Published: Mon, April 16, 2018
Sport | By Wilson Duncan

IPL 2018: Sunrisers Hyderabad defeats Kolkata Knight Riders by 5 wickets

IPL 2018: Sunrisers Hyderabad defeats Kolkata Knight Riders by 5 wickets

Kolkata: Rain stopped play between Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) and Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) for nearly an hour in the IPL match here at the Eden Gardens on Saturday. Roy scored 91 not out off 53 balls, hitting six sixes. SRH's bowlers put in another disciplined bowling performance to restrict another team for a below-par total (138), which their batsmen chased down with an over to spare despite another hiccup, not like the one they suffered against Mumbai Indians, though.

Meanwhile, pace bowler Adam Milne has become the 10th Kiwi to pick up a contract this season.

This is Mumbai's third successive defeat and leaves captain Sharma and the team under pressure.

Fellow-New Zealand quick Mitchell McClenaghan was also previously drafted by Mumbai following another injury to an Australian, Jason Behrendorff. "Maximum time you will see that if spinners take two-three wickets in the middle period, they are doing an exceptional job for the team".

However, they have the highest run-scorer and highest wicket-taker, Suryakumar Yadav wearing the Orange Cap with 124 runs in three innings - scores of 43, 28 and 53 in his first three matches - and leg-spinner Mayank Markande (7 wickets).

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Of the seven matches they played at home in 2017, the Royal Challengers managed to win just one. A team that is three-time champion of the tournament and is now the defending champion, is not supposed to play like Mumbai has been doing so far this season. After Pant fell, Glenn Maxwell came and attacked in his six-ball knock before being brilliantly caught by Hardik Pandya at long-off.

As DD look to climb up the table, KKR will be keen to arrest their slide and they will have to do a lot of soul-searching - first and foremost would be to get their batting organised.

Bhuvneshwar's breakthrough and a tidy two-run over by Stanlake had KKR struggling for 23/1 in four overs before Lynn and Rana seized the momentum in two overs off Siddharth Kaul and Rashid Khan who leaked 14 and 12 overs respectively in their first overs.

After much success opening the innings, KKR chose to drop Narine down the order, according to head coach Jacques Kallis, to get quick runs in the middle overs. "Even in the last over Jason found it hard to pick. I just asked him to hold your position and just smash the ball".

But the hosts have in captain Ravichandran Ashwin a master tactician who happens to be a former Chennai player, and hence someone who will know best how to exploit the weaknesses of his ex-teammates.


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