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IPL 2024 finals: KKR's record powerplay dominance overshadows SRH's historic low

IPL 2024 finals: KKR's record powerplay dominance overshadows SRH's historic low

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, Monday, 27 May 2024 (09:18 IST)
Chennai: As the IPL 2024 season concludes, cricket enthusiasts and statisticians delve into the records etched during the thrilling encounters that defined the tournament. Among these milestones, the Powerplay totals in IPL finals emerge as a focal point, highlighting the intensity and skill displayed by teams in the crucial early overs of championship matches.
 
In today's final between the Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) and the Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH), this record took center stage, significantly impacting the outcome. While SRH recorded the lowest-ever total in an IPL final, KKR surged to claim the highest-ever Powerplay total, defining the narrative of the match.
 
In a stunning turn of events at the MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai, KKR's batsmen blazed their way to a formidable 72/1 in the Powerplay, setting a new record. This display of batting prowess laid a solid foundation for KKR's innings, immediately pressuring SRH and dictating terms from the outset.
 
KKR's achievement eclipsed the previous record of 62/0, held by the Gujarat Titans (GT) against the Chennai Super Kings (CSK) in the 2023 final in Ahmedabad. This commanding start by GT paved the way for a thrilling contest, culminating in a memorable victory for the franchise.
 
Reflecting on past IPL finals, memorable instances abound where teams capitalised on the Powerplay overs to gain momentum. In the 2015 final between the Mumbai Indians (MI) and CSK at Kolkata's Eden Gardens, MI stamped their authority early on with a Powerplay total of 61/1, laying the groundwork for their title triumph.
 
Similarly, in the 2020 final in Dubai between MI and the Delhi Capitals (DC), MI showcased their dominance with a Powerplay total of 61/1, underlining the significance of a strong start in shaping the outcome of finals.
 
However, the IPL 2024 final witnessed a dramatic twist as SRH stumbled to a historic low, posting a mere 113 runs. This dismal performance marked the lowest total ever recorded in an IPL final, surpassing the previous record set by CSK in 2013.
 
SRH's struggle on the grand stage underscored the ruthless efficiency of KKR's bowling attack, led by Mitchell Starc, Vaibhav Arora, and Harshit Rana. Despite brief resistance from SRH's middle order, KKR's relentless pressure ultimately proved decisive, consigning SRH to a historic defeat.
 
As IPL enthusiasts reflect on these record-breaking feats, the importance of the Powerplay overs in shaping finals outcomes becomes increasingly evident. Whether setting the tone for a successful chase or laying a solid foundation for a formidable total, teams rely on their top-order batsmen to deliver during this crucial phase.
 
As the IPL continues to captivate audiences with its blend of action and suspense, one thing remains certain: the Powerplay overs will continue to wield immense influence in determining the fate of teams vying for championship glory.

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