Kolkata Knight Riders team played the last league match of IPL 2023 against Lucknow Super Giants. On Saturday (May 20) at the Eden Gardens, Lucknow narrowly defeated Kolkata by 1 run. After this defeat, KKR team’s journey in the tournament came to an end. Also, Lucknow entered the play-offs. However, KKR’s explosive batsman Rinku Singh shined brightly. He batted with a storm while chasing the challenge of 176 runs. Lucknow captain Krunal Pandya also became a fan of his batting.
Lucknow Super Giants (Lucknow Super Giants) team had built a mountain of 176 runs losing 8 wickets in 20 overs while batting first. While chasing this challenge, Rinku Singh (Rinku Singh) scored the most runs from the Kolkata Knight Riders team. Batting at number five, he scored an unbeaten 67 off 33 balls. He also hit 4 sixes and 6 fours during this run. This time his strike rate was 203.03. Rinku also hit a six off the last ball of the innings, but KKR failed to score 1 run. After this match, Krunal Pandya praised Rinku.
‘We never gave up’
The Lucknow captain said, “We never gave up. We were under a lot of pressure. However, the credit goes to the players of the team. At one point he was 61 for 1. However, at this level, we felt that just two or three confusing overs could change the course of the game. There was also an advantage for the spinners.”
Commentary on Rinku
While praising Rinku, Krunal said, “It has been a very special year for Rinku. When he’s in every game, you can’t take him lightly. Today he showed it again. However, it turned out to be a high pressure situation for them to execute their plans properly while bowling in the last over. I was talking to my bowlers after every ball. I asked them to implement their plans. But if the batsman is playing the shot, there is nothing we can do.”
‘Yash Thakur was confident’
On the decision to give Yash Thakur the 20th over, Krunal said, “I go with my gut feeling. There was some reverse swing in the previous match, so I went with Mohsin. Today I went with Yash. Because, the pitch was slow and he was confident after a few good overs.”
With this win, the Lucknow team has reached the eliminator match on May 24. Now it will be important to see which team they face in this match. (kkr vs lsg you cant take it easy skipper krunal pandya praised rinku singh batting gave reason for yash thakur 20th over)