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IPL 2024: Harshit Rana's final over seals nail-biting victory for KKR

By Rohit - March 23, 2024 - Last updated on Mar 23, 2024 11:45 PM
IPL 2024: Harshit Rana's final over seals nail-biting victory for KKR

Image: KKR defeated SRH in nail-biting match of IPL 2024

Kolkata Knight Riders vs Sunrisers Hyderabad IPL 2024: Andre Russell's explosive 64 off only 25 balls propelled Kolkata Knight Riders to a massive 208/7 against Sunrisers Hyderabad in Saturday's IPL match at Eden Gardens.

Back from injury, KKR captain Shreyas Iyer seeks to build on the team's success under the mentorship of former legend Gautam Gambhir. Gambhir's leadership brought KKR two IPL titles and five playoff appearances between 2011-2017. This season's blockbuster signing, Mitchell Starc, joins KKR with the hefty pressure of his record 24.75-crore price tag.

Meanwhile, Australian Test captain Pat Cummins shoulders the hopes of Sunrisers Hyderabad, who seek redemption after finishing last season. Cummins, the IPL auction's second-highest buy, carries the dual burden of captaincy and delivering as a bowler.

SRH was on the brink of a historic T20 comeback, but KKR's last-over surge was simply unstoppable. Harshit faced immense pressure, but the seamer held his nerve. An unforgettable death from the right-armer.

KKR vs SRH Playing XIs

Kolkata Knight Riders: Philip Salt(w), Venkatesh Iyer, Shreyas Iyer(c), Nitish Rana, Rinku Singh, Andre Russell, Sunil Narine, Ramandeep Singh, Mitchell Starc, Harshit Rana, Varun Chakaravarthy

Sunrisers Hyderabad: Mayank Agarwal, Rahul Tripathi, Aiden Markram, Heinrich Klaasen(w), Abdul Samad, Shahbaz Ahmed, Marco Jansen, Pat Cummins(c), Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Mayank Markande, T Natarajan

Sunrisers Hyderabad skipper Pat Cummins: “It was a close game and a wonderful game of cricket,” he told Sky Sports.

“I was impressed with how we bowled but Andre Russell did what Andre Russell does.

“We had our plans but he’s a tough guy to bowl to.

“We could have bowled a few balls differently but he’s the toughest guy to bowl to in the world when he’s playing like that.”

Ramandeep Singh talks through his 35 off 17 “I was enjoying by time in the middle and trying to play with intent,” he told Sky Sports.

“I was striking well in domestic cricket but they way these guys have backed me is tremendous.

“I really want to play like (Russell) maybe one day I can play like that.”

Also Read: SRH vs KKR Head-to-Head Record, KKR Records in Eden Gardens

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