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Friday, April 28, 2023

Gurnoor Brar faces stark reality - LSG amasses 257 !!

Decades ago, in 1970s came the transformation from long 5 day Tests to One day Internationals – in 1980s remember that in 50 over matches, scores of 250+ were considered winning totals.

Life has changed totally as we witnessed 257 runs amassed in 20 overs in IPL – 38th match of the Season at Mohali between Punjab Kings and Lucknow Super Giants.  Shikhar Dhawan would rue his decision to win the toss and field first !!
The injury list at the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2023 is growing.  Yesterday Washington Sundar cried off and today Raj Angad Bawa became the latest victim. The 20-year-old, suffered a shoulder injury, which has ruled him out of the tournament.  It paved way for a  22-year-old Gurnoor Brar to make an impact.  As we watch, Marcus Stoinis is coming off the field after getting initial treatment from the physio , attending to his left index finger. Ayush Badoni  who was successful with the bat came on to bowl that solitary ball to complete the over bowling  the last remaining legal ball
The match started differently – Capt KL Rahul was dropped off the very first ball of the match by Taide at Point, debutant Gurnoor was left crying.   In what was a defining moment  Muktsar-born fast bowler Gurnoor Brar made his  debut for the Punjab Kings (PBKS) in their 8th game against the Lucknow Super Giants (LSG).  Only recently in Dec 2022, he made his Ranji debut in an Elite Group match against Railways, excelled with figures of 12.3-5-16-4.
Today, he realized that life could be hard – first ball catch dropped, only one run scored in the first but the next two went everywhere – 42 runs conceded in 3 overs. H is third one - the eighth of the LSG innings – was hit all around  for 24.  Today he conceded four fours and three sixes, with one of the maximums coming off a free hit.  
By 8 overs, LSG were over 100 and then 200 in 16 overs as they raced to the  second-highest total in IPL history. LSG's highest in the IPL. Jitesh Sharma saved a few runs in the last over by diving to his right, and thus kept LSG under 260.
Capt KL Rahul who was blamed in the last chase for batting like snail, was out today for 12 in 19 balls to Rabada. Kyle Meyers sparkled with 54 in 24 balls with 4 sixers; Ayush Badoni made 43 off 24 (3 sixers); Stoinis 72 off 40 delveries with 6 4s and five sixers; Nicholas Pooran rubbed more with 45 off 19 – as LSG amassed 257.
Those who continuously blame CSK as a weak bowling unit, need to take notice of the 200s scored freely against other teams – today it was a strong bowling attack of Punjab that leaked 250+
Gurnoor Bran 42 in 3 overs; Arshdeep Singh 54/4; Kagiso Rabada 52/4; Sikandar Raza 17/1; Rahul Chahar 29/4; Sam Curran 38/3 and Liam Livingstone 19/1. 
Most unlikely that Punjab would end up somewhere closer to LSG today
With regards – S. Sampathkumar

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