Kolkata Knight Riders vs Sunrisers Hyderabad match report IPL 2024

3rd Match (N), Eden Gardens, March 23, 2024, Indian Premier League
ScoreResultPlayer of the match
Kolkata Knight Riders208/7KKR won by 4 runsAndre Russell, KKR 64* (25) & 2/25
Sunrisers Hyderabad204/7

Knight Riders Hold On for a Thrilling 4-Run Win Over Sunrisers

The Eden Gardens witnessed a nail-biting finish on March 23rd as the Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) edged past the Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) by a mere 4 runs in the third match of IPL 2024.

KKR Bat First, Powered by Russell’s Explosiveness

Kolkata Knight Riders vs Sunrisers Hyderabad

Electing to bat first, KKR got off to a shaky start, losing wickets early. However, a brilliant knock by opener Phil Salt (54) steadied the ship. Later, Andre Russell unleashed his trademark power-hitting, smashing an unbeaten 64 off just 25 balls to propel KKR to a formidable total of 208/7. For SRH, T Natarajan was the pick of the bowlers, claiming 3 wickets.

SRH Fight Back, But Fall Short

Chasing a stiff target, SRH started well with a fifty from opener Phil Salt (mirroring his knock against KKR). Wickets fell at regular intervals, but none of the SRH batsmen could convert their starts into a big score. In a heart-stopping finale, Heinrich Klaasen (63 off 29) took the attack to Mitchell Starc in the 19th over, smashing four sixes and bringing the equation down to a manageable 39 runs off 12 balls. However, Harshit Rana held his nerve in the final over, conceding just 11 runs and securing a thrilling victory for KKR.

Key Players:

  • KKR: Andre Russell (64* off 25), Phil Salt (54)
  • SRH: Heinrich Klaasen (63 off 29), Phil Salt (54)

Impactful Moment:

Harshit Rana’s composed final over, defending 39 runs, sealed the win for KKR.

This match showcased the power-hitting prowess of both teams, but ultimately, KKR’s strong batting performance and disciplined bowling attack proved too much for SRH.