IPL 2022 | De Kock, Rahul and bowlers lead Super Giants to playoffs

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Lucknow openers forge unbeaten record of 210; Rinku’s cameo isn’t enough as Mohsin and Stoinis keep their cool in a thriller; Knight Riders eliminated

Lucknow openers forge unbeaten record of 210; Rinku’s cameo isn’t enough as Mohsin and Stoinis keep their cool in a thriller; Knight Riders eliminated

Lucknow Super Giants survived a scare to reach the Indian Premier League playoffs with a thrilling two-point win over Kolkata Knight Riders on Wednesday.

After Super Giants rolled over the unbroken record opening partnership between Quinton de Kock (140 no, 70b, 10×4, 10×6) and captain KL Rahul (68 no, 51b, 3×4, 4×6) to amass 210, Kolkata Knight Riders came within striking distance as Rinku Singh and Sunil Narine forged a stand of 58 for the seventh wicket.

With Knight Riders losing Andre Russell and slipping to 150 for six in the 17th, Rinku (40, 15b, 2×4, 4×6) and Narine hit the limits at will to bring their team closer to the target.

With 21 points needed for the final beaten by Marcus Stoinis, Rinku hit a four, two sixes and a two before a superb catch from Evin Lewis from deep ended his stay. With three required on the final delivery, Stoinis shook Umesh Yadav’s stumps to send the Super Giants into the playoffs and the Knight Riders out of the tournament.

Mohsin Khan knocked out openers Venkatesh Iyer and debutant Abhijeet Tomar with just nine on the board. Skipper Shreyas smashed a 50-29 (4×4, 3×6) and was involved in two useful stands – 56 for the third wicket with Nitish Rana and 66 for the fourth with Sam Billings – before being caught by Deepak Hooda at the wide of Stoinis.

Earlier, de Kock was hitting on 12 when Tomar dropped a regulation catch to the third man, with Umesh being the bowler to suffer. The South African made Knight Riders pay for the time lapse, knocking out the bowlers’ daylight. Rahul and de Kock were involved in the highest opening partnership (210) in the league, and it was also the first time that a team struck first and did not lose a wicket.

While Rahul held on, de Kock chased Southee and Russell in the final two overs, scoring 46 runs. In the second-to-last knocked down by Southee, the southpaw fired three straight sixes and Rahul one.

On the 20th over played by Russell, de Kock took two on the first ball before hitting a four on the next. On the third delivery, Nitish Rana dropped a deep back square leg hold and allowed the ball to roll over the boundary. de Kock then broke back-to-back highs on the next two as the Super Giants broke through the 200 mark.

Lucknow’s team looked like they had beaten Kolkata out of the game, but Knight Riders nearly made it before they fell horribly short.

Brief score:

Lucknow Super Giants: 210 for no defeat in 20 overs (Quinton de Kock 140 not out, KL Rahul 68 not out; Sunil Narine 0/27).
Kolkata Knight Riders: 208 for 8 in 20 overs (Shreyas Iyer 50, Rinku Singh 40; Marcus Stoinis 3/23, Mohsin Khan 3/20).

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