Sunrisers Hyderabad claimed an easy win by nine wickets against Kolkata Knight Riders on Sunday, April 21 at Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium, in Hyderabad.
Having won the toss, Hyderabad chose to field first. Asked to bat first, both the openers of Kolkata, Chris Lynn and Sunil Narine got off to a flying start. Their consecutive big shots took them 42 within 2.4 overs. However, that didn’t last long as Khaleel Ahmed handed over the first breakthrough to his team by taking Narine for 25. Shubman Gill promoted to number three but failed to impress. Though everyone was hoping for a big total, Hyderabad bowlers didn’t allow them to free their hands.
Middle order batsmen Nitish Rana and Dinesh Karthik also got out in quick succession. However, a cameo of 30 off 25, including two sixes and a boundary from Rinku Singh and a 9-ball 15 from Andre Russell helped them to put up 159 on board after 20 overs with the loss of eight wickets. Khaleel Ahmed’s fiery spell (3/33) and the economical spell from other bowlers helped Hyderabad to restrict their opponent within a chasable target.
While chasing a target of 160, it was no surprise that Hyderabad openers David Warner and Jonny Bairstow got off to a flying start. They punished every bowler from the very beginning. Their back-to-back boundaries in the power play helped them to put up 72 runs within the first six overs. In the 10th over, both of them reached their fifties. However, Warner got dismissed after scoring 67 off 38. On the other hand, Jonny Bairstow anchored the run-chase till the end, scoring 80 off 43 which included seven boundaries and four sixes.
His knock, along with David Warner’s quickfire 67 guided Hyderabad to win the game convincingly within 15 overs. Kolkata bowlers failed to restrict them and lost another game. With this win, Sunrisers Hyderabad placed at number four in the point table with 10 points while Kolkata still at the sixth with 8 points.