Kolkata Knight Riders vs Lucknow Super Giants IPL 2022 Highlights: Quinton de Kock slammed 140, while KL Rahul scored 68 as Lucknow piled 210/0 after opting to bat.

LSG vs KKR, Match Review:

Lucknow Super Giants (LSG) became the second side to qualify for the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2022 play-offs. They defeated Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) by two runs in a final over thriller at the DY Patil Stadium on Wednesday. After opting to bat first, Quinton de Kock and KL Rahul got off to a solid start. The pair remained unbeaten till the 20th over as De Kock slammed 140(70). Rahul scored 68*(51) as Lucknow piled a gigantic 210/0 on the board.

In response, KKR got off to a worst possible start. Mohsin Khan packed openers Venkatesh Iyer and Abhishek Tomar inside the powerplay overs. However, Nitish Rana and Shreyas Iyer added quick runs and kept KKR in the hunt. Rana’s innings came to end on 42(22), while Iyer chipped in with a 29-ball 50. Sam Billings was stumped on 36(24) and big man Andre Russell fell cheaply on 5(11).

However, Rinku Singh ensured KKR stay in hunt as he combined with Sunil Narine to push the match in the final over bowled by Marcus Stoinins. It took a one-handed beauty by Evin Lewis as Rinku’s cameo came to an end on 40(15). With three required of the final ball, Stonis cleaned up Umesh Yadav as KKR fell short by two runs in the end. 

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Post-Match Presentation:

Quinton de Kock is the PLAYER OF THE MATCH for his sensational knock of 140* off just 70 balls. De Kock is first asked about the catch he took early in the chase and says that he just tried to get back on the field and get on with his job and the catch just stuck. Mentions that it was just a bit of frustration that came out tonight and the last few games didn’t go his way, he tried to keep it in but he let go in the end. Adds that he thought Kolkata would struggle to get near the target but they came out and played great cricket and got very close. About the last over, he says that it got nervy after the first few deliveries. Shares that he was losing hope but then came the catch from Evin Lewis and catches win matches.

KL Rahul, the winning captain of Lucknow, says that they have missed games like these this season and he is happy to be on the other side. Adds that they could have been so easily on the other side of the result. Tells that it’s a good way to finish their last league game. Credits both the teams for making such a brilliant game of cricket. Mentions that those last two balls, Stoinis executed the plan and that was brilliant. Feels that they played really well and is delighted with the batting effort. Further says that they knew Kolkata will come hard and he credits them for hitting the big shots. Calls it good learning for them and feels that this win will bring the team together. Opines that such close games remind you that the game is not over till the last ball. Smiles and says that he was a spectator today in the last 3 overs while batting, as Quinton de Kock took charge and it was an incredible knock. Adds that de Kock has been batting so well this season. Feels that this was lacking in their game as the guys who are in good touch were not winning them the games. Praises Mohsin Khan and calls him exceptional, who has got great skills and uses his variations very cleverly. Tells that he has no doubt that Mohsin Khan will be donning the India jersey soon.

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