Quinton de Kock smashed the third-highest individual score
in IPL history as the Lucknow Super Giants edged out the Kolkata Knight Riders
in an IPL classic at the DY Patil Stadium in Mumbai. De Kock scored an
incredible 140* from 70 deliveries to take Lucknow to 210, a total they barely
defended by the skin of their teeth as Kolkata fell just two runs short of the
target after some phenomenal contributions from Nitish Rana, Shreyas Iyer and
With this victory, the Super Giants secured their passage to
the final four and kept their hopes of a top-two finish alive while also
knockout out the Kolkata Knight Riders, who remain stuck in sixth place with 12
Plenty of records tumbled in the first innings after the
Lucknow Super Giants won the toss and chose to bat. KL Rahul and Quinton de
Kock shared the highest opening partnership in IPL history and also became the
first pair in the IPL to bat through the entire 20 overs in an innings.
Rahul and de Kock got off to a steady start in the
powerplay, adding 44 runs in the first six overs, and the runs continued to
flow once the field spread out. After being dropped early on by the debutant
Abhijeet Tomar, de Kock effortlessly switched through the gears while KL Rahul
got started with consecutive sixes against Tim Southee.
After scoring 122 runs in the first 15, the real
acceleration came in the final five overs that saw Lucknow clobber an
incredible 88 runs. 71 of those runs came from the bat of Quinton de Kock, who
started his assault with two sixes and a four against Varun Chakravarthy before
creaming three consecutive sixes against Tim Southee. De Kock also hit six
boundaries in Andre Russell’s two overs at the death, notching his second IPL
century and taking Lucknow to a formidable target of 210
In reply, the Kolkata Knight Riders got off to the worst
start imaginable, with Mohsin Khan removing both openers in his first two
overs. Quinton de Kock took a flying one-hander to dismiss Venkatesh Iyer for a
four-ball duck, while Abhijeet Tomas miscued a wild slog to mid-on. However,
Nitish Rana and Shreyas Iyer launched a swift counter-attack after the early
setback, scoring 50 runs in the final three overs of the powerplay.
Rana fell to Gowtham in the 8th over, but Shreyas Iyer and
Sam Billings continued the charge, taking KKR to 125 for three after 12 overs.
Mohsin Khan bowled an excellent 13th over that went for just two runs, and with
the run-rate climbing, KKR lost a flurry of wickets as Iyer, Billings, and
Andre Russell departed in quick succession.
KKR’s chances of victory were nearly diminished with 61
needed off 20 deliveries, but Rinku Singh and Sunil Narine kept them in the
contest, smashing a pair of sixes each to leave them needing 21 off the final
over. Rinku Singh then hit two sixes and a four off the first three deliveries
to take the equation down to five of three, but Evin Lewis took a stunning
catch to remove Rinku on 40 before Stoinis uprooted Umesh Yadav’s off-stump
with a yorker to give Lucknow a narrow two-run victory.