Mumbai. KL Rahul continues to perform well in IPL 2022. In a match of the 15th season of the T20 league, he scored a half-century against Kolkata Knight Riders. Quinton de Kock also scored a century. Both were not out till the end. For the first time in the history of IPL, an opening pair has shared a partnership of 200 runs. Lucknow has given a target of 211 runs to KKR (KKR vs LSG). Rahul has also completed 500 runs in the current season and played an innings of more than 500 runs for the 5th time. This match is important for Kolkata Knight Riders. If the team loses this match, then it will be out of the playoff race. He’s got a tough target. On the other hand, if the team of Lucknow wins this match, then it will reach the knockout round.
In the match, Lucknow captain KL Rahul won the toss and decided to bat. KL Rahul and Quinton de Kock made a century partnership for the first time in the tournament. The team’s 100 runs were completed in the 13th over. Rahul completed his half-century off 41 balls. This is his third fifty of the current season. Hit 2 fours and 3 sixes. He has also scored 2 centuries so far. After 15 overs, the team’s score was 122 runs without a wicket.
18 runs in the 16th over
Quinton de Kock opened his hands in the 16th over and scored 18 runs. He hit two sixes and a four in the over of off-spinner Varun Chakraborty. Tim Southee gave 9 runs in the 17th over. Andre Russell gave 15 runs in the 18th over. In the same over, De Kock also completed his century by hitting a four. In the 19th over, Rahul and De Kock showed a good game. Rahul hit a six off the first ball of Saudi. Took a run off the second ball. De Kock hit 3 consecutive sixes in the next 3 balls. 27 runs were scored in the over. Russell gave 19 runs in the 20th over. Rahul remained unbeaten on 68 off 51 balls. Hit 3 fours and 4 sixes. At the same time, Dekock stood till the end after scoring 140 runs off 70 balls. Hit 10 fours and 10 sixes.
Talking about KKR, the team has been able to score more than 200 only once in the current season and has lost. The team had scored 210 runs against Rajasthan. In such a situation, it will not be easy for him to win.
FIRST PUBLISHED : May 18, 2022, 21:12 IST