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KKR vs SRH, Qualifier 1: Starc & Iyers demolish Hyderabad to secure IPL final spot

KKR vs SRH, Qualifier 1: Starc & Iyers demolish Hyderabad to secure IPL final spot

Kolkata Knight Riders are in 4th IPL final as they beat Sunrisers Hyderabad by 8 wickets to win Qualifier 1. SRH will travel to Chennai to take on the winner of Eliminator in Qualifier 2.

KKR vs SRH Qualifier 1: Kolkata Knight Riders have sealed their spot in IPL 2024 final with a commanding victory over Sunrisers Hyderabad. KKR have chased down a 160-run target in just 13.4 overs with Shreyas Iyer and Venkatesh Iyer smashing fifties. But it was Mitchell Starc who was the hero with 3/34 with all his three scalps coming in the powerplay. While Rahul Tripathi (55 off 35) fought back in the middle overs, it was not enough. SRH were bowled out for 159.

KKR vs SRH Score

KKR vs SRH Qualifier 1

KKR in IPL final

6, 4, 6, 6: Shreyas Iyer hammers Travis Head for 22 runs in 4 balls to chase down the target in just 13.4 overs. Kolkata Knight Riders are in 4th IPL final.

Another catch dropped!

And there you go, Travis Head has also dropped a catch. It was the easiest of the lot as Shreyas Iyer survived once again. Iyer gave away an easy catch at point to Head. But he drops the simplest of catches.

Shreyas survives!

Nothing is going right for Hyderabad. Heinrich Klaasen almost had Shreyas Iyer’s catch. But a collision with an on-rushing Rahul Tripathi means the catch is spilt. Shreyas Iyer survives.

KKR 98/2 after 9.2 overs

Iyer on song!

Venkatesh Iyer has taken charge of the chase. He is going at over 180 strike rate and Hyderabad need to get rid of him as soon as possible.

KKR 85/2 after 8 overs

Narine gone!

Pat Cummins has struck after the powerplay and it’s the big fish Sunil Narine who departs for 16-ball 21. There is still hope for Hyderabad.

KKR 67/2 after 6.2 overs

KKR on top after powerplay

Sunil Narine took a blow to the head but bounced back nicely against Natarajan. Kolkata are now way ahead and need just 97 runs in 84 balls to make the IPL 2024 Final.

KKR: 63/1 after 6 overs.

Southpaws scoring heavily

Venkatesh Iyer has already scored 12 (8) and isn’t looking to slow down either. On the other end, Sunil Narine is also scoring rapidly.

KKR: 57/1 after 5 overs.

Natarajan strikes!

The bowling change has worked wonders. Gurbaz departs for 23 (14) as Sunrisers Hyderabad get their first breakthrough.

KKR: 44/1 after 3.2 overs.

Pat pumped by Gurbaz & Narine

Pat Cummins has been taken for 20 runs in his first over. Not the start, the Sunrisers Hyderabad captain, while defending just 160.

KKR: 26/0 after 2 over.

Gurbaz goes for his shots

Nice start for the Kolkata Knight Riders; they have started things with great intent. The scoreboard might not reflect that, but Gurbaz really went for his shots in the first over.

KKR: 6/0 after 1 over.

4th final for KKR?

Kolkata Knight Riders have played two Qualifier 1 (2012 and 2014) and have a 2-0 record in them. Can they make it 3-0 today and reach their 4th IPL final?

159 all out!

Pat Cummins falls and Hyderabad are bowled out for 159 in Ahmedabad. Mitchell Starc broke their backbone in the powerplay. While Heinrich Klaasen and Rahul Tripathi fought back, SRH struggled against Varun Chakaravarthy. In the end, Pat Cummins’s 24-ball 30 helps SRH post 159.

9 down!

Bhuvneshwar Kumar’s 4-ball ordeal is over. Varun Chakaravarthy traps him LBW to make it 9.

SRH 126/9 after 15.6.

8 down!

Abdul Samad has wasted another opportunity. He tries to go for a big one against Harshit Rana but he is caught at the boundary line. There were five more overs left.

SRH 125/8 after 14.3.

No Impact!

Sanvir Singh came to the crease as an impact sub but he lasted just 1 delivery. Sunil Narine has cleaned him up on the first ball.

SRH 121/7 after 13.3.

Tripathi run-out!

Error in judgment or fantastic fielding? Andre Russell stops guaranteed two runs with a diving effort but in two-minds, Rahul Tripathi sacrifices himself. Tripathi played a brilliant knock of 35-ball 55 but he will be ruing that mistake.

SRH 121/6 after 13.2.

End of Klaasen

KKR have a breakthrough. And it’s Varun Chakaravarthy who breaks the stand. Heinrich Klaasen went for the big one but could not time properly. Rinku Singh takes an easy catch and Klaasen falls.

