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Lucknow enters playoffs thanks to D Cock’s brilliant century

Lucknow made a big score of 210 runs in 20 overs without losing a wicket, leaving behind the failure of the last two matches and held the difficult challenge of Kolkata to 208 runs for eight wickets in 20 overs.

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Quentin de Cock (140 not out) and a record 210 not out partnership with skipper Lokesh Rahul (not out 68) and fast bowler Mohsin Khan (4 for 20). The Super Giants made it to the IPL playoffs by defeating Kolkata Knight Riders by just two runs in a breathless match till the last ball. Lucknow has become the second team to reach the playoffs after Gujarat.

Lucknow made a big score of 210 runs in 20 overs without losing a wicket, leaving behind the failure of the last two matches and held the difficult challenge of Kolkata to 208 runs for eight wickets in 20 overs. This was Lucknow’s ninth win in 14 matches and they are second in the table with 18 points, while Kolkata suffered their eighth defeat in 14 matches and were reduced to 12 points.

Batting first after winning the toss, De Cock took full advantage of a life on a personal score of 12, hitting 10 fours and 10 sixes in 140 not out off 70 balls. Rahul scored a half-century and completed 500 runs in the IPL for the fifth time in a row. Rahul hit three fours and four sixes in 68 runs off 51 balls.

This is only the fourth time in T20 cricket that a team has not lost a wicket while batting first. Today’s inaugural partners will be remembered for years to come. It was difficult to bat on this wicket but Rahul and De Cock made the difficult wicket easier with their understanding. In the last five overs, they blew away the Kolkata bowlers.

Kolkata’s Tim Southee proved to be the most expensive by scoring 57 runs in four overs. Andre Russell scored 45 runs in three overs while Sunil Narine was the most accurate scorer with 27 runs in four overs.

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