KKR vs SRH IPL highlights: Kolkata Knight Riders crush Sunrisers Hyderabad by 8 wickets in Qualifier 1 to enter IPL 2024 final

SRH 159 (19.3)

KKR 164/2 (13.4)

Kolkata Knight Riders won by 8 wkts


Mitchell Starc

The first playoff match of IPL 2024 has concluded, marking a rather one-sided affair, though KKR supporters are certainly pleased with the outcome as their team advances closer to the coveted trophy. It’s been a decade since the Knights last clinched the title, so the anticipation among fans is palpable. However, SRH still has a chance in the journey as they will confront the victor of tomorrow’s game in Qualifier 2. Anticipation is high for the Eliminator between RR and RCB; with RCB’s impressive winning streak of six games, will they extend it to seven against the Rajasthan Royals? Tomorrow holds the answer to this exciting question.

Mitchell Starc, awarded Player of the Match, emphasized the criticality of the powerplay phase in the game. Both teams had shown prowess in this aspect throughout the tournament. Our strategy revolved around seizing early wickets and unsettling their middle-order. Given the batting prowess of Head and Abhishek, known for their ability to capitalize on width, we focused on denying them that luxury, bowling tight lines and lengths. The spinners played a crucial role, complementing the efforts of the entire bowling unit. While there was an element of fortune in dismissing Head, it was satisfying to see him depart early, which doesn’t always happen. Having competed against each other frequently, I’ve observed the talent and dedication of players like Arora and Harshit, who exhibit remarkable skill and commitment to their craft. Harshit’s performance this season has been particularly outstanding. Our bowling collective has been exceptional, making it difficult to single out any individual. As a seasoned overseas player, witnessing their growth and success is gratifying. Undoubtedly, they’ll continue to excel not just in the IPL but also on the international stage for India.

Shreyas Iyer, the captain of KKR, expressed his delight at the team’s performance, highlighting the importance of unity and responsibility. He emphasized the need for rejuvenation, especially after extensive travel. Staying focused on the present was key to maximizing their performance, which they succeeded in doing. He praised the bowlers for their crucial contributions, noting their determination to take wickets. The diverse skill set within the bowling lineup was particularly impressive. Iyer also commended Gurbaz for his impactful debut, which set a positive tone for the team. Despite language differences, he and Venkatesh Iyer effectively communicate, reflecting their strong rapport. Looking ahead to the final, Iyer stressed the importance of staying focused and giving their best effort as a team.

Most 50-plus scores as a captain in playoffs
2 – MS Dhoni
2 – Rohit Sharma
2 – David Warner
2 – Shreyas Iyer*

Most appearances in the IPL final
10 – CSK
6 – MI
4 – KKR*
3 – RCB

Highest partnership for KKR in playoffs
136 – M Bisla & J Kallis vs CSK, Chennai, 2012
97* – Shreyas Iyer & V Iyer vs SRH, Ahmedabad, 2024*
96 – Shubman Gill & V Iyer vs DC, Sharjah, 2021

Venkatesh Iyer’s scores in playoffs
26 (30) vs RCB, Sharjah, 2021
55 (41) vs DC, Sharjah, 2021
50 (32) vs CSK, Dubai, 2021
51* (28) vs SRH, Ahmedabad, 2024*

Winning with the most balls to spare in IPL (160+ targets)
62 – SRH vs LSG, Hyderabad, 2024 (Target: 166)
38 – KKR vs SRH, Ahmedabad, 2024 (Target: 160)
34 – KKR vs SRH, Kolkata, 2014 (Target: 161)
32 – MI vs RR, Wankhede, 2014 (Target: 190)

Pat Cummins, the skipper of SRH, expressed his determination to swiftly move past the disappointment of their recent loss, focusing on their upcoming opportunity in the second qualifier. Acknowledging the unpredictable nature of T20 cricket, he highlighted the team’s shortcomings with both bat and ball in the previous match. Emphasizing the importance of bolstering their batting lineup, he justified the decision to include the impact substitute. Cummins credited KKR for their strong bowling performance, particularly in exploiting early advantages offered by the pitch. Looking ahead, he emphasized the team’s collective experience and the potential advantage of transitioning to a new venue in Chennai, underlining the need to leave the past behind and focus on the challenges ahead.

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