With this win, LSG now take the top spot at the points table with 16 points. With half as points as the Super Giants, KKR lay at eighth position in the table.
A superb show by the Lucknow Super Giants pace attack led by superb efforts from Avesh Khan (3/19) and Jason Holder (3/31) helped the side clinch a clinical 75-run win over Kolkata Knight Riders at MCA Stadium in Pune on Saturday. It was an extremely forgettable day at work for Knight Riders as none of its batters except Finch, Russell and Narine could touch double figures and the side surrendered helplessly to the LSG attack. With this win, LSG now take the top spot at the points table with 16 points. With half as points as the Super Giants, KKR lay at eighth position in the table.
Chasing 177, Kolkata Knight Riders were off a poor start, losing wicketkeeper-batter Baba Indradith at the final ball of the first over without a duck after pacer Mohsin Khan dismissed him with help from Ayush Badoni. This brought captain Shreyas Iyer to the crease. Even Iyer struggled with the pace of Dushyantha Chameera and Khan and was sent packing by Chameera after being caught by Badoni, who took another great catch.
Finch tried to rebuild the innings with the new batter Nitish Rana, but he was also dismissed for a run-a-ball 14 by Jason Holder. With this, the entire top order of Knight Riders was inside the pavilion. Till the end of the powerplay, KKR’s struggles with the trio of Avesh Khan, Chameera and Holder continued. They stood at 25 at the loss of three wickets at the end of six overs with Rana (2*) and Rinku Singh (1*).
The seventh over by Khan was a wicket maiden that sent back Rana for 2 off 11, bringing the danger man Andre Russell to the crease. Russell had to rebuild the innings with Rinku by his side, who had impressed with the bat in previous matches. Dre Russ, as Russell is popularly known made an immediate impact by striking LSG pacers for huge hits, including a Holder over that went for 25 runs. By the end of 10 overs, KKR stood at a sub-par 64/4, needing 113 in the last 10 overs, with Russell (35*) and Singh (5*).