Sunrisers v Knight Riders, IPL 2014, Hyderabad

KKR make it four wins in a row

The Report by Karthik Krishnaswamy

May 18, 2014

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Kolkata Knight Riders 146 for 3 (Uthappa 40, Yusuf 39*) beat Sunrisers Hyderabad 142 for 8 (Warner 34, Umesh 3-26) by seven wickets
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

Prasad: KKR have got their batting order right

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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Posted by remnant 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.

Posted by Razzor7 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.

Posted by eng_mdkhan 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.

Posted by mjrvasu 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.

Posted by eng_mdkhan 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.

Posted by Kashi0127 on (May 19, 2014, 8:57 GMT)

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

Posted by Warm_Coffee 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 :)

Posted by johnq1 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).

Posted by   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.

Posted by niazbhi 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...

Posted by Greatest_Game on (May 19, 2014, 4:07 GMT)

@ Muhammad Ali Manik believes "Sakib should bat at 3 . Mones's strike rate isn't up to the mark . Sakib has varieties of shot than Monesh and his strike rate is 140 in this IPL ."

Sakib's strike rate may be 140, but he never scores many runs. 90 runs from 6 innings - that is pretty weak. It is no good scoring just a few runs at high speed. Lots of runs at high speed is what is needed, and Sakib can't do that. He does not have any discipline. Not a solid, reliable player at all.

Posted by OttawaRocks on (May 19, 2014, 3:00 GMT)

Despite Nigel Llong's best efforts to rob KKR of victory (particularly against Gambhir), they persisted anyway. Uthappa, Yusuf, Ten Doeschate and the bowlers came through. Well done. One more step closer to that playoff spot. Woohoo!

Posted by Mr.CricketJKNotHussey on (May 19, 2014, 0:06 GMT)

I want to see where the Steyn bashers are now and if they will turn into Bhuvi bashers or not? Everyone has bad days, even a person like Bhuvi who is in the form of his life or world class players like Steyn. Promoting Samy to captain was a positive move. Unfortunately, SRH seems well and truly out. Mishra really hasn't had a good season and they should look towards someone like Rasool, if only to scope out players for the next season. I am a bit concerned about how long Uthappa can keep up his good run. He probably won't fail consistently from now on, but should he fail in a crucial match, what will KKR do? Pathan and Tendo scored some runs today, but there wasn't much pressure. KKR has already collapsed a couple of times this season, so they will have to look into that.

Posted by Snambidi on (May 18, 2014, 22:47 GMT)

Today I have to turn into a bit selfish for the first time in rellation to cricket & write in favor of Yuvaraj Singh.You may consider it as though I have become the mouth piece of Yuvaraj. Yes I have to assume this role to highlight the services of my hero in cricket. In the remaining matches,RCB Bangalore will have to win all their matches,the knight riders& SunRisers will have to be beaten in their remaining matches except the ones played between them ,in which one has to win. This kind of expectation ,rather,amounts to searching in Darkness foot something which is not there. But ,still,I am positive in hoping this way because from the beginning of his carrier,I have blindly appreciated his way of playing. I have never seen Yuvaraj Singh in angry mood even when he lost badly. He always maintained his sportsman spirit like Sachin Tendulkar used to maintain. So,I hope RCB reaches the play off stage irrespective of all the hurdles in their way for Yuvaraj Singh alone.

Posted by   on (May 18, 2014, 22:14 GMT)

Again sorry showing from the hyderabad team, got a lucky break with bad ump decision with gambir but dropped 2 catches. Little bit of blame on sammy today, 7 runs off 16 balls is horrendous. Any player batting should try to strike at 100% min so they dont waste balls when batting if theyre batting in 1-6 slots, understandable if its a tail ender. Then again if you give this team 200+ runs then they still find a way to choke just like in ipl1 where symonds got smacked by RR. This team is just pathetic to watch at times, few games ago steyn got smacked for 20+ runs by ABD & today kumar leaks 24 runs in 10 balls but a score of 142 is not good enough. I hope management pays big money for another good indian batting talent, I felt they shouldve gotten yuvraj or uthappa but no, after dhawan the talent isnt that good. Only naman ojha has contributed with the bat the rest are all from foreign players. Warner has scored nearly 400 runs but need consistency from all players.

