Updated May 26th, 2024 at 22:03 IST

'Only Indian who silenced Cummins in Ahmedabad': Shreyas Iyer's KKR captaincy gets praised

Pat Cummins, leading the Australian cricket team, had previously silenced the Indian crowd by defeating India in the ODI World Cup final in Ahmedabad last year.

Shreyas Iyer and Pat Cummins | Image:BCCI
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Shreyas Iyer's leadership shone brightly as Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) triumphed over Pat Cummins' Sunrisers Hyderabad in Qualifier 1 of IPL 2024 on Tuesday. The comprehensive victory, achieved by 8 wickets, propelled KKR into the final of the tournament, garnering significant praise for Iyer's captaincy.

This win was particularly notable given the historical context. Pat Cummins, leading the Australian cricket team, had previously silenced the Indian crowd by defeating India in the ODI World Cup final in Ahmedabad last year. Cummins had remarked before that match that "there is nothing more satisfying in sport than silencing a big crowd," a statement that resonated deeply with Indian fans even after the tournament ended.

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However, in a remarkable turn of events, it was Shreyas Iyer who managed to turn the tables in the IPL 2024 Qualifier 1. His strategic acumen played a crucial role in dismantling the Sunrisers Hyderabad. KKR's bowlers restricted the Sunrisers to a manageable total of 159 runs, and Iyer's composed innings of 58 runs ensured a smooth chase.

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This victory not only took KKR to the final but also served as a fitting response to Cummins' earlier comments, earning Shreyas Iyer accolades on social media.ย 

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KKR vs SRH, IPL 2024 Qualifier 1

Mitchell Starc-powered Kolkata Knight Riders' juggernaut rolled into the IPL final as the two-time champions produced a ruthless performance against Sunrisers Hyderabad for an eight-wicket win in Qualifier 1 here on Tuesday.

Starc produced a stunning opening burst of three wickets in the powerplay to break the back of SRHโ€™s dangerous batting.

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They were eventually shot out for a mere 159 in 19.3 overs with Rahul Tripathi scoring a vital 55 while Heinrich Klaasen (32) and Pat Cummins (30) also fought hard.

On a benign wicket in steaming hot conditions, SRHโ€™s fight petered out as KKR knocked off the innocuous 160-run target in a mere 13.4 overs with skipper Shreyas Iyer (58 not out off 24) and Venkatesh Iyer (51 not out off 28) taking them over the line.

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KKR will play their fourth IPL final in Chennai on Sunday.

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Published May 21st, 2024 at 23:54 IST