IPL 2018: In-form Sunrisers Hyderabad win three in a row with 5-wicket win over Kolkata Knight Riders

Kane Williamson led Sunrisers Hyderabad to yet another win with a captains’ knock of 50 at the Eden Gardens on Saturday in Match 10 of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2018. Squaring off against Kolkata Knight Riders away from home, SRH performed comprehensively to keep up their winning run thus bagging their third consecutive victory.

Kane Williamson led Sunrisers Hyderabad to yet another win with a captains’ knock of 50 at the Eden Gardens on Saturday in Match 10 of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2018. Squaring off against Kolkata Knight Riders away from home, SRH performed comprehensively to keep up their winning run thus bagging their third consecutive victory. Bowling first in the rain afflicted match, the Hyderabad outfit displayed exceptional efforts in the field to restrict KKR’s start to a paltry 138 in 20 overs. Chasing the total, Saha started all guns blazing. Dhawan failed to settle in as he departed early. In came Kane Williamson who spent 44 balls to steer the game away from the home team. He pummelled his fifty with the help of four boundaries and a maximum. It was a matter of time for SRH to return victorious. Narine, Chawla and Mitchell kept KKR’s hopes floating but it was Yusuf Pathan who made sure the match ended in the last ball of the penultimate over. He heaved Russell for a massive six over backward square leg for a maximum thus sealing the deal without further ado. Williamson was adjudged as the Man of the match.

KKR didn’t get off to the most pleasing of starts as the move to open with Robin Uthappa failed to click. Bhuvneshwar got the opener caught behind in the third over. Then came Nitish Rana and along with brutal opener Chris Lynn, the hosts finally got the much-needed impetus. Together they strung a brief partnership to power KKR to 49 for 1 after the end of the powerplays. However, rain disturbed KKR’s momentum and from there it was a free fall for KKR.

Significantly, SRH’s fielding did the major damage for the home team as Manish Pandey held onto two screamers to completely deflate KKR’s batting. A fumble is usually laughed at but Pandey changed perceptions as he grabbed at second chance on point when Rana sliced a cut.  Later, Pandey took another catch to dismiss the dangerous Andre Russell.

Even, Shakib Al Hasan took a brilliant catch of his own bowling to dismiss Lynn and deny the Aussie his 50. Lynn smacked 49 from 34 balls at a strike rate of nearly 145. Eventually, KKR never looked congruent after the rain break as they could only muster a target 139. On the face of it, the score on board looked peanuts.

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