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IPL-2024: KKR beat Sunrisers Hyderabad by 4 runs in a high-scoring thriller: Andre Russell and Harshit starr

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KKR won by 4 runs in a thrilling high scoring match against Sunrisers Hyderabad at Eden Garden, Kolkata last night. Sunrisers Hyderabad batsmen Klassen (63) thought that the victory was assured with a brilliant innings, but due to an unexpected turn in the last over by Harshit Rana, the batsmens Klassen and Shahbaz,  who were in full swing until then were dismissed in two consecutive balls, they could not succeed with this.

Andre Russell (64* off 25) produced a death-overs power-hitting masterclass only to be matched by Heinrich Klassen (63 off 29) in SRH’s 209-run chase but eventually it was Harshit Rana who defended 7 off the final 5 balls to help Kolkata Knight Riders clinch the final-ball thriller by four runs. Russell helped KKR plunder 85 in the last five overs to post the first 200-plus score of IPL 2024. In the see-sawing chase, Klaasen’s blinder brought SRH’s equation down from an improbable 60 off 18 to 13 off the final over before Harshit’s twin strikes eventually ended in a heart break for the visitors at the Eden Gardens.

A couple of neat Bhuvneshwar Kumar covers were sandwiched by an expensive one from Marco Jansen where Phil Salt smacked a hat-trick of sixes in the extra-cover region to get KKR going in the PowerPlay. The assault was halted soon enough though with Sunil Narine’s run-out in the same over and both Iyers – Venkatesh and Shreyas – falling to T Natarjan in the next, playing lofted drives. Together, the two pacers combined for 2 for 16 in the PowerPlay, restricting SRH before a pre-meditated switch hit cost Nitish Rana his wicket in the eighth over.

Coming in at 51/4, Ramandeep Singh re-launched the attack with four sixes in four successive overs off four different bowlers – Pat Cummins, Mayank Markande, Jansen and Shahbaz Ahmed. Eventually, it was the SRH skipper who returned into the attack and ended the Ramandeep blitz with an offcutter, caught brilliantly by Markande at cover. The 17-ball cameo was worth 35 valuable runs and included a boundary too. Salt, meanwhile, raised a 38-ball half-half-century before becoming Markande’s second victim on 54.

KKR were 123/5 before Russell switched gears, at the start of the 16th over. And the hosts had 200 up by the close of 19th. Markande was welcomed with three sixes in the space of five balls before Russell took Bhuvneshwar to the cleaners in his two remaining overs with three maximums and as many boundaries. En route, he registered a 20-ball fifty to kickstart the season. Bhuvneshwar, who gave away just seven in his first two overs, eventually finished with 51/0 including a 26-run penultimate over by the end of which the Caribbean star had posted the 200 for KKR – the first of IPL 2024. Natarajan managed to limit the damage with an 8-run final over where he also accounted for Rinku Singh’s wicket on 23 (15 balls).

Hyderabad were able to keep up with the asking rate in a rather eventful PowerPlay, the highlight of which was the battle between Mayank Agarwal and Harshit. The SRH opener successfully reviewed an LBW call to get the on-field decision overturned on 11 off the pacer, before Ramandeep shelled a tough chance diving forward in the deep when he was on 17. Mayank went on to smack a six and a four in the second half of that over to add to the bowler’s frustration. Harshit eventually bounced him out for a 21-ball 32 along with a flying kiss for a send-off. Abhishek Sharma, who had teed off with a 4, 6, 6 off Varun Chakravarthy, also fell to a short ball from Russell, who struck on his second ball.

KKR deployed Narine straight after powerplay and his miserly four-over spell on the trot choked the flow of runs from one end. He conceded just 19, keeping both new batters in the middle in check. He got only one wicket, that of Rahul Tripathi who was dropped twice on 5 and 13, survived a LBW call on 14 when Narine chose not to review, before eventually holing out to deep square leg off an attempted sweep. Losing Aiden Markram to Chakaravarthy in the previous over meant SRH could manage only 50/2 in the 7-14 overs period.

The Narine-led squeeze meant the ask was 76 off the final four overs but Klaasen, who had hit Chakravarthy for a couple of sixes, was just beginning to free his arms. When the spinner returned, following a 16-run over from Russell, Klaasen smacked two sixes down the ground and Shahbaz followed suit. The South African then laid into Mitchell Starc with three sixes off the first four balls while bringing up a 25-ball fifty with the last one of those. Again, Shahbaz added one more to the tally to close the over. With 13 required off six, it was SRH’s game to lose. Harshit began with a short ball and Klaasen duly pounced to register his eighth six of the innings.

However, the pacer made a good comeback, switching to slower balls thereafter. He removed both the set batters in the space of next four deliveries, with Suyash Sharma also chipping in with a good catch running behind to see the back of Klaasen. Cummins had to hit a four to take the game to the Super Over but failed to connect, conceding the two points.

Brief scores: Kolkata Knight Riders 208/7 in 20 overs (Andre Russell 64*, Phil Salt 54; T Natarajan 3-32, Mayank Markande 2-39) beat Sunrisers Hyderabad 204/7 in 20 overs (Heinrich Klassen 63, , Harshit Rana 3-33, Andre Russell 2-25) by 4 runs

Andre Russell | Player of the Match: Not really, sometimes stuff pop on my Insta and I realise how well I am striking the ball. Shows that you are doing well. I have tried to react with whatever comes my way. Over the last 2 years, bowlers have their plans against me. I have been digging out the runs, and I know everyone has a plan for me. (On his journey with KKR) I was on the bench early on, and just tried to make myself useful. This franchise means a lot to me, what I did tonight was just a way to prove what this jersey means to me. Hopefully I can keep performing this way. (On Harshit Rana) Shows a lot about his character. He told me he wanted the last over, he claimed it and he came back strong after the first ball went for six.

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