IPL: Kolkata Knight Riders beat Sunrisers Hyderabad to spice up play-off hopes

Shubman Gill’s 57 was his first half-century of the 2021 IPL season
Indian Premier League, Dubai
Sunrisers Hyderabad 115-8 (20 overs): Williamson 26 (21); Southee 2-26, Mavi 2-26
Kolkata Knight Riders 119-4 (149.4 overs): Gill 57 (51), Rana 25 (33); Holder 2-32
Kolkata Knight Riders received by six wickets
Scorecard; Desk

Eoin Morgan’s Kolkata Knight Riders took an enormous step in direction of the Indian Premier League play-offs with a nervy six-wicket win over Sunrisers Hyderabad in Dubai.

Chasing 116, Shubman Gill made 57 and Nitish Rana a vital 25 earlier than Dinesh Karthik hit a 12-ball 18 to win the sport with two balls left.

Sunrisers Hyderabad made 115-8, with Kane Williamson prime scoring with 26.

Kolkata stay fourth, however on 12 factors as they edge away from the chasing pack.

Morgan’s aspect are two factors forward of Punjab, Rajasthan and Mumbai – with the latter two groups having a sport in hand.

Sunrisers, who’re led by England’s World Cup-winning coach Trevor Bayliss and left Australia’s David Warner within the stands waving a flag in help, stay backside with two wins from 12 video games.

KKR get their stability proper

Kolkata Knight Riders' spin trio of Sunil Narine, Shakib Al Hasan and Varun Chakravarthy took three wickets and conceded just 58 runs from 12 overs

Kolkata are having to cope with the absence of West Indies all-rounder Andre Russell by damage.

Within the final sport they opted to go along with an additional tempo bowler, in keeping with their coach throughout an in-game interview due to the bottom dimensions regardless of having Bangladesh all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan in reserve.

On a much bigger floor they modified their ways once more with Shakib coming in for his first look throughout this second section within the United Arab Emirates.

Tempo bowlers Tim Southee and Shivam Mavi, who additionally got here into the crew, eliminated each openers cheaply and that gave the spin trio of Shakib, Sunil Narine and Varun Chakravarthy a platform to squeeze and decide up wickets towards a crew missing confidence.

Shakib offered a second of brilliance to gather a defensive push, flip and run out Kane Williamson on the non-striker’s finish – and from there KKR dominated.

The spinners took 3-58 in 12 overs earlier than Southee and Mavi returned to each take a second wicket on the loss of life.

With the tempo of Lockie Ferguson additionally in reserve, KKR’s bowling appears properly stocked and in a position to match the highest sides in the event that they do progress to the knockout levels.

Gill and Rana’s composure will get Kolkata dwelling

Kolkata’s win was constructed on the partnership of 55 from 59 between Gill and Rana which, whereas it might not win any awards for leisure, was match profitable.

Gill, who opened the batting for India towards Australia and England final winter, confirmed his class as he latched on to the unhealthy balls – scoring 23 runs through the pull shot – and saved out the nice ones.

He ended a run of 15 IPL video games and not using a half-century too and a return to kind for him could be very welcome if KKR progress to the play-offs.

Rana refused to panic when the required run fee began to rise – he was on one off 9 balls, as he struggled to deal with the 92.8mph tempo of debutant Umran Malik – however he caught round and located rising fluency to information his aspect dwelling.

Gill fell with 23 wanted, and Rana 10, however Karthik used all his expertise, and talent, to hit three essential boundaries and safe the win.

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