SRH vs KKR: Aiden Markram and Rahul Tripathi scored half-centuries each following a good effort from the bowlers of Sunrisers Hyderabad as they registered their third successive victory. Kolkata Knight Riders were kept to a total of 175 for 8 despite the useful knocks of Nitish Rana and Andre Russell. It was T Natarajan and Umran Malik who unleashed the damage. Sunrisers required only 17.5 overs to get over cross the line as Tripathi and Markram scored 10 sixes and 10 boundaries to get them on the path of a quick chase.
SRH vs KKR: Sunrisers lose wickets early in the chase
KKR has always ended the opening partnerships quite early. SRH managed to score only 3 on their opening batting partnership. Abhishek Sharma got an inside edge off a pull onto the stumps hand Cummins a wicket in the second over.
Kane Williamson and Tripathi scored boundaries on a regular interval to make sure that SRH’s innings did not stagnate, however, the captain fell in the final over of the powerplay off Andre Russell’s delivery.
SRH vs KKR: An Unshaken Tripathi
Tripathi was in a war-like mood, smashing a pull off Russell for a six and various other boundaries off different bowlers. He punished both spinners and fast bowlers equally, covering all parts of the stadium with varieties of shots. Varun Chakravarthy was having a day to forget as Aiden Markram also hit a six and a four while Tripathi reached a 21-ball fifty.
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SRH vs KKR: The state of KKR in the death overs
A combination of wickets and Russell’s strength. Russell went after Bhuvneshwar in the 17th over after scoring his first six off Jansen. The hard-hitter blasted two fours and a six off the 17th over while acknowledging a yorker that Russell just about dugout. In the 18th over, Natarajan had Rana caught behind, and SRH had successfully used the DRS. The left-arm seamer, on the other hand, let up 12 in the over, while Bhuvneshwar kept it tight in the 19th over, dismissing Pat Cummins as well.
Russell ended the over with two sixes and a four, finishing unbeaten on 49 to help KKR finish with a competitive total. Debutant Aman Khan fell to Suchith off the first ball of the last over, but Russell finished the over with two sixes and a four, finishing unbeaten on 49 to help KKR finish with a competitive total.
SRH vs KKR: Brief scores
Brief scores: Kolkata Knight Riders 175/8 in 20 overs (Nitish Rana 54, Andre Russell 49*; T Natarajan 3-37) lost to Sunrisers Hyderabad 176/3 in 17.5 overs (Rahul Tripathi 71, Aiden Markram 68*; Andre Russell 2-20) by 7 wickets.