One way traffic in IPL final

Henry

The Kolkata Knight Riders paid R55.1 million a few months ago to acquire Mitchell Starc’s services for the 2024 edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL).

Well, the left-handed Aussie showed in the final against the Sunrisers Hyderabad that he is indeed worth his weight in gold.

Starc was named the player of the match after his two quick wickets put the Sunrisers on the back foot early on.

Among other things, he got rid of the dangerous Abhishek Sharma and the poor Hyderabad batsmen were eventually bowled out for 113 runs.

Aiden Markram (20 runs) and Heinrich Klaasen (16 runs) tried to break ground, but the Sunrisers – who were earlier responsible for innings of 277 and 287 runs – were powerless against Starc and Andre Russell’s (3/19) onslaught.

In the Kolkata innings, Pat Cummins at least sent Sunil Narine back to the dressing room early, but after that Venkatesh Iyer (52 runs from 26 balls) won the game at a run for his team.

“I think Kolkata bowled superbly and we were completely outplayed. Admittedly, it was a difficult pitch to bat on; if we could score 160 runs, we stood a chance,” said Cummins.

On his part, Shreyas Iyer is in seventh heaven.

“It was a resounding victory. We expected good performances from the senior players and they showed what they are capable of. I am very proud of the team,” said the Kolkata captain.

  • Summary of the scorecard:

Sunrisers Hyderabad 113/10 in 18.3 overs: Pat Cummins 24, Andre Russell 3/19 and Mitchell Starc 2/14.

Kolkata Knight Riders 114/2 in 10.3 overs: Venkatesh Iyer 52* and Pat Cummins 1/18.