It’s Saturday night of May 20, 2023, wherein the cricket fans witnessed a close battle between KKR and LSG as both were contending to qualify for the playoffs. KKR won the toss and opted to bowl first. LSG were 75/5 at one point but thanks to Pooran’s spectacular knock during the middle overs, LSG will feel reassured. LSG had a strong powerplay when they were up to bat, but the loss of Mankad and Stoinis in a span of three balls prevented them from generating any momentum. The visitors were obliged to play with a hint of caution as both Krunal and de Kock fell in the space of three balls a few overs later, as if that wasn’t damaging enough already. However, Pooran arrived with good intentions and got things going quickly. He targeted Varun but showed a lot of respect for Narine, another member of his West Indian side, who finished with statistics of 2/28.
Badoni played second fiddle, and with the help of some huge hits in the slog overs, LSG was able to squeeze 54 runs out of the final four overs, which could come in useful if they can manage to put KKR under pressure during the powerplay.
In the run chase, KKR’s opener gave a solid stand to the side, adding 61 runs in 5.5 overs.At the conclusion of the powerplay, KKR was 61/1 thanks to Roy and Venky Iyer’s outstanding start. However, after both of the openers left the game, LSG began their spin choke, and KKR had no relief. After 10 Overs, the score of KKR was 82-3, with Jason Roy getting dismissed. Bishnoi bowled an outstanding spell of 2/23, and Krunal and Gowtham each claimed a few wickets. The Eden Gardens throng was once more dreaming after Rinku. Once more, he came close to accomplishing the unthinkable. However, that wasn’t how KKR lost this game. LSG qualifies for the playoffs with 1 run win over KKR.
What a close encounter the world has witnessed!
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