It was sometime during the auctions that the fans were curious when LSG first picked Deepak Hooda and then Krunal Pandya. Both the cricketers were once part of the Baroda team before both had a massive fall out. Hooda quit the Baroda team and went to Rajasthan, while Krunal Pandya stayed on as the senior member of the side. Hooda went on to have a successful domestic competition for Rajasthan and also made it to the Indian team. Krunal Pandya hasn’t played for India since last July’s tour of Sri Lanka.
Deepak Hooda’s careless mistake costs LSG a wicket –
Put into bat first, LSG had to weather the storm courtesy of a disciplined bowling attack from Punjab. The score was reading 103 for 2 with Krunal Pandya and Deepak Hooda at the crease. Pandya got a short ball from Arshdeep Singh and the left hander pulled it to the deep leg side boundary. Jonny Bairstow made a tumbling stop and threw it to the bowlers end. Hooda was ambling before he realized the throw was coming to his end, but it was too late as Bairstow hit the stumps directly and got the wicket of Hooda. This left Krunal Pandya disappointed .
PBKS bowl well to restrict LSG to 153 –
KL Rahul who scored a century in the last game against Mumbai was the first batter to be dismissed. Rahul was out for 6 caught by Jitesh Sharma off Rabada. De Kock was joined by Hooda who came out to bat at number 3 replacing the dropped Manish Pandey. The pair added 85 for the 2nd wicket before De Kock fell for 46 off 37 caught by Sharma off Sandeep Sharma. The South African earned applause as he decided to walk off even before the umpire could lift his finger. Hooda was out for 34 off 28 balls with a four and 2 sixes. Jason Holder (11), Chameera (17), Mohsin Khan with 13 helped LSG reach 153 on the board
Twitter has its say on the run out –
LSG lost all the momentum post the run out of Deepak Hooda, as they looked set to score over 180 with him and Pandya at the crease. The fans did not hold back in having a go at Hooda while they also praised the fielding effort from Jonny Bairstow.