“QuinTon de KNock!”- Quinton de Kock, KL Rahul put on record highest opening stand in IPL; help LSG put a huge total against KKR

Quinton de Kock
Quinton de Kock and KL Rahul

In the match between Lucknow Supergiants and Kolkata Knight Riders, the former have set a massive target of 211 with the help of Quinton de Kock and KL Rahul’s highest opening stand on Wednesday, May 18 at the DY Patil Stadium in Navi Mumbai.

With an unbeaten 210-stand between Quinton de Kock and KL Rahul went past Sunrisers Hyderabad’s Jonny Bairstow and David Warner’s 185-run partnership, set against Royal Challengers Bangalore in 2019.

They went past 184-run partnership between KKR’s Gautam Gambhir and Chris Lynn against the now-defunct Gujarat Lions in 2017. Also, earlier this season, Chennai Super Kings’ Ruturaj Gaikwad and Devon Conway had registered a 182-run stand for the first wicket against Sunrisers Hyderabad.

But de Kock and Rahul’s partnership is the third highest in the IPL. RCB’s Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers stand at the top with 229 against Gujarat Lions in 2016 and 215* against Mumbai Indians in 2015.

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Quinton de Kock scores 3rd highest score in IPL

Quinton de Kock
Quinton de Kock

Meanwhile, LSG had won the toss and opted to bat first. Quinton de Kock played 70 balls throughout the innings; with 10 powerful sixes and 10 fours, with an impressive strike rate of 200, he smashed 140 runs. He also registered the highest individual score in IPL history as a Wicketkeeper

De Kock’s unbeaten 140 is also the third highest individual score in IPL. Chris Gayle is the first one on the list with an unbeaten 175 runs against Pune Warriors India in 2013. Gayle is followed by Brendon McCullum’s 158* against RCB in the inaugural season of IPL in 2008.

When at one end Quinton de Kock was playing with the bowlers, KL Rahul had hit 3 fours and 4 sixes to play a half-century knock of 68 off 51 balls. KL Rahul also became first Indian batter to cross 500-run mark for fifth straight IPL season.

Tim Southee proved to be the most expensive bowler, conceding 57 runs in his four overs while Andre Russell also conceded 45 runs in three overs.

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