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IPL2024 | Twitter reacts to Caribbean stars shadowing Super Giants to cement KKR’s play-off berth

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Kolkata Knight Riders registered a 98-run victory over Lucknow Super Giants at the Ekana International Stadium. Sunil Narine’s explosive 81 off 39 balls propelled KKR, while Andre Russell’s two crucial wickets derailed Lucknow’s chase of 236, securing Knight Riders’ third win on the trot.

Kolkata Knight Riders were sent to bat after losing the toss and it turned out to be a smart decision as they got off to a great start. The opening pair of Phil Salt and Sunil Narine raced to 57/0 in just four overs. However, their momentum was halted when Naveen-ul-Haq removed Salt in the fifth over, breaking the opening score. Despite this setback, Narine and Angkrish Raghuvanshi steered their team to 70/1 by the end of the powerplay. The Caribbean veteran continued his stellar run with the bat reaching fifty in just 27 deliveries. His onslaught continued as he amassed 81 runs off 39 balls, pushing the team to 140/2 by the 12th over. Unfortunately, he did not get further than a century in the same period. Moreover, Andre Russell was dismissed in the 15th over followed by Raghuvanshi in the next over. Despite these setbacks, Kolkata managed to build some crucial partnerships in the middle-overs. Contributions from Shreyas Iyer (23 off 15) and Ramandeep Singh (25 off 6) boosted their innings and took them to a formidable total of 235/6 at the end of their 20 overs.

The home side got off to a tough start as their opener Arshin Kulkarni was dismissed in the second over. However, KL Rahul and Marcus Stoinis steadied the ship with a solid 45-run partnership, taking the score to 55/1 by the end of the powerplay. Unfortunately, Lucknow’s fortunes took a turn for the worse when their captain departed in the eighth over, despite the partnership flourishing. Trouble escalated for the Lucknow Super Giants as they quickly lost the wickets of Marcus Stoinis, Deepak Hooda and Nicholas Pooran, leaving them at 101/5 after 11.2 overs. With the required run rate rising to 16.55, all hopes were pinned on Ashton Turner and Ayush Badoni to steer the innings. However, the home side suffered a setback as both batsmen fell in quick succession. The batting line-up crumbled thereafter, leading to Lucknow Super Giants being bowled out for 137 runs in 16.1 overs. With the win, Kolkata Knight Riders climbed to the top of the points table, firmly positioned to clinch a play-off spot.

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