Kolkata Knight Riders defeated Sunrisers Hyderabad by seven wickets with two overs remaining on Saturday with the help of young opener Shubman Gill's unbeaten innings of 70 runs. This is Kolkata's first win in two matches, while Hyderabad has suffered their second consecutive defeat.
Hyderabad won the first batting after winning the toss in the match played in Abu Dhabi and scored 142 runs for 4 wickets with the help of Manish Pandey (51) half-century. In response, Kolkata scored 145 runs for three wickets in 18 overs. Gill and Eoin Morgan (42 *) shared a 92-run partnership between Kolkata and Kolkata.
Earlier, Sunrisers Hyderabad's opener Bairstow was dismissed for five runs. Captain David Warner (36) and Manish Pandey shared a 35-run partnership for the second wicket. Warner was caught out by Varun in his own ball in the tenth over. After this, the Sunrisers' run rate did not increase. The score was 61 for two after ten overs. 81 runs were scored in the last ten overs. Manish added 62 for the third wicket with Wriddhiman Saha (30). Both tried to recover the team from the initial setback but lost wickets in the death overs. KKR's team, which performed average against Mumbai Indians, looked quite aggressive on Saturday.
KKR bowlers kept control
The Kolkata Knight Riders bowlers had a disciplined performance led by Pat Cummins. Cummins, the most expensive foreign player of the IPL, faced criticism for short bowling against Mumbai Indians, took one wicket for 19 runs in four overs. Spinner Varun Chakraborty took Warner's most valuable wicket, which was his first wicket in the IPL. Sunil Narine and Cummins handled the new ball. Cummins gave KKR their first success by dismissing Bairstow soon.
Hyderabad scored the third-lowest score
On the other hand, Hyderabad scored the third-lowest score in the IPL after losing four wickets. Last year, Rajasthan had scored 139 runs against KKR after losing so many wickets, while the Chennai team suffered a loss after scoring 131 against Mumbai.