In the third match of Indian Premier League 2021 (IPL 2021), Eoin Morgan-led Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) defeated David Warner-led Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) at the MA Chidambaram Stadium, Chennai on Sunday.
Opener Nitish Rana (80) and Rahul Tripathi (53) hit fluent half-centuries to script Kolkata Knight Riders’ a comfortable 10-run win against Sunrisers Hyderabad in their Indian Premier League match, here on Sunday.
SRH’s Rashid Khan (2/24) was yet again at his best, asking tough questions to the KKR batsmen but most of his bowling colleagues proved ineffective on a slow yet decent batting wicket.
Hyderabad lost skipper David Warner (3) and Wriddhiman Saha (7) early and were always playing a catch-up game despite Jonny Bairstow’s fighting half-century. They could manage 177 for five in the end.
Warner was dropped on nought by Pat Cummins in the first over bowled by Harbhajan Singh but he could not make good use of the life and became a victim of pacer Prasidh Krishna while Saha was cleaned up by Shakib Al Hasan.
Jonny Bairstow (55) and Manish Pandey (61 not out) formed a partnership at a steady run rate. Australian pacer Cummins broke their 92-run stand when he had Bairstow caught at backward point by Rana.
SRH needed 70 off the last five overs.
Mohammed Nabi (14) was hit on his neck by Krishna but the Afghan responded with a cracking six. He went after a slower one but only to be caught by Eoin Morgan.
The 19-year-old Abdul Samad, who hails from Jammu and Kashmir, creamed off two sixes and a four off Cummins in the penultimate over to keep SRH in hunt. Requiring 22 runs from the last over, KKR’s Andre Russell held his nerves to deny SRH a win.
Report by Chetali S M
Reported on – 12/04/2021