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IPL 2023, KKR vs LSG: Pooran overpowers Rinku's cameo; LSG qualify for playoffs

IPL 2023, Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) vs Lucknow Super Giants (LSG): Nicholas Pooran's 58, Ravi Bishnoi's 2-23 and Rinku Singh's 67 are top performances. LSG beat KKR and qualify for playoffs for the 2nd straight time.

IPL 2023, KKR vs LSG, Top Performances_ Nicholas Pooran's 58 off 30 help LSG put a solid total on board; LSG beat KKR _ Walking wicket (Images_ ©IPL_Twitter)
Pooran's 58 off 30 help LSG put a solid total on board (Images: ©IPL/Twitter)

Brief Scores: LSG 176/8 (Nicholas Pooran 58, Quinton de Kock 28, Sunil Narine 2/28) beat KKR 175/7 (Rinku Singh 67 not out, Jason Roy 45, Ravi Bishnoi 2/23) by 1 run.

Player of the match: Nicholas Pooran (58 off 30)

Lucknow Super Giants (LSG) won a thriller by 1 run against Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) in IPL 2023 on Saturday to seal their play-off berth. Rinku Singh had almost spoiled LSG's party, when he threatened to chase down 41 runs off the last 12 balls, but fell short by 1 run to level the score. With this win, LSG are placed third in the points table and will play the Eliminator. KKR are knocked out of the tournament.

Lucknow beat Kolkata by a run to seal play-off berth

Rana rushes in to throw the opening pitch of the game, and Sharma gets things started with a single. The next player is Nicholas Pooran, and he is off to an explosive start! Varun has hit two fours and a six already. Kolkata must use extreme caution; they cannot allow this individual to reside there. Before Krunal Pandya and Quinton de Kock died playing the slog-sweep to Sunil Narine and Varun Chakravarthy, respectively, LSG had lost three wickets, including the key one of Stoinis. LSG scored 176/8 in 20 overs.

Let's cut to the chase: Jason Roy and Venkatesh Iyer were KKR's top two starters. Mohsin Khan will launch the assault. Roy hits Krunal Pandya for a four to start the third over as he steps up to bowl. To divide the two fielders inside the circle, the stroke was perfect. In order to meet their 63-ball requirement, KKR needed over 12 from each over, which increased the strain. It was time for the 19th, and Rinku put up a fight. From the first two balls of Naveen, he hit two double boundaries. KKR ultimately lost the most intriguing game.

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Talking points: The Nicholas Pooran Show

Nicholas Pooran’s knock of 58 salvaged LSG innings from destruction. On a slow track, LSG had lost half of their XI by the half-way mark for just 73 runs. He didn’t condemn his attacking style and played one of the best IPL innings of his career. His 58 took LSG to a competitive score of 176 from where LSG could make a defense and win by a run to book a play-off berth.

Pooran guides LSG to 176/8

Asked to bat first, LSG openers struggled to get going as KKR bowled tight line and length. Opener Karan Sharma fell for 3 as he mistimed a pull to Shardul Thakur at mid-wicket off Harshit Rana’s bowling. There was a mini-recovery with the other opener Quinton de Kock and No 3 Prerak Mankad going after KKR bowlers. The two posted a 41-run stand in 4 overs before two wickets fell in quick succession. Vaibhav Arora dismissed Mankad for 26 and Marcus Stoinis for a 2-ball duck to seize the momentum. LSG fell under further trouble when they lost captain Krunal Pandya (9) and de Kock (28) in the space of three balls. It brought Nicholas Pooran to the middle, and he smashed 2 fours and 1 six off the first three balls he faced against Varun Chakravarthy. Pooran made 58 off 30 balls to help LSG score 176/6.

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Rinku’s knock goes in vain

KKR fielded another new pair of openers in Jason Roy and Venkatesh Iyer. The move paid rich dividends as the two posted a stand of 61 runs in 5.5 overs. Both the openers destroyed start with. Iyer cracked 2 fours and 1 six off the first over bowled by Mohsin Khan. Roy repeated the same sequence of boundaries in the next over bowled by Naveen-ul-Haq. LSG captain Krunal brought himself in, and was taken for three straight fours by Roy. However, LSG bounced back by dismissing Iyer for 24 off K Gowtham’s bowling.