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Kolkata Knight Riders beat Sunrisers Hyderabad by 8 wickets yesterday to own their third IPL title in the Chepauk Stadium in Chennai.

KKR, the team who played really well this season and paving efforts topped the group stage of the 10-teams of Indian Premier League, had finally beaten Hyderabad in the first qualifier on Tuesday and were even more dominant in the summit clash, which lasted 29 overs.

Sunrisers Hyderabad captain Pat Cummins was left to rue his decision to bat first as his side got skittled out for 113 runs in 18.3 overs.Player-of-the-match was Mitchell Starc who well deserved it for his overwhelming game play and also partner Vaibhav Arora who dismissed the dangerous Travis Head for a first ball duck to rattle Hyderabad.Kolkata’s talismanic all-rounder Andre Russell claimed three crucial wickets, including those of South African Aiden Markram and rival captain Cummins, as Hyderabad wilted inside 19 overs.Defending the lowest total in an IPL final, Cummins removed Sunil Narine in the second over but the miracle they needed did not materialise.Venkatesh Iyer, who smashed an unbeaten 52 off 26 balls, and Rahmanullah Gurbaz (39) helped Kolkata romp home in 10.3 overs in front of a sea of purple jerseys that included franchise co-owner and Bollywood star Shah Rukh Khan. “I am happy that all of us were very disciplined and worked towards one goal. This franchise has done a lot for me. It’s a big gift from all of us to them” said team player and all rounder Andre Russel.

It was a special night for Kolkata mentor Gautam Gambhir, who captained the franchise to IPL titles in 2012 and 2014 and also trained the team this season becoming a lucky charm for the team. “I thought KKR bowled fantastically tonight.They didn’t give us anything” exclaims Hyderabad captain Pat Cummins .

Such an ecstatic victory for the team brought pleasure and prosperity as well for the ultimate fans of KKR who got the chance to experience the supreme victory of the team after a complete decade.

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