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A Tale of Two Centuries | KKR vs RR Goes Down to the Wire in IPL 2024

Jos Buttler

The 31st match of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2024, played on April 16th at the iconic Eden Gardens in Kolkata, was a night for the history books. It wasn’t just a high-scoring match between the Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) and the Rajasthan Royals (RR), but a display of exceptional batting prowess from both sides, culminating in a dramatic last-ball finish.

The stage was set as RR won the toss and opted to bowl first, aiming to restrict KKR to a manageable total. However, KKR had other plans, led by the explosive batting display of Sunil Narine and Narine’s scintillating century, comprising 109 runs off just 56 balls, laid the foundation for KKR’s formidable total of 223/6 in their allotted 20 overs. Supported by Angkrish Raghuvanshi’s quickfire 30, Narine’s innings left the RR bowlers searching for answers.

As RR commenced their chase, the spotlight was on Jos Buttler, their talismanic batsman. Despite a slow start and a mid-innings slowdown, Buttler exhibited sheer grit and determination, anchoring RR’s innings amidst the fall of wickets at regular intervals. His unbeaten century, a masterclass in perseverance and skill, propelled RR’s pursuit of the challenging target.

The match witnessed a pivotal moment in the 17th over when Rovman Powell unleashed a flurry of boundaries against Narine, breaking his stranglehold on the game and infusing momentum into RR’s chase. Powell’s aggressive strokeplay provided the impetus for RR, igniting hopes of a thrilling comeback.

Buttler seized the moment, showcasing nerves of steel in the final overs. With calculated aggression and impeccable timing, Buttler orchestrated a stunning finish, helping RR win by hitting the ball to the boundary on the very last ball of the game. His heroic innings secured the win for RR and earned him the well-deserved Player of the Match accolade.

Despite Narine’s outstanding performance with bat and ball, Buttler’s brilliance emerged as the defining factor, underscoring the unpredictable nature of T20 cricket. The match served as a testament to the resilience and skill of both teams, captivating audiences with its sheer intensity and drama.

The RR vs KKR clash in IPL 2024, Match 31st, will be remembered as a classic match that showcased the spirit of cricket determination, skill, and the thrill of uncertainty. As the tournament progresses, fans can expect more such exhilarating battles that keep them on the edge of their seats till the very end.

Match Summary

Kolkata Knight Riders                                                 223/6 (20) 

Sunil Narine

109 (56)

Avesh Khan

2/35 (4)

Angkrish Raghuvanshi

30 (18)

Kuldeep Sen

2/46 (4)

Rinku Singh

20* (9)

Trent Boult

1/31 (4)

Rajasthan Royals                                                            224/8 (20)

Jos Buttler

107* (60)

Sunil Narine

2/30 (4)

Riyan Parag

34 (14)

Varun Chakaravarthy 

2/36 (4)

Rovman Powell

26 (13)

Harshit Rana

2//45 (4)

Toss: RR won the toss and decided to bowl first

Stadium: Eden Gardens

Result: RR won by 2 wickets 

Player of the Match: Jos Buttler (RR) – 107* (60)