LSG pull off last-ball win to eliminate KKR and qualify for playoffs

Marcus Stoinis celebrates winning against Kolkata Knight Riders. (BCCI/IPL/PTI Photo)In a high-scoring match, Lucknow Super Giants managed to hold their nerve to beat Kolkata Knight Riders by just two runs at the DY Patil Stadium in Mumbai on Wednesday. The win ensured that Lucknow became the second side after Gujarat Titans to make the playoffs with 18 points. AS IT HAPPENED | SCORECARD | POINTS TABLEChasing 211 runs for victory, KKR put up a brave fight ending up with 208/8, finishing their campaign with 12 points. KKR went in for a sixth opening pair this season, but lost both debutant Abhijeet Tomar, coming in for the injured Ajinkya Rahane, and Venkatesh Iyer to Mohsin Khan cheaply. However, skipper Shreyas Iyer and Sam Billings did give the charge but the former perished after making a 29-ball 50 as Marcus Stoinis, who had a great game with the ball, broke a dangerous 40-ball 66-run fourth-wicket stand. 1/11In Pics, IPL 2022 Match 66: De Kock, Rahul help Lucknow seal play-off spot Previous NextShow CaptionsCenturion Quinton de Kock and skipper KL Rahul put on the IPL’s highest ever opening stand of 210 to help Lucknow Super Giants book a play-off spot with a thrilling two-run win over Kolkata Knight Riders on Wednesday. (BCCI/IPL Photo)Kolkata’s Rinku Singh nearly pulled off victory in Mumbai with his 15-ball 40 but his departure on the penultimate ball saw Kolkata finish on 208-8 and bow out of the final-four race. (BCCI/IPL/PTI Photo)Marcus Stoinis defended 21 off the final over despite Rinku Singh’s four and two sixes to start but he fell to a stunning one-handed catch by Evin Lewis as the fielder came running from deep backward point. (BCCI/IPL/PTI Photo)De Kock hit 140 off 70 balls laced with 10 sixes and Rahul made 68 off 51 deliveries after Lucknow elected to bat first. (BCCI/IPL/PTI Photo)De Kock was unforgiving on the bowlers as he smashed Tim Southee for four hit over the fence in a 27-run 19th over and then hit Andre Russell for four fours in the 20th. (BCCI/IPL/PTI Photo)De Kock survived a dropped catch on 12 and went on to score his second IPL century and dropped to the ground in an emotional celebration. (BCCI/IPL/PTI Photo)De Kock and Rahul also surpassed the previous best first innings partnership of 185 between Jonny Bairstow and David Warner for Sunrisers Hyderabad in 2019. (BCCI/IPL/PTI Photo)Kolkata lost openers Venkatesh Iyer for nought, Abhijeet Tomar (4) and Andre Russell (5), to Mohsin Khan who returned figures of 3-20. (BCCI/IPL/PTI Photo)Kolkata lost wickets and hope after contributions by Nitish Rana (42), skipper Shreyas Iyer (50) and Sam Billings’ 36. (BCCI/IPL/PTI Photo)But Rinku Singh and Sunil Narine, who made a 7-ball 21, took Lucknow by surprise with a partnership of 58 off 19 balls. (BCCI/IPL/PTI Photo)Stoinis held his nerve to get Rinku and then bowled Umesh Yadav on the final ball to trigger wild celebrations in the Lucknow camp. (BCCI/IPL/PTI Photo)After Andre Russell failed to fire, Rinku Singh brought the side close to an unlikely win with a 15-ball 40 but ultimately failed to spoil the night, which definitely belonged to Quinton de Kock. Shreyas must have thought they were on course as LSG made a slow start, getting just 44 runs in the Powerplay. But both Rahul and his opening partner De Kock paced the innings well, raising the tempo to collect 88 runs in the last five overs to walk into the record books, finishing up with 210 for no loss, the highest-ever opening wicket stand in the IPL. De Kock also sounded a warning to the Indian side weeks before the South African side’s scheduled visit to the country for a T20I series by hitting his second IPL ton and remaining undefeated on 140 off 70 balls. He did wear his luck on the sleeves when Tomar dropped a mistimed skier at third man off Umesh Yadav when the opener was on 12 only. Billings too dropped a sharp chance off Sunil Narine when De Kock was on 68, but all these could never distract the South African who threw his arms at anything that was bowled short. De Kock opened up fully after getting his back-to-back half-century against KKR, this time off 36 balls. He spoiled Varun Chakravarthy’s figures hitting him for two sixes and one four in his last over after finding a six reverse sweeping Narine in the previous over. The left-hander pulled Andre Russell for a six and then cut him for a four to get his second IPL century in just 59 balls, the last 50 coming off just 23 balls. He finished with a flourish by taking Tim Southee to the cleaners hitting him for three consecutive sixes. FOLLOW US ON SOCIAL MEDIAFacebookTwitterInstagramKOO APPYOUTUBE