Kolkata Knight Riders backed their excellent bowling with a fine display of batting to seal a comfortable seven wickets win over Sunrisers Hyderabad.
KKR’s chase began on a jittery note when umpire ruled Gautam Gambhir (6) caught behind off Dale Steyn while replays showed there was no sign of an edge, another poor decision registered in this IPL. Few overs later leading edge off Uthappa’s bat went high in the air but Shikhar Dhawan grassed an opportunity and gave batsman a lifeline.
Uthappa then continued to add to woes of SRHby playing handsome strokes and looked to attack Dale Steyn. He along with Manish Pandey the laid the base of KKR chase by notching 51 run stand for 2nd wicket.
Unfortunately, Uthappa was then run-out as his bat slipped out of his hand and could not gather on time. He scored 40 off 33 balls including five 4s and a six. After his dismissal KKR were 60-2 in 10 overs and were comfortably poised for a victory.
Manish Pandey and hard hitter Yusuf Pathan then shared a quick 45-run before Pandey (35) was caught at long on and his wicket gave SRH a chance to come back, but Yusuf Pathan then put on an unbeaten 42-run stand with Ryan Ten Doeschate and guided KKR home with a seven wickets in hand. Yusuf Pathan scored unbeaten 28-ball 39 and hit two 4s and two 6s while Ten Doeschate’s quick-fire 25 not out came off 15 balls.
Dale Steyn (1-24) and Karn Sharma (1-16) were the only bowlers to pick wickets.
Sunrisers Hyderabad earliercourtesy some excellent bowling by Kolkata Knight Riderswas restricted to 142. SRH kept losing wickets and no batsman managed to stay on wicket for a longer time. In last five overs SRH scored only 33 runs and never looked comfortable to play big shots.
Morne Morkel (0-39) started off well but was expensive. Umesh Yadav (3-26) was excellent in his four overs while Spinners Sunil Narine, Piyush Chawla and Shakib Al Hassan shared four wickets between them.
Man of the Match: Umesh Yadav
Brief Scores: KKR146-3 (Uthappa 40, Sharma 1-19)SRH 142-8(D. Warner34, U. Yadav3-26) by seven wickets.