Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) and Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) locked horns in the 47th Match of the TATA IPL 2023. The match was won by KKR with the help of Varun Chakravarthy’s heroics. Both the teams had met each other previously in the season, where the match was won by SRH in an effortless victory.

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SRH and KKR encountered each other in the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium, Hyderabad on 4th May 2023. The teams had a thrilling match, and the decider went till the last over of the second innings.

KKR came well prepared considering SRH won the last encounter in the Eden Gardens by five runs. KKR batted first and gave Sunrisers Hyderabad a target of 171 runs to chase. Nitish Rana and Rinku Singh scored 42 and 46 off 31 and 35 deliveries respectively, to make KKR reach a decent total.

Sunrisers Hyderabad’s Skipper, Aiden Markram, scored 41 runs off 40 deliveries with a strike rate of 102.5. Rahul Tripathi played an interesting cameo performance and scored 20 runs off 9 deliveries with a strike rate of 222.22. He smashed three fours and a six to give SRH, a boost in the score. Unfortunately, SRH fell short by five runs and lost the game.

Varun Chakravarthy on his spell for KKR

Varun Chakravarthy for KKR

Varun Chakravarthy’s final over led KKR to the victory. With 8 runs left to chase in the final over, Varun gave away only three runs and even took a wicket. He ended the match spell with the figures 4-0-20-1 and was awarded the Player of the Match.

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“My heartbeat was touching 200 in the last over. I wanted them to make it to the longer part of the ground. The ball was slipping a lot and my best bet was the longer side and that was my only hope. On my first over I went for 12 runs, Markram hit me for 2 fours and that’s how the game goes, Last year I was bowling around 85kmph, I was trying out many things and I realized that I needed to work on my revolutions and I did work on it,” said Varun Chakravarthy in the post-match ceremony.

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