IPL 2023: ‘Play-off race over?’…4 spots confirmed: Lucknow in one run, qualified for play-offs!

IPL 2023: ‘Play-off race over?’…4 spots confirmed: Lucknow in one run, qualified for play-offs!

Kolkata Knight Riders and Lucknow Supergiants clashed in IPL 16th Season 68th League Match. Kolkata won the toss and elected to bowl first.

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Lucknow Innings:

Opener Quinton de Kock 28 (27) and Mankat 26 (20) performed well in the Lucknow Supergiants team who fielded first. Marcus Stoinis 0 (2), Karan Sharma 3 (5) did not show action.

Ayush Patoni 25 (21) and Nicholas Pooran 58 (30) in the closing stages saw Lucknow score 176/8 in 20 overs.

Kolkata Innings:

Chasing the target, openers Jason Roy 45 (28) and Venkatesh Iyer 24 (15) played brilliantly in the Kolkata Knight Riders team. This was followed by Nitish Rana 8 (10) and Kurbus 10 (15).

Action player Andre Russell 7 (9), Shardul Tagore 3 (7) also cheated in this predicament. In the end 43 runs were required from 10 balls. Then, Ringu Singh hit three consecutive fours and a six off the bowling of Naveen-ul-Haq. 20 runs leaked in that over.

Last Over:

In the end 21 runs were required from 6 balls. Then, Yash Powder bowled well and needed 18 runs off the last 3 balls. Then Ringu Singh hit a six. He could only hit a boundary in the next ball. With 8 runs needed off the last ball, a six went off the last ball. In the end, Lucknow secured a thrilling win by one run and confirmed their place in the play-offs.

New Point List:

The Lucknow team secured 3rd place in the play-off round with 17 points from 14 matches. Gujarat and CSK have retained the top two positions. RCB and Mumbai Indians are competing for the last spot. These two teams are going to play in tomorrow’s match. The winning team will advance to the play-offs. If both teams win, they will enter the play-off round with 16 points based on net run rate.

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