SRH 101/5 after 11.

Tripathi hits 50

Rahul Tripathi has been a class apart today. He has led the response for Hyderabad with a fine half-century to keep KKR bowling attack at bay.

Klaasen-Tripathi fight back

Sunrisers Hyderabad are bouncing back, courtesy of Heinrich Klaasen and Rahul Tripathi. The two are taking the attack to the KKR bowlers in the middle overs after they dominated the powerplay. Klaasen-Tripathi has brought up a 50-run partnership as well.

SRH 92/4 after 10.

KKR boss powerplay

Sunrisers Hyderabad have faltered in the powerplay. But Rahul Tripathi has ensured, the score is not too embarrassing.

SRH 45/4 after 6.

Starc’s masterclass

Mitchell Starc is breathing fire today. He dismissed Nitish Reddy and followed it up with Shahbaz Ahmed. KKR are bossing the powerplay. And Starc’s wife Alyssa Healy, the Australia women’s team captain, witnessed all of it from the stands.

SRH 39/4 after 5.

Tripathi on song

After the two big blows in Head and Abhishek, Rahul Tripathi has steadied the ship. Nitish Reddy is also on the crease, responding to the KKR bowling attack.

SRH 33/2 after 4.

💡 Starc vs Head

Mitchell Starc has dismissed Travis Head 5 times across formats. Out of those, three have been first-ball ducks.

Abhishek departs

KKR are bossing over Hyderabad in the powerplay. Abhishek Sharma is the next to depart as Vaibhav Arora strikes. Hyderabad have now lost their two best batters in the powerplay.

SRH 13/2 after 2

Head gone!

There you go. Mitchell Starc goes up against Travis Head and Abhishek Sharma. And Head is out bowled. What a start.

Match starts

There you go. Mitchell Starc goes up against Travis Head and Abhishek Sharma. And Head is out bowled. What a start.

Cummins says

We gonna have a bat, looks like a good wicket and expect a high-scoring game. The batting group has been amazing for us and hopefully more of the same tonight. We are playing pretty much the same eleven as the last game.

playing XIs

Kolkata Knight Riders (Playing XI): Rahmanullah Gurbaz(w), Sunil Narine, Venkatesh Iyer, Shreyas Iyer(c), Rinku Singh, Andre Russell, Ramandeep Singh, Mitchell Starc, Vaibhav Arora, Harshit Rana, Varun Chakaravarthy


Sunrisers Hyderabad (Playing XI): Travis Head, Abhishek Sharma, Rahul Tripathi, Nitish Reddy, Heinrich Klaasen(w), Abdul Samad, Shahbaz Ahmed, Pat Cummins(c), Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Vijayakanth Viyaskanth, T Natarajan

Iyer says

I would have loved to bowl. I had a chat with the curator and he said it’s a mixed soil, let’s see how it plays, hoping for a good game. Important that we keep the momentum going and stay in the present. Great achievement (finising at the top of the table) and everyone is proud of it, we are taking one match at a time and we need to be positive about what’s going to happen here. We are going with the same team.

Toss

There you go. Pat Cummins has won the toss and opted to bat first. Can we see 300 here?

Match time

And we are just 10 mins away from the toss of the qualifier 1 between KKR and SRH. Who do you think will win tonight?

Welcome to the live coverage of Qualifier I of the IPL 2024 between the Kolkata Knight Riders and Sunrisers Hyderabad.

KKR vs SRH Qualifier 1: Squads

Kolkata Knight Riders Squad: Rahmanullah Gurbaz(w), Sunil Narine, Venkatesh Iyer, Shreyas Iyer(c), Rinku Singh, Andre Russell, Ramandeep Singh, Anukul Roy, Mitchell Starc, Harshit Rana, Varun Chakaravarthy, Vaibhav Arora, Manish Pandey, Nitish Rana, Srikar Bharat, Sherfane Rutherford, Dushmantha Chameera, Angkrish Raghuvanshi, Sakib Hussain, Suyash Sharma, Allah Ghazanfar, Chetan Sakariya.

Sunrisers Hyderabad Squad: Travis Head, Abhishek Sharma, Rahul Tripathi, Nitish Reddy, Heinrich Klaasen(w), Shahbaz Ahmed, Abdul Samad, Sanvir Singh, Pat Cummins(c), Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Vijayakanth Viyaskanth, T Natarajan, Umran Malik, Glenn Phillips, Washington Sundar, Jaydev Unadkat, Mayank Agarwal, Aiden Markram, Anmolpreet Singh, Upendra Yadav, Mayank Markande, Jhatavedh Subramanyan, Fazalhaq Farooqi, Marco Jansen, Akash Maharaj Singh.

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