Australian Jake Fraser-McGurk steps up and revives Delhi Capitals’ hopes after Adarsh David Warner faltered

Kuldeep Yadav bowled a dream spell to rein in Lucknow before the young Australians chased down the chase confidently

Australian Jake Fraser

Australian Jake Fraser
Lucknow: Delhi Capitals batsman Jake Fraser-McGurk during a Indian Premier League (IPL) 2024 T20 cricket match between Lucknow Super Giants and Delhi Capitals at the Bharat Ratna Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee Ekana Stadium in Lucknow on Friday, April 12, 2024. Play shots.

Summary: Little-known Australian hero Jake Fraser-McGurk and familiar show-stealer Kuldeep Tango led Delhi Capitals to a campaign-up-and-down win over Lucknow Super Giants, who suffered their second defeat.

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Only a statistics expert would instantly recognize Jake Fraser-McGurk. The 22-year-old became the fastest century scorer in List A cricket last year when he reached the three-figure mark in just 29 balls in South Australia’s chase of 436 against Tasmania . However, the IPL is a quicksand that has sunk many record-setting foreign batsmen.

However, Fraser-McGurk made a strong impact on his debut, scoring a power-drilled 55 from 35 balls as Delhi chased 168 for their second win of the season. If handing over the cap to him was a surprise, it was shocking to see him coming in after the fall of his idol David Warner. There’s a bit of Warner in him, in his tremendous bat-swing and forearms, and the shuddering power that comes from his aggressive spirit. He directly counter-attacked and sent the very second ball to Yash Thakur over deep midwicket for a six. He scored 16 runs from seven balls, blown away by a brutal maximum off Arshad Khan.

After the storm came calm. In the end, it was his nervous initial phase in the league. The combination of a slow pitch and clever bowling turned his bowling into a wobble. Slow balls and cutters are not his best friends. They also enjoyed a slice of luck – if you can call it early luck – when the usually brilliant Ravi Bishnoi edged out a sitter at cover for 25. Two balls later, when Krunal Pandya reappeared, he hit three sixes in a row, each a shot of cold-eyed violence.

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The attack came just after Rishabh Pant’s explosive boundary which took the Capitals captain to 19 runs in seven balls, turning the Super Giants’ momentum around. It will take some time to get used to the Fraser-McGurk-rare double-barreled name-then it will effectively kill the game. The 21-run over effectively sealed the fate of the game, before he and Pant combined for another 15-run over. Although both could not last long enough to score the winning runs, their 77-run partnership had put Delhi on the unbeaten path.

It was a game where everything aligned for Delhi, from Fraser-McGurk’s brilliant debut to the form of Prithvi Shaw, whose blistering 32 off 22 balls set the Capitals up to a target of 168 runs. However, the chief architect of the game was Kuldeep Yadav, returning from a brief hiatus, and resuming his renaissance work.

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The googly that slipped through Nicholas Pooran’s gate, turning him into a dazed cheater, will enter IPL immortality; Marcus Stoinis’ googly cleverness was an example of perfection; But the ball that really revealed the talent hidden beneath the messy hair was the slider that Super Giants’ talisman KL Rahul batted with effortless confidence.

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LUCKNOW: Delhi Capitals’ Kuldeep Yadav takes the wicket of LSG batsman Nicholas Pooran during the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2024 T20 cricket match between Lucknow Super Giants and Delhi Capitals at the Bharat Ratna Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee Ekana Stadium in Lucknow on Friday, April. Celebrated.

Consuming Rahul while playing the cut requires some expertise. Rahul has quick hands, who turn the ball towards the fence. It seems as if he has trained every single cell of his to perfect the stroke. Few unlock the truncated variant as powerfully as he does. So when Kuldeep reduced the length a bit (he is now adept at altering lengths and changing pace without making any changes to his run-up or action), playing it wide almost like bait, Rahul resisted his impulses. Couldn’t.

There was no reason why he should have done this. But it was fast – at 89 kilometers per hour, while the average speed was around 84-85 kilometers per hour, kept slightly low, slipped away with an angle, and touched the bottom of his bat. It was a work of subtle art rather than spectacular art. More Mozart than Metallica. The wicket broke the back of the Super Giants, pushing them further into the abyss (77-5), before Ayush Badoni’s late blitz (55 off 35) revived them, although ultimately a brilliant effort from the youngster saved the fortunes. Couldn’t avoid it.


This brilliant player had already winked at Kuldeep in his first over. Two immaculate googlies trapped the Super Giants’ two middle-order power-hitters, Marcus Stoinis and Nicholas Pooran. Stoinis was slow (85 kmph), tossed up, and spun slightly away from the right-handed batsman, who was blindly risking his life. Stoinis misjudged the delicious fall of the ball and was a fraction early in the shot, and bounced the ball. It is safe to assume that he had little knowledge of the peculiarities of delivery.

Neither did Pooran, who willingly dangled his bat where he thought the line of the ball was. The ball probably looked like an illusion, moving away from him, then suddenly falling, as if the laws of gravity had suddenly awakened, and then spinning through the empty space between his bat and pad. Kuldeep was the magic dust that the Capitals desperately needed to pull themselves up from the bottom position and save them from another season of misery.

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