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KKR Dominates SRH to Seal IPL 2024 Final Berth

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On May 21, 2024, Kolkata Knight Riders delivered a masterful performance to secure their place in the IPL 2024 Final, overwhelming Sunrisers Hyderabad in Qualifier 1 of the IPL 2024 at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad. With a superb bowling and batting show, KKR maintained their dominance and showcased why they are a challenging team this season. 

Toss update

Sun risers Hyderabad won the toss and opted to bat first. While not a must-win scenario, both teams are keen to sidestep being pushed into such a position, as a loss would dismount them there. Expecting a pitch favoring batters, expect a high-scoring affair, with the toss-winning SRH captain Pat Cummins opting to bat first. 

Pitch Condition in the Playoff Match of IPL 2024

Ahmedabad’s pitch is expected to be a bouncy red-soil track, favoring big hitting. The choice between red and black soil might be the climactic factor influencing team selection. While the last match in Ahmedabad fell victim to a washout, the forecast suggests fafavorable))eather conditions for today’s game.

KKR vs SRH probable XIIs Probable XII:

Shreyas Iyer (c), Sunil Narine, Rahmanullah Gurbaz (wk), Venkatesh Iyer, Nitish Rana, Rinku Singh, Andre Russell, Ramandeep Singh, Mitchell Starc, Anukul Roy, Harshit Rana, Varun Chakravarthy

Probable XII: Pat Cummins (c), Travis Head, Abhishek Sharma, Rahul Tripathi, Nitish Kumar Reddy, Heinrich Klaasen (wk), Shahbaz Ahmed, Abdul Samad, Sanvir Singh, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Vijayakanth Viyaskanth, T Natarajan. 

KKR vs SRH Weather Conditions

The KKR vs. SRH Qualifier 1 IPL 2024 match is predicted to be rain-free, but dew could impact the second innings due to high humidity levels. Temperatures are expected to fluctuate between 38 and 43 degrees Celsius throughout the match.

KKR vs SRH Head-to-Head 

In the head-to-head count, KKR leads SRH with a score of 17-9. Since 2020, KKR has been particularly dominant, settling victory in seven out of nine encounters between the two teams. Regarding playoff performances, both sides brag similar records, with KKR securing eight wins and suffering five defeats, while SRH has won five and lost six.

Match Overview

A brilliant all-round performance characterized KKR’s victory. With no choice to field first after losing the toss, KKR’s bowlers, led by Mitchell Starc, disassembled SRH’s batting lineup, leaving them at 39 for 4 within the first 5 overs. Despite a resilient effort from Rahul Tripathi, SRH could only post a subpar total of 159. KKR chased down the target in just 13.4 overs, with Venkatesh Iyer and Shreyas Iyer playing match-winning innings.

Starc’s Bowling Brilliance

Mitchell Starc’s opening spell was nothing short of sensational. He set the tone for KKR’s dominance with a fiery and accurate display of pace and swing:

  • Early Strikes: Starc’s first ball was wide outside off, but he quickly corrected his line, and on the second delivery, he bowled Travis Head with a perfect inswinging yorker that uprooted the off and middle stumps.
  • Continued Pressure: Starc continued to attack, bouncing out Nitish Reddy with a short ball that resulted in a top-edged catch to the wicketkeeper. He then dismissed Shahbaz Ahmed with a delivery that moved late, causing Ahmed to chop it onto his stumps.
  • Swing Masterclass: Starc’s ability to swing the ball late at a high pace was too much for the SRH top order to handle. His figures of 3/22 in three overs were pivotal in breaking the back of SRH’s batting lineup.

Vaibhav Arora’s Support

Supporting Starc, Vaibhav Arora also played a crucial role in maintaining the pressure on SRH:

  • Key Dismissal: Arora dismissed Abhishek Sharma with a beautifully bowled full delivery that swung late, resulting in a simple catch at covers.
  • Consistent Line and Length: Arora’s disciplined bowling ensured that SRH could not recover from their early losses, contributing significantly to their collapse.

Klaasen’s Lone Resistance

Heinrich Klaasen attempted to anchor the innings and provide some stability to SRH:

  • Necessary Partnership: Klaasen formed a 62-run partnership with Rahul Tripathi for the fifth wicket, the highest in the innings.
  • Dismissal: Klaasen’s resistance ended in the 11th over when he mistimed a shot off Varun Chakravarthy and was caught at deep midwicket, leaving SRH struggling to post a competitive total.

Tripathi’s Efforts and SRH’s Struggles

Rahul Tripathi fought hard to keep SRH in the game:

  • Top Scorer: Tripathi scored a vital 55 off 35 balls, playing some exquisite shots to keep the scoreboard ticking.
  • Run Out: His dismissal came from a brilliant piece of fielding by Andre Russell, who threw himself to stop the ball and effected a run out with a quick throw to the keeper, further denting SRH’s hopes.

KKR’s Efficient Chase

Chasing 160, KKR needed a strong start and delivered just that:

  • Early Contributions: Rahmanullah Gurbaz provided a quickfire 23 off 14 balls, setting the tone for the chase. Although Sunil Narine struggled, he managed to keep the scoreboard ticking.
  • Iyers’ Heroics: The Iyer duo, Venkatesh and Shreyas, took charge and dominated the SRH bowlers.

Venkatesh and Shreyas Iyer’s Partnership

The partnership between Venkatesh Iyer and Shreyas Iyer was instrumental in KKR’s successful chase:

  • Aggressive Batting: Venkatesh Iyer played a brilliant innings, scoring 51 not out off 28 balls. His aggressive approach included several boundaries and sixes that demoralized the SRH bowlers.
  • Shreyas Iyer’s Finish: Shreyas Iyer scored an unbeaten 58 off 24 balls, including three sixes and four boundaries. His finishing skills were on full display as he took KKR over the line with a flourish, including consecutive boundaries off Travis Head in the final over.

Key Moments in the Playoff Match of IPL 2024

Several key moments defined KKR’s dominance in this match:

  1. Starc’s Opening Spell: His three-wicket burst in the powerplay set the tone for KKR’s dominance.
  2. Arora’s Support: His key dismissal of Abhishek Sharma kept the pressure on SRH.
  3. Klaasen’s Wicket: Varun Chakravarthy’s dismissal of Klaasen ended SRH’s hopes of a recovery.
  4. Iyers’ Partnership: The aggressive and efficient partnership between Venkatesh and Shreyas Iyer ensured a swift chase.

Conclusion

KKR’s dominant performance against SRH secured their spot in the IPL 2024 Final, showcasing their prowess and strategic brilliance. Mitchell Starc’s exceptional bowling and the batting heroics of Venkatesh and Shreyas Iyer were pivotal in this victory. As KKR advances to the final, they have demonstrated that they are a team to be reckoned with, combining experience, skill, and determination. SRH, despite the loss, will have another chance to reach the final as they face the winner of the Eliminator between Rajasthan Royals and Royal Challengers Bangalore. IPL 2024 is coming to an end. Let’s support our Favorite team. Remember to cheer them. 

Tania Mukherjee
Author: Tania Mukherjee

Tania Mukherjee is an author. Immersing herself in the world of Entertainment and expressing her thoughts along with her feelings through the power of the written word. With a deep passion for writing, she finds solace and fulfillment in conveying her ideas to others.

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