IPL 2024: Harshit Rana's brilliant last over leads KKR to a thrilling victory over SRH

Russell's explosive innings propelled KKR to a commanding total of 208/7 in their allotted 20 overs.

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By Omar | Mar 23, 2024 | 2 Min Read follow icon Follow Us

Harshit Rana’s display of composure takes KKR over the line in a thrilling match against SRH at the Eden Gardens. His remarkable performance in the crucial final over, bowling with precision as the right-arm quick, secured an exhilarating last-ball triumph for KKR, edging out SRH by a slim margin of 4 runs. It was indeed a moment of jubilation for the ardent KKR supporters gathered at the iconic Eden Gardens! Despite Heinrich Klaasen’s courageous effort on the opposing side, it ultimately culminated in disappointment.

Now, let’s delve into the intricacies of this enthralling encounter. Initially, KKR’s decision to bat first saw Phil Salt setting a blistering pace, injecting momentum into the innings. However, the absence of substantial support from the other end resulted in the rapid loss of four wickets.

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In the midst of this precarious situation, Ramandeep Singh emerged as a pivotal figure, delivering a brief yet impactful innings of 35 runs off just 17 deliveries, steering the ship back on course. Meanwhile, Salt, exhibiting adaptability to the match’s demands, reached a well-crafted half-century but was unable to convert it into a significant score, departing after contributing 54 runs.

Just when it seemed KKR might falter in reaching the 160-run mark, Andre Russell emerged as the savior with a different game plan altogether. The powerhouse all-rounder unleashed an onslaught on the SRH bowlers, plundering boundaries and sixes with impunity, culminating in an unbeaten whirlwind knock of 65 runs from a mere 25 balls. His explosive innings propelled KKR to a commanding total of 208/7 in their allotted 20 overs, with Rinku Singh providing valuable support with 23 runs in partnership with Russell.

On the bowling front, T Natarajan showcased his prowess for SRH, scalping three pivotal wickets, while Markande and Cummins made significant contributions with two and one wickets, respectively, adding to the intensity of this captivating clash.

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