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KKR bowlers, top order crush Sunrisers

Kolkata Knight Riders 167 for 7 (Pandey 33, Gambhir 31, Karn 2-29) beat Sunrisers Hyderabad 132 for 9 (Henriques 41, Hogg 2-17, Umesh 2-34) by 35 runs
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'Chasing was the wrong call for SRH'

Iain O'Brien joins Raunak Kapoor to look back at KKR's convincing win over SRH.

Umesh Yadav's first-over double-strike loosened the bolts, before Kolkata Knight Riders' spinners took charge and the wheels truly came off Sunrisers Hyderabad's chase. Pursuing 168 on a dry Eden Gardens deck, the visitors were 6 for 2, then later slipped to 69 for 6 in the 12th over, as the big shots continued to prove unfruitful, and their running between wickets faltered. They would finish 35 runs adrift, at 132 for 9.

Brad Hogg and Piyush Chawla were both menacing and miserly through the middle overs, picking 3 for 33 from eight overs between them to lock up the match despite Moises Henriques' battling 41 from 33, which was the top score in the match.

Perhaps Sunrisers captain David Warner's first mistake of the evening had been to bowl first on what appeared to be a spin-friendly deck to his counterpart, Gautam Gambhir. After his side had conceded 167 for 7, Warner made another error to see his off stump pegged back by the third legal delivery he faced. Having pulled Yadav for four previous ball, Warner played around a seaming length ball. Three balls later, Naman Ojha made the same mistake, the stump, this time, coming all the way out of the ground.

Shikhar Dhawan and Henriques attempted to bash the chase into gear, but at spin's early introduction, they became more cautious. Dhawan was out when he smoked a Brad Hogg half-tracker straight to square leg, but despite that bad ball, Hogg was instrumental in keeping the opposition pinned to their bad start. Yusuf Pathan leaked 19 runs in his solitary over, conceding two sixes and a four to Henriques, but the bowlers around him were economical enough to prevent a Sunrisers surge.

Eoin Morgan's slow start got worse when, after a moment's hesitation, he failed to beat Gambir's throw to the non-striker's end, and was out for 5 off 11. The boundaries had dried up after that Pathan over, and another double-strike in the 12th over, went a long way to sealing the result.

Hanuma Vihari ran past a Chawla slider fourth ball, before Bipul Sharma was run out attempting an ambitious second at the end of the over. That left the visitors needing 99 from 48 balls with four wickets in hand, and with Chawla, Yadav and Hogg all continuing to bowl tightly, the required-rate quickly climbed to unmanageable levels. In all, no boundaries were hit for eight overs in a stretch.

Knight Riders' own innings had been somewhat disjointed, with four batsmen hitting thirties, as Sunrisers' slower bowlers also prospered. Robin Uthappa and Gambhir had put on 57 together before Gambhir holed out to deep midwicket off Karn Sharma's bowling. Manish Pandey looked the most promising out of the top-order batsmen, finding two big sixes down the ground, before he ran himself out for 33 in the 14th over. Pathan struck four fours in a 19-ball 30 that finished the innings. Karn ended with 2 for 29, the best figures for Sunrisers.

deja vu

1

Games played by Warner for SRH against KKR at Kolkata. Even in that game he was bowled for the score for 4.

Double Whammy

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Wickets taken by Umesh Yadav in the first over of the innings. He is the first Knight Riders bowler to do this.

Awesome Twosome

7

Number of 50+ opening stands between Gambhir and Uthappa in the IPL, the most between any KKR opening pair.

Sunrisers Donut

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Number of times Sunrisers have beaten Knight Riders in Kolkata. They have played two games and lost both.