Sunrisers Hyderabad bowlers showcased great disciplined bowling to restrict Kolkata Knight Riders to 163/5 on Sunday.
Sunrisers Hyderabad invited Kolkata Knight Riders to bat first after winning the toss in the 35th match of IPL-13, at Sheikh Zayed Stadium on Sunday. Kolkata are placed at fourth position with eight points from four games with four wins and four defeats, while Hyderabad are at number six with three wins and five defeats. Both teams have lost their previous match.
Shubman Gill and Rahul Tripathi walk out to bat to face Sandeep Sharma with the new ball. Kolkata Knight Riders began cautiously and batted slowly in the first 3 overs, managing to attain just 15 runs from it. However, they quickly changed gears to make sure they achieve a productive powerplay for the Knight Riders as they scored 33 runs in the last 3 overs of the powerplay.
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While Rahul Tripathi played some aggressive strokes in T Natarajan’s first over, to get 13 runs from it, his opening partner Shubman Gill too joined the party and smashed three boundaries off Basil Thampi’s over.
Kolkata Knight Riders have lost Rahul Tripathi’s wicket in the final ball of the powerplay. T Natarajan strikes for Sunrsiers Hyderabad in a scratchy powerplay. They could have had two had Rashid Khan held on to Shubman Gill’s catch. Nitish Rana is the new man in.
Sunrisers Hyderabad have pulled it back since the Rahul Tripathi wicket. Just 15 runs have come off the next 3 overs. Rashid Khan is looking good. Nitish Rana hits Vijay Shankar for his first boundary over extra cover. T Natarajan got the breakthrough for Sunrsiers Hyderabad as Kolkata Knight Riders lost Rahul Tripathi’s wicket in the final ball of the powerplay. They could have had two had Rashid Khan held on to Shubman Gill’s catch. Nitish Rana was the new man in.
Sunrisers Hyderabad managed to get themselves back into the game after departing well-set Rahul Tripathi. Rashid Khan also was looking good with the ball. Nitish Rana and Shubhman Gill now had the task to help their team get a good total. Just when KKR started to show signs of recovery, Priyam Garg took a fantastic catch to end Gill’s (36 off 37 balls) scratchy stay at the crease.
In the very next over, Nitish Rana was dismissed by Vijay Shankar as his probing spell finally reaped him a reward. Eoin Morgan joined Russell in the middle. Andre Russell’s poor run of form with the bat continued as he cleaned up for just 9 by Natrajan.
KKR now had two of their best finishers Dinesh Karthik and Eoin Morgan at the crease in the death overs and both looked to up the ante fro their team to get a good score. In the end, the duo helped their team post 163/5 in their allotted 20 overs.
SRH Playing XI: David Warner (c), Jonny Bairstow (wk), Manish Pandey, Kane Williamson, Priyam Garg, Vijay Shankar, Abdul Samad, Rashid Khan, Sandeep Sharma, T Natarajan, Basil Thampi
KKR Playing XI: Rahul Tripathi, Shubman Gill, Nitish Rana, Dinesh Karthik (wk), Eoin Morgan (c), Andre Russell, Pat Cummins, Shivam Mavi, Kuldeep Yadav, Lockie Ferguson, Varun Chakravarthy