“Rinku is a star”- KKR lose hopes for playoffs; face terrible defeat from LSG in a final over thriller

Despite KKR's Rinku Singh's unforgettable 40 off 15 balls, KKR still lost the match against LSG.

Rinku Singh and Sunil Narine

Kolkata Knight Riders had come close to victory while chasing a huge score of 210 set by Lucknow Super Giants. They just needed 3 runs in 2 balls when the wicket of Rinku Singh shattered the Men in Purple’s hopes. This match was played on Wednesday, May 18 at the DY Patil Stadium in Navi Mumbai.

Knowing that extra efforts will be needed from batsman to chase the massive total, KKR didn’t actually failed there. They were able to successfully came close to cross the score; needed just 3 runs in 2 balls.

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KKR’s Rinku Singh’s quickfire

Rinku Singh
Rinku Singh

After the highest stand-in in IPL between the two LSG batsmen Quinton de Kock and KL Rahul had played throughout the innings without losing any wicket to score 210 runs.

KKR openers Venkatesh Iyer was sent back for a duck by Mohsin Khan while Abhijeet Tomar had gone after scoring 4 runs. But Nitish Rana then smashed 42 runs in 22 balls with 9 fours to revive KKR’s innings. They were glibly chasing the runs with Shreyas Iyer’s quick 29-ball half-century.

Afte Iyer’s wicket, Sam Billings had to go back for 36 runs in 24 balls.

But then came Rinku Singh’s quickfire. Facing just 15 balls, Rinku smacked 40 runs in just 15 balls with 2 fours and 4 sixes. The match result would have been different had not Marcus Stoinis’ full ball sent Rinku back in the 2nd last ball of the penultimate over. Sunil Narine faced 7 balls and scored an unbeaten 21 runs. But it was of no use as LSG beat KKR by 2 runs.

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