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Highest of highs, lowest of lows: Hyderabad show ‘Starc’ contrast after lowest total of IPL final

Highest of highs, lowest of lows: Hyderabad show ‘Starc’ contrast after lowest total of IPL final

It was Sunrisers Hyderabad's batting that steered the side to their third IPL final. However, when it mattered the most, the Orange Army put on a dismal batting performance

The Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) had a rollercoaster ride in IPL 2024, etching their names in the history books for both extremes. In the tournament’s biggest match, the final against Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR), their batting crumbled spectacularly. SRH were skittled out for a mere 113 runs, registering the lowest total ever recorded in an IPL final.

KKR rule the roost vs SRH in IPL Final

At the grandest stage, the IPL 2024 final against KKR, their batting order completely outplayed. From the very first ball, the KKR bowlers looked menacing. Mitchell Starc and Vaibhav Arora wreaked havoc at the top, sending back the dangerous trio of Head, Abhishek Sharma, and Rahul Tripathi for single-digit scores. Aiden Markram, with his 20 runs, became the only SRH batsman to reach 20-run mark.

Lowest total in IPL Final matches

Team vs Opp.Lowest scoreYear
SRH vs KKR115/10 2024
CSK vs MI 125/92013
RPSG vs MI128/62017
MI vs RPSG129/82017

Heinrich Klaasen showed some fight with a 17-ball knock, but when he looked to up the ante, the South African was castled by the impressive Hardik Rana. Andre Russell, playing his first IPL final, chipped in with two crucial wickets in the middle overs, further derailing the SRH chase. This spectacular bowling performance by KKR meant SRH surpass the previous record of 125/9 set by Chennai Super Kings (CSK) against Mumbai Indians (MI) in 2013.

Highest in IPL, Lowest in IPL Finals

SRH’s consistent form powered the team to their third IPL final appearance. But more importantly, they were the architects of another record-breaking feat. In Match 30 against RCB in Bengaluru, SRH went on a run-scoring rampage, piling up a mammoth 287 runs. This was not only the highest score ever recorded in the tournament but was also the highest franchise total in T20 history.

The stark contrast between these two performances – the record-breaking high and the record-breaking low – perfectly captures how pressure might hampers. While SRH possessed a powerful batting lineup throughout the season, they were unable to replicate their success in the high-pressure environment of the final.

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