The last time Kolkata Knight Riders and Sunrisers Hyderabad had met in the league stage, David Warner had blown away the Kolkata-based outfit with a 59-ball 126 runs knock. But the stakes were much higher when the two side locked horns once again in the first eliminator at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium and the Kolkata bowlers had learnt their lessons from the past experience.
After Gautam Gambhir won the toss and conceivably chose to field first, Umesh Yadav and Trent Boult made a good start. The fast bowlers rarely gave the Sunrisers openers-Warner and Shikhar Dhawan- any loose balls early on and as a result, the defending champions could score only 24 runs in the first four overs.
The pressure finally got the better off Dhawan who top-edged a Yadav delivery to get dismissed for only 11 runs. Kolkata bowlers continued bowling a disciplined line, not allowing Warner and his new partner Kane Williamson to go for the big shots. By the time the powerplay ended, Sunrisers were 30 for 1.
But with the M. Chinnaswamy stadium not witnessing big-scoring games this season unlike the previous editions, Warner and Williamson did not try to play the fancy shots and looked more than content to keep the scorecard ticking with singles, doubles and occasional boundaries. Williamson departed after scoring 24 runs with the scorecard reading only 75 runs in 12 overs. However, Warner’s presence on the crease was still a major area of concern for Kolkata as the Australian opener was well-set and considering his ability as a power-hitter, he could have changed the course of the innings in a matter of few overs.
Kolkata needed his wicket as quickly as possible and fortunately for them, they did not have to wait long to see his back. In fact, Piyush Chawla dismissed him only two balls after Williamson was out. Looking to pull a back of a length and a flat delivery, Warner went back inside the crease. However, the delivery was not short enough and Warner could only see the ball getting past his bat to shatter middle stump. The wicket was a huge one for the two-time champions and Gautam Gambhir’s reaction said it all.
Here is a clip of that dismissal and Gambhir’s animated reaction:
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