Lucknow Super Giants beat Kolkata Knight Riders by two runs in a last-ball thriller to qualify for the IPL 2022 play offs on Wednesday (May 18). Quinton de Kock smashed the very best score of the ongoing season, an unbeaten 140 off 70 balls, whereas skipper KL Rahul hit 68 off 51 because the opening duo shared the highest ever partnership in IPL to take LSG to a challenging 210 for no loss.
In reply, KKR fell short by just two runs, scoring 208 for 8 in 20 overs with Evin Lewis taking a surprising catch to turn the match on the head.
LSG mentor Gautam Gambhir was a bag full of emotions as he celebrated in an animated manner after his team clinched the last-over nervy thriller.
Watch Gautam Gambhir reaction video below:
What a great match __
Always loving your agression Mr.Gambhir_ #gautamgambhir #KKRvsLSG pic.twitter.com/Tt4mWFedWj
— Gautian Harshit (@GautianHarshit) May 18, 2022
Earlier, blistering ton by Quinton de Kock and an attacking half-century by KL Rahul powered Lucknow Super Giants to a mammoth 210/0.
Lucknow Super Giants` opening pair smashed several information as they remained unbeaten at the end of 20 overs with over 200 runs on board.
They scored the highest opening stand in IPL history. Quinton de Kock remained unbeaten with a swashbuckling 140. Opting to bat first, Lucknow couldn’t have requested for a greater begin as Rahul and Quinton de Kock played aggressively and gathered 83 runs in first 10 overs.
They smashed clueless KKR bowlers throughout the ground and kept on piling runs via brilliant stroke play. de Kock brought up his half-century within the 12th over of the match. The team reached 100-run mark in the 13th over. Rahul`s half-century came up in 44 balls. At the end of the 15th over, LSG have been 122-0, with de Kock (69*) and KL Rahul (52*) on the crease.
The 150-run partnership was reached in the 18th over of the innings.de Kock smashed a superb century in 60 balls. He targeted Tim Southee for three sixes and hit Andre Russell for big four fours. de Kock was at 140* whereas Rahul was unbeaten at 68 at the end of 20 overs.
With agency inputs
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