Kolkata Knight Riders got another big boost to their semi-final hopes after defeating Sunrisers Hyderabad by 35 runs at Eden Gardens. Solid contributions by Robin Uthappa, Manish Pandey, Gautam Gambhir and Yusuf Pathan in the batting department combined with a deadly bowling attack gave Knight Riders a dominant win on the day.
Distributed performance from Kolkata Knight Riders
Kolkata Knight Riders were sent to bat first after losing the toss. The pair of Robin Uthappa and Gautam Gambhir opened the innings for the team and built up a steady fifty run partnership early on. It was a great start for Kolkata on every level. However, the partnership was put to bed by Karn Sharma, who sent Gambhir back into the dressing room for 31(23).
Manish Pandey then showed resilience against the Sunrisers’ bowling attack and made merry with Uthappa. Just when the partnership was looking dangerous, Karn Sharma struck again and this time, it was Robin Uthappa who was sent back to the dressing room.
KKR wickets then fell at regular intervals afterwards as Andre Russell and Ryan Doeschate failed to reach double figures. Yusuf Pathan’s quick-fire 30 (19) in the death overs helped Kolkata Knight riders to reach a score of 167/7 from the 20 overs.
SRH: The Batting line up that fell apart
Shikhar Dhawan and David Warner, the two most successful batsmen of Sunrisers Hyderabad opened the innings as expected. Indian speedster Umesh Yadav however, had other ideas. The KKR pacer sent back Warner in the first over itself and followed it up by dismissing Naman Ojha soon after.
Dhawan and Eoin Morgan soon hit the showers and the score board showed 55/4 after eight overs. Moises Henriques then pushed the score forward with his one man show but wickets continued to fall in the other side. The SRH tail failed to come good as they came crashing down under the pressure of Kolkata’s bowling. Henriques caved in soon after for a respectable 41(33).
Karn Sharma, who earlier impressed with the bowl, staged a desperate comeback. Johan Botha put a stop to the same and Knight Riders saw the win in touching distance. Umesh Yadav and Andre Russell ensured the win by limiting the remaining batsmen and ended the Sunrisers’ innings at 132/9 from the 20 overs.
Man of the Match: Umesh Yadav
Kolkata Knight Riders: 167/7 from 20 overs
Manish Pandey: 33 (26), Gautam Gambhir: 31(23).
Karn Sharma: 2/29
Sunrisers Hyderabad:132/9 from the 20 overs.
Moises Henriques: 41(33), Karn Sharma: 32(20)
Brad Hogg: 2/17, Umesh Yadav: 2/34