Picture credit: BCCI/IPL

Picture credit: BCCI/IPL

LSG defeated KKR by one run and ensured their spot in the IPL playoffs for the second time consecutively. LSG batting first posted 176/8 in 20 overs despite struggling at 73/5 in one stage with the help of a stunning fifty from Nicholas Pooran. Sunil Narine and Vaibhav Arora were brilliant with the ball by picking two wickets, but Varun Chakravarthy was a little expensive in this game.

KKR started their run-chase brilliantly by scoring 61 runs in the powerplay, but other batters crumbled under pressure except for Rinku Singh, who gave hope to all Kolkata fans. KKR needed 54 to win in the last four overs, and from that situation, Rinku Singh brought the run-chase with needing 18 to win off the last three balls, and Rinku Singh smashed the last three balls for six, four, and six to salvage some pride for KKR.

Numbers and stats from KKR vs LSG game:

3 -
LSG became the third team to qualify for the playoffs after GT and CSK in IPL 2023. They would play RCB, MI, or RR in the eliminator match.

3 - LSG have defeated KKR three out of three times in the IPL.

12 - LSG have won 12 out of 15 matches while batting first in the IPL.

LSG vs KKR in IPL:
LSG won by 75 runs, Pune (2022)
LSG won by 2 runs, Navi Mumbai (2022)
LSG won by 1 run, Kolkata (2023)

12 -
For the 12th time a 1-run victory was seen in an IPL match.

One run victory in IPL: 
PBKS vs MI in Mumbai-WS, 2008
PBKS vs Dec in Johannesburg, 2009
DC vs RR in Delhi, 2012
MI vs PWI in Pune, 2012
CSK vs DC in Chennai, 2015
GL vs DC in Delhi, 2016
RCB vs PBKS in Mohali, 2016
MI vs RPS in Hyderabad, 2017
RCB vs CSK in Bengaluru, 2019
MI vs CSK in Hyderabad, 2019
RCB vs DC in Ahmedabad, 2021 
LSG vs KKR in Kolkata, 2023

36 -
Rinku Singh smashed 36 runs in the last two overs of this game.

Most runs scored in the last two overs of an IPL match (2nd inns):
Rinku Singh - 41 vs GT in Ahmedabad, 2023
Rinku Singh - 36 vs LSG in Kolkata, 2023
MS Dhoni - 33 vs RCB in Bengaluru, 2019
Nicholas Pooran - 33 vs CSK in Pune, 2022
David Miller - 32 vs SRH in Hyderabad, 2015

61 - KKR scored 61/1 in the first six overs of this game.

Highest powerplay score for KKR in IPL 2023:
66/0 vs RCB in Bengaluru
62/3 vs SRH in Kolkata
61/2 vs GT in Kolkata
61/1 vs LSG in Kolkata

67* - Rinku Singh recorded his highest score (67*) in the IPL.

Highest Score for Rinku Singh in IPL:
67* vs LSG in Kolkata, 2023

58* vs SRH in Kolkata, 2023
54 vs CSK in Chennai, 2023

74 - Nicholas Pooran and Ayush Badoni had a 74-run partnership for the sixth wicket in this game.

Highest sixth-wicket partnership for LSG in IPL:
Nicholas Pooran-Ayush Badoni: 84 vs RCB, Bengaluru (2023)
Nicholas Pooran-Ayush Badoni: 74 vs KKR, Kolkata (2023)
Nicholas Pooran-Ayush Badoni: 59 vs CSK, Lucknow (2023) 

Nicholas Pooran won the Player of the Match award for the second time in the IPL. Previously, he won it for smashing a 15-ball fifty vs RCB in Bengaluru earlier in this IPL season.

474 - Rinku Singh scored 474 runs in IPL 2023.

Most runs in an IPL season while batting at number 5 (or) lower position:
Rinku Singh - 474 in 2023

Dinesh Karthik - 472 in 2018
David Miller - 437 in 2022