Puran, Kuldeep, his mistake, and its impact

Kuldeep’s mistake in dismissing Puran for zero changed the course of the entire match.

Sometimes, one ball can decide the course of the entire match. Kuldeep Yadav bowled such a ball in Lucknow on Friday night.

You’ve probably already seen this, so there’s not much need for description. It was wrong to bowl Nicholas Pooran for a golden duck and land on the right length. If a batsman is not able to catch the wrong ball from the bowler’s hand, this type of length ball is dynamite. Puran moved forward to defend himself, perhaps survival was his only thought. The way he played the ball showed that he was guessing which way the ball would go. His guess was wrong.

It was a moment like a pebble dropped in a lake, which sent waves to every corner of this match between Lucknow Super Giants and Delhi Capitals.

Ripple 1: Axar continues to bowl from the end in front of Kuldeep

Axar Patel had bowled the over before Kuldeep’s arrival, but there is every possibility that if Puran had survived, he would have been dropped from the attack. Most captains are as a rule reluctant to bowl left-arm orthodox spinners to left-handed batsmen, and it is almost unimaginable that they would bowl to Pooran, with this record against this style of bowling in the IPL. Came into this game: 127 runs off 66 balls, one out.


Pooran is a little less confident against left-arm wrist spinners, however, having scored 138 runs from 144 balls against them in all competitions before this game (we are widening the net here as this is a rare style of bowling). While he has been out 10 times.

It has happened 11 times now, and the ‘wrong’ through the gate was the fifth time when Kuldeep dismissed Pooran in 57 balls, while conceding just 52 runs.

Pooran needed to stick to Kuldeep’s three balls to force the Capitals into a potentially difficult tactical decision. It is not always easy to save three balls when Kuldeep is the bowler.

Ripple 2: LSG is forced to change its Impact Player strategy

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Rishabh Pant needed wickets and Kuldeep Yadav got him wickets
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Kuldeep had dismissed Marcus Stoinis and Puran in two balls. With 12.2 overs remaining in LSG’s innings, its score had dropped from 66 runs for 2 wickets to 66 runs for 4 wickets. Ayush Badoni and Krunal Pandya are still to come to LSG, but both are death over specialists.

In all their matches for LSG, Krunal and Badoni have scored below 115 in the middle overs (7th to 16th) and above 159 in the last four. LSG, then, decided to try to delay his entry, and made an early impact substitution to bring Deepak Hooda in at No. 6.

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It didn’t work out that day, but there was some logic in the decision. With Kuldeep taking quick wickets, LSG were left with the option of trying with either bat or ball and they went with the former. There was some vindication in Badoni’s efforts – he scored 25 off 12 balls in the last three overs when he capitalized on his favorite match-up of pace in the death overs, scoring 55 not out from 35 – and his innings ensured LSG 167. Ended with.

We all know what they do when they score more than 160.

Ripple 3: No Siddharth

When defending the total in IPL 2024, LSG have usually brought in M Siddharth as their impact substitute at the innings break, and given him the new ball. However, they could not do so here.

Due to this they were left with one bowler less. This left them missing a key bowler at the start of their defence. Earlier today, Siddharth had bowled eight powerplay overs in IPL 2024 – the most by any LSG bowler in this phase – and went at 7.75. Only Krunal, who bowled only two overs in the phase, was more economical.

Without Siddharth, LSG had to field a new powerplay combination, which also included Arshad Khan, who was playing his first game of the season. LSG is excellent at defending totals, but this was not a typical LSG attack to begin with.

Ripple 4: Force LSG to bowl to Stoinis or Krunal to Pant

LSG likes to have a wide range of bowling options at its disposal – usually six, but often seven. This allows them to control match-ups effectively. Against this Capitals team, who have three left-handed batsmen (David Warner, Rishabh Pant and Axar) in their top seven, there is a chance that they could have brought in offspinner K Gautam as their impact sub instead of Siddharth, if they had to. It is not required. Bring Huda so quickly.

Now that was controversial. Now they only had five frontline bowlers, unless you count Stoinis, who had bowled only one over in IPL 2024 before this game. This meant very little flexibility in dealing with tricky matches. Pant came to the crease at the beginning of the eighth over, and LSG had the option to choose whether they would use Krunal’s left-arm spin against him, or turn to Stoinis instead, and when they would do so.

Pant took his time in the beginning and scored eight runs in his first 10 balls. The goal was not to force him to work hard early, and he also knew that LSG had that option.

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LSG waited until the 12th over, by which time Pant had shifted gears, charging Ravi Bishnoi and hitting him for back-to-back fours. He went to Stoinis, and when Pant came on strike, he played one of those shots that only he can do, an incredibly quick hands reverse-scoop to deposit the ball at short third. He finished the over with another audacious hit, a falling swipe at short fine leg.

These two shots were worth the ticket price in themselves, but there was a moment earlier in the game that was even more valuable. And they were all intricately connected. Without Kuldeep’s misstep with Pooran, Pant would not have been able to reverse-scoop Stoinis’ ball.

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