Posted by niazbhi on (May 18, 2014, 21:18 GMT)

KKR should move Pandey down. bring high SR at the higher order. 1] Uthappa 2] Ghamvir 3] RTD 4] YPathan 5] Sakib 6] Pandey 7] Yadav 8] Chawla 9] Narine 10] Morkel 11] Umesh. They needed to hit the most economical bowler in IPL in the last over because Pandey did not take enough risk. KKR will have hard time chasing big scores with Ghamvir and Pandey drying up runs. If RTD, Ypathan, Sakib gets out Pandey can play slow and get KKR to a low total. But high SR bats should come early. Uthappa did wonders for KKR. RTD would even push KKR to a team who can easily score 165 runs.

Posted by TheBigBoodha on (May 18, 2014, 19:24 GMT)

As a neutral observer... Bat second = win most of the time. This is the problem with T20.

Posted by   on (May 18, 2014, 19:09 GMT)

getting closer to the playoffs.....with the last four emphatic wins.....KKR has taken up a totally new look....dismissing their former looks in the first half if the tournament.....hope it continues to be so.......

Posted by   on (May 18, 2014, 19:04 GMT)

well done KKR bowling unit.

Posted by   on (May 18, 2014, 18:13 GMT)

Sakib should bat at 3 . Mones's strike rate isn't up to the mark . Sakib has varieties of shot than Monesh and his strike rate is 140 in this IPL .

Posted by   on (May 18, 2014, 18:13 GMT)

Rajasthan vs kkr play of match...kkr will win ths tme they dnt win kkr in full form...uttappa..gambir..pathan..manish ...what can say robin uttappa he is revletion..

Posted by   on (May 18, 2014, 18:02 GMT)

Understood why Ten doschate is so valuable ! His six was simply outstanding ! But Yusuf Pathan even with his fighting knock is really unfortunately verry sluggish ! He appears heavy in his limbs !

Posted by   on (May 18, 2014, 17:21 GMT)

Robin poor abd dispiont run out its hurt kkr he played once again super..425 runs in 11 mach 40 avreage 132 srake rate woh great today his 40 is nt bad its good run in chesing ...he should dyve in run out situvetion..ok no problem kkr will win 7 balls left..pathan and manish beauty ..

Posted by Pindia on (May 18, 2014, 16:46 GMT)

This pitch is more like it for SRH...

Posted by Pindia on (May 18, 2014, 16:45 GMT)

Good start by SRH. They should defend this...

Posted by R_U_4_REAL_NICK on (May 18, 2014, 16:38 GMT)

Daylight between bat and ball there in my opinion re. Gambhir's dismissal; very strange decision by ump. and poor sportsmanship from Steyn. Gambhir has every right to be peeved and if anyone gets fined it should be Steyn.

Posted by   on (May 18, 2014, 16:00 GMT)

too poor batting

Posted by Pindia on (May 18, 2014, 15:29 GMT)

Good decision bringing in Pathan at no 5. Back him, Warner and Sammy plus a few lusty blows from the capable tail to set 175 which should be enough...

Posted by   on (May 18, 2014, 15:05 GMT)

What pathetic slo mo fielding by KKR! sunil nasrine did not even make efforts to stop two boundaries ! utthappa after collecting morkels thunderbolt takes a break and looks the other way and sikhar steals a non existent single ! now he misses a dolly stumping and warner of all is given a life ! can KKR go far from here? I doubt it

Posted by Snambidi on (May 18, 2014, 14:45 GMT)

This match between KKR& SRH is crucial for RCB& SRH.SRH will have to win to keep their further advancement to the last 4 not merely for them alone but RCB swell. If KKR wins that would pave sure way for KKR.Thereafter it would be difficult to stop them from reaching last 4 CSK,PUNJAB& RR are sitting pretty without any tension now.

Posted by   on (May 18, 2014, 14:28 GMT)

Gautam's and Robin's form has turned KKR's fortunes. But their stellar opening stands also mean that the middle order is untested. Especially without Kallis, they need to restrict SRH to something under 150.

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