Russell’s disastrous innings gives KKR a thumping win
Kolkata Knight Riders started their campaign of this year’s Indian Premier League (IPL) with a win against Shakib Al Hasan’s Sunrisers Hyderabad by six wickets at Eden Garden.
Winning the toss, Kolkata elected to bowl first. But it didn’t work for them from the beginning. David Warner, who returned to the IPL after one season and Jonny Bairstow, who made his IPL debut in this match batted carefully and fearlessly from the beginning.
David Warner took little time to show his quality. The Australia opener, who was not part of a year ago’s IPL subsequent to getting prohibited by Cricket Australia for his contribution in the sandpaper discussion, looked in splendid form against the KKR bowlers. He assaulted both Prasidh Krishna and Piyush Chawla from the earliest starting point and guided SRH to a splendid beginning to their innings. He marked his return to the Indian Premier League in style as he slammed his 40th half century of the tournament.
On the other hand, Bairstow played carefully but a well-timed innings. He and Warner made a partnership of 118 runs in the first wicket which is the first century partnership in this year’s tournament also. Piyush Chawla made the long awaiting breakthrough in the 13th over. He bowled Bairstow, who scored 39 runs from 35 balls with 3 fours and 1 six.
But there was no reply of Warner’s batting then. KKR kept changing their bowlers, but David Warner and Vijay Shankar again started to build a partnership in the 3rd wicket. Warner continued to play fearlessly and with the help of nine fours and three sixes, the left-hander was able to score 85 off 53 deliveries. However, his innings finally came to an end in the 16th over by Andrew Russell as Robin Uthappa pulled off a great catch to send him back to the pavilion.
Then a little but disastrous cameo from Shankar of unbeaten 40 runs from 24 balls with 2 fours and 2 sixes ended the Sunriser’s innings at 181 runs with the loss of just 3 wickets at 20 overs. Russell took 2 wickets by giving away 32 runs in 3 overs.
By chasing the big target of 182 runs, Chris Lynn and Nitish Rana came to bat. Lynn started slowly in the first over and took just 1 run from Bhuvneshwar Kumar’s over. Then the Bangladeshi all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan came in the 2nd over and Lynn tried to hit hard in this over. He hit a six in the second delivery of Shakib but got out in the last delivery of the 2nd over. Lynn scored just 7 runs from 11 balls.
Then Nitish Rana and Robin Uthappa made the partnership which was much needed at that time. They played calmly and fearlessly to keep the required run rate under control. Rana and Uthappa made the 50 plus partnership too. But at the 12th over Siddarth Kaul got the wicket of Uthappa and kept Sunrisers in the match. Uthappa scored 35 runs from 27 balls with 3 fours and 1 six.
Then the captain Dinesh Karthik came. But Sandeep’s slower ball on a length, Karthik was bamboozled, he chipped it to cover and Bhuvneshwar, who captained a team just second time in his career took a simple catch. KKR were slipping away then as SRH surged with timely wickets.
But on the other hand, Rana kept KKR in the match. After a floodlight failure at Eden Garden, Rashid Khan took Rana’s wicket in the first ball of the floodlight incident. Rana scored a brilliant 68 runs innings from 47 balls with 8 fours and 3 sixes.
At that time, it looked impossible to win the match for KKR. But there was West-Indian ace all-rounder Andrew Russell. He just smashed all the bowlers and got KKR home at Eden Garden. He scored an unbeaten 49 runs from just 19 balls with 4 fours and 4 sixes. While Subhman Gill scored 18 runs from 10 balls with hitting two sixes in the last over. By the result, KKR won the match with a hard fought six wickets win.
Sunrisers Hyderabad 181-3
David Warner 85(53), Vijay Shankar 40*(24)
Andrew Russell 2/32
Kolkata Knight Riders 183-4 (19.4 overs)
Nitish rana 68(47), Andrew Russell 49*(19)
Rashid Khan 1/26
Toss: Kolkata Knight Riders
Man of the match: Andrew Russell