Highlights Indian T20 League Kolkata vs Hyderabad Match 2: What a match. Unbelievable scenes at Eden. At the end of the 16th over in the first innings, Kolkata seemed down and out, with Hyderabad ready to touch 200. They pulled it back. At the end of the 16th over in the second innings, Kolkata seemed down and out again, needing 59 from the final 4 overs. But the end is what matters. Hyderabad will be bitterly disappointed. They had the match in their grasp but let it slip towards the end very badly. The 18th over went for 19 by Kaul. The 19th went for 21 by Bhuvi. And Hyderabad could not recover at all. It was all Andre Russell magic, as he clobbered a 19-ball 49, staying unbeaten, with 4 fours and 4 sixes. Rana and Uthappa played their part, not letting the wickets fall and the match slip too much. However, had Hyderabad hung on to that chance of Uthappa, they might have come out trumps. (SCORECARD)
HIGHLIGHTS, KKR vs SRH MATCH 2 at EDEN GARDENS
19.53 IST: Game, set and match! That is how they say in Tennis. Gill has ended the game in style. Full and around middle, Shubman dances out of his crease and sends it flying over long on! The helmet comes off and then the hug with Dre Russ! Kolkata Knight Riders (183/4) beat Sunrisers Hyderabad (181/3) by 6 wickets at Eden Gardens. Rana 68, Russell 49*, Rashid 1/26
19.51 IST: SIX! If Russell can hit, I can go big too! Gill gets into the act. Jumps out of his crease, gets to the pitch of the ball and thumps it over long on!
19.49 IST: SIX! That is just unbelievable! Full and outside off, Russell reaches out, mistimes his carve but still gets it over cover for half a dozen! KKR 168/4 in 18.5 overs vs SRH (181/3)
19.46 IST: SIX! That is a monster! 10 off 2 balls and Kolkata are surely the favourites now. 24 needed from 10 deliveries. A length ball again, Russell swings hard and clears mid-wicket with ease! KKR 158/4 in 18.2 overs vs SRH (181/3)
19.45 IST: FOUR! The over begins with a boundary! What a strike from Russell. A length ball, around off, Dre Rus swings it wide of mid on for a boundary!
19.42 IST: SIX! Two in a row! Game on. All the good work done by Kumar in the last over is going down the drain. A low full toss by Kaul, Andre lines himself and launches it over the bowler’s head. 12 from the over already. KKR 141/4 in 17.2 overs, need 41 runs to win vs SRH (181/3)
19.41 IST: SIX! A cracking beginning to the over for Kolkata! Dre Russ getting into the act. Gets one right in the slot. It’s full and on middle and leg, Russell clears his front leg and clobbers it 91m long into the deep mid-wicket stand. KKR 135/4 in 17.1 overs, need 47 runs to win vs SRH (181/3)
19.35 IST: FOUR! Fine, fine shot! Goes with the spin and lofts it over covers. Ends the over well but it’s been a great spell from Rashid, 4-0-26-1!
19.32 IST: OUT! Rashid Khan removes Nitish Rana for 68. Is that the match for SRH? The break has hampered Rana’s momentum certainly. He has been adjudged lbw! Rashid lets out a flatter and quicker leg break delivery around leg. It spins back in slightly to beat Rana’s bat and hits him on the pads. They appeal and the finger goes up. Nitish has a chat with his partner but decides not to take the referral. KKR 118/3 in 15.4 overs, need 64 runs to win vs SRH (181/3)
19.30 IST: Welcome back after the break. In fact, we have not resumed. The light towers have still not come back to normal and the PLAYERS ARE WALKING OFF. All the lights have been turned off and are being switched back on.
19.18 IST: Floodlight failure. One of the light towers has stopped functioning. The umpires have sensibly signalled for the strategic break. Kolkata are probably finding themselves in troubled waters here. 64 needed from 28 balls but with Russell, Gill and Narine to come, they will back themselves. Hyderabad still have 2 overs of Bhuvneshwar after this and one over of Siddarth Kaul. They will back themselves too.
19.15 IST: SIX! High and handsome from Nitish Rana. That looked like a miscue but it has gone all the way! A high full toss outside off, Rana looks to go over mid off, miscues it but still manages to clear the fence. KKR 113/3 in 14.4 overs, need 69 runs to win vs SRH (181/3)
19.08 IST: FOUR! Short and outside off, cut through point for a boundary!
18.59 IST: OUT! Sandeep Sharma removes Dinesh Karthik for 2. The skipper goes too for KKR! Full and outside off, Karthik looks to check his drive through the off side but the ball stops on the surface and he is caught in his crease. he cannot stop himself and the ball lobs off the face of the bat, straight to his counterpart Bhuvneshwar Kumar at short extra cover. Two wickets in quick succession for Hyderabad. KKR 95/3 in 12.3 overs, need 87 runs to win vs SRH (181/3)
