IPL 2022, Kolkata Knight Riders vs Sunrisers Hyderabad Highlights: KKR ‘stay alive’ on paper after 54 point win over SRH | Cricket News

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PUNE: Andre Russell’s versatile brilliance theoretically kept the Kolkata Knight Riders in contention for a play-off spot as they recorded a comprehensive 54-point win over Sunrisers Hyderabad in a must-see IPL game on Saturday.
It was Russell’s unbeaten 49 on 28 that took KKR to 177 for six in 20 overs after going 94 for 5.
In response, SRH never chased as they huffed and huffed to 123 for 8 against a collective bowling effort from Shreyas Iyer’s men with the flamboyant Jamaican finishing with the best numbers of 3 for 22.

Umesh Yadav (1/19 in 4 overs), Tim Southee (2/23 in 4 overs), Varun Chakravarthy (1/25 in 4 overs) and Sunil Narine (1/34 in 4 overs) – all glued to their respective des game plans with near-perfect executions over and over again.
HOW IT HAPPENED
KKR now has 12 points in 13 games with a net rate of +0.160 and moved up to sixth place.

With Rajasthan Royals (14 from 12) and RCB (14 from 13 games) given the chance to progress, even a win is unlikely to be enough for the franchise owned by Shah Rukh Khan who played their 13th ‘first XI’ combination in as many matches.
For Sunrisers, 10 points in 12 games with a dismal NRR of -0.270 means even two big wins and 14 points might not be enough after five straight losses.
Despite being a sentimental favorite among Indian cricket fans, much of SRH’s poor batting performance could be attributed to skipper Kane Williamson’s nightmarish season which produced just 208 runs in 12 games with a average of under 19 and a strike rate of 92.85. .
Williamson (9 from 17 balls) has been SRH’s weakest link this season and his failure at the top of the order was a major reason for their collapse.
It was an ordeal for Williamson until Russell threw one at the stumps to end his misery. Rahul Tripathi (9 from 1) also looked irritated even as Abhishek Sharma (43 from 28) attacked Sunil Narine, hitting him for two sixes.
It was Tim Southee’s brilliant reflex return that ended Tripathi’s innings.
Halfway through, SRH weren’t in a very comfortable position at 66 for two and even the teams chasing statistic (most successful chase of 170) at Gahunje Stadium didn’t paint a completely rosy picture.
Once Abhishek was fired by Varun Chakaravarthy (1/25) and Narine took a nice return catch to brush aside SRH’s big hope Nicholas Pooran (2), there wasn’t much resistance from the share of the rest of the batters.
Earlier, Umran Malik was back in his rhythm after a few forgettable outings as he ran through KKR’s first order, but Russell and Sam Billings (34 from 29 balls) added 63 runs for the sixth wicket to give the aggregate a semblance of respectability after KKR was struggling at 94 for 5.
KKR added 58 runs over the final five overs, mostly thanks to Russell as he hit three sixes on three full pitches thrown by off-break bowler Washington Sundar (0/40 in 4 overs).

Malik (3/33 in 4 overs), who had made some 120 runs in his last 10 overs (from 3 games) and was too wicketless, was back in his element as he played fast and straight to get get rid of Nitish Rana (26 from 16 balls), Ajinkya Rahane (28 from 23 balls) and skipper Shreyas Iyer (15 from 9 balls) in his first two overs to tie KKR.
He got good support from T Natarajan (1/43), who nailed the deliveries to perfection, getting rid of Rinku Singh (5).
Venkatesh Iyer’s “second season blues” continued as he clipped one from Marco Jansen (1/30 in 4 overs) on the stumps.
As for Rahane he was well past his IPL expiration date and even three sixes couldn’t hide the fact that he was playing a lot of point balls and once he started having cramps he became even more difficult to rotate the strike. .
Finally, he was out when he hit hard on a rising wide delivery and Shashank Singh on the sweeper’s cover fence maintained perfect body balance in a sideways position to cling on to the hold.
Russell and Billings then resumed the attack in the opposition camp with big hits after an initial period of struggle.
While the Jamaican had three fours and four sixes to his name, Billings hit three fours and a high.



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