Kolkata Knight Riders played against Lucknow Super Giants yesterday in the 66th match of Tata IPL 2022. The game was played at DY Patil Stadium in Navi Mumbai, where LSG defeated KKR by two runs. Lucknow won the toss and opted to bat in the first innings. It was an incredible first inning by LSG, Quinton de Kock thrashed KKR bowlers and hit ten six and ten fours, making 140 runs overall. KL Rahul scored well, making sixty-eight runs and ending the innings with 210 runs. It was a smashing partnership between them as no wicket was taken, and both played the entire first over. Mohsin Khan took three wickets, and Marcus Stoinis grabbed three wickets for LSG.
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Kolkata Knight Riders batted the second innings, where Shreyas Iyer scored a half-century, and Nitish Rana made forty-two runs. KKR took zero wickets in the match. They batted fairly well, but due to poor bowling, they lost the game by a tiny two runs.
Quinton de Kock from LSG was rightly named the Man of the Match due to his incredible 140 runs off 70 balls. He stated, “ I was a little bit cooked but it was a matter of getting some refreshments and get on with it I guess. It was a bit of frustration that came out. Felt really good to come out and do well. Was trying to keep it in, but when it came out, felt good.” De Kock on KKR said, “ Obviously they played really well, assessed conditions well, and came hard at us. I thought he (Stoinis) would defend it easily. But when the first three went, I thought the game was done for us. But that catch turned things for us. As they say, good catches win matches.”
Winning captain KL Rahul in the post-match interview, “ I should probably get paid more for games like this. We had missed games like this, in this season. Haven’t been many games that have gone down to the last ball, maybe some which went down to the last over. Happy to be on the other side. Could easily have been on the losing side and have gone back home thinking we lost due to some poor cricket. Good way to finish the last game of the league season. Credit to both teams to make such a brilliant game of cricket. Can’t say we held our nerves better because it was a matter of three runs. For Stoinis to execute those plans in the last two balls to get us the win, was brilliant.”
Rahul further added, “ We batted well, started well with the bat. We knew that KKR would come hard at us, credit to them as they kept playing good shots. The only talk during timeouts was to back your best balls. The minute we went away from the plans was when it became easier for the batters.”
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