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KKR Clinch Third IPL Title with Dominant Victory Over SRH

• 27 May, 24 • by Inkspilled
KKR Clinch Third IPL Title with Dominant Victory Over SRH


In a thrilling display of cricketing prowess, the Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) claimed their third Indian Premier League (IPL) title with a commanding eight-wicket victory over Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) in the final at MA Chidambaram Stadium, Chennai, on Sunday.


Chasing a modest target of 114 runs, KKR made quick work of the task, reaching the target in just 10.3 overs. The hero of the chase was Venkatesh Iyer, who scored a blistering 52 not out off 26 balls, leading his team to an all-inclusive win.


Earlier in the day, KKR captain Shreyas Iyer won the toss and opted to field first. This decision proved to be a masterstroke as KKR’s bowlers dismantled SRH’s batting lineup, bundling them out for a mere 113 runs in 18.3 overs. The foundation for this dominant performance was laid by Mitchell Starc, who bowled a sensational first over, removing SRH opener Abhishek Sharma with a perfect delivery that set the tone for the rest of the innings.


KKR’s bowlers kept the pressure on SRH throughout their innings. Andre Russell was particularly effective, taking three crucial wickets for just 19 runs in his 2.3 overs. Russell’s victims included key players like Aiden Markram and SRH captain Pat Cummins, whose early dismissals left SRH reeling.


The KKR bowling unit was relentless, with Vaibhav Arora and Harshit Rana also contributing significantly. Arora dismissed the dangerous Travis Head for a first-ball duck, while Rana chipped in with two important wickets, maintaining a tight grip on the game.


In response, despite losing Sunil Narine early, KKR’s batting lineup showcased their strength. Venkatesh Iyer and Rahmanullah Gurbaz (39) forged a solid partnership, dismantling SRH’s bowling attack with ease. Iyer, in particular, was in sublime form, hitting the SRH bowlers to all parts of the ground and ensuring a swift victory for KKR. The win was sealed with captain Shreyas Iyer at the crease, symbolizing a well-rounded team effort.


This victory not only marked KKR’s third IPL title but also highlighted their dominance throughout the season. KKR topped the group stage of the 10-team league and had already defeated SRH in the first qualifier earlier in the week. Their consistent performance was a testament to their skill and strategy, with Shreyas Iyer joining an elite group of Indian captains who have led their teams to IPL glory.


In other highlights of the season, Virat Kohli of Royal Challengers Bangalore won the Orange Cap as the league’s highest run-scorer with 741 runs from 15 matches. Harshal Patel of Punjab Kings clinched the Purple Cap for being the most successful bowler with 24 wickets from 14 matches. KKR’s own Sunil Narine was adjudged the season’s Most Valuable Player for his all-round contributions.


The IPL 2024 final will be remembered as one of the most one-sided finals in the tournament’s history, with KKR delivering a performance that will be celebrated by their fans for years to come. With this win, KKR have firmly established themselves as one of the most successful teams in IPL history, trailing only behind Chennai Super Kings and Mumbai Indians in terms of titles won. The Knight Riders’ triumph in Chennai was a true team effort, exemplifying their spirit and determination throughout the season.

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