Quanton de Kock and skipper KL Rahul helped the Lucknow Super Giants secure a playoff spot with a two-run win over Kolkata Knight Riders on Wednesday, along with IPL’s highest opening 210 runs. While the Lucknow openers were intimidating with Willow, Kolkata’s Rinku Singh crossed the finish line. The 24-year-old batted on 40 off 15 balls but was bowled by Kolkata in the final delivery. Full coverage of IPL 2022
Chasing 211 for victory, the two-time IPL winner was out of the top-four for 208 runs for eight wickets. Nitish Rana (42) and captain Shreyas Iyer (50) tried to keep Kolkata alive in the chasing but after the pair’s departure the team was in a tricky spot. However, Rinku and Sunil Narine shared a 58-run stand with Dagout. Kolkata needed 21 runs in the last over by Marcus Stonis.
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Rinku hit a boundary and two sixes but his superb grab from Evin Lewis ended up staying in the crease of Kolkata defenders. After riding to the Lucknow Playoff and destroying Kolkata’s top-four hopes, Rinku was caught on camera.
Under new captain Shreyas Iyer, Kolkata ended the season with eight defeats and six wins in 14 matches. But Rinku’s fireworks gave the team fans a souvenir. He signed with a memorable 40 runs with two fours and four highs.
Despite the defeat, Kolkata captain Shreyas Iyer felt his team had shown enough character. He singled out Rinku for his batting exploits.
“I’m not feeling any sadness because it’s one of the best games of cricket I’ve played, to be honest,” Shreyas said in a post-match presentation. “I love the way Rinku brought us to the end … He was really sad. I hoped he could finish the game for us. He could be the hero. Still, he played a fantastic knock and I’m really happy for him.
Outgoing Kolkata coach Brendon McCullum also praised Rinku, saying the franchise will invest in leading young players. “Rinku is a player who will invest in KKR over the next few years, no doubt and he will really see progress and will probably challenge for more honors,” McCullum told reporters after the narrow defeat of Kolkata.
“Not many people will be able to bat in the middle order and they’ll be able to try to pull games off the fire like they did to us on a couple of occasions,” he said.