LSG vs KKR: ‘210s target’ … Last ball twist: Screaming Ring Singh … Lucknow thrill win!

The Lucknow Super Giants and Kolkata Knight Riders clashed in the 66th league match of the IPL 15th season. Lucknow won the toss and elected to bat first.

Lucknow innings:

Lucknow openers Quinton de Gock and KL Rahul also started playing casually.

Then in the 2.2nd over, Umesh Yadav bowled a catch by De Gock, which was missed by newcomer Abhijit Tomar in the third man’s direction.

Great Partnership:

Following this, the two started beating each other. Both were unbeaten after the Power Play. The Kolkata bowlers could not cope with them. After 10 overs, both the batsmen continued to hit fours and sixes and the runs started to rise sharply.

De Gock hundred:

In the end, Decock hit a century off 60 balls. At the other end, KL Rahul played brilliantly and crossed half a century. Rahul hit a six in the 19th over off Tim Southee, followed by a hat-trick by De Gock. In the last over that Russell threw, De Gock hit four fours in a row. In the end, Lucknow were bowled out for 210/0 in 20 overs.

De Gock added 140 off 70 balls, including 10 sixes and 10 fours. KL Rahul scored 68 off 51 balls including 3 fours and 4 sixes.

Made history:

The highest opening partnership against Kolkata was 139 runs. Warner and Dhawan, who played for the Sunrisers in 2017, both hold the record. It is currently being demolished. Also, scoring today in the IPL is the biggest opening partnership.

Kolkata innings:

Kolkata’s Nitish Rana 42 (22), Shreyas Iyer 50 (29) and Sam Billings 36 (24) were the only batsmen to score. Russell 5 (11) did not make an impact. Following this, Ring Singh and Sunil Narine both started to raise the score. In the end Kolkata needed 21 runs to win. Ring Singh scored 4,6,6 in the over thrown by Steinis.

Ring out:

This created the situation of having to hit 5 runs off 3 balls. Ring Singh, who then scored a 2, was caught on the next ball and tied the walk. Ring Singh scored 40 off 15 balls. Umesh Yadav became the Bolt as he needed 3 runs off the next ball. In the end, Kolkata lost by 2 runs, adding only 208/8 in 20 overs.

The defeat ended Kolkata’s play-off chances. Lucknow team has finalized the play-off opportunity.