Lucknow Super Giants pulled off a sensational two-run victory and eliminated Kolkata Knight Riders from the Indian Premier League on Wednesday.

Kolkata was in sight to chase down its highest ever score in the IPL before getting restricted at 208-8 with Marcus Stoinis picking up two wickets off the last two balls.

Quinton de Kock’s masterful 140 off 70 balls was ably supported by Lucknow skipper Lokesh Rahul’s 68 as the pair shared the IPL’s highest ever opening wicket stand and took their team to a formidable total of 210-0.

“I was a little bit cooked, but I had to get out there and get on with the job,” de Kock said after hitting 10 sixes and 10 fours in his superb innings.

With the elimination of KKR, this is only the second time when both the defending champions and runners-up faced a league stage exit in the next season. Earlier, Chennai Super Kings became the second team to fail to qualify for the playoffs.

The first instance happened in 2015 when defending champions KKR and the runners-up Punjab Kings failed to qualify for the knockout stage.

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