Given the all round performance, Kolkata Knight Riders registered their third win of the tenth edition of Indian Premier League (IPL) on Saturday evening, as defending champions Sunrisers Hyderabad failed to chase down the target of 173.
The visitors were able to post 155 for the loss of six wickets on board in their allotted overs with Bipul Sharma remained unbeaten on 21 off 14 balls alongside wicket-keeper batsman Najam Ojha (10 off 11 balls).
For KKR, Chris Woakes picked up two wickets, whereas, Trent Boult, Sunil Narine, Kuldeep Yadav and Yusuf Pathan shared a wicket each.
While chasing down the target, skipper David Warner showed the early intent to go after hosts’ bowlers, before Shikhar Dhawan perished when he tried to clear the boundary only to find Collin de Grandhomme at the long-off region, who completed the regulation catch.
Dhawan (23 off 22 balls) was removed by Yusuf Pathan in the seventh over when Hyderabad’s score was 46.
In the 8th over, wicketkeeper Robin Uthappa missed a stumping chance of David Warner on the bowling of left-arm unorthodox bowler Kuldeep Yadav.
However, it didn’t prove costly to the hosts, as Warner (26 off 30 balls) was dismissed by Kuldeep after playing a full-bloodied shot to find Chris Woakes at the long-off region when Hyderabad was 59 for two in 9.5 overs.
In 11th over, Moises Henriques chipped in a straight catch back to the bowler Chris Woakes, who made no mistake after delivering the ball at 136kph.
Deepak Hooda (13 off 7 balls) came down the track to find Uthappa dislodging the bails on the bowling of off-spinner Sunil Narine.
The left-handed Yuvraj Singh (26 off 16 balls), who looked threatening on the other end, was dismissed by Chris Woakes when substitute Rishi Dhawan completed the catch at long-on.
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Ben Cutting (15 off 10 balls), who went downtown on the bowling of fast bowler Trent Boult to see Colin de Grandhomme completing the catch in the deep region.
Earlier, on the hot and humid afternoon at the iconic Eden Gardens Stadium, Sunrisers Hyderabad skipper David Warner won the toss and opted to field first.
However, the ground had traditionally helped batsmen and spinners eventually, but given to the newly laid turf it witnessed pace and bounce to assist seamers.
While batting first, Knight Riders posted a competitive total of 172 for six courtesy 68 off 39 balls by wicketkeeper-batsman Robin Uthappa and 46 off 35 by Manish Pandey, as both knitted 77-run partnership for the third wicket.
Uthappa took on Sunrisers’ bowlers with shots all around the park, who was followed by Manish Pandey before missing out on the half-century.
The top-order batsman Uthappa led from the front while striking four sixes and five fours.
On the other side, Bhuvneshwar Kumar was the pick of the bowlers, who bagged three wickets in his four overs after conceding 20 runs for Hyderabad. Ashish Nehra, Rashid Khan and Ben Cutting claimed one apiece.
Collin de Grandhomme was bowled on a perfect Yorker by Bhuvneshwar Kumar on nought off two balls during the final over of the first innings.
In 19th over, Ashish Nehra picked the wicket of Suryakumar Yadav when he tried to pull the short delivery which further brushed his glove to see Ojha completing a single-handed catch down the leg.
Pandey (46 off 35 balls) after playing some exquisite shots was sent back by Bhuvneshwar when David Warner completed the skier in the thirty-yard circle.
Earlier, interestingly it was Sunil Narine again who opened the innings for Kolkata Knight Riders with their captain Gautam Gambhir, but of no success at left-hander’s party came to an end very early.
Knight Riders lost the first wicket when Narine was cleaned up on a peach of a delivery by Bhuvneshwar as hosts’ score were 10 in 3rd over.
The ball swung in the air before shuttering the off-stump of Narine (6 off 9 balls), who had no idea where the ball was going.
On the other side, Bhuvneshwar bowled an outswinger which further found the edge of Robin Uthappa’s bat to land straight into the gloves of Naman Ojha, before close-in fielders appealed for the catch. However, the appeal was turned down by the on-field umpire as it would have been two in two to put hosts in an early spot of bother.
There was the stumping chance of Manish Pandey in the tenth over which was missed by Hyderabad wicket-keeper Naman Ojha when Knight Riders were 67 for two.
It was Rashid Khan again with his golden arm to strike in his first over, who provided the breakthrough in sixth over for Hyderabad when he dismissed dangerous looking Gautam Gambhir, who tried to cut the ball only to see bails being dislodged.
Gambhir scored 15 off 16 balls before posting 30 on board for the second wicket alongside right handed batsman Uthappa.