Young Gill drove, pulled and reduce with authority in an unbeaten 62-ball 70 as Kolkata Knight Riders overwhelmed Sunrsiers Hyderabad by seven wickets of their second league match within the ongoing Indian Premier League (IPL) 2020 right here on Saturday (September 26).
Gill and England captain Eoin Morgan (42 not out in 29 balls) complemented a disciplined bowling effort, serving to the Knight Riders open their account with a convincing win. The 21-year-old opener anchored the chase completely as Morgan counterattacked to seal the problem in KKR’s favour with two overs to spare, after their opening recreation debacle.
Lauding Gill’s spectacular efficiency at Al Zayed International Stadium in Abu Dhabi, Pietersen urged the teen ought to exchange Dinesh Karthik because the captain of the KKR franchise.
Pietersen tweeted: “He should be the captain of KKR – @RealShubmanGill”
He must be the captain of KKR – @ActualShubmanGill.
— Kevin Pietersen🦏 (@KP24) September 26, 2020
Opting to bat, Sunrisers Hyderabad by no means acquired going after Pat Cummins (1/19) and rookie spinner Varun Chakravarthy (1/25) eliminated the opening pair of Jonny Bairstow and David Warner respectively and have been restricted to a below-par 142/4.
After an explosive begin by KKR, the bowling-heavy SRH did make some inroads with Khalil Ahmed and T Natarajan dismissing Sunil Narine (0) and Nitish Rana (26 off 13). Rashid Khan acquired into the act straightway, trapping KKR skipper Dinesh Karthik for a duck. But a peaceful and composed Gill was in full management of his innings and paced it brilliantly on option to his fifth IPL fifty.
Reigning World Cup-winning skipper Morgan performed the proper supporting position earlier than becoming a member of the occasion by smacking Bhuvneshwar Kumar for an enormous six within the 15th over to tilt the match in favour of KKR.
Earlier, KKR appeared extra intent and aggressive with their strategy, having introduced in Narine and Cummins upfront with the brand new ball. Having drawn flak for bowling quick in opposition to Mumbai Indians, the IPL’s most-expensive abroad purchase Cummins well altered his size and bowled Jonny Bairstow with an absolute ripper to provide KKR the primary breakthrough.
In his second-coming, architect-turned-spinner Chakravarthy dismissed a well-set Warner (36 off 30) in a comfortable method for his maiden IPL wicket, giving KKR the massive breakthrough. The Australian left-hander, who acquired out cheaply in opposition to Royal Challengers Bangalore, appeared to make a mark with some clear hits, however a lapse in focus did him in and he spooned a easy catch to Chakravarthy.
The two wickets meant that SRH couldn’t step up the momentum and on the midway mark, at 61 for 2, the run-rate was simply above six. Manish Pandey returned to kind at No. three with a 38-ball 51 and together with Wriddhiman Saha (30 off 31 balls), tried to restore the harm however the duo have been dismissed on the demise and SRH lacked the final touch to accept a seemingly below-par whole.
In hindsight, sending Saha forward of Mohammad Nabi appeared like a tactical blunder because the Indian wicketkeeper wasted plenty of deliveries in making 30 off 31.
(With PTI inputs)
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