Quinton de Kock played his part in the Lucknow Super Giants’ seven-wicket victory against the Sunrisers Hyderabad in the IPL on Saturday.
Aiden Markram scored 28 off 20 balls and Heinrich Klaasen 47 off 29 as the Sunrisers posted 182-6 in Hyderabad, with De Kock taking two catches and a stumping.
The Proteas wicketkeeper-batsman then made 29 off 19 balls, before being dismissed in the ninth over of the run chase.
Lucknow looked in trouble at 54-2, but Prerak Mankad (64* off 45) and a series of key partnerships including an unbeaten 58-run stand with left-handed Nicholas Pooran (44* off 13) guided them to victory with four balls to spare.
Mankad, an up-and-coming batsman, first set the pace with a 73-run partnership with Marcus Stoinis, who hit a 25-ball 40.
Mankad raced to his maiden IPL fifty and then changed gears with Pooran.
The West Indian smashed three consecutive sixes in a 31-run over as Lucknow moved into the top four to bolster their playoff hopes.
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Earlier, Klaasen stood out for the Sunrisers, in an innings interrupted by crowd trouble as the home team lost momentum and finally the match to stay in ninth position.
Things got heated in the crowd after Hyderabad’s Abdul Samad, who hit an unbeaten 37, received a waist-high delivery that was called a no-ball by the on-field umpire but overturned on review.
The delivery appeared to be above the batsman’s waist but Lucknow reviewed it in their favour, cancelling out the run and the free hit.
Home fans got into an altercation with the Lucknow dugout, prompting a stoppage of play, with Klassen dismissed a ball later.
“Disappointed by the crowd to be honest, that’s not what you want,” said Klaasen after his 29-ball knock. “That also broke the momentum, not great umpiring either, but you can’t take matters in your own hands.”
The no-ball decision was slammed by experts including Tom Moody, who tweeted, “How can the third umpire take that long to make the wrong decision?”
Lucknow captain Krunal Pandya returned impressive figures of 2-24 as he struck on successive balls to take down his counterpart Markram and Glenn Phillips, for a duck.