Lewis stunner helps seal KKR demise

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MUM­BAI, In­dia – West In­dies bat­ting star Evin Lewis pulled off a stun­ning one-hand­ed catch in a nerve-jan­gling fi­nal over as Luc­know Su­per Gi­ants elim­i­nat­ed An­dre Rus­sell’s Kolkata Knight Rid­ers from play­off con­tention, with a tense three-run vic­to­ry on Wednes­day.

Need­ing 211 at the DY Patil Sports Acad­e­my to com­plete the high­est-ever run chase in their his­to­ry, KKR came up just short, end­ing on 208 for eight off their 20 overs.

They re­quired 21 from the fi­nal over and when Rinku Singh (40) smashed a four and a cou­ple of six­es from the first three de­liv­er­ies be­fore pinch­ing a cou­ple off the fourth, KKR were in the hunt with just three runs need­ed from the last two balls.

How­ev­er, the turn­ing point came when Rinku skied the fifth de­liv­ery from seam­er Mar­cus Stoi­nis (3-23) in­to the off-side and Lewis dart­ed around from back­ward point to for­ward square to snare the catch in a des­per­ate, sprawl­ing dive.

New bats­man Umesh Ya­dav then muffed the op­por­tu­ni­ty to be­come the hero, yorked next ball by Stoi­nis to leave KKR frus­trat­ing­ly short of their tar­get.

Rinku, who blast­ed two fours and four six­es in a 15-ball cameo, put on 58 for the sev­enth wick­et with West In­dies all-rounder Sunil Nar­ine who fin­ished un­beat­en on 21 off just sev­en balls with three six­es.

The pair pulled a floun­der­ing run chase around from 150 for six in the 17th over and took KKR to the brink of vic­to­ry.

Ear­li­er, South African Quin­ton de Kock belt­ed an as­ton­ish­ing un­beat­en 140 off 70 de­liv­er­ies, dom­i­nat­ing an open­ing stand with cap­tain KL Rahul (68 not out) as Su­per Gi­ants stormed to 210 with­out loss off their 20 overs.

The left-hand­ed de Kock count­ed 10 fours and 10 six­es while Rahul hit three fours and four six­es in a 51-ball knock.

Nar­ine fin­ished wick­et-less from four overs of off-spin which cost 27 runs while medi­um fast Rus­sell sent down three overs for 45 runs al­so with­out suc­cess.

In re­ply, KKR found them­selves slump­ing at nine for two in the third over be­fore Shreyas Iy­er (50) put on 56 for the third wick­et with Ni­tish Rana (42) and a fur­ther 66 for the fourth with Eng­lish­man Sam Billings (36).

When Billings per­ished in the 16th over, KKR were still on­ly 142 for five and Rus­sell’s demise in the next over – hol­ing out to long off off left-arm seam­er Mohsin Khan (3-20) – fur­ther hurt their chances.

KKR fin­ished their com­ple­ment of 14 match­es in sixth place on 12 points while Su­per Gi­ants took sole pos­ses­sion of sec­ond place on 18 points, two be­hind lead­ers Gu­jarat Ti­tans who have one game re­main­ing.

CMC

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