18.56 IST: FOUR! BANG! Full and down the leg side, Rana gets down and sweeps it behind square leg for a boundary!
18.53 IST: OUT! Siddarth Kaul removes Robin Uthappa for 35. The off stump goes cartwheeling! Normally 87 is an unlucky number considered by the Aussies. Is it for Kolkata as well? A fuller length delivery on off, Uthappa comes down the track and yorks himself, he was looking for a smash down the ground but Kaul outsmarting him clips his off stump out of the ground. And isn’t he pumped up? KKR 87/2 in 11.4 overs, need 95 runs to win vs SRH (181/3)
18.45 IST: SIX! Flat hit from Uthappa, just over the line. Uthappa was looking to break his shackles. Camps behind, swings, flat and deposits it deep into square leg for a maximum. Kolkata 76/1 in 10 overs vs Hyderabad (181/3)
18.35 IST: FOUR! A tossed up delivery on middle and off, Rana sweeps it wildly but gets an outside edge above slips for four. Thats is some tough luck for Rashid a dropped catch, followed by an edgy boundary. KKR 60/1 in 8 overs, need 122 runs to win vs SRH (181/3)
18.33 IST: IN THE AIR AND DOWN! That is a shocker from Yusuf Pathan. The crowd likes it. Rashid gets Uthappa in the flight first ball. Never advisable to go after a bowler straightaway in his first over. Robin does that mistake and almost pays for it. Full and around middle, Uthappa looks to go big but mistimes it. He gets a massive top edge which goes nowhere except to Yusuf Pathan at long off. It is a simple catch but he takes it too easy. Does not even get his hands to the ball and it goes past his hands, hits his chest and drops down. A single taken.
18.25 IST: FOUR! Excellent bowling but what a terrific piece of batting. Good cricket all around. Uthappa comes down the track and Shakib fires it in the blockhole outside off. But the keeper-batsman adjusts well, converts it into a low full toss and drives it between cover and point!
18.21 IST: FOUR! A full-length delivery on off, Uthappa makes some room and slaps it down the ground straight past the bowler. Warner at mid-on gives a dive but the ball passes him and touches the boundary ropes. KKR 38/1 in 4.4 overs vs SRH (181/3)
18.15 IST: SIX! Nitish Rana is in full flow here for KKR, he will be the key man if the hosts want to chase this steep target vs Hyderabad. Kolkata 7/1 in 2 overs vs Hyderabad (181/3)
18.12 IST: FOUR! Had he missed, Uthappa would have been dismissed. But he doesn’t and it is a boundary. Robin has this tendency to walk across his stumps and Bhuvi keeps this dead straight. But the stylish batsman flicks it past short fine leg and finds the boundary. KKR 16/0 in 2.5 overs, need 166 runs to win vs SRH (181/3)
18.07 IST: OUT! Shakib Al Hasan removes Chris Lynn for 7. No Lynnsanity tonight. He is gone after hitting just one six. A short delivery on middle and leg, dipping down the leg side, Lynn dances down the track and tires a cross bat shot but get a top edge. The ball goes up in the air towards the cover region. Rashid Khan settles himself under the ball and takes an easy catch. A bad start from Kolkata. Kolkata 7/1 in 2 overs vs Hyderabad (181/3)
18.04 IST: SIX! Ho ho ho! There goes Chris Lynn. Tossed up, around middle, Chris jumps out of the crease and launches this over long on! 175 more needed from 112 balls.
18.02 IST: Extremely tidy start from Bhuvneshwar, just a single off it. Another inswinger by Bhuvneshwar, Short of a length on off, Drifted in after pitching Lynn attempting to keep it away gets an inside edge onto his body. KKR 1/0 in 1 over, need 181 runs to win vs SRH (181/3)
17.57 IST: The action is all set to resume. The Kolkata openers are out in the middle. Chris Lynn and Nitish Rana are at the crease. Lynn will take the strike. Bhuvneshwar Kumar will open the attack for the Orange Army!
