The match was again played at the rank turner M A Chidambaram Stadium, Chennai on the 11th of April. David Warner won the coin toss and surprisingly decided to field first on a wicket that turned slower at the later half. Here’s how the match went.
Unfortunately, Kolkata Knights defeated Sunrisers Hyderabad by 10 runs (I predicted that SH wins).
Kolkata Knight Riders were beginning this tournament with a new opening order. Shubman Gill and Nitish Rana came out in the middle to provide KKR a good start. Fortunately, they managed to do so. They scored 53 runs in just 7 overs and at the last ball of the 7th over, Rashid Khan sent Shubman Gill back to the pavilion.
After the wicket of Shubman Gill, Rahul Tripathi came to bat and he set the tone for the KKR. Nitish Rana and Rahul Tripathi, both were playing elegantly and timing the ball well. They made a 2nd wicket stand of 92 runs by sparing 50 balls combined. At the total score of 146 runs in just 15.2 overs, KKR lost their 2nd wicket in the form of Rahul Tripathi. He scored a quick 53 runs in just 29 balls.
Russel joined Nitish at the crease but could not score big and departed on his score of 6 runs. Nitish Rana, the highest scorer of that match followed Russel to join him in the pavilion and got out by scoring 80 runs in 56 balls.
Captain Morgan and the all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan could not contribute much for the team and got out in a single-digit score. The vice-captain Dinesh Karthik showed some class and scored a blistering 22 runs in just 9 balls. Some power hitting by DK, helped Kolkata Knight Riders to reach out a total of 187-6 after finishing the quota of 20 overs.
Chasing such a big total at that venue was so difficult as the pitch turned slower. Sunrisers came out to bat, and Wriddhiman Saha joined David Warner as an opener. They didn’t get the start they wanted and lost both their openers in a total of 10 runs. Wriddhiman Saha got out to Shakib Al Hasan whereas Prasidh Krishna took the wicket of David Warner.
After losing both the openers SRH was almost out of the game but, Jonny Bairstow and Manish Pandey brought back the Sunrisers in the match again. Both of them scored classy half-centuries and made a partnership of 92 runs in just 65 balls. Unfortunately, Bairstow got out after scoring 55 runs in 40 balls, Pat Cummins took his wicket.
Mohammad Nabi, Abdul Samad, and Vijay Shankar also contributed a little to the team score but could not finish the game on a winning note. Manish Pandey at the other end remained not out, he scored a fighting 61 runs in just 43 balls. The wicket of Johnny Bairstow took the game away from their bag, and eventually, they were 10 runs short of the score of Kolkata Knight Riders.
Nitish Rana was awarded as the Player of the Match for his crucial knock of 80 runs.
Kolkata Knight Riders: 187/6 (20 Overs)
- Nitish Rana: 80 (56)
- Rashid Khan: 24/2
- Rahul Tripathi: 53 (29)
Sunrisers Hyderabad: 177/5 (20 Overs)
- Manish Pandey: 61 (44)
- Prasidh Krishna: 35/2
- Jonny Bairstow: 55 (40)
Match Result: Kolkata Knight Riders won by 10 runs.
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