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Kolkata Knight Riders beat Sunrisers Hyderabad by 8 wickets, secures 3rd IPL title

27 May 2024  

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CHENNAI: An all-round performance from Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR), including fiery spells by Mitchell Starc and Andre Russell and a half-century by Venkatesh Iyer, helped the Purple and Gold side secure their third Indian Premier League (IPL) title and their first in 10 years as they defeated Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) by eight wickets on Sunday at Chennai’s Chepauk Stadium.

Sunrisers, which set the T20 cricketing world on fire with their fierce hitting, sky-high run-rates, largely due to the opening pair of Travis Head and Abhishek Sharma, got the taste of its own medicine.

In a battle of two big buys, the Australian stars Cummins (20.5 crores for SRH) and Starc (24.75 crores for KKR), it was the latter who prevailed.

During the run-chase of 114 runs, the opening pair of Sunil Narine and Rahmanullah Gurbaz could not put on a lengthy partnership.

Narine was dismissed for just six runs in two balls, with SRH skipper Pat Cummins getting his wicket.

Shahbaz Ahmed took a fine catch. KKR was 11/1 in 1.2 overs. Venkatesh Iyer joined Gurbaz and took the run-chase forward.

The left-handed Venkatesh started Bhuvneshwar Kumar’s third over with a four, six and then another six.

20 runs came from the over. With a boundary on delivery by Cummins, Gurbaz helped KKR reach the 50-run mark in 4.1 overs.

The final over of the powerplay by T Natrajan also proved to be a run-fest, with Iyer getting three fours and a six over deep square leg in his over, which gave a total of 20 runs to KKR.

Kolkata marched towards the winning total with their brutal hitting, giving SRH a taste of their own medicine.

With a six by Iyer over long-off, KKR crossed the 100-run mark in 8.4 overs.

However, Gurbaz lost his wickets, trapped leg-before wicket by Shahbaz Ahmed for 39 in 32 balls, with five fours and two sixes. KKR was 102/2 in 8.5 overs.

Earlier, Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) quicks made short work of the Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) forcing the Pat Cummins side to unfold on a score of 113 in the title clash of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2024 on Sunday here at the MA Chidambaram Stadium.

On a night with clouds hovering over Chepauk, KKR pacers inflicted carnage on a red soil surface which offered more bounce for the speedsters.


Publish Date : 27 May 2024 06:50 AM

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