Finishes it off in style does Markram! Banged in short around off, he pulls it way over deep backward square leg to help Sunrisers win by seven wickets.
11:37pm Such is the logjam in the points table that despite the win and despite moving to six points, Sunrisers are at the seventh spot with Knight Riders in the top half at four. There are as many as six teams with half a dozen points each. Expect more movements on the table with the double-header weekend in store. Join us tomorrow as Mumbai Indians and Lucknow Super Giants clash in the afternoon game. This is S. Sudarshanan signing off on behalf of Karthik, who's already working on his match analysis. Ciao!
Player of the match for his 71-run blitzkrieg, Rahul Tripathi: I had fun, it was special with KKR and is special with SRH as well. Russell bangs in short and I was looking for the pull if he bowled short. Varun bowls well. I didn't expect him to bowl up. I went with the shot and wasn't pre-determined. So I thought of putting him under pressure. It's been special with KKR and with the Sunrisers, the first few games have gone well. I have struggled with my health in the past week but they have supported me. I enjoy a lot. There are tough days but on good days, I look to enjoy. Before going to bat I am a bit fidgety, I am happy I could play this innings today.
Kane Williamson: It was a step up. With the ball to take early wickets against Kolkata, who keep coming at us, helped us. Our death bowling was superb. To go out there and chase it with Rahul and Markram playing so well... All in all a fantastic performance. Both Jansen and Markram are big players for us. Marco with his bouncers and with the new ball is key. Umran is unique that he touches the 150 mark. He goes for four on many occasions which is not ideal but he is always looking to improve. There are little things to improve on. The guys are working hard and good to see the improvement.
Here's what Ask Cricinfo tells us - KKR are yet to win a match at the Brabourne Stadium.
11:16pm Spinners have been quite central to KKR's bowling success and once Tripathi tore into Charkravarthy early, the purple brigade were almost left scratching their heads. Even though Narine did his bit in keeping the lid on the scoring, he didn't receive the desired support from the other end. And there no Umran Malik or T Natarajan from the pace department of Kolkata to dislodge both of Tripathi and Markram. Back with the presentation soon.
Mustafa Moudi : "Fun Fact: KKR's 3 losses came because of KKR - Karthik, Kuldeep and Rahul (Tripathi), who are all Ex-Knight Riders !!"
James : "Good win for Sunrisers. For future games, would it make sense for Markram to bowl an over or 2? He bowls quite a bit for South Africa. "
Aiden Markram: It's nice to bat and when a guy like Tripathi gets going, makes it easy. Nice to stay till the end and finish the game. I think it's buying into suit the role that the side needs. Happy that things have fallen in place. The message is to play the situation. Rahul is aggressive and he is going to do the majority of the scoring in the partnership and from there I take over. Not a finished product but happy to contribute. In the past we've taken it in the last over and lost the game, so thought of finishing it off quickly.
Shreyas Iyer: Feeling very drained. I thought it was a good total. To be honest, Tripathi came in and changed the moment and didn't allow us to settle. Their bowlers executed the stuff well as the ball was seaming. As batters, we were settled at the end of the powerplay and put a great effort as a batting unit. Was an off day as a bowling unit.
11:10pm Third win on the trot for Sunrisers and their tuk-tuk is up and running big time! That this chase has been completed despite the openers not getting them off to a good start will make the team in orange feel very good about it. It was all the Rahul Tripathi and Aiden Markram show today as their 94-run flattened the Knight Riders.
This is even better! Angling in on a length, Markram throws his weight on the back foot and coming forward and hits it over deep midwicket for half a dozen.
Sai : "If SRH wins this (which is the most likely scenario), there will be 6 teams on the table with 3 wins in 5 matches. Seems like this season is more of a NRR decider.. SRH needs to improve their PP scoring."
Full on middle, heaved through midwicket for four. Markram is stepping it up now.
On a length on off, pushes it towards mid-off with soft hands and hares to the other end.
Around the stumps to the leftie.
Length ball around off, pushed down to long-on for one.
18 off 18 needed as Cummins returns.
Driven to sweeper for another single. No wicket for Narine tonight.
That was self-harming by Pooran. Pushed it towards the left of the bowler and wanted a run, thinking it went to long-on. But Narine got to the ball and had a shy at the bowler's end but missed and Pooran was nowhere in the frame. Lucky escape.
Punched straight to cover-point off the back foot.
Slower through the air on off, punched down to long-on for one.
Length ball outside off, slapped to sweeper for one.
Sunil Narine to bowl out. Around the stumps.
Surya: "Just like D. Hussy said on tv, Thripati got out for 70, is KKR winning it from here as per his wish?" Ha, ha, ha! Trust you readers to catch stuff like this. Sadly only one prediction will come right for Huss, it seems.
On a length this time around leg, pushed back to the bowler.
Aagam: "Everybody talks about Russell muscle but his ability to deceive is really underrated. Infact WI won their only match last WC because of his death bowling."
Quicker one on a length outside off, slapped through cover for one.
This is a hit-me ball and Markram obliges. Half-tracker outside off, he goes back and puts it over the deep midwicket rope.
This is streaky. Quicker one on a flatter trajectory outside off, Markram goes back and reaches out to cut. Gets a bottom edge through Jackson's leg again for four.
Flatter on a length, angling away, scooped to fine leg for one.
Flatter and quicker on middle, pulled to deep square leg for one.
Chakravarthy's had an off night so far. Can he redeem himself? 36 needed from 30.
Russell cannot believe what he's seen. Throws his head back in disgust. Offcutter on a length outside off, Pooran is through his heave early and misses. Jackson gets a bad bounce, though, and lets it through his leg for four byes.
On a length on middle, placed through midwicket for one.
Short ball on the hips, tucked to fine leg for one.
|Brabourne Stadium, Mumbai|
|Toss||Sunrisers Hyderabad, elected to field first|
|Player Of The Match|
|Match days||15 April 2022 - night (20-over match)|
|Points||Sunrisers Hyderabad 2, Kolkata Knight Riders 0|
Over 18 • SRH 176/3Sunrisers won by 7 wickets (with 13 balls remaining)