#Billy #Stanlake, #Kane #Williamson and #Bhuvi were the stars for #SRH against #KKR.
A complete team effort from SRH- Sun Risers Hyderabad in winning their 5 wickets over KKR – Kolkata Knight Riders in 10th of the Indian Premiere League played yesterday at Eden Gardens.
The Sun Risers have the best bowling line up in the IPL they said and yesterday they proved it again. Their bowlers were successful in bowling out the KKR batting power house for just 138 runs, this performance came mainly from Bhuvi and Stanlake.
The experiment with KKR’s batting order failed, instead of Sunil Narine, KKR asked Robin Uthappa to open the innings but he didn’t deliver.
Narine was asked to bat at number 4 position; he also couldn’t deliver at that unusual number.
SRH won the toss and opted to bowl first, they are a good team while chasing. They did it against Mumbai Indians a few days ago and they did it again yesterday.
Robin Uthappa and Chris Lynn opened the batting for KKR and Bhuvi opened the bowling SRH.
Bhuvneshwar Kumar is the best new bowler in world cricket right now and delivered again with the wicket in his second over of the match.
Bhuvneshwar picked up the wicket of Robin Uthappa, Bhuvi bowled a short delivery outside off as Uthappa went after it to get a slight edge which went to Saha who caught it behind the stumps. Uthappa goes after scoring 3 runs.
Next came Nitish Rana, he was the man in-form with the bat. He batted at number 3.
Chris Lynn was going on well at the other end; KKR needed Rana to use his good form. But he disappoints.
Rana was out early, after taking KKR to the 50 run mark , he was dismissed by Stanlake for 18 runs. On a short and wide delivery, Rana played a hard cut shot which went to Manish Pandey who took a good catch.
Sunil Narine was the next batsman who batted at number 4 in this match.
Even though the wickets were tumbling at the other end, it didn’t affect Chris Lynn. He held the KKR innings together.
Narine batted at an unusual batting position, he started off slowly. But he couldn’t manage to hold on.
Shakib Al Hasan picked up the wicket of Sunil Narine.He was getting the ball to drift away as Narine went for the shot and he got the toe of the bat. Sunil Narine was out on 9 runs.
After Narine’s wicket KKR gets a huge blow after 2 overs. As skipper Dinesh Karthik comes to bat, KKR lost Chris Lynn.
Lynn played a wonderful hand in this innings but he couldn’t stay till the end. He was out to Shakib.
An arm ball struck to the pitch, Lynn made room and hits it back to Shakib. Lynn goes after scoring 49 runs.
KKR were in a spot of bother, they needed a partnership to put on a a good score, it was all up to skipper Dinesh Karthik and Andre Russell.
Andre Russell was in a good batting form, he scored vital 88 runs against Chennai Super Kings which took the game away from them.
In this match Russell was expected to play a similar kind of an innings.
But Stanlake didn’t allow that to happen, he dismissed Russell very early before he caused any further damage.
A poor shot selection from Russell cost him his wicket. He stayed leg side and wafts the ball, but the ball takes the outside edge of the bat and goes to the third man region where Manish Pandey took a good running catch. Russell was out for just 9 runs.
The 19 year old Subham Gill made his IPL debut in this match. He was the next batsman with Dinesh Karthik.
But Gill didn’t impress, he was out cheaply on his debut innings.
After the time out, Gill was out to Bhuvi. Gill reached out to that knuckle ball and sliced to the extra cover region where Shakib took the catch. Gill was out for just 3 runs.
KKR innings was relied only on skipper Dinesh Karthik.
They needed DK to bat through the innings, but he couldn’t do so. Bhuvi picked up his 3rd wicket through DK.
Dinesh Karthik gets a flat thick edge of the knuckle ball, Saha completes the catch with ease behind the stumps. DK was out on 29 runs.
The KKR innings fell apart after the wicket of skipper DK, the lower couldn’t do much.
Kolkata Knight Riders were bowled out for just 138 runs in their allotted 20 overs.
Sun Risers Hyderabad bowled really well, Bhuvi took 3 wickets, Stanlake and Shakib took 2 wickets each with Rashid Khan took 1 wicket to his name.
The chase of 139 runs was a easy but the SRH batsmen made it complicated by losing wickets at regular intervals.
It was Kane Williamson who took SRH home, he played a captains knock to guide his team in this run chase.
The SRH openers added 32 runs for the first wicket; Saha was the aggressor in this opening partnership.
But Dhawan played only 7 balls, he couldn’t get going at the other end.
Saha was the one who took on the KKR bowlers, his over aggression paid the price for him.
Sunil Narine was good in his first over, he provided KKR with a vital wicket of set batsman Saha.
Saha gets an faint edge that goes to Karthik behind the stumps. Saha was out on 24 runs.
Skipper Kane Williamson was the next batsman for SRH.
But SRH lost the momentum, after Saha they lost 2 quick wickets in this run chase.
Dhawan and Manish Pandey were out after playing 3 overs each. Dhawan was bowled by Narine and Manish Pandey was caught plumb in front by Kuldeep Yadav.
With Kane Williamson none of these batsmen played a supporting hand. Williamson played an innings like a captain who is leading from the front.
He got a little support from Bangladeshi all rounder Shakib Al Hasan.
After the wicket of Manish Pandey, Williamson and Shakib added 60 runs which took SRH close to the target.
SRH recovered well from their slump, all thanks to this much needed partnership.
With the target in sight Williamson and Shakib were looking to finish off the game with ease.
But KKR struck in with two wickets in tandem, Shakib played well but he couldn’t finish off the game for SRH.
A flattered delivery from Chawla cramped Shakib for room, it deflected his pads and went on to hit the stumps. Shakib played a good hand in this run chase, he brought the SRH team to close. He was out after scoring 27 runs.
Deepak Hooda was the next batsman for SRH, he and Williamson were aiming to clinch this game.
In this process Williamson also reached his fifty, his first as an IPL captain.
But his good innings was ended, Mitchell Johnson gave a minor chance to KKR. Williamson was out on a good length ball. He gives a straight forward catch to square leg fielder Andre Russell. Williamson played well, he was out after scoring 50 runs.
Then Yusuf Pathan and Deepak Hooda took SRH home comfortably without any further damage.
Deepak Hooda was not out on 17 runs and Pathan was unbeaten on 5 runs.
SRH won the match by 5 wickets and 1 over to spare.
KKR bowled well, they struck some crucial blows in between but they couldn’t get the wicket of Kane Williamson early, that made a huge difference.
Sunil Narine took 2 wickets with Johnson, Chawla and Kuldeep took 1 wicket each to their name.
Billy Stanlake was the man of the match for his economical figures in the match.