IPL 2023 PBKS vs LSG: Sikandar Raza’s departure leaves Punjab Kings in a spot of bother

The Punjab Kings lost their third wicket in a crucial encounter against the Lucknow Super Giants as Sikandar Raza departed after scoring a quickfire 36 off just 22 deliveries. Yash Thakur was the bowler who provided the much-needed breakthrough for the Lucknow Super Giants.

It was a short ball outside off, and Raza tried to slap it to deep cover, but he failed to get enough power on it. Krunal Pandya made no mistake in taking the catch, and Raza had to depart, leaving his team in a spot of bother.

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Raza’s wicket was a vital one for the Lucknow Super Giants, as he was scoring at a quick pace and was looking dangerous. The Punjab Kings needed someone to stay with Atharva Taide, who was batting incredibly from one end but needed some support to get closer to the tough target of 258 runs set by the Lucknow Super Giants.

The powerplay had risen to approximately 17.5, which meant that Punjab Kings needed a powerful hitter to score some quick runs and keep up with the required run rate.