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KKR beat Sunrisers in a thriller, Capitals no match for Kings

It was a rough night on the bowling front at the IPL for some of Australia's superstars

Mitchell Starc has edged his opening-weekend Indian Premier League duel with Pat Cummins in Kolkata - but only after the humbling feeling of being smashed for 26 runs in a single over.

A thrilling contest ended with Sunrisers Hyderabad captain Cummins having to hit Harshit Rana's last delivery of the match for six to win but the Aussie skipper could only swing and miss, leaving Starc's Kolkata Knight Riders to squeeze to a four-run victory.

Not that Starc, the most expensive foreign import the league has ever entertained after KKR bought him for a mind-boggling A$4.43 million, was quite at his best in the season opener.

Asked to nail the penultimate over, with Hyderabad still requiring an unlikely 39 off 12 balls to overhaul KKR's formidable 7-208, Starc bowled a wide, and was pummelled for four sixes - three from Heinrich Klaasen (63 off 29 balls) and another from Shahbaz Ahmed - as the Sunrisers sniffed an outlandish win.

But despite getting hit for six first ball of the death over by Shahbaz, Rana then took the wickets of both danger men and delivered that final dot ball to new batter Cummins to seal the win.

Cummins, a huge A$3.67 million buy himself, had performed rather better with the ball, taking 1-32 off his four overs, but Andre Russell's fantastic 64no with seven sixes after coming in at number eight ensured the hosts powered past 200.

"It was a close game in the end, a wonderful game of cricket but unfortunately didn't go our way," shrugged Cummins.

"Dre Russ did what he does best. You do your planning, you try to execute your plans, but he's a pretty tough guy to bowl to."

Earlier on Saturday in Mullanpur, it also didn't go the way of two other Australian luminaries, David Warner and Mitch Marsh, as their Delhi Capitals outfit lost to Punjab Kings by four wickets.

The pair had started brightly enough, with Warner (29 off 21 balls) and Marsh (20 off 12) putting on 39 off 20 for the first wicket, but Delhi stuttered before some fabulous late hitting from impact sub Abishek Porel (32no off 10) took them to 9-174.

Then Marsh got hammered for 52 off his four wicketless overs and Warner, who had otherwise been quite brilliant in the field, dropped a difficult one in the deep in the penultimate over.

The English pair of Sam Curran (63) and Liam Livingstone, with three sixes in his 38no, both took a fancy to Marsh's fodder and did most to steer the Kings to their target on 6-177.

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1 Rajasthan Royals Rajasthan Royals RAJ 7 6 1 0 0 0.677 0 12
2 Kolkata Knight Riders Kolkata Knight Riders KKR 6 4 2 0 0 1.399 0 8
3 Chennai Super Kings Chennai Super Kings CSK 6 4 2 0 0 0.726 0 8
4 Sunrisers Hyderabad Sunrisers Hyderabad SUN 6 4 2 0 0 0.502 0 8
5 Lucknow Super Giants Lucknow Super Giants LSG 6 3 3 0 0 0.038 0 6
6 Delhi Capitals Men Delhi Capitals Men DEL 7 3 4 0 0 -0.074 0 6
7 Mumbai Indians Mumbai Indians MI 7 3 4 0 0 -0.133 0 6
8 Gujarat Titans Gujarat Titans GUT 7 3 4 0 0 -1.303 0 6
9 Punjab Kings Punjab Kings KXI 7 2 5 0 0 -0.251 0 4
10 Royal Challengers Bengaluru Men Royal Challengers Bengaluru Men RCB 7 1 6 0 0 -1.185 0 2

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Australians in IPL 2024

Delhi Capitals: Mitch Marsh (A$1.2m), David Warner (A$1.16m), Jhye Richardson (A$890,000), Jake Fraser-McGurk (A$92,000)

Gujarat Titans: Spencer Johnson (A$1.78m), Matthew Wade (A$446,000)

Kolkata Knight Riders: Mitchell Starc (A$4.43m)

Lucknow Super Giants: Marcus Stoinis (A$1.7m), Ashton Turner (A$178,000)

Mumbai Indians: Tim David (A$1.53m)

Punjab Kings: Nathan Ellis (A$135,000)

Royal Challengers Bangalore: Cameron Green (A$3.15m), Glenn Maxwell (A$2m)

Sunrisers Hyderabad: Pat Cummins (A$3.67m), Travis Head (A$1.2m)

*Prices in AUD, conversions correct at time of auction