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IPL 2024 finals: KKR's victory leaves SRH owner Kavya Maran in tears - WATCH

IPL 2024 finals: KKR's victory leaves SRH owner Kavya Maran in tears - WATCH

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, Monday, 27 May 2024 (09:59 IST)
Chennai: The MA Chidambaram Stadium witnessed a night of contrasting emotions as Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) secured their third Indian Premier League (IPL) title with a commanding victory over Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH).
 
The final, marked by both elation and heartbreak, was a testament to unpredictable nature of cricket and the emotional rollercoaster it brings.
 
In a poignant moment that captured the essence of sportsmanship and the deep emotional investment in the game, cameras zoomed in on SRH owner Kavya Maran, her eyes brimming with tears as her team succumbed to a crushing defeat.
 
Despite her evident sorrow, she stood up and applauded the victors, embodying the grace and dignity that sports often demand from its most ardent supporters.

 
Throughout the season, Kavya had been a beacon of support and passion for her team.
 
Contrasting sharply with Kavya's sorrow was unrestrained joy in the KKR camp. Captain Shreyas Iyer, his face alight with pride, claimed a stump as a memento of their victory, a symbol of the hard-fought journey to the top.
 
The night's hero, Sunil Narine, not only delivered a stellar performance but also shared a heartwarming moment with KKR’s mentor Gautam Gambhir, lifting him in celebration.

 
Gambhir's rare smile underscored the triumph and joy within the KKR camp, highlighting the collective effort and camaraderie that fuelled their success.
 
The final itself was a showcase of KKR's clinical efficiency and strategic brilliance. After losing the toss, SRH was put to bat and quickly found themselves on the back foot.
 
KKR’s disciplined bowling attack, spearheaded by Mitchell Starc, dismantled SRH’s batting lineup, restricting them to a meager 113 – the lowest total ever recorded in an IPL final.
 
Starc and his fellow bowlers relentlessly pressured the SRH batsmen, ensuring no respite and making early inroads that SRH could never recover from.
 
In pursuit of a modest target of 114, KKR’s chase was both swift and decisive. Despite the early loss of Narine, opener Rahmanullah Gurbaz’s aggressive boundaries and Venkatesh Iyer's explosive unbeaten 52 off 26 balls led KKR to victory with an astonishing 57 balls to spare.
 
Iyer sealed the game in one of the most dominant performances in IPL final history.
 
KKR’s journey to their third title was a narrative of consistency and dominance.
 
Finishing at the top of the group stage, they carried this momentum through to the final. Each player executed their role with precision, reflecting meticulous planning and exceptional teamwork.
 
This victory not only adds to KKR's illustrious legacy but also positions them as one of the most formidable teams in IPL history.
 
As the celebrations continued late into the night, it was clear that this victory was not just a triumph of skill but also spirit, strategy, and sheer determination.
 
The 2024 IPL final will be remembered not just for KKR's emphatic win, but also for the emotional tapestry that played out in the stadium –- a vivid reminder of why cricket remains a beloved sport, capable of touching the deepest chords of human emotion.

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