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KKR vs DC IPL 2024, Match 16th Highlights | KKR’s Batting Bonanza Crushes DC in IPL 2024 Match 16!

KKR vs DC IPL 2024, Match 16th Highlights

The 16th match of IPL 2024 was a night to remember for the Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) and their fans. Visakhapatnam witnessed a run-fest of the highest order, with KKR posting a monumental total and dismantling the Delhi Capitals (DC) by a massive 106 runs!

KKR captain, whoever it may be, made a crucial decision at the toss, electing to bat first. It was a masterstroke, as their batters turned on the heat right from the start. The man leading the charge was the enigmatic all-rounder Sunil Narine. Nicknamed “The Universe Boss” for his unpredictable and game-changing abilities, Narine lived up to his reputation with a blazing knock of 85 runs! He tore apart the DC bowling attack, taking just 39 balls to reach his score. Scoring almost two runs a ball for nearly 40 deliveries! It was a brutal display of power-hitting, with boundaries raining all around the stadium.

Partnering with Narine at the other end was the young talent, Angkrish Raghuvanshi. While Narine was the aggressor, Raghuvanshi played a more composed innings. He showed great maturity, carefully picking his shots and accumulating runs steadily. His knock of 54 runs was crucial in building a solid foundation for the KKR total.

Once Narine and Raghuvanshi departed, another big-hitter came to the crease: Andre Russell. Nicknamed “Muscle Russell” for his immense power, he did what his nickname suggests. Russell wasted no time, swinging his bat with brute force and adding a quickfire 41 runs off just 19 deliveries. His cameo innings ensured that KKR’s total soared past the 250-run mark, putting immense pressure on the DC batters.

By the end of the innings, KKR had put up a staggering 272 runs for the loss of 7 wickets. That was the second-highest total ever recorded in the history of the IPL! The DC bowlers, especially their pace attack, needed help to contain the KKR onslaught. Anrich Nortje was the only bowler who took three wickets, but even his efforts couldn’t prevent the run flow.

Chasing such a mammoth total would always be an uphill battle for DC. Their openers, Rishabh Pant and the talented Tristan Stubbs, started well. Both batsmen played some exquisite shots and managed to score fifties. However, once they were dismissed, the DC batting order crumbled. The KKR bowlers, especially the spinners, applied the brakes on the scoring rate. Varun Chakaravarthy was particularly impressive, taking three crucial wickets and stifling any momentum DC tried to build.

In the end, DC fell way short of the target, managing only 166 runs before being bowled out in the 18th over. KKR’s win was comprehensive and dominant, showcasing their strength as a team. They are sitting pretty at the top of the IPL 2024 table, the only unbeaten team. On the other hand, DC will need to go back to the drawing board, address their bowling concerns, and bounce back stronger in their upcoming matches.

Match Summary

Kolkata Knight Riders                                                        272/7 (20)

Sunil Narine

85 (39)

Anrich Nortje

3/59 (4)

Angkrish Raghuvanshi

54 (27)

Ishant Sharma

2/43 (3)

Andre Russell

41 (19)

Mitchell Marsh

1/37 (3)

Delhi Capitals                                                                        166 (17.2)

Rishabh Pant

55 (25)

Vaibhav Arora

3/27 (4)

Tristan Stubbs

54 (32)

Varun Chakaravarthy

3/33 (4)

David Warner

18 (13)

Mitchell Starc

2/25 (3)

Toss: KKR won the toss and decided to bat first.

Stadium: ACA-VDCA Cricket Stadium

Result: KKR won by 106 runs

Player of the Match: Sunil Narine (KKR) – 1/29 & 85 (39)