Recent Match Report – Super Giants vs KKR 66th Match 2022

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Lucknow Super Giants 210 for 0 (de Kock 140*, Rahul 68*) beat Kolkata Knight Riders 208 for 8 (Shreyas 50, Rinku 40, Mohsin 3-20) by two runs

So there was this dude who scored an unbeaten 140, and yet the match-winning knock could have been 40 off 15

This is the magic of T20. Lucknow Super Giants batted their entire innings without losing a single wicket, with Quinton de Kock scoring his second IPL century, but it could have become a footnote because Rinku Singh, with 21 to get in the last over, went 4, 6, 6, against Marcus Stoinis.

Kolkata Knight Riders were having a day, picking up no wickets but losing two in their first three overs, their chances of victory see-sawing between 96.03% and 0.35%.

Rinku took them to the brink of a truly ridiculous result. But, in the middle of a game that should have been Super Giants’ but now slipping away rapidly, which is right up there as the worst kind of pressure, Stoinis defended 4 off 3 by picking up two wickets in two balls. One of them was a barely believable catch from Evin Lewis that will go down in IPL folklore. What a way to seal your place in the playoffs.

The takedown
de Kock decimated Knight Riders’ mystery spinners, striking at a rate of 183 against Sunil Narine and Varun Chakravarthy.

The trick – and such a simple one it was too – was his ability to sweep the ball. Wary of bowling too full and playing into that strength, both bowlers pulled their lengths back. But that was the whole point of de Kock’s plan because if there is one shot he plays even better than the sweep it is the pull.

de Kock toyed with the mystery spinners the way they usually toy with opposition batters, sowing doubt in their minds and making them second-guess themselves.

The acceleration
On the occasion of de Kock playing his 50th Test match, his coach Mark Boucher said he would go on to play 100 more. As it turned out, he retired after just four more. Test cricket’s loss has been franchise cricket’s gain as de Kock exhibited that most coveted of all batting skills: the ability to take down the opposition’s best bowlers.

He was particularly brutal on KKR’s designated death bowler Andre Russell, carving him up for 42 runs in only 15 balls, including five fours and two sixes.

Upon getting his century, de Kock crumpled to his knees, first holding his head in his hands and then punching the DY Patil Stadium turf.

But he still wasn’t done. From 60 off 44, he ransacked 80 off 26. Nobody could stop him. Not until he’d made his highest score in T20 cricket, set the record for the highest opening partnership in IPL history, and ensured for only the fourth time that a team batting first had completed its full quota of overs without losing a single wicket.

Batting in de Kock’s slipstream, KL Rahul made his 34th fifty-plus score in 99 IPL innings and completed 500 runs in a season for the fifth successive time.

Alagappan Muthu is a sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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