LSG also reached the play-offs, beating KKR by 1 run in a very exciting match
The match was played between Kolkata Knight Riders and Lucknow Super Giants at Eden Gardens. In this very exciting match, they won by one run from Lucknow Super Giants and confirmed their place in the playoffs. Rinku Singh’s brilliant innings could not win Kolkata.
The 68th league match of IPL 2023 was played between Kolkata Knight Riders and Lucknow Super Giants at Eden Gardens, Kolkata where Lucknow Super Giants won the final match by just one run to seal their place in the playoffs. Lucknow Super Giants won the match by one run on the last ball. Rinku Singh’s inning of 61 runs for Kolkata Knight Riders also could not win the team and with this Kolkata’s journey in IPL ended.
Even after this win, Lucknow Super Giants remain at the third position in the points table while Chennai Super Kings continue to dominate the second position. However, the Kolkata team made a great start to chase the target of Lucknow. Jason Roy and Venkatesh Iyer shared a formidable partnership scoring 61 runs in 5.5 overs during the power play. This strong partnership was broken by Krishnappa Gautam and dismissed Venkatesh for 24 runs. After this, captain Nitish Rana also could not give a good hold to the team and then Jason Roy also returned to the pavilion, who scored 45 runs in 28 balls. After this the team could not get strength and the wickets of the team kept falling continuously. There was an occasion when the team had lost seven wickets for 136 runs. But the Kolkata team seemed far away from victory.
Although Rinku Singh pulled the match till the last over in his familiar style. Rinku Singh once again showed his stormy innings and played a strong inning of 67 runs. Kolkata needed just 21 runs to win in the final over, which looked like a left-handed play for Rinku. Only three runs were scored in the first three balls. 18 runs were needed from the last three balls. But Rinku Singh could score only 6 runs and lost the match by one run.
Lucknow’s innings was like this
Kolkata Knight Riders captain Nitish Rana won the toss and decided to bowl first. Nicholas Pooran’s 30-ball 58 and Ayush Badoni’s 47-ball 74 for the sixth wicket helped Lucknow Supergiants bounce back after faltering in the middle overs in the Indian Premier League T20 match. Returning, scored a challenging score of 176 runs for eight wickets. Puran hit four fours and five sixes in his innings. Badoni hit two fours and a six in his 21-ball innings.
Earlier, opener Quinton Dickock (28 off 27 balls) and Prerak Mankad (26 off 20 balls) added 41 runs for the second wicket. For KKR, Vaibhav Arora (30 runs in four overs), Sunil Narine (28 runs in four overs) and Shardul Thakur (27 runs in two overs) took two wickets each. After playing cautiously in the first two overs, Dickock opened his hand in the third over with a six over Harshit Rana (1/21 in three overs) but the bowler made a brilliant comeback by dismissing Karan Sharma (three) in the same over. . Dickock also hit a six against Vaibhav, while Mankad (26) hit three fours against Harshit and two fours against Varun Chakraborty (1/38 in four overs). The team’s score in the power play went up to 54 for one wicket. Vaibhav gave the team a big breakthrough in the next over by walking Mankad and Marcus Stoinis (0) inside two balls.
Captain Krunal Pandya (nine) hit a six against Shardul but was caught in the spin of Narine in the 10th over. Chakraborty got Dickock caught by Russell in the next over. Due to which KKR’s score went from 55 runs for one wicket to 73 runs for five wickets. However, it had no effect on Puran who came to the crease. After hitting Chakraborty for consecutive fours and sixes in this over, he welcomed this bowler with a six in the 13th over as well. While Ayush Badoni was playing cautiously from one end, Puran took an aggressive approach from the other end and hit a six and a four against Suyyash in the 15th over. KKR bowlers now focused on stopping runs but Badoni increased the run rate by hitting a four and a six against Narine in the 18th over.
However, he was caught by Shardul on the last ball of the over. In the next over, Puran hit a six off consecutive balls against Shardul and completed his half-century in 28 balls. However, he got caught by Venkatesh in an attempt to hit a hat-trick six on the third ball of the over. Shardul also bowled Ravi Bishnoi (two runs) in the same over. Krishnappa Gautam hit a six and a four against Andre Russell on the last two balls to take the team’s score to 175.
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