In a thrilling contest, Lucknow Super Giants (LSG) managed to defeat Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) by two runs at Dr DY Patil Sports Academy in Mumbai to qualify for the playoffs in the ongoing Indian Premier League (IPL) 2022.

Chasing the massive target of 211, the Knight Riders took the game to the wire with 21 required off the final over. Rinku Singh almost sealed the deal for the two-time champions with a blistering 15-ball 40 run knock, but a screamer by Evin Lewis on the fifth ball of the final over bowled by Marcus Stoinis ended Rinku’s innings as LSG managed to beat the Knight Riders by two runs only.

Earlier, Quinton de Kock and KL Rahul destroyed the KKR bowling attack and recorded the highest partnership for the opening wicket in the history of the cash-rich league. It was also the first occasion that openers remained undefeated after a team batted first and completed 20 overs.

De Kock hit an unbeaten 140 off 70 balls while Rahul smashed 68 not out to help Lucknow post a massive 210 runs on the board in 20 overs. Previously, the record for the highest opening partnership in IPL was held by Jonny Bairstow and David Warner, who had stitched 185 for Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) against Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) in 2019.

Highest partnerships for any wicket in IPL:

229 – Virat Kohli and AB De Villiers, RCB v GL, Bengaluru 2016
215* – Virat Kohli and AB De Villiers, RCB v MI, Mumbai 2015
210* – KL Rahul and Quinton de Kock, LSG v KKR, Mumbai 2022

Here is how Twitter reacted:

#LSG become the second team to qualify for the #TATAIPL 2022 Playoffs πŸŽ‰

β€” IndianPremierLeague (@IPL) May 18, 2022

This is cricket my friend! Anything can happen here. That’s the beauty of this game. So many emotions were involved. #KKRvsLSG #IPL2022

β€” Vinay Kumar R (@Vinay_Kumar_R) May 18, 2022

Proper entertainment! #ipl

β€” Albie Morkel (@albiemorkel) May 18, 2022


β€” (@CricketTimesHQ) May 18, 2022

Rinku Singh…whoaaaaaa πŸ₯³πŸ₯³πŸ₯³

β€” Aakash Chopra (@cricketaakash) May 18, 2022

Putting the β€˜Ton’ in Quinton! What a superstar! What a player πŸ’― πŸ”₯ Well played Brotherman πŸ‘ @QuinnyDeKock69

β€” Krunal Pandya (@krunalpandya24) May 18, 2022

Heart goes out to Rinku Singh who played splendidly and got out to hell of a good catch. What a brave innings little boy. More coming in your way. #LSGvsKKR #TATAIPL

β€” Amit Mishra (@MishiAmit) May 18, 2022


Not the result we wanted but super proud of this effort!

π˜Όπ™–π™ π™π™§π™ž 𝙧π™ͺ𝙣 𝙩𝙖𝙠, π™–π™–π™ π™π™§π™ž 𝙙π™ͺ𝙒 𝙩𝙖𝙠… forever! πŸ’œ#AmiKKR #KKRvLSG #IPL2022

β€” KolkataKnightRiders (@KKRiders) May 18, 2022

De Phenomenal KnOCK, @QuinnyDeKock69 πŸ”₯
Big fan from day one!!!

β€” Washington Sundar (@Sundarwashi5) May 18, 2022

De Kock and KL returning to the dressing room #LSGvsKKR #IPL2022

β€” Wasim Jaffer (@WasimJaffer14) May 18, 2022

What a buy Quinton de Kock has been for #LSG!! This is some opening combo! Cover all bases.

β€” Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) May 18, 2022

🀩🏏 LUCKNOW SURVIVES! What a game of cricket this was! LSG end their two-match losing streak in the most thrilling way possible.

πŸ‘ Rinku and Narine should be given credit for the fight they put on!

πŸ“Έ IPL β€’ #KKRvLSG #LSGvKKR #IPL #IPL2022 #TATAIPL #BharatArmy

β€” The Bharat Army (@thebharatarmy) May 18, 2022

Gujarat Titans βœ…
Lucknow Supergiants βœ…

Both teams have now qualified for the playoffs, who will take the final 2 spots? #IPL2022 #LSGvsKKR

β€” ThePoppingCrease (@PoppingCreaseSA) May 18, 2022

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