Lucknow Super Giants wicketkeeper-batter Quinton de Kock said it was unbelievable to win a close encounter against Chennai Super Kings (CSK) on Thursday at the Brabourne Stadium in Mumbai.
LSG chased a huge score of 211, the sixth-highest run chase in IPL, to register their first win in the cash-rich league.
It was an unbelievable win: Quinton de Kock
De Kock scored 61 off 45 balls including nine boundaries at a strike rate of 135.56. The South African player stitched 99 runs with skipper KL Rahul (40) for the opening wicket. The duo paved the way for the team’s massive chase against the four-time IPL champions. The 29-year-old said it was a great win for the team and was confident about chasing the mammoth target.
“It was unbelievable. Winning these types of close games is always good for team morale. Great win, boys batted really well. We came out fighting and to come out on top is always special. We thought we can chase down 210. We understood after the first two or three overs that it was a really good wicket. I’d say it was a par score on this wicket actually,” de Kock said in the post-match presentation.
“It was nice to get out there and just bat, I wasn’t in too much rush. I had to get out there and spend some time, I knew it was a good enough wicket. It was just a matter of doing that and it’s also nice for a couple of the other boys to get out there and bat a bit,” said de Kock in a post-match presentation,” he added.
Evin Lewis played a hell of a knock: Quinton de Kock
West Indies batter Evin Lewis pummelled six fours and three sixes in the course of his 23-ball 55, the fastest half-century in the IPL 2022 so far. Youngster Ayush Badoni scored a quick-fire 19 off nine balls to take his side past the finishing line.
“Evin played a hell of a knock tonight which was unbelievable and so did the youngster. It was great for everyone. It was nervy, chasing 210 is always going to be a close game but the boys were quite calm. It was mixed emotions among everyone. I was pretty calm myself, we knew what was going on out there. But still to get it done actually is still a hell of a job done,” de Kock mentioned.
LSG will play their next match against Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) on April 4 at the DY Patil Sports Academy in Navi Mumbai.