It has been the first occasion when Kolkata Knight Riders got beaten by Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) at the Eden Gardens in the total five instances prior to this. On their sixth attempt, SRH, however, outplayed the hosts by first restricting them to 138 for 8 in 20 overs, and secondly rather comfortably chasing down the target for their third consecutive wins in this season so far.

SRH & their victory – The perfect execution;

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After a modest target set by KKR, and after losing their openers early, Kane Williamson played the captain’s knock and maneuvered their chase close to the finish line. The skipper tried nothing flashy, but stuck to his game and style of play, recognizing the need for stability at one end. With Manish Pandey departing on an early note, Shakib Al Hasan stood up rigidly and supported the skipper in scripting their victorious journey at Eden. He took the cue and added 59 runs with his skipper for the fourth wicket. SRH’s batsmen played to the situation, keeping the runs coming steadily. Shakib fell for a 21-ball 27, while Williamson fell soon after reaching his 50. Yusuf Pathan kept his calm and finished the game off with a six, unbeaten on 17.

SRH & their uptight approach;

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Their bowling being complemented more than their fielding, on the night when they had an off night against Mumbai Indians with few catches spilled and the ground fielding being disappointed. But today they were clinical on their endeavor as they encashed on some tough chances and saving good runs in the field, which eventually helped them restrict KKR to 138 for 8 after a spell of rain interrupted proceedings, but quick resumption meant no overs were lost.

SRH’s bowlers ensuring their ride to wonderland;

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Application of Knuckleballs.  Three wickets fell to knuckleballs, with Bhuvneshwar scalping two wickets and Siddharth Kaul, the one. It was a delivery that SRH’s bowlers used consistently through the innings with the deliveries sticking into the pitch before darting away. Kaul’s knuckleballs were right on the money, directed at the stumps throughout. Although Lynn at the front took them on for runs, it also earned SRH wickets.

Bhuvneshwar finished with 3 for 26, giving away only two runs in the 17thover, but his final one went for 12. He could’ve finished with four wickets, but he overstepped for the second time in the match. His opening partner, Billy Stanlake cranked up the serious pace, bowling consistently in the 140ks range to pierce through KKR’s partnerships just when they threatened to move up a gear.


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