TATA IPL 2023: Match 68 KKR vs LSG Highlights and Match Report. On Saturday, May 20, the ongoing IPL 2023 witnessed a match between Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) and Lucknow Super Giants (LSG) at Eden Gardens, which was the 68th match of the tournament.
It was a closely contested match, and Lucknow managed to secure a narrow one-run victory. This win has officially qualified Krunal Pandya and his team for the playoffs, while KKR has been eliminated from the race.
IPL 2023: Match 68 KKR vs LSG Highlights and Match Report
In the crucial encounter, Kolkata won the toss and chose to field first. Although Lucknow’s top-order batters couldn’t score runs at a fast pace, Nicholas Pooran played a crucial role with another impressive knock.
The left-handed batsman scored a rapid fifty, ending with 58 runs off just 30 balls, which helped his team to achieve a competitive total of 176 runs in 20 overs. Vaibhav Arora, Shardul Thakur, and Sunil Narine took two wickets each for Kolkata, while Harshit Rana and Varun Chakravarthy took one wicket each.
Jason Roy, the KKR opener, impressed many with his batting skills, scoring 45 runs in just 28 balls. However, it was Rinku Singh who stole the show with his impressive performance towards the end of the match.
The left-handed batsman played an unbeaten innings of 67 runs off just 33 deliveries. He almost led his team to victory with his explosive batting skills. Although his team lost the match, Rinku’s exceptional performance earned him praise from all quarters.
LSG’s Ravi Bishnoi was the standout bowler, taking two wickets while giving away only 23 runs from his complete four-over spell.
Here are three instances that created a buzz during the Match 68 KKR vs LSG Highlights and Match Report.
Gigantic Six by Rinku Singh Measuring 110 Meters
According to Match 68 KKR vs LSG Highlights and Match Report, LSG captain Krunal Pandya handed the ball to Naveen-ul-Haq for the crucial penultimate over of the run chase. However, Rinku Singh took him to the cleaners, scoring 20 runs off his over.
At the beginning of the over, Rinku hit three consecutive fours in a row. But it was his fifth ball that caught the attention of the spectators. The left-handed batsman played a fantastic flick shot that went deep into the stands, measuring a remarkable 110 meters.
The skilled young player hit a total of six boundaries and four sixes.
Silencing the Eden Gardens Crowd: Naveen-ul-Haq’s Performance
Ever since his heated exchange with Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) batsman Virat Kohli earlier in the tournament, LSG fast bowler Naveen-ul-Haq has been subjected to online trolling.
According to Match 68 KKR vs LSG Highlights and Match Report, Several videos went viral on social media, showing the crowd at Eden Gardens chanting for Kohli while Naveen was bowling. Nevertheless, the fast bowler responded to the crowd after taking the wicket of Rahmanullah Gurbaz.
In the 14th over, the KKR batsman lost his wicket while attempting a big shot. As per the Match 68 KKR vs LSG Highlights and Match Report, Ravi Bishnoi caught the ball while running backwards from point, juggling it in the process. After completing the catch, Naveen gestured to the crowd to remain silent by placing his finger on his lips.
Rinku Singh Decides Against Attempting a Double in the Final Over
With KKR needing 21 runs off the last six balls, the responsibility fell on Rinku Singh in the final over. On the first ball, Vaibhav Arora made the right decision by taking a single and giving Rinku the strike.
According to Match 68 KKR vs LSG Highlights and Match Report, Rinku hit the ball towards deep mid-wicket on the third delivery of the over. However, he chose not to run as he wanted to keep the strike.
Despite hitting two sixes and a four off the last three deliveries, some fans believed that the left-handed batsman could have taken the chance of attempting a double. Unfortunately, the Kolkata-based team fell just one run short of the target.
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