KKR vs SRH: Rahul Tripathi left devasted after a bizarre runout

Rahul Tripathi

During the intense IPL 2024 Qualifier 1 clash between Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) and Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) in Ahmedabad, a moment of anguish unfolded. SRH batter Rahul Tripathi, who had been crafting a remarkable innings, was left visibly distraught on the stairs of the cricket ground after a regrettable mix-up led to his dismissal.

KKR vs SRH: Rahul Tripathi’s dismissal

Tripathi had batted brilliantly, scoring a fifty, and looked like a million bucks during his knock of 55 (including seven fours and a six). His strike rate was an impressive 157.14 before disaster struck.

In a crucial moment, he tapped the ball wide of the fielder at point. However, Andre Russell sprinted, grabbed the ball, and returned a bullet throw to the keeper. Tripathi responded to the call for a run from Abdul Samad, but for some reason, he realized the run wasn’t on and stopped mid-way. Samad eventually made it to the non-striker’s end, but SRH suffered their biggest blow of the evening.

Tripathi, shattered by the run-out, sat alone on the staircase, his head buried. The weight of the missed opportunity weighed heavily on him. Samad, too, felt remorse, knowing that better communication could have changed the outcome.

Sunil Gavaskar, in his commentary, didn’t mince words. He squarely blamed Samad for the mix-up: “Totally Samad’s fault. Tripathi was backing up alright. There was no run in it. The ball was stopped. Unnecessary wicket… at the wrong time for Sunrisers.”

Despite the setback, SRH managed to post a competitive total of 159. Their destructive opening pair, Travis Head and Abhishek Sharma, had been dismissed early.

Tripathi’s innings could have ended sooner, but KKR missed a review when a yorker thudded into his boots. Luck favoured SRH, and Tripathi’s crucial half-century kept the scoreboard ticking.

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