Kicked game .. KKR loses last ball in high voltage match .. Lucknow to play off

The actual kick of cricket showed the KKR, Lucknow match. The IPL fun has been tasted by the fans. Lucknow won the toss and elected to field. Staines took two wickets in the last two balls to become the match winner. In a massive 211-run chase set by Lucknow, Kolkata scored 208 and lost by just two runs. With that, the play-off birth was confirmed for Lucknow. Kolkata withdrew from the IPL.

Lucknow Super Giants won the toss and elected to bat first, scoring 210 not out in 20 overs. Openers Quinton Decock and KL Rahul started the innings slowly but eventually created havoc with boundaries. The duo combined for 71 runs in the last five overs. Quinton Decock created havoc with a century while Rahul excelled with a half century. Decock faced 70 balls and scored 140 runs with ten fours and ten sixes. Rahul scored 68 off 51 balls with three fours and four sixes.

Kolkata bowlers Tim Southee scored a massive 57 in four overs while Russell scored 45 in three overs. Varun Chakraborty 38, Umesh Yadav 34 Of the KKR bowlers, Sunil Narine is the only batsman to score 27 runs. Nitish Rana made 9 off one over.

Kolkata were bowled out for 208 for 8 in 20 overs and were bowled out for just two runs. Openers Venkatesh Iyer and Abhijit Tomara were completely disappointed in the huge score chase. If Iyer is back as a duck, Tomar will be out for four. However, Nitish Rana and skipper Shreyas Iyer, who came into the crease after that, broke through the boundaries and put on a 50-run partnership off just 20 balls.

Nitish Rana made 42 off 22 balls with 9 fours and was caught near the boundary by Gautam. Captain Shreyas Iyer completed his half-century off 29 balls with four fours and three sixes before attempting a huge shot off the ball. Sam Billings 36 (24) Ravi Bishnoi stumped behind the wicket while bowling the scoreboard.

Andrew Russell played 11 balls and scored just 5 runs, much to his disappointment. Finally Rinku Singh and Sunil Narine broke through with boundaries. The team needed 21 runs to win the last over and Rinku Singh was dismissed for 18 off 4, 6, 6, 2 to end the match. Rinku Singh scored 40 off 15 balls with two fours and four sixes while Narine was unbeaten on 21 off 7 balls with three sixes. Umesh was ducked for the last ball.

Among the Lucknow bowlers, Moshin Khan smashed Kolkata by three wickets. Krishnappa Gautam and Ravi Bishnoya took four wickets each. Steynis, who took two wickets in the final over, bowled two overs and took three wickets for 23 runs to become the match winner.