Lucknow Super Giants 176 for 7 (de Kock 50, Hooda 41, Russell 2-22) beat Kolkata Knight Riders 101 (Russell 45, Avesh 3-19, Holder 3-31) by 75 runs
Lucknow Super Giants went to the top of the table, with three matches to go, with a comprehensive win against Kolkata Knight Riders, who now stood all but knocked out.
Knowing the slow Pune pitch would be ill-suited to shot-making in the middle overs, LSG went hard against the new ball despite the dismissal of captain KL Rahul without a ball faced. The expected slowdown ensued as balls bowled into the pitch proved to be difficult to score off, but a 30-run 19th over by Shivam Mavi sent them on their way to a par-plus total.
Super Giants’ pace attack then bounced Knight Riders’ top order out, reducing them to 25 for 4 before Andre Russell created excitement with his 19-ball 45 but he, too, fell to a short ball. The end came swift as Knight Riders were bowled out for 101 with 5.3 overs to spare. Two wicket-maidens and just three scores in double-figures told the story of the defence.
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