Twitter Reacts As LSG Win Nail-Biting Thriller; Become 2nd Team To Qualify For IPL 2022 Play-Offs

Lucknow Super Giants (LSG) put on a batting masterclass in the first innings before restricting Kolkata Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) to win a thriller in the last over, knocking the latter out of contention for a playoff spot in IPL 2022.

After winning the toss, KL Rahul opted to bat first. Quinton de Kock and Rahul got the team off to a sedate start, giving an indication that the pitch wasn’t playing true. However, once the two were set, they began the assault and showed no mercy. After scoring 44 in the powerplay, the duo took on the bowlers and smashed them all around the park.

Quinton de Kock. Image: BCCI

De Kock scored his second century of a glittering IPL career off just 59 balls. He further upped the ante after reaching the milestone, eventually finishing on 140 off 70 balls. Rahul was unbeaten at the other end on 68 as LSG finished with 210/0 on the board.

In response, Kolkata needed partnerships right from the get-go but Venkatesh Iyer’s sorry season continued as he fell for a duck. Nitish Rana and Shreyas Iyer injected serious pace into the run chase before the former threw his wicket away.

Aakash Chopra not happy with performance of Nitish Rana and Shreyas Iyer
Nitish Rana and Shreyas Iyer captain of the Kolkata Knight Riders (Image Credits: Twitter)
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Things worsened when Iyer fell after scoring 50, leaving Sam Billings to do all the work. Unfortunately, his dismissal on 36 meant Andre Russell was slowly running out of partners before Mohsin Khan, the most impressive bowler on the night, sent the big West Indian back to bring down the curtains.

Or so the fans thought. Rinku Singh then combined with Sunil Narine to launch a stunning counter-attack. The duo put on 58 runs in 19 balls, bringing the equation down to 5 runs off the final 3 balls. Marcus Stoinis was under immense pressure, having conceded 16 runs in the first 3 balls.

Nitish Rana and Rinku Singh, LSG, KKR
Nitish Rana and Rinku Singh. Image: IPL/BCCI.

Out came another twist as Evin Lewis pulled off arguably the catch of the season off the penultimate ball to send Rinku back. Three runs were needed off the final ball and Stoinis nailed the yorker and bowled Umesh Yadav to send LSG into a frenzy.

The loss sends KKR out of the IPL season as they will finish with 12 points. As for Lucknow, they have a great chance of finishing in the top two depending on the Rajasthan Royals (RR) match.

Here’s how Twitter reacted to KKR vs LSG:

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