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Maybe Travis Head and Abhishek Sharma have changed the pitch, says Pat Cummins as SRH beat LSG by 10 wickets |  Cricket news

Maybe Travis Head and Abhishek Sharma have changed the pitch, says Pat Cummins as SRH beat LSG by 10 wickets | Cricket news

NEW DELHI: After Sunrisers Hyderabad’s impressive 10-wicket win over Lucknow Super Giants, skipper Pat Cummins humorously suggested that openers Travis Head and Abhishek Sharma might have changed the pitch while chasing the total. Cummins praised the opening duo for their exceptional performance.

On what looked like a slow surface, Head and Abhishek unleashed an attack on the LSG bowlers, propelling their team to a historic 10-wicket win at home on Wednesday. Their aggressive batting display set a new record for the highest total chased in less than 10 overs.

“Maybe Travis and Abhishek did that (changed the field). We just let them go, they are two guys who are very positive and I am a bowler, it is difficult for me to give them any input,” said Cummins during the post-match presentation.

He praised Head, who is also his Australian teammate. “He’s been like that for two years. He hits the tough areas, hits the middle a lot and might not be super conventional.”

Speaking about Abhishek Sharma’s batting, Cummins said: “Just an incredible player with a lot of spin and pace. With only two fielders out, it’s very difficult for the bowlers against them. I think the scores have gone up, and if the wickets are good, it’s It’s hard to come up with answers against batters when they get going. The boys have had a fantastic season, but to win this with less than 10 overs played is unreal.”

In the match, Lucknow Super Giants won the toss and chose to bat first. However, they got off to a slow start, managing just 57 runs in the first 10 overs while losing three wickets. Skipper KL Rahul struggled to accelerate and scored 29 runs off 33 balls, including a four and a six.

In the second half of the innings, Ayush Badoni (55* off 30 balls, with nine fours) and Nicholas Pooran (48* off 26 balls, with six fours and a six) revived the innings with a 99-run partnership, with which they guided LSG. to a total of 165/4 in their allotted 20 overs.

Bhuvneshwar Kumar (2/12) was the standout bowler for LSG, while Cummins also contributed with a wicket.

Chasing 166 runs, Sunrisers Hyderabad openers Head (89* off 30 balls, with eight fours and eight sixes) and Abhishek (75* off 28 balls, with eight fours and six sixes) unleashed an attack on the LSG bowlers. Their blistering partnership saw SRH chase down the target in just 9.4 overs without losing a wicket.

With this emphatic win, SRH moved to third place in the rankings with seven wins, five losses and 14 points, while LSG remained at sixth place with six wins, six losses and 12 points.

Head was named ‘Player of the Match’ for his scintillating performance with the bat.

(With ANI inputs)