Sunrisers v Knight Riders, IPL 2014, Hyderabad May 18, 2014

KKR make it four wins in a row


Kolkata Knight Riders 146 for 3 (Uthappa 40, Yusuf 39*) beat Sunrisers Hyderabad 142 for 8 (Warner 34, Umesh 3-26) by seven wickets
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Just past the halfway point of the Sunrisers Hyderabad innings, speaking to the TV commentators, Shikhar Dhawan said his team were looking at getting to 180 on what he called a "beautiful batting wicket". Dhawan's assessment was probably right, and Sunrisers, at that point, were on course to get to 180, going by their run-rate and by how David Warner was batting.

But they had lost three wickets at that point, and they lost two more in the next two overs, including that of Warner, for an 18-ball 34. In the 40 balls that remained after Warner's dismissal, Sunrisers scored just 38 runs. It left Kolkata Knight Riders chasing a target of 143, and they achieved it without too much of a struggle, losing only three wickets, with four of their five batsmen scoring 25 or more.

The one batsman who didn't was their captain Gautam Gambhir, who was given out caught behind off Dale Steyn, perhaps unluckily. There seemed to be a fairly big gap between Gambhir's outside edge and the ball, but he made his feelings known in perhaps too vociferous a manner to elude the match referee's eye.

Knight Riders were 8 for 1 then. Robin Uthappa and Manish Pandey, both helped along by dropped catches, steadied the chase with a 51-run second-wicket partnership, before Yusuf Pathan and Ryan ten Doeschate struck some important blows at the end to make sure Knight Riders always kept pace with the asking-rate.

Towards the end, Sunrisers kept things interesting with a couple of tight overs. The equation went from 40 from 30 to 30 from 18, after Karn Sharma and Irfan Pathan gave away only 10 from the 16th and 17th overs. Yusuf immediately swung the first ball of the next over, from Bhuvneshwar Kumar, over midwicket for six. Dale Steyn gave away just six from the 19th over, to leave Knight Riders needing 10 from the last over. Ten Doeschate coolly sliced the second ball of the over - Bhuvneshwar the bowler once again - over the cover boundary for six. It was a shot that reinforced a simple fact: Knight Riders were only chasing 143.

It could have been so much more, but Sunrisers, even though they began brightly from a run-rate point of view, lost far too many wickets far too soon. It was a particularly dangerous thing to do for a line-up as top-heavy as theirs.

Knight Riders' bowlers didn't contribute too much to the dismissals of Sunrisers' big-name batsmen. Aaron Finch went hard at an Umesh Yadav outswinger and edged a catch to third man. Dhawan - having been replaced as captain by Sammy - played some sparkling shots through the off side before top-edging a slog sweep - a shot he might not have wanted to attempt in Sunil Narine's first over.

Naman Ojha looked in superb touch, hitting two crisp straight sixes, before slicing a wide, full ball from Shakib Al Hasan straight to point. Warner, after a breezy start, pulled a short ball from Umesh straight to midwicket.

All this left Irfan and Sammy batting together in the 14th over. Both batsmen are perfectly suited to coming in towards the end of an innings and launching off immediately, but neither is particularly suited to starting their innings against spin.

Sammy, in particular, was an ungainly sight against Narine and Piyush Chawla, heaving at them after a massive wind-up of his bat and timing absolutely nothing. Pathan looked a little better, sweeping and lofting Chawla for two fours in the 17th over, but that over - which brought 12 runs - came completely against the run of play. Those two fours were the only boundaries Sunrisers hit in the last six overs.

