‘Bit of frustration’, says LSG’s De Kock on his century celebration

NAVI MUMBAI: After playing an explosive knock of 140 not out against Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR), the Lucknow Super Giants’ (LSG) wicketkeeper-batter Quinton de Kock said that his unique century celebration was out of frustration. A blistering century by De Kock and an attacking half-century by KL Rahul saw LSG defeat KKR in a nerve-wracking IPL match by two runs at the Dr DY Patil Stadium here on Wednesday.

“It was a bit of frustration that came out (on his aggressive century celebrations). Felt really good to come out and do well. Was trying to keep it in, but when it came out, felt good,” said De Kock in the post-match presentation.

LSG’s opening pair smashed several records as they remained unbeaten at the end of 20 overs with 210 runs on board. The duo scored the highest opening stand in IPL history. Rahul contributed 68 runs, while he enjoyed watching De Kock smash 10 sixes in his unbeaten 140.

“To be honest, not really (whether he thought the game would get so close). Obviously, they played really well, assessed conditions well and came hard at us. I thought he (Marcus Stoinis) would defend it easily. But when the first three went, I thought the game was done for us. But that catch (Evin Lewis took to dismiss Rinku Singh) turned things (around) for us. As they say, good catches win matches,” said De Kock.

Chasing 211, KKR needed 21 runs off the last over, where Rinku Singh smashed 18 runs off 4 balls. He was then caught by Lewis and LSG ended up winning the game by two runs. KKR showed a lot of heart and courage in their chase as they clocked 208 runs in 20 overs. Shreyas Iyer scored 50 while Nitish Rana and Rinku played quickfire knocks of 42 and 40 respectively. For LSG, Moshin Khan and Stoinis scalped three wickets each.

With this loss, KKR are out of IPL 2022 playoffs contention with 12 points against their name from 14 matches. Lucknow climbed to the second spot with 18 points to confirm a place in the playoffs, alongside fellow debutants Gujarat Titans.