MATCH REPORT: KKR notched their second home win of the IPL season as they beat Sunrisers Hyderabad by 17 runs at Eden Gardens on Saturday.
Robin Uthappa (68 from 39 balls) led the way for Kolkata after they’d been asked to bat by David Warner. Manish Pandey made a fluent 46 (35 balls) with3 fours and 2 sixes as the KKR pair added 77 and boosted their side to 172 for six.
Pandey is enjoying a productive IPL. He has now scored 152 runs and this was his first dismissal in IPL 2017. His 46 today followed 81* against Mumbai Indians and 25* against Kings XI Punjab.
Sunil Narine fell in the third over after not providing the pinch-hitting power he had in the previous game, but Gautam Gambhir consolidated his bid to win the Orange Cap before he was another victim of Rashid Khan.
Uthappa should have walked first ball when he clearly edged behind but escaped when the umpire failed to see what everyone else had. He had another escape shortly after passing fifty when he was wrongly given out caught behind, a decision overturned via TV replay. He finally fell in the 15th over when when he hit Ben Cutting to Rashid Khan at midwicket. Pandey found the hands of Warner at long-on in the 18th when trying to flay Bhuvneshwar Kumar (3-20). Ashish Nehra, Rashid Khan and Moises Henriques were the other wicket-takers.
The KKR spinners strangled the visitors’ batsmen, exerting pressure as none of the SRH batsmen made it past 26.
David Warner and Shikhar Dhawan (23) adding 46 runs in 6.4 overs when the latter hit Yusuf Pathan down the throat of long off. The KKR skipper used that opening to put the brakes on the scoring. Between overs 8 and 12, KKR only conceded 33 runs and picked up two wickets, those of Warner (26 from 30 balls) and Henriques (13 from 10 balls).
Yuvraj Singh threatened with a couple of sweet hits.In the 13th over, he hit Umesh Yadav a for a six straight down the ground and held his pose, and then smacked one over the cover boundary in the 15th over. But the left-hander miscued one, while attempting to go over the top yet again in the same over, and picked the man at long on; Yuvraj was dismissed for 26 (16 balls, 2 fours, 2 sixes) and SRH had slipped to 112-5. Once Ben Cutting was dismissed in the 18th over, the odds of the rest of the SRH line-up scoring the required runs were improbable. SRH finished at 155 for six.
For KKR, Woakes was the most successful bowler, returning figures of 2-49. But it was the spinners that exerted the most pressure.
Kolkata Knight Riders: 172-6 (Robin Uthappa 68, Manish Pandey 46, Bhuvneshwar Kumar 3-20) Sunrisers Hyderabad: 155-6 (David Warner 26, Yuvraj Singh 26, Chris Woakes 2-49)
Man of the Match: Robin Uthappa
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