17.43 IST: Short and outside off, Shankar plays it through point and immediately calls for the second. The throw comes in from Gill at sweeper cover and it is at a nice height to Dinesh Karthik who knocks the bails off. The appeal is referred upstairs but replays confirm that the second run is counted. Sunrisers Hyderabad 181/3 in 20 overs vs Kolkata Knight Riders at Eden Gardens. Warner 85, Shankar 40*, Russell 2/32
17.41 IST: FOUR! Finally gets a boundary. Kolkata have pulled things back really nicely here. Short and outside off, Shankar pulls it over mid-wicket for a boundary! What a shot from Shankar. Hyderabad 177/3 in 19.4 overs vs Kolkata
17.37 IST: NOT OUT! Missing leg! That is a good review from Shankar but this is what happens due to this rule. The batsman is not out but the single that he took, will not be counted as the ball becomes dead after the batsman is adjudged out. A full toss, down the leg side, Vijay misses his flick and is hit on the pads. The bowler appeals and the umpire, after taking a long time, raises his finger. Vijay immediately takes the review and the Hawk-Eye takes a long time to come up too. SRH 166/2 in 18.5 overs vs KKR
17.35 IST: Vijay Shankar is adjudged LBW! But review taken. Looks to be going down leg.
17.34 IST: SIX! ‘That is creamed right off the middle’, quips Brett Lee on air. A length ball outside off, slower in pace, Shankar spots it, gives himself room to the leg side and sends it sailing over long on! Hyderabad 165/3 in 18.3 overs vs Kolkata
17.28 IST: OUT! KNOCKED HIM OVER! Might be a blessing in disguise for Hyderabad. Yusuf Pathan is not a rapid starter and with the balls left in the innings, he needed to get going almost immediately, which he struggles to do. This is a slower delivery, beautifully disguised but Pathan does not pick it at all.
17.19 IST: Strategic break – Wicket just at the end there and the dangerous Warner is back in the hut. Kolkata will be hoping that this can put some brakes on the scoring and restrict Hyderabad under 190. Hyderabad meanwhile would be hoping that their big hitters can make full use of the platform set by Warner and take the score past the 200-run mark. Yusuf Pathan will bat after the break.
17.18 IST: OUT! Andre Russell removes David Warner for 85. Hyderabad have lost their second wicket. Warner falls this time. A fuller length delivery on off, David Warner just slams it hard to the cover region from his front foot. Uthappa at covers takes a beautiful diving catch. That was some exceptional batting performance by Warner. He deserves all the applaud from the crowd. SRH 144/2 in 16 overs vs KKR
17.15 IST: SIX! Unbelievable shot this. Slower delivery again. It is on a length, Warner takes his front foot out of the line and flat bats it over the long on fence for a maximum. SRH 143/1 in 15.3 overs vs KKR
17.07 IST: SIX! That is massive. A nice floated delivery around off, Vijay Shankar just picks this one and slogs sweeps it above the mid-wicket region. Hyderabad 127/1 in 13.4 overs vs Kolkata
17.04 IST: OUT! Piyush Chawla removes Jonny Bairstow for 39. Bowled! Finally some respite for the bowlers. Googly pitching just outside off, Bairstow looks to flat bat it through covers but misses it completely. The ball goes onto crash the off stump. Finally, the partnership is broken. But Warner is still out there and that is danger for Kolkata. SRH 118/1 in 12.5 overs vs KKR
16.59 IST: FOUR! Warner is dominating the bowlers here. Short on middle, Warner makes room by moving away from the leg stumps and whacks it over covers for a boundary. SRH 112/0 in 11.4 overs vs KKR
16.56 IST: IN THE AIR… PUT DOWN! Tough chance for Shubman Gill. Full and outside off, Bairstow reaches out to drive but does not time it cleanly. Gill reacts quickly but the ball comes on way too quickly for him. It lobs off his hand and then goes away, he tries to leap and then dive to take it in the second attempt but fails. Hyderabad 101/0 in 11 overs vs Kolkata
16.51 IST: SIX! Warner is on fire today. Short and straight outside off, Warner hits it straight as an arrow and heaves it over long off and the ball hits the camera behind the fence. SRH 92/0 in 10 overs vs KKR
16.45 IST: SIX! Fifty for David Warner, what a player, what a comeback. A short-pitched delivery on off, Warner gets the perfect room. He plays an upper cut to the third man region. And the ball goes above the boundary ropes at the third man region. Warner raises his bat towards the pavilion. He acknowledges the reception from the crowd. David Warner has announced himself back. Hyderabad 81/0 in 9 overs vs Kolkata
16.44 IST: Looks like Narine has some damage to his finger. HE IS GOING OFF THE FIELD. Doesn’t look in too much discomfort but then, Sunil is not the best at emoting, is he…
16.43 IST: FOUR! Take that Russell, Warner is putting on some show here. Warner is in the mood today. Length delivery outside off. Russel offers width to Warner and you never do that when he is in fine form. He frees his arm and whacks it through covers for a boundary. Narine gets his hand to it inside the circle but cannot do anything. SRH 75/0 in 8.4 overs vs KKR
16.36 IST: The first strategic break of the match. Hyderabad are going along merrily but the bowling has not been great either. There is nothing in the pitch and the bowlers need to try and bowl consistent lines to at least stem the run flow.
