Phil Salt and Mitchell Starc Headline KKR’s Thumping Win

In a high-octane clash at Eden Gardens, the Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) delivered a resounding victory against the Lucknow Super Giants (LSG). The match was more than just a cricketing spectacle—it was a celebration of maroon and green, a nod to Kolkata’s rich sporting legacy.

In a high-octane clash at Eden Gardens, the Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) delivered a resounding victory against the Lucknow Super Giants (LSG). The match was more than just a cricketing spectacle—it was a celebration of maroon and green, a nod to Kolkata’s rich sporting legacy.

Starc’s Resurgence

Mitchell Starc, the Australian left-arm fast bowler, had been under scrutiny in this year’s Indian Premier League (IPL). His performances had been lackluster, and the pressure was mounting. However, against LSG, Starc found his rhythm. His fiery spell of 3 for 28 dismantled the opposition, and it was his best showing of the season. Starc’s revival was timely for KKR, who desperately needed a win after their previous loss to the Chennai Super Kings.

Salt’s Fiery Assault

But it was Phil Salt, the English opener, who stole the show. Salt’s unbeaten 89 off 47 balls was a masterclass in aggressive batting. His innings included three sixes and 14 fours, and he led the charge in KKR’s chase. The maroon and green jersey seemed to infuse Salt with football-like energy as he blazed his way to victory. His partnership with captain Shreyas Iyer (38* off 38 balls) ensured that KKR reached the target comfortably.

Spinners’ Stranglehold

KKR’s spinners, as usual, stifled the opposition batters. Sunil Narine (1 for 17 in four overs) and Varun Chakravarthy (1 for 30) kept LSG in check during the middle overs. Their combined eight overs went for only 5.88 runs per over, preventing LSG from breaking away despite having wickets in hand.

LSG’s Silver Linings

For LSG, there were glimpses of hope. Nicholas Pooran, batting at No. 6, struck four sixes and two fours to make a competitive 32-ball 45. His explosive innings gave LSG a fighting total. Additionally, Mohsin Khan picked up the only two KKR wickets to fall, both in the powerplay. But these silver linings were not enough to withstand the onslaught from Salt and Starc.

A Tribute to Football Heritage

The maroon and green jerseys worn by KKR were more than just a change of attire. They paid homage to Mohun Bagan Athletic Club, one of Kolkata’s oldest football clubs. The RPSG Group, which owns KKR, also has ownership of Mohun Bagan Super Giant (MBSG) in the Indian Super League (ISL). The jersey switch was a dual tribute—to Kolkata’s football legacy and to the shared ownership.

As the maroon and green confetti rained down at Eden Gardens, fans celebrated not only KKR’s victory but also the fusion of cricket and football. Salt and Starc had headlined a thumping win, and the colors of Kolkata’s sporting passion had come alive on the cricket field. The IPL continues to weave magic, and for KKR, this victory was more than just two points—it was a celebration of heritage and resilience.


KKR’s victory against LSG was a celebration of maroon and green, paying homage to Kolkata’s football legacy. Salt’s explosive innings and Starc’s resurgence propelled KKR to a thumping win. As the IPL unfolds, the fusion of cricket and football colors continues to captivate fans.