IPL 2022: KL Rahul feels his team could have lost against KKR
Lucknow Super Giants KL Rahul plays a shot during the Indian Premier League 2022 match between Kolkata Knight Riders and Lucknow Super Giants at Dr DY Patil Sports Academy, in Mumbai on Wednesday. (ANI photo/IPL Twitter)
Mumbai: Lucknow Super Giants captain KL Rahul feels that his team could have ended up on a losing side during their thrilling encounter against Kolkata Knight Riders. A blistering century from Quinton de Kock and a scintillating half-century from KL Rahul saw LSG thrash KKR by 2 runs in a nerve-wracking IPL 2022 match at the Dr DY Patil Stadium here on Wednesday.
“I should probably pay more for games like these. We missed games like this this season. There aren’t many games that went to the last ball, maybe even a few that went to the last over Happy to be on the other side. Could have easily been on the losing side and went back home thinking we lost because of some bad cricket. Nice way to end the last match of the league season. So great of cricket The credit for making the game goes to both the teams. Can’t say we held our nerves better as it was a matter of three runs,” KL Rahul said in the post-match presentation.
“It was fantastic for Stoinis to execute those plans in the last two balls for us to win. We batted well, started well with the bat. We knew KKR would hit us hard, credit goes to them as they kept playing good shots. The only thing to do during the timeout was to support your best balls. The moment we got away from the plans, it became easy for the batsmen. Good lesson for us,” he said.
The LSG opening pair broke several records as they remained unbeaten on 210 at the end of 20 overs. Both made the highest opening stand in IPL history. Quinton de Kock remained unbeaten on 140.
He said, ‘He (de Kock) was hitting the ball so crisp and clean. What we lacked in some games was that people who were having good days were not winning us games. The guys who got to the 30s and 40s were supposed to bring us into the 80s and 90s, and that’s exactly what they did. Everyone has been brilliant, starting with Lewis, that catch was brilliant. He has been battling stomach issues for the past few weeks, in and out of the team,” said Rahul.
KKR showed a lot of courage and courage in chasing down the target by scoring 208 runs after 20 overs for just 3 runs short of the target. Shreyas Iyer scored 50 runs while Nitish Rana and Rinku Singh played fast innings of 42 and 40 runs respectively. For LSG, Moshin Khan and Marcus Stoinis took three wickets each. With this defeat, KKR are out of IPL 2022 playoff contention with 12 points to their name in all 14 league matches played.
Lucknow climbed to second place with 18 points with their victory in the high-scoring match, which had spectators at the edge of their seats.
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