KKR's Berserk Show Takes CSK To Top-2; LSG On Brink Of Getting Knocked Out
Jason Roy & Venkatesh Iyer gave KKR a blistering start (AP Photo)
Hum To Dubenge Sanam Tumko Bhi Le Dubenge (If we go down, we will take you with us) - Kolkata Knight Riders came with this approach in their last league stage fixture of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2023 against Lucknow Super Giants on Saturday. Thanks to the Knight Riders, who have surpassed the 80-run mark in the chase - LSG won't be able to finish with a Net Run Rate over Chennai's 0.652, meaning the Super Kings have secured the second spot on the points table.
Furthermore, the Nitish Rana-led unit might also end Lucknow's dream of qualifying for the playoffs.
Chasing the target of 177 runs, KKR openers Jason Roy and Venkatesh Iyer started off positively by putting the Lucknow bowlers in the back seat, especially Mohsin Khan and Naveen-ul-Haq.
Captain Krunal Pandya's no-trick worked as the chasers got to 59 for zilch after the first five overs, but a tight over from Krishnappa Gowtham removed the southpaw in the sixth over.
The spinning ploy continued to work for the visiting team as Ravi Bishnoi and skipper Pandya removed a couple more wickets, getting ahead in the game. Yash Thakur, furthermore, pushed another nail for the Super Giants.
At the time of writing, KKR have the duo of Rinku Singh and Andre Russell in the middle, but the required run rate has jumped high to the ceiling. Just like this, they let the game slip off their hands in the first innings, as skipper Nitish Rana brought his spinners into the attack against Nicholas Pooran at a stage when pacers were doing all the talking for them.