IPL 2018: Match 10, KKR vs SRH – Five Game-Changing Moments
The tenth game of the IPL saw SRH continuing their dominance in the tournament on the back of an exciting bowling line-up which comes good every time they take on the field.
Man of the match, Kane Williamson, was instrumental in Sunrisers’ five-wicket win which breached the KKR’s fortress at Eden Gardens. Also, SRH top the points table with their superlative all-round performance in the tournament.
Here’s a look at the five game-changing moments of the match.
Lynnsanity strikes IPL
The much-awaited Lynnsanity finally struck IPL, as he lit up Eden Gardens with seven boundaries and a maximum. Lynn smashed 49 at a strike rate of 144 to entertain the crowd with his strokeplay.
Chris Lynn was able to combat the steep bounce and express pace of fellow Queenslander Billy Stanlake, which perhaps others in the tournament have found it difficult to negate.
DK’s tactics misfiring
Known for his masterstrokes when it comes to captaincy, all moves from Dinesh Karthik misfired for the Knight Riders. Bringing in Shubman Gill into the XI and sending him at number seven didn’t serve justice to the U19 sensation.
Also, Sunil Narine got demoted to number four, where his range of strokeplay could not have been utilized with the field restriction.
Finally, the move of bringing in Mitchell Johnson instead of Tom Curran did not work for DK, as the left-arm pacer went for plenty with the new ball.
SRH bowling stranglehold
For the third successive occasion in the tournament, Sunrisers Hyderabad‘s bowling looked a class apart, as they restricted the Knight Riders at their den for a moderate total of 138. SRH managed to clinch eight of KKR wickets, as the bowling unit hunted in packs.
Bhuvi continued to march on for his pursuit of the purple cap for the third consecutive year with his three wickets in the match.
Stanlake and Shakib shared a couple of wickets each while Siddharth Kaul had a wicket to show for his exceptional death bowling
Shakib’s all-round performance
Shakib’s all-round skills boast great balance to the SRH side who lacked a finisher in the past seasons. The skill set of the Bangladeshi falls in perfectly for the missing puzzle of Sunrisers.
Arguably, the best all rounder in the world chipped in with four economical overs and a couple of wickets to go with it.
With three wickets falling in quick succession, Shakib steadied the SRH ship with a vital contribution of 27, stitching a key partnership with his captain.
Williamson’s captain’s knock
With the wickets of Pandey, Dhawan and free-flowing Wriddhiman Saha, it was necessary that Kane Williamson anchored the innings for his side.
As it turned out, the Kiwi skipper brought up his fourth half-century of IPL career with his 44-ball 50.
Williamson scored four boundaries and a maximum but more importantly played a captain’s knock for his side.
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