IPL 2021, SRH vs KKR Highlights: Eoin Morgan’s Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) beat Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) by 10 runs in their first game of the tournament. SRH’s run chase got off to a poor start as skipper David Warner and wicketkeeper-batsman Wriddhiman Saha got out for single-digit scores. Manish Pandey and Jonny Bairstow helped SRH recover with a 92-run partnership for the third wicket. Bairstow got out for 55 whereas Pandey remained unbeaten for 61. Despite Abdul Samad’s cameo, SRH fell short of the target by 10 runs. Prasidh Krishna picked up two wickets whereas Andre Russell, Pat Cummins and Shakib Al Hasan picked one wicket each.
Earlier SRH skipper Warner won the toss and elected to field first. The plan did not work for Warner’s bowling unit as they leaked runs from the start. Nitish Rana dominated SRH bowlers and shared a 93-run partnership for the second wicket with Rahul Tripathi. Rana scored 80 whereas Tripathi scored 53. Rashid Khan was the pick of the bowlers as he took two wickets for just 24 runs. After the wicket of Rana, KKR’s lost the plot before the death overs. Morgan, Russell and Shakib managed to register single-digit scores. However, Dinesh Karthik was explosive in the end delivering for KKR with an unbeaten 9-ball 22. Karthik’s late cameo helped KKR post a total of 187 for the loss of six wickets. This is KKR’s highest total against SRH. Bhuvneshwar Kumar turned out to be the most expensive bowler giving 45 runs from his quota of four overs.
Match 3, M.A. Chidambaram Stadium, 11 Apr, 2021