In a thrilling contest, Lucknow Super Giants (LSG) managed to defeat Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) by two runs at Dr DY Patil Sports Academy in Mumbai to qualify for the playoffs in the ongoing Indian Premier League (IPL) 2022.
Chasing the massive target of 211, the Knight Riders took the game to the wire with 21 required off the final over. Rinku Singh almost sealed the deal for the two-time champions with a blistering 15-ball 40 run knock, but a screamer by Evin Lewis on the fifth ball of the final over bowled by Marcus Stoinis ended Rinku’s innings as LSG managed to beat the Knight Riders by two runs only.
Earlier, Quinton de Kock and KL Rahul destroyed the KKR bowling attack and recorded the highest partnership for the opening wicket in the history of the cash-rich league. It was also the first occasion that openers remained undefeated after a team batted first and completed 20 overs.
De Kock hit an unbeaten 140 off 70 balls while Rahul smashed 68 not out to help Lucknow post a massive 210 runs on the board in 20 overs. Previously, the record for the highest opening partnership in IPL was held by Jonny Bairstow and David Warner, who had stitched 185 for Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) against Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) in 2019.
Highest partnerships for any wicket in IPL:
- 229 – Virat Kohli and AB De Villiers, RCB v GL, Bengaluru 2016
- 215* – Virat Kohli and AB De Villiers, RCB v MI, Mumbai 2015
- 210* – KL Rahul and Quinton de Kock, LSG v KKR, Mumbai 2022
Here is how Twitter reacted:
— IndianPremierLeague (@IPL) May 18, 2022
— Vinay Kumar R (@Vinay_Kumar_R) May 18, 2022
Proper entertainment! #ipl
— Albie Morkel (@albiemorkel) May 18, 2022
— CricketTimes.com (@CricketTimesHQ) May 18, 2022
Rinku Singh…whoaaaaaa 🥳🥳🥳
— Aakash Chopra (@cricketaakash) May 18, 2022
— Krunal Pandya (@krunalpandya24) May 18, 2022
— Amit Mishra (@MishiAmit) May 18, 2022
Not the result we wanted but super proud of this effort!
— KolkataKnightRiders (@KKRiders) May 18, 2022
De Phenomenal KnOCK, @QuinnyDeKock69 🔥
Big fan from day one!!!
— Washington Sundar (@Sundarwashi5) May 18, 2022
— Wasim Jaffer (@WasimJaffer14) May 18, 2022
What a buy Quinton de Kock has been for #LSG!! This is some opening combo! Cover all bases.
— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) May 18, 2022
🤩🏏 LUCKNOW SURVIVES! What a game of cricket this was! LSG end their two-match losing streak in the most thrilling way possible.
👏 Rinku and Narine should be given credit for the fight they put on!
— The Bharat Army (@thebharatarmy) May 18, 2022
Gujarat Titans ✅
Lucknow Supergiants ✅
— ThePoppingCrease (@PoppingCreaseSA) May 18, 2022