Lucknow Super Giants captain KL Rahul praised his opening partner Quinton de Kock for a spectacular 140 that didn’t come from just 70 balls. de Kock was named man-of-the-match for his innings after LSG defeated Kolkata Knight Riders by 2 runs to secure a play-off spot in IPL 2022.
KL Rahul, who made an unbeaten 68 in a 210 run unbroken tie with de Kock, said he was just a spectator when his partner took on the KKR bowlers.
“I was a spectator in the last few overs today. Quintom hit the ball so sharp and cleanly. What we missed in some games was that the guys who had good days didn’t win us games,” KL Rahul told Sterren Sports. “Guys turning 30 and 40 were supposed to get us 80 and 90, and that’s exactly what he did.”
KL Rahul said exciting matches like the one against KKR LSG would give a lot of confidence to go into the play-offs and said it was a good way to finish the competition phase.
“I should probably be paid more for these kinds of games. We would have missed these kinds of games this season. There haven’t been many games that went to the last ball, maybe a few that went to the last,” said Rahul. †
“Happy to be on the other side. Could have easily been on the losing side and went home thinking we’d lost to bad cricket. A good way to end the last game of the league season .
“Thank you to both teams for making such a brilliant game of cricket. I can’t say we held our nerves any better as it was a matter of three runs. For Stoinis to execute those plans in the last two balls to give us the win was brilliant,” he said.
KL Rahul is the second highest points scorer in IPL 2022 after breaking the 500 point mark for the fifth consecutive season.
KL Rahul led Lucknow Super Giants from the front and added a record-breaking unbroken 210 for the opening wicket on Wednesday with Quinton de Kock.
de Kock, who hit an unbeaten 140 from 70 balls, recorded the third highest individual score in the Indian Premier League.
KL Rahul was also sharp with his bowling changes, thanks to Mohsin Khan after he bowled his 4 overs for 20 runs and 3 wickets.
Marcus Stoinis was also brilliant with the ball and took 3 wickets in 2 overs including 2 wickets in the last over of the match to negate the Kolkata Knight Riders victory.
KKR needed 3 runs from the last two balls, but Stoinis, who had gotten 18 runs in four balls before that, sent Rinku Singh and Umesh Yadav off to score a sensational victory.