Karthik Krishnaswamy is a senior sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • Zam on May 19, 2014, 18:38 GMT

    KKR is peaking at the right time, but Uthappa played a very immature knock. He was taking needless chances when something like this has cost KKR big matches in the past. On batting tracks KKR should mull playing both Lynn and Tendo as they are real big hitters and can do some serious damage. I disagree with some Shakib fans selling his batting prowess. He has batted innumerable times in IPLs both present and past and except for 1 knock against Pune, I cannot recall he ever played a winning inning. He plays as a bowler who can bat a bit. Neither is his strike rate anything to tom tom nor his finishing skills. foreign players have shown they can score 30 out of 16 deliveries, at the end of innings.He just cannot do it. He can play as an accumulator, but then there is are Indian players like Pandey, Gambhir & sluggish Pathan, so why waste a foreign slot for this role? Shakib should improve his strike rate and game finishing abilities,irrespective of what his intl stats say.

  • Rahat on May 19, 2014, 11:31 GMT

    @eng_mdkhan.....Look At Steyn's Test/ODI,T20I Records And Then Tell Me If He's Not Considered To Be An All-Time Great.

  • Mohammed on May 19, 2014, 10:47 GMT

    @Mr.Cricket......I still believe that Steyn is overrated he has had no impact whatsoever in the matches thus far. When you talk about bowlers being great it take a lot more to impact the games on a regular basis, which Steyn does not have. I do no doubt his talent like anybody else but just that he is overrated and cannot be counted as one of the all time greats.

  • Vasudevan on May 19, 2014, 9:50 GMT

    SRH lost it even before their first match in IPL, once Dhawan was asked to be the captain. Likewise for Delhi with Pieterson.

  • Mohammed on May 19, 2014, 9:13 GMT

    ATTN: KKR and RCB When the team is winning the chinks in armor are stifled by the victorious drum beats. Karthik has rightfully mentioned one of those chinks in KKR's armor. Having seen how KKR along with RCB in the last few games have gathered a winning momentum, there is no time now to experiment and so the teams should now play to their strengths. KKR and RCB bowling first should restrict opposition teams to scores under 150 and 170 respectively and their inform batsman should ensure that the winning runs are not left to the lesser players. Batting first their inform batsman should ensure a final score of 180+ to have a realistic chance of winning. Fielding should be improved and the inform players should not squander their chances and if gifted a chance they should make the maximum out of it. Easier said than done but I strongly believe this the best way forward lets see who lent their ears.

  • Kashi on May 19, 2014, 8:57 GMT

    Did you see Uthappa walk? A thing or two to learn by Kohli about grace

  • Shoaib on May 19, 2014, 8:46 GMT

    @Greatest_game: Why don't you watch Shakib 2 top world t20 scores against Pakistan and Australia recently where he bats at 3/4 and see how he really can bat in that form. Hence he is ranked world number 2 in T20 all-round rankings :P If he can do damage to these Australian and Pakistan attacks then I hate to think what he could do against the weak Indian attack :)

  • John on May 19, 2014, 6:55 GMT

    To me i feel Warner is doing his best in every game both batting and his fielding is also really good. But his efforts are all in vain since all the other SRH players dont seem to contribute(except Bhuvi till last night's match).

  • Dummy4 on May 19, 2014, 4:57 GMT

    Thanks to gautom gambir for his captaincy. we all know KKR has resource specially with ball. BUT need to use it today he use it properly. it was superbe. that type of thinking will make u wining. i don't know why he not use sakib for his full quota. but he use narin, morkel , UY properly for considering batting strongth of HYderabad team. it was his credit not leak to many run otherwise it looks a score of 175 after 10 overs. agian thanks to KKR captain & Management. other thinking of promote of Yousuf batting position, he is at his beat at no- 04. i constantly saying from begaining of the tournament uttapa should open , patan should be at no- 4 and sakib should be at no-3 if he is playing will increase ur batting strength. make it count, thanks again.

  • niaz on May 19, 2014, 4:57 GMT

    @Greatest_Game: When a batsman comes at the end and face's opposite team's death specialists, its not easy to score and still its the average and SR that counts not the total... if you did not get to play you will score 0... RTD and Sakib (even Yousuf and Yadav) should bat higher so that KKR tries out high octant bats at the start. RTD has high SR and average. He should bat at 3, Sakib, Yousuf or Yadav should bat at 4 and 5.. Manish at 6 or 7...

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