Lucknow Supergiants captain Krunal Pandya, who secured a place in the IPL 2023 playoffs by defeating Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) by one run in a very exciting match, said that his team has the confidence to win from any situation.
In their last league match, Lucknow Supergiants batted first and scored 176 runs for eight wickets. In response, KKR could only score 33 runs for seven wickets despite Rinku Singh’s unbeaten 67 off 175 balls.
After the match, Lucknow captain Krunal Pandya said, “I am very happy with this victory. We never gave up. At one point, they were in a good position with 61 runs for one wicket, but we knew that two-three tough overs could change the course of the match. This pitch was helping the spinners.
Asked about Rinku Singh’s aggressive innings, he said: “Rinku has been a special player this season. You can’t take them lightly. He is a very special batsman. We were thinking about one ball at a time in the last overs.
Mohsin Khan gave Lucknow a memorable victory in the last over in the last match, but Krunal trusted Yash Thakur this time. When asked about this, he said, “Mohsin bowled very well in the last match. I heard my inner voice and instead of Mohsin, the ball was given to Yash. Yash bowled well in his first two overs.
These three teams qualified for the playoffs
Apart from Lucknow Super Giants, Chennai Super Kings also qualified for the playoffs. However, Chennai is in the top-2. In such a situation, he will play the first qualifier match against Gujarat Titans. At the same time, the Lucknow team will play the eliminator match with the fourth-ranked team.