IPL 2024
Lance Klusener Slaps Marcus Stoinis During His Animated Pep Talk
By CricShots - May 8, 2024 11:28 pm
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Lucknow Super Giants’ assistant coach, Lance Klusener, left no stone unturned in rallying his players ahead of their crucial clash against Sunrisers Hyderabad at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium in Hyderabad. For the Lucknow side, this match was a pivotal opportunity to bounce back from their recent defeat against Kolkata Knight Riders, where they suffered a humiliating loss by 98 runs.

Lance Klusener
Lance Klusener

Their inability to contain KKR’s batting onslaught and their subsequent collapse during the chase had dropped them out of the top four in the points table, leaving their net run rate in tatters. To inspire his team, Lance Klusener delivered an impassioned speech moments before the game commenced.

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Standing amidst the huddle of players, the former South African all-rounder’s animated gestures and words aimed to ignite the fighting spirit within the squad. The intensity of his speech evoked a mixture of surprise and amusement from the LSG players, even prompting a chuckle from Marcus Stoinis, who received a playful slap on the back from Klusener before the speech continued.

 

Despite Klusener’s efforts to motivate the team, Lucknow Super Giants faltered once again, succumbing to a crushing 10-wicket defeat at the hands of Sunrisers Hyderabad. While batting first, LSG found themselves in a precarious position at 66 for 4 in the 12th over. However, a resilient partnership between Ayush Badoni and Nicholas Pooran rescued them, propelling their total to a competitive score.

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 Badoni’s composed 55 and Pooran’s unbeaten 48 showcased their determination to stage a comeback. Nevertheless, SRH’s openers, Travis Head and Abhishek Sharma, launched a blistering assault during the chase, decimating the Lucknow-based team’s bowling attack.

Travis Head’s explosive 89 off just 30 deliveries and Sharma’s unbeaten 75 off 28 balls propelled SRH to victory within a mere 10 overs, leaving Lucknow Super Giants reeling from yet another setback despite Klusener’s pre-match motivation.