Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) have won a much needed match in Hyderabad as the purple army has beaten the home team, the orange army at their home to keep their playoffs hopes alive.
Batting first after winning the toss, Kolkata Knight Riders scored 171 runs. Nitish Rana and Rinku Singh were the star with the bat as the former scored 42 runs while the latter scored 46 runs.
Chasing the target, Sunrisers Hyderabad lost 3 wickets in the powerplay itself. Off form Harry Brook was the 4th wicket to fall for the Orange Army.
Then after, both Heinrich Klaasen and captain Aiden Markram scripted a brilliant comeback. The former was finally dismissed by Shardul Thakur after scoring a quickfire 36 of 20 balls while Markram was dismissed at the crucial stages after scoring 41 runs in 40 balls.
Things were looking tight until Abdul Samad made it the comfortable one for Hyderabad. However, his wicket in the final swung the match as Varun Chakravarthy gave away only 3 runs while defending 9 runs in the final over.
While in this match KKR’s pacers were on target, it was a crucial over for Varun Chakravarthy with set batsman Abdul Samad on the crease. However, he once again proved why he is KKR’s go to bowler after his horrific IPL 2022. See how Twitterati reacted.
VARUN CHAKRAVARTHY – THE HERO OF KKR.— Mufaddal Vohra (@mufaddal_vohra) May 4, 2023
SRH needed 9 in 6 balls – 1,1LB,W,0,1,0. A spell of 1/20 in 4 overs, what a performance by Chakravarthy! pic.twitter.com/CTxD8Q1XVL
Queen deserves a better team tbf pic.twitter.com/1ZZB5sVAgj— Heisenberg ☢ (@internetumpire) May 4, 2023
Appreciation post for Nitish Rana’s Captaincy✨ pic.twitter.com/bozcIGgwo9— 𝐒𝐞𝐫𝐠𝐢𝐨𝐂𝐒𝐊 (@SergioCSKK) May 4, 2023
VARUN CHAKRAVARTHY, THE MAN FOR KKR.— Johns. (@CricCrazyJohns) May 4, 2023
4 runs in the 16th over.
5 runs in the 18th over.
3 runs in the 20th over.
He was heavily trolled forever during COVID days, went through lots of tough times and his grit & determination helped him to make a comeback. pic.twitter.com/J48q1gKeEh
VARUN CHAKRAVARTHY YOU BEAUTY, YOU DID IT!!! Absolutely brilliant considering he was the death bowler for KKR. Hats off to captain Nitish Rana too for this bold move. pic.twitter.com/wEYYUq1Peq— sohom | kkr era (@AwaaraHoon) May 4, 2023
Varun chakravarthy 🙏💜— Ashish Shrivastava (@ashishayush1177) May 4, 2023
The man the myth the legend pic.twitter.com/GYYABsOtb2
His teacher bowled a maiden Super over against young Nicolas Pooran and today he defended 9 runs against Abdul Samad.— Arka (@ARKA0432) May 4, 2023
Varun Chakravarthy take a bow💜🔥#SRHvsKKR #TATAIPL2023 pic.twitter.com/XyhrEsGYSK
Hats off to Nitish Rana for bringing Varun instead of Shardul Thakur— Sohail. (@iamsohail__1) May 4, 2023
Any captain would've gone with fast bowler
Kudos to Varun Chakravarty 💜@KKRiders