimidating 211 target with three balls to spare. KL Rahul (40) and Quinton de Kock (61), the openers, lay the foundation with a rousing stand, but LSG's task became increasingly tougher as the needed run rate increased.

Lewis, on the other hand, had other views and, along with the excellent Ayush Badoni, who contributed with a nine-ball 19, made it appear quite simple in the end.

The equation was reduced to nine from the last six balls when Lewis and Badoni hammered Shivam Dube for 25 runs in the final over.

Giving the ball to Dube to bowl the 19th over will undoubtedly be a contentious decision.

Lewis smacked six fours and three sixes in total as LSG won their debut game in the lucrative competition. Badoni scored two maximums, which proved to be vital in the final outcome.

Earlier, leg-spinner Ravi Bishnoi (2/24) bowled brilliantly in tricky conditions with the wet ball, while Robin Uthappa turned the table around with his elegant yet savage assault to take CSK to a big score.

Rahul and de Kock got off to a flying start, hammering the CSK spinners.

The duo was at their most devastating, dealing exclusively in fours and sixes, and it appeared at one point that they might finish the match quickly.

However, Dwaine Pretorius (2/31) was spot on in getting rid of Rahul before Dwayne Bravo (1/35) orchestrated Manish Pandey's dismissal to get the reigning champions back into the match.

Pretorius struck again, dismissing fellow countryman de Kock as CSK piled on the pressure with excellent fielding.

The duo was at their most devastating, dealing exclusively in fours and sixes, and it appeared at one point that they might finish the game quickly.

However, Dwaine Pretorius (2/31) was spot on in getting rid of Rahul before Dwayne Bravo (1/35) orchestrated Manish Pandey's dismissal to get the reigning champions back into the game.

Pretorius strike again, dismissing fellow countryman de Kock as CSK piled on the pressure with excellent fielding.

Then Lewis teamed up with Badoni to complete the task for LSG.

With only nine runs needed in the last over with Mukesh Choudhary delivering a couple of wides, Badoni hammered a six to tie the game and subsequently lead his team to victory.

Uthappa had earlier given CSK a great start with a fluent 50 off 27 balls, while Dube struck 49 off 30 deliveries. The last flourish was given by captain Ravindra Jadeja (17 off 9) and MS Dhoni (16 off 6), who smashed two fours and a six.

Uthappa blasted Avesh Khan (2/38) for back-to-back boundaries off the first two balls of the innings, looking like a man on a mission.

He hammered the ball all across the park with the ball coming neatly onto the bat.

CSK were given a blow when Ruturaj Gaikwad (1), who was considerably short of the crease in the third, was struck by a hard hit from a backward point by Bishnoi.

However, Uthappa and newcomer Moeen Ali (35), who only dealt in fours and sixes, resumed the attack.

CSK rushed to 73 for one at the end of the Powerplay, with LSG bowlers having no solution for the duo.

During his 22-ball stint, Uthappa hit eight fours and one maximum, while Moeen smashed four boundaries and two sixes.

Bishnoi provided the second breakthrough when he trapped Uthappa leg before with a fast delivery just after the batter had scored fifty runs.

In the ninth over, Dube resumed up where Uthappa left off, smashing three boundaries off Dushmantha Chameera (0/49), who struggled with his line. The Sri Lankan had a horrible day on the field, as he regularly fumbled with the ball, giving up easy boundaries.

Horrible fielding made things worse for LSG, whose bowlers were struggling after getting little from the wicket.

Dube and Ambati Rayudu (27), on the other hand, put up a 60-run partnership to keep CSK on track for a huge total.

LSK beat CSK by six wickets to earn the new franchise’s first victory in IPL.