IPL 2024: Kolkata Knight Riders create history against Sunrisers Hyderabad in Qualifier 1

Shreyas Iyer's men were asked to chase 160 and they did it aggressively

By Web Desk
May 21, 2024
Venkatesh Iyer and Shreyas Iyer. - BCCI

Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) reached the IPL 2024 final after beating Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) by eight wickets in Qualifier 1 at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad.

Shreyas Iyer's men were asked to chase 160 and they did it aggressively, creating a history of the quickest chase in IPL knockouts. They completed the target with 38 balls remaining.

Quickest chases in Qualifiers/Knockouts in IPL - By balls remaining

38 - KKR vs SRH, 2024 Qualifier 1

33 - MI vs KKR, 2017 Qualifier 1

31 - CSK v KXIP, 2008 Semi-final

KKR had an upper hand throughout the game after SRH opted to bat first. Mitchell Starc shattered Travis Head's stumps on the second ball of the match which set the platform for KKR win.

The Aussie quick led the SRH's top-order collapse with three wickets in the powerplay. Pat Cummins' men tried to regain the momentum courtesy of Rahul Tripathi (55) and Heinrich Klaasen (32) but KKR restricted them again in the final overs.

Starc bagged figures of 3/34 while Varun Chakravarthy claimed 2/26.

KKR's chase started strongly with Rahmanullah Gurbaz (23) and Sunil Narine (21) taking the charge. The two Iyers - Venkatesh (51*) and Shreyas (58*) - finished strongly with a 97-run stand.

KKR will now face the winners of Qualifier 2 in the final on May 26. SRH will wait for their opponent from Royal Challengers Bengaluru (RCB) and Rajasthan Royals (RR), who will face in the Eliminator on May 22.