Fans express ‘enormous concern’ at KKR beating as team loses heavily to LSG

Nitish Rana is returned to Avesh Khan.

Meanwhile, KKR is still eighth and on the verge of elimination.

  • Last update:May 08, 2022, 08:30 IST
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It looks like the Kolkata Knight Riders have gone astray. They had a five game losing streak; they did really well in defeating the Rajasthan Royals to fall prey to a rampaging LSG. The fans knew KKR would have a tough game, but they didn’t know they would be beaten by 75 points. Meanwhile, with this loss, KKR is on the verge of being knocked out as his running pace has taken a hit. They are also holding their own in eighth position. They will need something special to get out of the rut after being pushed to the brink of elimination following their seventh defeat in 11 matches.

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Fifty quick shots from de Kock (50 from 29) and a vital shot from Hooda (41 from 27) guided the Lucknow Super Giants to 176-7 in 20 overs, after being asked to strike first. De Kock and Hooda both stabilized Lucknow innings with a stand of 71 for the second wicket.

Apart from them, Krunal Pandya (25 of 27) and Marcus Stoinis (28 of 14) have also made valuable contributions with the bat for LSG.

Chasing a tough total, KKR needed a strong opening partnership, but Baba Indrajith got a duck and partner Aaron Finch got a run-a-ball 14. The likes of Shreyas Iyer (6) and Nitish Rana also couldn’t do much and got single digit scores. Inside seven overs, KKR was down to 25 for 4 and the chase was out of their reach after that.

LSG reached the top of the table with 16 points in 11 games. Second-placed Gujarat Titans also have 16 points but have dropped down the order due to their lower net run rate than top players. Meanwhile, KKR is still eighth and on the verge of elimination.

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