Carnage unfolds in Mohali as Lucknow thwack 257

Lucknow Super Giants hit 27 fours and 14 sixes in a T20 batting masterclass at Mohali to post 257/7, the second highest total in the history of Indian Premier League. The edifice of this gargantual total was built on four superb knocks – Marcus Stonis 72(40), Kyle Mayers 54 (24), Ayush Badoni 43 (24) and Nicholas Pooran 45 (19). That amounts to strike rates of 225, 179.17, 180 and 236.84 respectively.

If the numbers alone don’t leave your mind in a tizzy, let’s throw ‘context’ into the fray – only once has a team had a bigger score after 15 overs since the inception of the league and that came in the humdinger where Chris Gayle smashed a colossal 175. Nicholas Pooran walked out to epitomise Lucknow Super Giants’ belligerent approach on the night as he hit three fours off his first three balls faced. Earlier, opener Kyle Mayers took on Arshdeep Singh with disdain, carting the left-arm pacer for four boundaries in the second over of the innings.