KL Rahul lead from the front by scoring a fantastic 77, as the Lucknow Super Giants beat the Delhi Capitals by six runs at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai on Sunday.
After winning the toss and electing to bat first, Lucknow openers Quniton De Kock and Rahul got their side off to a solid start. The pair added 42 runs for the opening wicket before the former skied a length delivery from Shardul Thakur to Lalit Yadav at point for 23.
The Karnataka star was involved in yet another 95 run stand for the second wicket along side Deepak Hooda before the latter punched a yorker-length delivery straight back to Thakur for an entertaining 52.
Rahul (77) who looked set for his third hundred slashed at a Thakur delivery to Lalit Yadav, who took a well judged catch at the point boundary.
Marcus Stoinis scored some handy runs down the order to take Lucknow to 195/3 in 20 overs.
In response, Delhi Capitals started badly by losing Prithvi Shaw and David Warner cheaply.
Mitchell Marsh along with skipper Rishabh Pant stitched together a 60 run stand for the third wicket before Krishnappa Gowtham dismissed the former caught behind the stumps for 37. Though Ultra edge showed no spike, the Australian all rounder did not review the decision.
Lalit Yadav (3) came in, and was castled by a Ravi Bishnoi googly. The leg spinner could have had Pant on 42, but Rahul dropped a simple catch at extra cover.
Mohsin Khan then struck by claiming the prize scalp of skipper Rishabh Pant, bowled for 42. Mohsin then dented the Capitals hopes by dismissing the dangerous Powell and Shardul Thakur in the 17th over.
However Axar Patel and Kuldeep Ydav struck some lusty blows towards the end to reduce the margin of defeat. In the end the Capitals eventually fell 6 run short of the target.
Left armer Mohsin was named the Man of the Match for his impressive figures.
Lucknow Super Giants 195 for 3 (Rahul 77, Hooda 52, Shardul 3-40) beat Delhi Capitals 189 for 7 (Pant 44, Axar 42*, Mohsin 4-16) by six runs