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LSG vs KKR, 28th Match at Kolkata, IPL, Apr 14 2024 - Match Result

28th Match (D/N), Eden Gardens, April 14, 2024, Indian Premier League
(15.4/20 ov, T:162) 162/2

KKR won by 8 wickets (with 26 balls remaining)

Player Of The Match
89* (47) & 2 catches
Cricinfo's MVP
106.86 ptsImpact List
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Scores: @Thilak_Rama | Comms: Shashwat Kumar
Scorecard summary
Lucknow Super Giants 161/7(20 overs)
39 (27)
1/17 (4)
Kolkata Knight Riders 162/2(15.4 overs)
89* (47)
2/29 (4)
38* (38)
0/17 (2.4)
Cricinfo’s Most Valuable Players of the Match
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B. Impact
I. Wkts
Bo. Impact

7:37pm And, that is a wrap from this game. But don't go anywhere, the El Clasico is up and running, with CSK batting first. Hop over to that match. Until next time, from me (Shashwat), Thilak, Ranjith and Raghav, this is goodbye. Take care, folks!

Phil Salt, Player of the Match: I said to Swanny (Graeme Swann) before the game that I was melting and I had only been out there for two minutes. Kept going, Shreyas was good in the middle and kept me on task. Good to get another win at home. Before the lights came on, I felt it was a little slower. When they came on, there was a bit more moisture to allow the ball to slide on, so it got a bit better for our innings. In India, this (Eden Gardens pitch) is probably the most similar to home. Ball bounces a bit more and you can aim squarer. Really like the wicket here. I have loved it. we have some great overseas players, some great coaches. Good to have Shreyas back. GG (Gautam Gambhir) is back in the fold as well, and I am really enjoying it.

Interview: Phil Salt spoke to ESPNcricinfo before this game about his attacking ability and life as a T20 globetrotter

Shreyas Iyer, Kolkata Knight Riders captain: (On if he is happy with the performance) Yeah, certainly. The way we played, it was a comprehensive victory. We bowled well under pressure and then finishing off the game, it was the icing on the cake. It was important to bowl as many slower balls as possible. With the heat coming in, the wicket was a little dry and we wanted to minimise the half-volleys and we wanted the batters to use their power and clear the ropes. That is what we were focussing on and I feel we executed phenomenally well. When we got wickets in between, that gave us an advantage. The bowlers were ready whenever I passed on the ball to them. The character and attitude they showed, it was exceptional. (On playing five home games in a row) It is absolutely an advantage but I will keep reiterating that this is a funny tournament and you have to stay in the present. You cannot take the situation lightly. You have to be on top of the game and ensure you do not leave it to someone else. That is what we have been doing sensationally well, and that is what we have to keep doing to build momentum and make sure we are all on the same mindset.

KL Rahul, Lucknow Super Giants captain: A tough day. A proper hammering. Every team in the IPL goes through a game like that. Not going to sit too much and think about it. Will go back, work out where we went wrong and bounce back better. (On if pitch got better under lights) I think it was the other way round. The ball started nipping around a lot more after the lights came on. Can't say we played bad shots but the shots we played, we did not execute well. Kept losing wickets in bunches and we left about 30 runs out there. If we kept wickets in our hand, and had one of our top three-four bat through, we could have got a lot more runs. That is where I think we lost the game. With the ball, it was nipping around. We got a few wickets but leaked too many boundaries. (On Joseph) That was a positive, he was bowling very quick. First game of the IPL, you can get excited, and Shamar was very excited and just wanted to bowl fast, sprayed the ball around a bit but that can happen with anyone. The positive was he was bowling very quick and he got the ball to nip around. He hit some good areas but obviously he has to work on his consistency and the choice of balls he bowls. (On back to back defeats) Not panicking but you can't put your feet up and hope results go your way. We have to figure out where you are going wrong. We will have a few difficult conversations. The last couple of games, we have not been able to get more than 160 and that is something to think about, and see how we can get to the 180-200 run mark.

Sunil Narine: (On his plans) Trying to keep it as tight as possible, some games it happens, some games, it doesn't. Once you are in control of the game, it is easier to bowl as a spinner. We have been doing good. two from two, hopefully we can continue. All the guys are keen and everyone is fully fit and enjoying it. The key thing is enjoying it because then you can go out there and have fun. The figures didn't show it, he (Shamar Joseph) was a bit unlucky. He gave energy in every ball. It was his first game, and it is a learning process. I am sure he will come back strong. (On Salt) Salty looked brilliant today and he is someone who has looked good every game. once someone from the top five bats the majority of the overs, it is good for our batting line-up. (On if he wants to play the T20 World Cup) I will be watching from home, Badree.

7pm Comprehensive with a capital P. That is what this win was. KKR called the shots during the chase. Salt blazed away in the powerplay, like only he can, and then kept adding flavour whenever the innings threatened to turn stale (which was not very often, mind you). At the other end, Shreyas did struggle for his usual rhythm but he stayed there till the end, ensuring there were no hiccups.

As for LSG, well, they were just not at the races. The wicket did get a little better under lights but LSG's bowling plans left plenty to be desired. Joseph did not have an ideal IPL debut, with Thakur and Arshad also conceding runs. Mohsin was the only bright spark, picking up 2-29 in his four overs.

LSG, with this defeat, have now lost two in a row and will need to recover swiftly. KKR, on the other hand, have begun this five-game home stretch with a win, and would want to build on this from here.

Ravi Bishnoi to Salt, FOUR runs

Eden Gardens ecstasy for the Kolkata Knight Riders! A half-tracker down leg and that perhaps sums up LSG's day. Salt hops onto the back foot and pummels it behind square to seal the deal. Back to back home wins for KKR, and back to back defeats now for LSG - both of them have come when defending 160-plus scores too!

