One of the most integral parts of the Kolkata Knight Riders squad Sunil Narine got them off to a sensational start against Sunrisers Hyderabad in the 38th match of Vivo IP 12. It was a crucial encounter for the Kolkata Knight Riders especially after losing 4 matches on a trot. They needed to come out with an inspired performance and it was evident from the fact that they decided to drop experienced players like Robin Uthappa and Kuldeep Yadav after their horrendous performance in the previous match against Bangalore.
KC Cariappa got his first game while youngster Prithvi Raj was also included in the XI. Prasidh Krishna who has failed to bag consistent wickets in the tournament was also left out. After winning the toss it was KKR skipper Dinesh Karthik who decided to bat first. Regular openers Chris Lynn and Sunil Narine came out in the middle to begin proceedings.
Chris Lynn began with two delightful boundaries in the first over and Sunil Narine also started with a flurry of boundaries of the bowling of Shahbaz Nadeem. The left-arm spinner conceded 18 runs in his first over. KKR raced off to 40/0 in 2.2 overs with Sunil Narine going for the kill. The southpaw smashed a six and a couple of fours of Khaleel Ahmed in the 3rd over to race off to 25 of 7 deliveries.
Khaleel was definitely under huge pressure. However, he did a great job and kept his composure by bowling a well disguised slower delivery. Narine who was expecting a faster ball was way early into his shot and missed the ball completely. It struck the timbers and the celebrations from the left-arm pacer proved how important the wicket was. If Narine was there he could have taken the match away from SRH in the powerplay itself.
Meanwhile, KKR has also lost the wicket of Shubhman Gill and are currently on 53/2 at the end of 5 overs when the article was written. KKR will definitely look to achieve a score in excess of 170. We should be experiencing an exciting contest in the next few hours.
Here is the Video of the Sunil Narine’s wicket
— Arya Chakraborty (@AryaMady) April 21, 2019