Shakib’s Kolkata make winning start in IPL-14
Shakib Al Hasan’s Kolkata Knight Riders have made a winning start in the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021, beating Sunrisers Hyderabad by 10 runs at the MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai.
Batting first, Kolkata posted a commendable total of 187 for 6 in their 20 overs, thanks to Nitish Rana’s magnificent 80-run knock off 56 balls. He struck 9 fours and cleared the boundary 4 times.
Rana was also involved in a 53-run opening stand with Shubman Gill, and a 93-run second-wicket partnership with Rahul Tripathi. While Gill scored just 15 runs off 13 balls, KKR no.3 batsman Tripathi played a well-made 53 off 29 balls, hitting 5 fours and a couple of sixes.
After 16 overs, KKR were 152 for two and looked poised to surpass the 200-run mark. However, Sunrisers bowlers made a good comeback in the death overs.
Rashid Khan first picked up the wicket of big hitter Andre Russell in the 17th over to finish with figures of 4-0-24-2. Then came Mohammad Nabi to bowl his final over, and returned Nitish Rana and Eoin Morgan in back-to-back deliveries to halt all the momentum KKR had. He eventually finished with 2 for 32.
A late onslaught from Dinesh Karthik followed, as he played a quickfire 22 off 9 balls with 2 fours and a six to help his side manage to attain a good total. Karthik specially targeted the final over off Bhuvneshwar Kumar, which accounted for 16 runs.
Kumar conceded 45 runs overall in his 4 overs, but got some respite by picking up the wicket of Shakib Al Hasan (3 off 5) in the final delivery of the innings.
In reply, Sunrisers did not have the best of starts, as they lost both their openers inside 2.1 overs, and were tottering at 10 for 2.
But Manish Pandey and Jonny Bairstow came to their rescue, as they shared a 92-run partnership between them to bring Sunrisers back into the contest.
While Bairstow scored 55 off 40 balls with 5 fours and 3 sixes before becoming his team’s third wicket to fall, Pandey remained not out till the end, scoring 61 off 44 with the help of 2 fours and 3 sixes.
But in spite of Pandey’s effort, Sunrisers innings ended on 177 for 5 in their stipulated 20 overs. There were some scores of 14 by Nabi, 11 by Vijay Shankar and 19 not-out off 8 balls from Abdul Samad; but none were good enough to get their team past the desired total.
Prasidh Krishna was the most successful bowler for Kolkata, as he finished with 2 for 35.
Shakib Al Hasan bowled Wriddhiman Saha out on the very first delivery he bowled and gave away just one run in his first over, but could not hold onto the momentum. Shakib finished with figures of 4-0-34-1.
Pat Cummins and Andre Russell also took one wicket apiece.
Brief scores: Kolkata Knight Riders 187 for 6 in 20 overs (Rana 80, Tripathi 53; Rashid 2-24) beat Sunrisers Hyderabad 177 for 5 in 20 overs (Pandey 61*, Bairstow 55; Krishna 2-35) by 10 runs.