KKR vs SRH: "Totally outplayed" - Pat Cummins after SRH's humiliating loss in IPL 2024 final

Published - 27 May 2024, 12:35 AM | Updated - 27 May 2024, 12:36 AM

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Sunrisers Hyderabad skipper Pat Cummins heaped praise on Kolkata Knight Riders' bowling performance after his team's crushing 8-wicket defeat in the recently-concluded final of IPL 2024.

SRH had already lost twice against KKR this season and had the perfect platform to avenge those losses. The game started on a good note for them as well as they won the toss and opted to bat first. Having defeated Rajasthan Royals by batting first at the same venue earlier this week, SRH fancied their chances again.

However, nothing went right for them after the toss and KKR completely outplayed them. They lost the wickets of Abhishek Sharma, Travis Head, and Rahul Tripathi inside the powerplay and could not recover from those early blows.

At one stage, they were reeling at 77 for 7 before a 24-run knock from Pat Cummins helped them post a respectable 113. Andre Russell picked up three wickets for KKR while Mitchell Starc and Harshit Rana claimed two apiece. 

In reply, KKR crossed the finishing line inside 11 overs by losing only two wickets. After Sunil Narine departed for six, Rahmanullah Gurbaz and Venkatesh Iyer all but sealed the game by sharing a 91-run stand for the second wicket. Gurbaz departed for 39 but Iyer made the most of the start and remained unbeaten on 52 off 26 balls.

 They bowled fantastically: Pat Cummins

Speaking at the end of the game, Pat Cummins was all praise for KKR's bowling performance, especially his Australia teammate Mitchell Starc's display. He also admitted that his team was totally outplayed by the champions.

Cummins also said that SRH would have been in the game had they managed to score around 160. He concluded by pointing out the positives for his team during the season.

"They bowled fantastically. Old mate Starcy turned up again! Not enough tonight, totally outplayed. You hope you get some boundaries away but they bowled fantastically well, didn't give us anything. Similar to how they bowled in Ahmedabad," said Pat Cummins.

"It was a tricky wicket. If we got 160, we felt we would have been in the game. So many (positives), the style with which the guys played especially with the bat. Lot of skills to get to 250 three times. I loved how brave the guys were. It was a lot of fun, great season," he added.