Qualifier-1, KKR vs SRH: Kolkata won by 8 wkts & entered the IPL 2024 final Match

Qualifier-1, KKR vs SRH: At the iconic Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad, Pat Cummins-led Sunrisers Hyderabad made a bold decision to bat first after winning the toss against Kolkata Knight Riders.

In this Mahakumbh of cricket, an exciting match was seen between the two teams, where every run and every wicket had special importance. Will this strategy of Sunrisers bear fruit, or will KKR win on the strength of its strongmen?

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IPL 2024, Qualifier-1: KKR vs SRH
IPL 2024, Qualifier-1: KKR vs SRH

1st Innings: set target by SRH

Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) faced Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) in the first qualifier. Batting first, SRH was all out for 159 runs in 19.3 overs.

Rahul Tripathi scored the highest score of 55 runs for SRH, in which he hit 7 fours and 1 six in 35 balls. Heinrich Klaasen also contributed 32 runs in 21 balls.

Captain Pat Cummins scored 30 runs in 24 balls. For KKR, Mitchell Starc took 3 wickets, while Varun Chakraborty and Andre Russell took 2 wickets each.

Vaibhav Arora, Sunil Narayan and Harshit Rana also took 1 wicket each. SRH gave a target of 160 runs to KKR.

2nd Innings: After Recounter KKR entered the IPL 2024 final Match

Kolkata Knight Riders played the second innings in a spectacular manner in Qualifier 1 against Sunrisers Hyderabad. Chasing the target of 160 runs, KKR scored 164 runs in just 13.4 overs and secured a resounding 8-wicket win to book their place in the final.

After the initial explosive batting by Rahmanullah Gurbaz and Sunil Narayan, Venkatesh Iyer (51 runs, 28 balls) and captain Shreyas Iyer (58 runs, 24 balls) made the match one-sided with explosive batting.

Shreyas Iyer’s strike rate of 241.67 thrilled the spectators, while Venkatesh Iyer’s brilliant innings took the team across the winning line.

KKR vs SRH: Statement

Pat Cummins | SRH skipper: Yeah we will try to put this behind quickly, good thing we will have a crack at it (second qualifier). You have those days in T20 cricket where things doesn’t quite work out. We weren’t where we wanted with the bat and obviously couldn’t do much with the ball. Felt that extra batting was important (picking the impact sub) on this wicket.

Thought KKR bowled really well, there was a little bit in it early on and the surface got better. We all have played enough cricket, and going to a new venue (Chennai) helps us as well, so we gotta keep this behind and move on.

Shreyas Iyer | KKR skipper: Elated by the performance, the responsibility was important, we stood for each other, extremely happy with the performances. The rejuvenation was important for us. When you travel so much. It’s important to stay in the present. Today was the day we had to maximise, we did it and that’s what we thrive on. I think the way every bowler stood up to this occasion, the way they came in and took wickets, that was imperative.

The attitude and approach of all bowlers was to take wickets and they did. When you have a variety in the bowling line-up, it’s mesmerising. They have been true in terms of their work ethics, hopefully we keep performing. It was Gurbaz’s first game and he gave an impactful start. We had to make sure we carry forward the same run rate. I don’t know tamil, but I understand.

Venky speaks in tamil, I reply in hindi (talking about the communication between him and Venkatesh Iyer). We need to be in our zone in the final and make sure we give our best.

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