The Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) run ended in sensational fashion on Wednesday after a 2-Run loss to Lucknow Super Giants (LSG). Chasing a massive 210-run target at Mumbai’s DY Patil Stadium, Shreyas Iyer & Co was restricted to 208/8 in 20 increments. On the other hand, LSG led by KL Rahul became the second Indian Premier League (IPL) 2022 team to qualify for the playoffs.
KKR appeared to be in a position to cross the finish line when Rinku Singh sparked the chase with his powerful kick in the final. With 21 required from the last six balls, the right kick started with a bound outside the first ball and followed it up with a few max.
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When the equation was reduced to the required 3 from the last 2, Rinku went to finish things with another shot from the area but Evin Lewis managed to finish off a strong KKR game. Marcus Stones, who was bowling the 20y Then he hit the last nail in the coffin cleaning up Umesh Yadav in search of a golden duck.
It was a truly heartbreaking loss for Kolkata as the victory would have kept his hopes alive. But captain Shreyas Iyer was not disappointed with the way his team played in their last league game. Speaking on the post-match show, the KKR captain admitted that it was one of the best matches he’s ever played.
I don’t feel sad at all. That was one of the best cricket games I’ve played. The way we have to deal with our character and attitude was simply wonderful. I love how Renko got us to the end, but unfortunately I couldn’t time when there were two balls left, it was really sad. I was hoping he could finish the match for us and he could have been the champion, but he still plays a great kick and I’m really happy for him,” Iyer told broadcasters.
“When we got in, I never thought it would play that way because it was dry and the grass wasn’t wet. I thought it would be a little help for the spinners but once they start going. LSG took over the bowlers and got the overall average. It was a do-or-die situation. For us, even after losing two blades in the powerplay, our mentality was to go chase and close as much as possible and put them under pressure. It’s been a choppy season for us, we’ve started great but we’ve lost five games in a row and I personally feel like we did a lot of chop and change, we had to Doing it because of the hits and the form, but we also got to know players like Renko.
KKR may be out of the knockout race but they made it tough for the Sunrisers Hyderabad and Punjab Kings. Quick turns helped Kolkata improve its net run rate and jump to sixth place. On the other hand, Punjab and Hyderabad have negative NRR reports which may be a concern for them.
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