Opting to bat first, Sunrisers Hyderabad scored 142 for 4 with Manish Pandey making a 38-ball 51 on the Sheikh Zayed Stadium. In reply, KKR chased down the goal of 143 with two overs to spare. Gill top-scored for his staff with an unbeaten 70 off 62 balls. The proficient right-handed batsman opened the innings for KKR and slammed his fifth half-century within the match.
Along with England captain Eoin Morgan (42*), he solid an unbeaten 98-run stand for the fourth wicket and ensured their facet cruised dwelling in 18 overs. KKR misplaced the wickets of Sunil Narine (0), Nitish Rana (26) and Karthik (0) had been the one success, Sunrisers’ bowlers may get.
Earlier, Knights put up a disciplined effort with Pat Cummins brilliantly spearheading the assault to limit Sunrisers to a modest 142 for 4. Having drawn flak for bowling quick towards Mumbai Indians, the IPL’s most-expensive abroad purchase returned tidy figures of 1/19, whereas spinner Varun Chakravarthy (1/25) outfoxed the harmful David Warner to derail SRH early on.
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 injury however the duo had been dismissed on the loss of life and SRH lacked the of entirety to accept a seemingly below-par complete.
Unlike their final match towards Mumbai Indians, KKR seemed extra intent and aggressive with their strategy, having introduced in Sunil Narine and Cummins upfront with the brand new ball. Cummins well altered his size and bowled Jonny Bairstow with an absolute ripper to offer KKR the primary breakthrough.
In his second-coming, architect-turned thriller 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 obtained out cheaply towards Royal Challengers Bangalore, seemed 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.
(With PTI inputs)
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