Lucknow Super Giants (LSG) all-rounder Marcus Stoinis said Evin Lewis pulled off a blinder against Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) on Wednesday (May 18). LSG pipped KKR by two runs in a nail-biting contest that went down to the wire.
Quinton de Kock’s masterclass en route to an unbeaten 140 off 70 balls in alliance with skipper KL Rahul, who played the second fiddle with 51-ball 68 to power LSG to 210 for no loss and script the highest opening stand in IPL history.
KKR’s chase was led by Nitish Rana (42) and captain Shreyas Iyer (50) but the former fell in the eighth over. Iyer carried on the mission with wicketkeeper-batter Sam Billings in a 66-run stand before the former’s departure.
The arduous task was left on the lower-order batters after Billings was stumped out off Ravi Bishnoi in the 16th over.
Rinku Singh, Sunil Narine threatened LSG with late fireworks
Rinku Singh and Sunil Narine displayed big shots in an attempt to claw their way back in the chase. KKR needed 38 runs in the last two overs and both the batters smashed one six each to Jason Holder to bring down the equation to 21.
Rinku clobbered a four followed by
successive sixes in the first three balls to Stoinis, which cut the requirement to three runs in two balls.
Thanks to Evin Lewis, who dived across to his left from deep backward point and grabbed a one-handed stunner to end Rinku’s fightback. Stoinis castled Umesh Yadav in the final ball of the game as LSG pulled a rabbit out of the hat.
I can’t believe it: Marcus Stoinis on Evin Lewis’ breathtaking catch
“I don’t think he knew it was going to him. And then he just stuck one hand and I can’t believe it stuck. We’re giving him Man of the Match. He chilled all game and he was so looking forward to batting, and then he ended up pulling out a one-handed blinder. That’s the game,” Stoinis told the official broadcasters after the game.
With the thrilling victory against KKR, LSG secured their berth in the IPL 2022 playoffs but Shreyas Iyer & co-joined Mumbai Indians and Chennai Super Kings in elimination.