Sunrisers Hyderabad won for the third time in a row on Friday. Thanks to aggressive half-centuries from Rahul Tripathi and Aiden Markram, who both scored aggressive half-centuries after a solid performance with the ball (April 15). SRH needed only 17.5 overs to cross the finish line, as Tripathi (71 off 37) and Markram (68* off 36) combined for 10 sixes and ten fours to put an end to the chase.
Despite good hits from Nitish Rana and Andre Russell.Kolkata Knight Riders were restricted to a score of 175/8, with T Natarajan and Umran Malik inflicting the brunt of the damage.
With the exception of Prithvi Shaw and David Warner’s 93-run opening stand in their last game, KKR have always finished their opening stands early, with six being the next highest. Only three runs were scored by SRH, as Abhishek Sharma got an inside edge from a pull onto the stumps in the second over, giving Cummins a wicket.
Although their captain fell in the final over of the powerplay, bowled off an under edge to give Russell a wicket, Kane Williamson and Tripathi struck consistent boundaries to keep SRH’s innings from becoming stagnant.
Tripathi was on fire, hitting a pull off Russell for six, a top edge off debutant Aman Khan for four, and a well-executed cut for six off the same bowler. He was as ruthless against spin, hitting the cover region for four and two sixes off successive deliveries to give Varun Chakravarthy an 18-run over to start his innings.
Varun was having a bad day, as Aiden Markram hit two sixes and a four, while Tripathi smashed a 21-ball fifty to take SRH to 95/2 after ten overs. With nine overs remaining in the innings, Tripathi smashed Narine for a six over long-on, bringing the needed rate down to 7.88.
After a couple of calm overs, KKR needed to score at a rate of nine runs per over over the final seven overs. SRH took control after Markram hit three fours off Umesh Yadav in the 14th over and Tripathi hit his sixth six against Russell in the 15th. Despite the fact that Tripathi was defeated by Russell, Markram ensured an early conclusion to the contest.
When Tripathi was dismissed, Markram was on 35 from 23 runs, and the South African needed only 31 deliveries to get his second IPL fifty. Varun concluded with stats of 0 for 45 from his three overs, in stark contrast to Narine’s 23 runs from his four overs, despite the West Indian finishing wicketless as well. Markram put the game away with four and two sixes off consecutive Cummins deliveries.
Fear of KKR in the first innings
Aaron Finch came in as a replacement for Ajinkya Rahane, making his sixth IPL appearance. He hit fifty runs twice in his debut, but he was also pulled five times for single digits (one without scoring). After ending his stay in the second over, Marco Jansen added a sixth to his total.
With the exception of a few edges to the ropes, Venkatesh Iyer and Shreyas Iyer battled SRH’s new-ball bowlers, who took advantage of the pitch’s bounce and movement. After missing a flick, T Natarajan eventually bowled Venkatesh for a 13-ball 6. Sunil Narine, who had been moved to the top of the order, got off to a great start with a six, but Natarajan bowled him soon after, slicing one to cover-point. KKR were on 38/3 at the end of the powerplay, their sixth consecutive game in
They had lost two wickets in the first six overs. SRH were kept at bay for a while by a 39-run partnership between Shreyas and Rana, which averaged nearly a run per ball, but Umran Malik’s scorching yorker to the KKR skipper reduced them to 70/4 after 10 overs.
Rana and Malik show
Rana’s shot-making was fairly varied. Using the pace, sweeping the spinner J Suchith, using his strong wrists for sixes and fours on both sides of the wicket, or racing between the wickets well, are all examples of what he can do. Rana was instrumental in KKR’s comeback, scoring a 32-ball fifty.
He was instrumental in KKR reaching 50 in overs 11-15 by ensuring consistent boundaries and keeping the scorecard lively despite wickets dropping around him.
Meanwhile, despite being used for a couple of sixes by the batsmen, Malik’s pace served SRH well on the day. He finished his session in style, delivering five dots to Russell and even putting him on the floor with a well-directed short delivery at the conclusion of the 16th over. Malik would have had even better stats
if it hadn’t been for the sixes that Rana and Sheldon Jackson hit in the 13th over, though his 2 for 27 was also rather fruitful.
The Death over of KKR
Russell’s power was matched by the wickets. After striking his first six off Jansen, Russell went after Bhuvneshwar in the 17th over. In the 17th over, the hard-hitter smacked two fours and a six, while also recognising a yorker that Russell almost caught. Natarajan had Rana caught behind in the 18th over, and SRH had successfully utilised the DRS.
The left-arm seamer, on the other hand, let up 12 runs in the over, while Bhuvneshwar Kumar bowled Pat Cummins in the 19th over. Russell hit two sixes and a four in the over to help KKR reach a respectable total of 49.
Russell was perfect in the last over, scoring 49 runs to help KKR reach a decent total. Russell hit two sixes and a four in the penultimate over to help KKR finish with a competitive score. Russell concluded the penultimate over with two sixes and a four to help KKR finish with a competitive score. Debutant Aman Khan fell to Suchith off the first ball of the penultimate over.