Ravi Bishnoi to Salt, no run

darted in full on middle and off. Salt plays it back to the bowler

Ravi Bishnoi to Shreyas Iyer, 1 leg bye

slanted into leg stump. Shreyas does not get bat on it and the ball trickles off the thigh pad towards short fine leg

Ravi Bishnoi to Salt, 1 run

full on middle and leg. Salt presses forward and eases it down to long off

KKR within one hit of their fourth win this season. Bishnoi to bowl what could be the final over of the game

end of over 1513 runs
KKR: 156/2CRR: 10.40 RRR: 1.20 • Need 6 from 30b
Phil Salt84 (44b 13x4 3x6)
Shreyas Iyer38 (37b 6x4)
Mohsin Khan 4-0-29-2
Yash Thakur 2-0-25-0
Mohsin Khan to Salt, 1 run

very full on off. Salt comes forward and drills it down the ground to long off

Raghu: "Still can't believe, no one bid for Salt!"

Just seven needed now

Mohsin Khan to Shreyas Iyer, 1 run

shortish outside off. Shreyas stays on top of the bounce and cuts it towards deep point

Mohsin Khan to Shreyas Iyer, no run

cutter again, banged into the track well outside off. Shreyas drags it towards mid wicket

Mohsin Khan to Salt, 1 run

fullish on middle and leg. Salt clears his front leg and tugs it towards deep square leg

Mohsin Khan to Salt, SIX runs

oh my days, that is huuuuuggeee! Slower ball that sits up to be hit outside off. Salt reads the slower one like the morning daily and clatters it over deep mid wicket. 98m six!

Mohsin Khan to Salt, FOUR runs

Salt wants to finish this nice and early! Half-tracker on middle and off. Salt swings at it with all his might and gets it through backward square leg for four!

Naveen Kumar : "These two are extremely lucky to be still playing though. What are the chances created by LSG that couldn't be converted incl. that run out miss?" -- Salt was dropped once on the deep square leg fence, apart from the drop in the first over (which would not have counted anyway because Joseph had overstepped). There have been quite a few edges that have gone to the fence too

end of over 1416 runs
KKR: 143/2CRR: 10.21 RRR: 3.16 • Need 19 from 36b
Phil Salt72 (40b 12x4 2x6)
Shreyas Iyer37 (35b 6x4)
Yash Thakur 2-0-25-0
Shamar Joseph 4-0-47-0
Thakur to Salt, 1 run

slower bumper outside off. Salt rolls his wrists over it and eases it towards deep square leg

Thakur to Salt, FOUR runs

this is a high-quality stroke! Change of pace again, this time on a back of a length outside off. Salt picks it, holds his shot and creams it off the back foot over extra cover!

Thakur to Shreyas Iyer, 1 run

banged in short outside off. Shreyas gets on top of the bounce and swats it towards deep square leg

Thakur to Salt, 1 run

slower delivery dug into the track outside off. Salt waits for it and hacks it towards extra cover

Thakur to Salt, FOUR runs

another gift! Knee-high full toss down leg, and this is ordinary bowling. Salt uses the pace and helps it past short fine leg!

Thakur to Salt, FOUR runs

30 needed now! Off-pace again but this is in the slot outside off. Salt frees his arms and carves it over extra cover!

Just 34 needed now. KKR have 42 balls to do it

Thakur to Salt, 1 wide

slower ball bowled full and quite wide outside off. Salt has a fresh-air shot but to his delight, sees the umpire stretch out his arms

Thakur is back

Susil Kumar : "I remember reading that LSG had never lost after posting 160 score, now they might lose 2 in 2" -- Cricket is a funny game...

end of over 1314 runs
KKR: 127/2CRR: 9.76 RRR: 5.00 • Need 35 from 42b
Shreyas Iyer36 (34b 6x4)
Phil Salt58 (35b 9x4 2x6)
Shamar Joseph 4-0-47-0
Mohsin Khan 3-0-16-2
Shamar Joseph to Shreyas Iyer, FOUR runs

Joseph's debut IPL spell ends with a boundary! Short and wide outside off. Shreyas capitalises on the width and while he does not middle it, the ball races away off the bat past third man!

Shamar Joseph to Shreyas Iyer, no run

slot ball, angling into middle and leg. Shreyas looks to whip it away but can only inside-edge it onto his front pad

Shamar Joseph to Salt, (no ball) 1 run

slower ball that ends up as a low full toss on leg stump. Salt shuffles across, gets down low and helps it on the bounce to long leg. Uh-oh, Joseph has overstepped again. That will not please Morne Morkel!

Best performances - batters
Spike Graph
Wagon Zone
PD Salt
89 runs (47)
14 fours3 sixes
Productive shot
23 runs
3 fours1 six
N Pooran
45 runs (32)
2 fours4 sixes
Productive shot
28 runs
1 four4 sixes
Best performances - bowlers
MA Starc
Mohsin Khan
Match details
Eden Gardens, Kolkata
TossKolkata Knight Riders, elected to field first
Player Of The Match
Hours of play (local time)15.30 start, First Session 15.30-17.00, Interval 17.00-17.20, Second Session 17.20-18.50
Match days14 April 2024 - daynight (20-over match)
LSG Player Replacement
Impact player in out (1st innings, 19.1 ov)
KKR Player Replacement
Impact player in out (1st innings, 16.6 ov)
TV Umpire
Reserve Umpire
Match Referee
PointsKolkata Knight Riders 2, Lucknow Super Giants 0
Win Probability
KKR 100%
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Over 16 • KKR 162/2

KKR won by 8 wickets (with 26 balls remaining)
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