16.35 IST: FOUR! Perfect execution this from Warner. Googly on leg, Warner gets on one knee and brings out the reverse weep. He hits it well to send it to the fence at third man. Hyderabad 62/0 in 7 overs vs Kolkata
16:30 IST: 50 Up… Warner on fire, he is on a roll, back to back fours off Sunil Narine. ADMONISHED! Does it occur to you that this bloke has not played much competitive cricket for a year? Not to us. He is playing with consummate ease. Full and down the leg side, Warner gets down and mows a slog sweep over mid-wicket! SRH: 54/0 in 6 overs
16:25 IST: Piyush Chawala traps Bairstow in front. Umpire says OUT, Bairstow straightaway takes DRS and that saves him. SRH: 34/0 in 4 overs
16:20 IST: SMASHED, WITH DISDAIN… FOURRR Warner is announcing his arrival in style. SRH: 25/0 in 3 overs
16:15 IST: Warner is looking in sublime touch and in Bairstow, he may find a great partner. Two of the best batsmen in world cricket. It is a treat for fans at Eden. Kolkata has opted for a spin early in the innings in form of Piyush Chawla.
15:59 IST: The players are out in the pitch, David Warner and Jonny Bairstow will open proceedings for Hyderabad.
15.33 IST: TOSS – Kolkata have won the toss and opted to bowl first.
15:10 IST: A major injury concern for Sun Risers Hyderabad is that Kane Williamson is nursing a shoulder injury. Williamson will be a doubtful starter for Sunrisers Hyderabad’s opening IPL game against Kolkata Knight Riders, coach Tom Moody confirmed.
15:00 IST: Hello and a very warm welcome to the live cricket blog of the match between Kolkata and Hyderabad from the iconic Eden Garden in Kolkata. The match will start at 4 PM.
Brief Preview: Comeback man David Warner would be the cynosure of all eyes when last year’s finalist Sunrisers Hyderabad open their campaign against two-time champions Kolkata Knight Riders in the 12th cash-rich Indian T20 league on Sunday. Under Warner’s captaincy, Sunrisers won their maiden IPL title in 2016 and in 2017 he was the leading run-getter for his team. But the Australian opener missed the last IPL because of last year’s infamous ball-tampering episode in Capetown, and is set make his comeback alongside Steve Smith.
Warner will be the most scrutinised player for Sunrisers this season after he was banned for a year over his role in the ball-tampering scandal. While Warner and Smith were banned for a year, young Cameron Bancroft was left out for nine months for his role. And come this year, both Warner and Smith would be hoping to make an impact for their respective IPL sides.
Even as his international ban will end on March 28, the left-handed opener is eligible to play in the franchise league and would be hoping to get into his zone to stake a claim in Australia’s World Cup squad.
Warner went under the knife for an elbow injury in January during the Bangladesh Premier League but made a successful comeback for his Sydney club Randy Petes with a 77-ball century in a one-day game earlier this month.
Kane Williamson, who led them to runners-up finish in the Aussie’s absence last season, will continue to captain Sunrisers, a team that is known for its depth and variation in bowling. While Bhuvneshwar Kumar will lead Sunrisers pace department, Afghanistan’s Rashid Khan will be in charge of the spin attack.
Sunrisers have traded in Vijay Shankar, Shahbaz Nadeem and Abhishek Sharma for Shikhar Dhawan, but it remains to be seen how they overcome the Indian opener’s departure.
In KKR’s camp, skipper Dinesh Karthik will look to make most of the IPL opportunity to get the selectors’ attention. Taking charge of the team after Gautam Gambhir’s exit, Karthik led KKR to third place finish following their loss to SRH in the second eliminator last year.
KKR have roped in Carlos Brathwaite to go along side Andre Russell, Sunil Narine as they would look to reinforce their batting firepower with Chris Lynn.
Kolkata Knight Riders: Dinesh Karthik (C), Robin Uthappa, Chris Lynn, Shubman Gill, Andre Russell, Carlos Brathwaite, Sunil Narine, Piyush Chawla, Kuldeep Yadav, Nikhil Naik, Joe Denly, Shrikant Mundhe, Nitish Rana, Sandeep Warrier, Prasidh Krishna, Lockie Ferguson, Harry Gurney, KC Cariappa and Yarra Prithviraj.
Sunrisers Hyderabad: Kane Willilamson (C), Manish Pandey, Martin Guptill, Ricky Bhui, David Warner, Deepak Hooda, Mohammad Nabi, Yusuf Pathan, Shakib Al Hasan, Abhishek Sharma, Vijay Shankar, Sreevats Gowsami, Jonny Bairstow, Wriddhiman Saha, Siddarth Kaul, Khaleel Ahmed, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Rashid Khan, Basil Thampi, Billy Stanlake, T Natarajan, Sandeep Sharma, Shahbaz Nadeem.