Kolkata Knight Riders are out of the race to the playoffs after being defeated by the Lucknow Super Giants in match 66 of IPL 2022. While KKR will pack their bags for home, Lucknow will pack their bags to fly to Kolkata where the playoffs will be held. With this win, the Super Giants have secured a top two spot in the table.
This was one of the best games of the season so far in terms of the thrill involved. Batting first, the Super Giants posted a total of 210 runs on the board without losing any wickets. Quinton de Kock scored an unbeaten 140 off just 70 balls at a strike rate of 200. His majestic knock was laced with ten boundaries and as many maximums. De Kock's opening partner KL Rahul, meanwhile, remained unbeaten on 68 off 51.
Tim Southee and Andre Russell were KKR's worst bowlers on the day. Southee gave away 57 runs in his four overs while Russell conceded 45 in three overs.
Chasing 211 to win, KKR got off to a poor start, losing both their openers for within three overs. But Nitish Rana and captain Shreyas Iyer scored 42 and 50 each to bring momentum to the side. Down the order, Rinku Singh and Sunil Narine played terrific knocks to take the game to the last ball before KKR eventually lost by two runs. Rinku Singh scored 40 off just 15 while Narine hit 21 off 7.
This is the end of the IPL 2022 journey for KKR. LSG will next be seen in action on May 25 in the playoffs.
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