Sunrisers Hyderabad took on the Kolkata Knight Riders with both the sides aiming for their first victory of the tournament after their losses to RCB and MI respectively. KKR coasted their way over a hapless SRH batting unit before scaling the total down with ease to register a convincing win.
Deviating from the trend of bowling first after winning the toss, David Warner opted to bat first. The team saw three changes with Wriddhiman Saha, Mohammad Nabi and Khaleel Ahmed brought into the line-up. Meanwhile, KKR roped in Varun Chakravarthy as the third spinner in the playing eleven and handed an IPL debut to Kamlesh Nagarkoti.
SRH struggled to get going early on following Pat Cummins tight spell. The pacer castled Jonny Bairstow with a brilliant delivery at the end of the fourth over.
Varun Chakravarthy scalped the important wicket of David Warner with a soft caught and bowled dismissal for 36. Manish Pandey was joined by Wriddhiman Saha out in the middle at the halfway mark of the innings.
While Pandey was able to extract runs out of KKR’s potent bowling attack, Saha failed to get going. Pandey was dismissed right after getting to his half-century by Andre Russell.
KKR managed to cloud the volatile SRH middle-order with impressive bowling at the death. Wriddhiman Saha’s torrid time ended with a runout in the final over, with the wicket-keeper batsman only managing to score 30 runs off 31 deliveries. Twin boundaries from Nabi, in the end, pushed the score to a below-par 142-4 after the end of 20 overs.
KKR make easy work of the meagre total
Despite losing Sunil Narine very early in the chase to Khaleel Ahmed, the side were able to assert their stance after a solid powerplay. Nitish Rana hit a hat-trick of boundaries off Ahmed to ease the nerves.
KKR faced a slight wobble in the chase after losing Nitish Rana for 26 and skipper Dinesh Karthik for a duck. Shubhman Gill did not allow SRH to claw their way back into the game with a game-winning partnership with the experienced Eoin Morgan.
Gill brought up his fifty in 42 balls and remained unbeaten at 70. KKR reached the target comfortably in the end with 12 balls to spare to send SRH at the bottom of the table, who continue their search for their first win.
SRH 142-4 (20 overs) (M.Pandey 51; A.Russell 1-16)
KKR 145-3(18 overs) (S.Gill 70*; R.Khan 1-25)