Captain Kane Williamson led from the front with a solid fifty as Hyderabad shrugged off initial wobble to beat Kolkata by five wickets in their IPL match here on Saturday. Two boundaries and a six coming at a time where the game was on the line, helping the Sunrisers to their first ever win at Eden Gardens and giving Pathan victory over his former teammates.
Returning to action after a one-match injury lay-off, Bhuvneshwar once again shone at the death, claiming 3/26 as KKR's rejigged batting order looked in a complete disarray. He has been impressive in 50-overs cricket, with 33 wickets in 19 matches at an average of 21.27 and an economy rate of 4.74, his best performances including a match-winning 3 for 37 in the Vijay Hazare Trophy final against Saurashtra in February.
"It's nice to get out there and take a few wickets". Their bowlers have been exceptional in cleaning up the oppositions for scores below 150 to make the job easier for their batsmen.
Then Williamson and Shakib stitched together a 59-run stand for the fourth wicket before the latter was caught in two minds whether to defend and hit, losing his leg stump in the process to Piyush Chawla (1/20). "We will think about it tonight and decide on the combination" Karthik said. Strong bowling department SRH made the most of hour-long rain break.
The visitors had won the toss and restricted the Knight Riders to a modest 138 for eight.
Pandey took two outstanding catches to send Nitish Rana (18; 16b 2x4 1x6) and Andre Russell (9; 5b 0x4 1x6) - back in the hut as SRH bowlers took control after a rain-induced halt when KKR were going steady at 52/1. But with the ball, he turned on the screws, sending back openers Saha and Dhawan to bring KKR back into the contest a bit.
A rather poor shot at a time when his team needed him to merely support the big man Lynn, sees Rana at the bottom half of this report card. Despite that, KKR managed only 49 runs in the Power Play overs - their lowest in this edition of IPL.