Rinku Singh’s stunning final over the onslaught that gave the Kolkata Knight Riders an unlikely victory over the Gujarat Titans on Sunday earned him a new ‘lord’ moniker from his teammate Venkatesh Iyer, who scored 40 goals himself 83. The 25-year-old was in his fierce best result by hitting five sixes in a row in the last one along the path of an unbeaten 48 of 21 balls as KKR snatched a miraculous three-wicket victory from the jaws of defeat against the Gujarat Titans for whom substitute captain Rashid Khan recorded the first IPL 2023 hat-chip. finish, we are very happy that we won the game. Our coach has always said that we can score 200 points on any given day. target is 200, you can’t have silent overs. I was just trying to fulfill my plans,” Ayer said after the match.
“Nitish and I had a good partnership. Unfortunately, somewhere we lost our way, but Lord Rinku saved the day. To be honest, we still believed we could win. It teaches us that we should never give up until the last ball.” Ayer said the win would be a “great morale boost” for the team.
“We want to make winning a habit. I wasn’t in the best shape. Tonight I went out and played as late as possible. The bowlers were fast and I tried to use their pace and it worked in my favor.” said Ayer, talking about his 55-ball-per-100-run stance with KKR skipper Nitish Rana (45) for the third wicket.
Gujarat Titans deputy skipper Rashid also praised Rinka for an outstanding performance when the odds were against him.
Rink came in when KKR needed 56 of 30 balls, but Rashid’s hat-trick almost decided the game in favor of the Gujarat Titans.
However, the left-handed batter didn’t give up, hitting five sixes off as many balls as Yash Dayal in the final over after hitting Josh Little for six and four in the last two innings of the penultimate over.
“This is a tough game for us, especially for me as a captain. You need 30 plus in the last over, the same thing happened to us last year when we won. fans would love it. It was more about what he likes best, trusting his (Yash Dayal) plans,” Rashid said.
“Rinku shot incredible shots and the way he played and the way he ended the game is to his credit. Keep it simple, consistently hit the right spot, and that’s what the T20 is all about.” Rashid said even 250 points were not safe at times as his team lost the game on Sunday night with a 204/4 batting first.
“As a bowler, I always try to hit the right zone. We got what we wanted. We wanted 190 and got 200.
“As a bowling division we have enough to defend, but sometimes even 250s don’t look good in T20. Take advantage of this, the competition is still early and learn from this,” he said.
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