The KKR vs SRH game went to the wire last night at Hyderabad. The home team had the game under their control only to end up on the losing side. In a surprising move, Nitish Rana backed Varun Chakravarthy to defend 9 runs in the final over of the KKR vs SRH game. Not only did the spinner defend 9 runs well but also picked up the crucial wicket of the set batter Abdul Samad to finish the last over by giving merely 4 runs.

Batting first, KKR put up a score of 172 runs, once again overdependent on Rinku Singh to add crucial runs to the total. Meanwhile, SRH had a shaky start and captain Aiden Markram had to step in to help the team have a chance at winning the KKR vs SRH match. The equation was 38 runs from 30 balls, well within the achievable limits. However, after Markram’s wicket, the runs dried up for the batting team.

KKR vs SRH game ends with a close victory for Knight Riders

KKR vs SRH: Varun Chakravarthy's magnificent last over helps Kolkata seal the victory

Varun Chakravarthy had a good day with the ball. With an economy of 5.00, he was the most efficient bowler in the KKR vs SRH game. Owing to his good last over, he was the Player of the Match award. A victory for Kolkata Knight Riders also meant that the chances of Sunrisers Hyderabad as well as Delhi capitals have reduced all the more. The IPL table is still wide open with all the teams having an opportunity to end up in the top 4.

After winning the KKR vs SRH match, Kolkata’s captain, Nitish Rana said, “In the middle, we bowled a few loose overs and took a gamble with Shardul and Vaibhav and they managed to get both set batters and that’s how we made a comeback in this game. We had to get them out because if they bat till the end, then surely the game would have gone out of our reach. I had a doubt if I had to go with spinner/pacer and backed my spinner to do the job. I always see who is the best spinner on the game and that’s how I decide whom to back on the given day.”

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