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Lucknow Super Giants Beat Kolkata Knight Riders in a Last-ball Thriller to Enter Playoffs

Kolkata Knight Riders wanted 21 runs to win off six deliveries in what turned out to be a high-scoring affair in opposition to Lucknow Super Giants. Their large weapons again within the dug-out, the onus was on Rinku Singh and Sunil Narine with LSG captain KL Rahul throwing the ball to Marcus Stoinis for the finale.

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LSG had set KKR an enormous goal of 211 to win and had all however sealed the competition of their favour. But Rinku belted a 4 adopted by a few sixes and a double introduced down the equation to a straightforward 5 off three deliveries with 4 wickets remaining.

Another twist.

A screamer from Evin Lewis – a one-handed catch close to deep backward level area – ended Rinku’s innings on 40 off 15. And then Stoinis nailed the yorker to have Umesh Yadav bowled for a first-ball duck with KKR ending on 208/eight as LSG sealed their playoffs berth with a two-run win on the DY Patil Stadium on a memorable Wednesday evening. KKR are mathematically out of playoffs race now.

KKR’s chase started on a disastrous notice as they misplaced opener Venkatesh Iyer within the very first over earlier than a single run was scored. And then his fellow opener – debutant Abhijeet Tomar- adopted him into the dug-out quickly -leaving them 9/2 in 2.four overs – each wickets taken by Mohsin Khan.

Also Read: LSG vs KKR Match Highlights

But KKR’s chase was introduced on observe because of an outstanding 29-ball 50 from their captain Shreyas Iyer and a useful 24-ball 36 from Sam Billings.  However, LSG continued to chip away and when Andre Russell grew to become Mohsin’s third sufferer of the evening, the chase appeared nearly as good as over earlier than Rinku and Sunil Narine (21*) dragged it to the ultimate supply.

Earlier, Quinton de Kock offered a batting masterclass en path to a sensational hundred and alongside skipper KL Rahul, fired LSG to 210 for no loss. More than 60 video games into the IPL, the surfaces are getting harder for strokeplay and Rahul thought it was higher to place runs on the board.

Also Read: De Kock, Rahul Script History

Both Rahul and de Kock bought the measure of the wicket within the powerplay, reaching 44 for no loss, earlier than flaunting their wide selection of strokes on option to their unbeaten 210-run stand, the best ever opening partnership within the historical past of the event. The South African hammered 10 sixes and as many fours in his 70-ball unbeaten 140, whereas Rahul collected 4 sixes and three fours in his 51-ball 68 not out. De Kock, who was dropped by Abhijeet Tomar off Umesh Yadav within the third over, made KKR pay closely by getting the best rating of the season.

The South African was in his parts smashing the spinners and pacers with equal disdain. He used the pull shot in opposition to the sooner bowlers and was at his progressive finest in opposition to the seasoned spin duo of Sunil Narine and off colored Varun Chakaravarthy. Out of the sixes he hit, de Kock’s reverse sweep off Narine stood out. Anything brief from the pacers, de Kock was glad to place it away over deep sq. leg area. The southpaw was in no temper to cease even after reaching three figures. Tim Southee was poor within the dying overs as he fed balls after balls within the slot for de Kock to deposit it into the stands. His 19th over yielded as many as 27 runs with de Kock discovering the boundary at will.

Rahul watched de Kock’s breathtaking knock from one of the best seat in the home. The skipper didn’t have a lot to do within the slog overs however he too performed some elegant strokes on option to his third half century of the season. Rahul additionally accomplished 500 runs within the event for the fifth season in a row.

With PTI Inputs

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