KL Rahul-led Lucknow Super Giants thrashed Shreyas Iyer’s Kolkata Knight Riders by a huge margin of 75 runs in the 53rd match of IPL 2022. Batting first, Lucknow had set a target of 177 runs in front of Kolkata on the basis of Quinton de Kock’s half-century. In front of this score, the entire team of KKR was bundled out for 101 runs in 14.3 overs. Lucknow Super Giants snatched the No. 1 crown from Hardik Pandya’s Gujarat Titans in the points table with a thumping win. Lucknow is on top on the basis of 16 points and better net run rate than Gujarat. At the same time, Kolkata Knight Riders have to face 7th defeat in this 11th match. Shreyas Iyer’s team is on the verge of being knocked out of the playoff race with this defeat.
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Kolkata Knight Riders won the toss and elected to bowl first in this match. Shreyas Iyer got the team off to a good start in the very first over by running out the in-form captain KL Rahul. Rahul returned to the pavilion without opening the account. After this, Quinton de Kock (50) and Deepak Hooda (41) added 71 runs for the second wicket. After a good start, Marcus Stoinis (28) and Jason Holder (13) ended the innings brilliantly. Both the batsmen together hit 5 sixes in the 19th over. During this, Stoinis was dismissed for three sixes, while Holder hit two back to back sixes on the last two balls. Lucknow scored 176 runs for the loss of 7 wickets in 20 overs. Russell got the maximum two wickets.
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Chasing the target, Kolkata Knight Riders did not have a good start. Baba Inderjit returned to the pavilion in the first over. Lucknow bowled tight from the beginning. In the fourth over, he showed the way to the pavilion to captain Shreyas Iyer and in the 6th over, Finch. KKR could not keep up after losing three wickets in the powerplay. Andre Russell came later and played a stormy innings of 45 runs in 19 balls, but he could not get the team to win. Avesh Khan and Jason Holder took three wickets each for Lucknow.