LSG succumb to KKR bowling attack, concede 98-run defeat


In an exhilarating display of cricket, Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) outclassed Lucknow Super Giants (LSG) by a remarkable 98 runs in the 54th match of the IPL 2024. The contest took place at the vibrant Ekana Cricket Stadium this past Sunday.

The victory was a monumental one for KKR, propelling them to the pinnacle of the IPL standings with 16 points and an impressive net run rate of +1.453.

The chase for a daunting 236-run target saw LSG openers KL Rahul and Arshin Kulkarni at the crease, but they struggled against KKR’s formidable bowling lineup. Kulkarni managed a brief spark, hitting a few boundaries, but was swiftly dismissed by Mitchell Starc in just the second over after scoring 9 runs. Rahul, on his part, could only muster 25 runs before being taken down by Harshit Rana in the 8th over.

The only notable resistance from LSG came from Marcus Stoinis who scored 36 runs, the highest for his team. His innings, however, was cut short by Andre Russell in the 10th over, after Stoinis hit 4 fours and 2 sixes.

LSG’s innings progressively fell apart, reaching a dismal 130/8 by the 15th over. The lower order failed to make an impact, with Nicholas Pooran, Ayush Badoni, Ashton Turner, and Krunal Pandya all falling quickly. The game concluded in the 17th over when Rana took out Ravi Bishnoi, ending LSG’s innings at 137.

The KKR bowling unit was in prime form, with Harshit Rana and Varun Chakaravarthy each taking three wickets. Andre Russell contributed with two wickets in his two-over spell, while Mitchell Starc and Sunil Narine each snagged a wicket.

Reflecting on KKR’s batting performance, they had a spectacular start, with Phil Salt and Sunil Narine piling on runs early. Salt’s aggressive 32 off 14 balls, and Narine’s explosive 81 off 39 balls, set the tone for a high-scoring innings. Their efforts helped KKR to post a formidable total of 235/6.

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