"It’s been better but..."- Marcus Stoinis provides update on his Finger Injury
Lucknow Super Giants registered a big win over Punjab Kings on Friday and recorded the second highest total in the history of the Indian Premier League. KL Rahul and his men thrashed PBKS by 56 runs to jump to the second spot on the points table.
It was the game at the PCA Stadium in Mohali, and PBKS won the toss and decided to bowl first. But that decision totally backfired on them, as LSG posted a mammoth total of 257/5 in the first inning. At one point, it looked like Lucknow might surpass RCB's record of 263.
But Lucknow only managed 22 runs in the last two overs. But despite that, it was a huge total to chase. Kyle Mayers gave them a lighting start and scored 54 off 24, with seven fours and four sixes.
Ayush Badoni and Marcus Stoinis added 89 runs for the third wicket off just 46 balls. Badoni made a quick 43 off 24, while Stoinis scored a half-century. He made 72 off 40, with six fours and five sixes. In the end, Nicholas Pooran played a brilliant cameo of 45 off 19 to give his team a great finish.
Stoinis ended up winning the Man of the Match award as he also provided LSG with the first breakthrough after dismissing opposition skipper Shikhar Dhawan (1) in the first over of the second inning. Though he could only bowl 1.5 overs as he injured his index finger in an attempt to stop a shot from Atharva Taide in his second over.
The all-rounder was seen in pain and walked off the field without completing the over. However, after the game, Stoinis said that he would get a scan to know about the injury. He said, "It’s been better but yeah, it is what it is. We will get a scan later."
Taide played a fighting knock for Punjab and scored 66 off 36, but none of the other batters could support him. As a result, Punjab ended at 201 all out in 19.5 overs. LSG will now play Royal Challengers Bangalore on Monday at the Ekana Stadium in Lucknow.