Andre Russell’s all Round Performance Helped Kolkata Knight Riders beat Sunrisers Hyderabad by four runs.

Match was classic IPL thriller, were KKR held their nerves and won the match.

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Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) beat Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) by four runs in yesterday’s Indian Premier League IPL 2024 game at Eden Gardens in Kolkata. Sent into bat after losing the toss, KKR posted 208-7, with Andre Russell scoring an unbeaten 64 off 25.

SRH batters were good expect Rahul Tripathi

In their chase, SRH were totally out of the game with 145-5 in the 17th over. However, Heinrich Klaasen’s valuable 63 off 29 gave Kolkata a scare but eventually he was out in the second last ball of the last over. With three overs left in the chase, Hyderabad needed 60. Klaasen smacked Varun Chakravarthy for two sixes in the 18th over, while Shahbaz Ahmed also slammed a maximum as 21 runs came off the over. Klaasen then launched into Mitchell Starc in the 19th over and hammered the most expensive IPL player for three sixes. Shahbaz hit another maximum off the last ball as 26 runs came off the penultimate over. The equation came down to 13 off the last over. Klaasen easily hit the first ball from Harshit Rana for six over fine leg. Shahbaz (16), though, was caught at long-on off the third ball. Klaasen fell to a brilliant catch by Suyash Sharma at short third man off the penultimate ball as SRH finished on 204-7.

SRH openers started the innings well

Earlier, Sunrisers Hyderabad had got off to a flying start courtesy of Mayank Agarwal (32 off 21) and Abhishek Sharma (32 off 19). However, they kept losing wickets at regular intervals and, until Klaasen’s brutal attack and Ahmed’s crucial cameo in the end. Rahul Tripathi played very slow and only scored (20 off 20) . His innings determined faith of the match for SRH. He would like to change his strike rate in upcoming innings.

Russell Rinku Ramandeep saved the day for KKR

Batting first, KKR got off to a poor start as they lost their first four wickets for 51 runs inside eight overs. Sunil Narine (2) was run out by a direct hit from Shahbaz, Venkatesh Iyer (7) and captain Shreyas Iyer (0) fell in the same over to T Natarajan. Venkatesh gave a catch to cover, while Shreyas chipped one to mid-off. Nitish Rana (9) played a poor stroke, attempting a reverse hit off Mayank Markande and gave a catch to backward point. Opener Phil Salt (54 off 40) added 54 for the fifth wicket with Ramandeep Singh (35 off 17) to lift Kolkata Knight Riders. Following the dismissal of the duo, Russell and Rinku Singh (23 off 15) combined to add 81 for the seventh wicket in an important stand. Russell smoked Markande for three sixes in the 16th over and Bhuvneshwar Kumar for two fours and two sixes in the penultimate over. He completed his half century in the same over. KKR scored 208-7 in the end.

Kevin Varchand

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