Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) stayed in the IPL 2023 playoffs race with a come-from-behind five-run victory over Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) on Wednesday (May 4).
It was a brilliant comeback by KKR, both in the batting and bowling departments. First, they posted 171/9 and then kept the home team to 166/8.
Here are SRH vs KKR highlights.
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After opting to bat first, KKR were reduced to 35/3 in 4.4 overs. Opener Rahmanullah Gurbaz was out for a golden duck. Venkatesh Iyer (7) and Jason Roy (20) followed soon.
Captain Nitish Rana (42), Rinku Singh (46) and Andre Russell (24) revived the KKR innings and helped them post a respectable total.
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SRH’s shaky start
Like KKR, SRH too did not have a good start. In the run chase, they were in deep trouble at 54/4 in 6.2 overs.
SRH captain Aiden Markram (41) and his compatriot Heinrich Klaasen (36) put the run chase back on track with a 70-run partnership. When they were in the middle, it looked like SRH would win comfortably. However, things changed once they were dismissed.
Chakravarthy stops SRH
KKR’s mystery spinner Varun Chakravarty (1/20 in 4 overs) was the star as he turned the game in the final overs. When SRH needed 38 off 30, Chakravarthy bowled 18 of those balls and conceded just 8 runs including 8 dot balls, and also got a wicket (Abdul Samad). He also bowled the final over when the required runs were 9. He was adjudged the Player of the match.
Thakur scalps big wicket
With 48 needed off 36, Shardul Thakur took the crucial wicket of Klaasen on the first ball of the 15th over.
Markram’s brilliant catch
Skipper Markram ran for more than 20 yards toward mid-on to take a catch off his own bowling to dismiss his counterpart Rana. This is one of the best catches of the tournament.
Varun Chakaravarthy is adjudged Player of the Match for his bowling figures of 1/20 as #KKR snatch a thrilling victory.
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— IndianPremierLeague (@IPL) May 4, 2023