Andre Russell scored an unbeaten 49 runs with the bat and took three wickets with the ball to guide Kolkata Knight Riders to a 54 run victory over Sunrisers Hyderabad in the IPL 2022 at MCA Stadium, Pune on Saturday. Andre Russell (49) and Sam Billings (34) shone with the bat, while Russell also took three wickets and Tim Southee with two wickets each played for Kolkata Knight Riders. KKR now sits sixth in the points table with 12 points. SRH is in eighth position with ten points.
Chasing 178, Sunrisers Hyderabad got off to a good start with fly-half Abhishek Sharma and Kane Williamson for the boundaries. But the opening duo couldn’t hold out any longer as Andre Russell retired Williamson for 9 points to give KKR an early breakthrough.
Sharma looked very in touch, crushing Sunil Narine for two sixes in the eighth. Rahul Tripathi tried to anchor a partnership with aggressive hitter Abhishek Sharma but was sent back to the clubhouse by Tim Southee after scoring just 9 runs.
This caused explosive hitter Aiden Markram to join Game 1 to continue the proceedings. They built a partnership with the right mix of aggression and caution needed for a 178-run pursuit. However, that position couldn’t last long either as Sharma was caught by keeper Sam Billings off Varun Chakaravarthy’s delivery for 43.
The next drummer, Nicholas Pooran, couldn’t stay long as he was fired by Narine. After 13 overs, SRH was 84/4, with Washington Sundar (1*) and Aiden Markram (18*) in the crease. At this stage, the team needed a big partnership.
Markram targeted spinner Chakaravarthy, hitting 13 runs in the 14th round of innings. At this point, SRH needed 87 runs on 36 balls. However, this couldn’t continue for long as Markram was beaten by Umesh Yadav for 32 out of 25. Markram’s wicket put SRH under great pressure as their batting order in the middle has yet to click this season.
Hyderabad broke the 100 point mark in 15th. Young Shashank Singh came next to the crease to join Sundar. In the final two overs, SRH needed a miracle to score 68 to win.
Marco Jansen was fired late in the 18th for 11 by Russell with a catch from Billings, bringing Bhuvneshwar Kumar into the crease.
In the 19th round of innings, Southee fired Shashank Singh for 11 runs. SRH finished at 123/8 in their 20 overs, losing the match by 54 runs.
Earlier, a 63-point stand between Sam Billings (34) and Andre Russell took the Kolkata Knight Riders to a solid 177/6 in their 20 overs at the MCA Stadium in Pune on Saturday.
It was a solid day for KKR at bat as everyone made valuable contributions that helped the team to a strong score. Umran Malik was the bowlers choice for SRH, impressing once again with three scalps in his cat.
Beating first, the Kolkata Knight Riders got off to a shaky start, as fly-half Venkatesh Iyer was beaten by point guard Marco Jansen for just 7 in the second half of the game.
This brought hitter Nitish Rana into the crease. Things weren’t exactly good for KKR until fourth as the duo of Jansen and Bhubaneshwar Kumar kept the race flow tight.
Fellow fly-half Ajinkya Rahane and compatriot Rana began their assault on the SRH bowlers in the fifth, which catapulted them to a great score late in the power play.
The fifth and sixth overs thrown by pacer T Natarajan and Jansen were crushed for 18 and 17 runs respectively, propelling the Knight Riders to a solid 55/1 by the end of the power play, with Rana (24*) and Rahane ( 20*) standing tall.
The pair continued their solid show before pace sensation Umran Malik brushed aside Rana for 26 of 16 with a safe-handed assist from Shashank Singh, ending a 48-point position between the pair.
That brought captain Shreyas Iyer onto the court, who greeted Malik with a four over the back spot. Malik finished the most on a high, getting Rahane for 28 of 24 with Shashank Singh taking another hold.
This brought Englishman Sam Billings to the crease. In the 10th, Iyer was Malik’s next victim as he was sent off after being caught by Rahul Tripathi in deep midwicket for 15 of 9.
After 10 overs, KKR had lost the momentum initially gathered via the Rana-Rahane stand as they stood at 83/4 with Sam Billings (3*), who was joined by Rinku Singh. Singh was eventually fired for Natarajan in the 12th, scoring just 5. With that, KKR’s half was back in the clubhouse with a score of 94.
Andre Russell went down in the crease, with the responsibility of sewing a game-saving support and blasting his way through the SRH bowling attack. He and Billings took over the rebuilding efforts for KKR with a strike rotation and a few heavy hits from time to time.
After 15 overs, KKR was at 119/5, with Billings (15*) and Russell (16*). Billings hit Malik for two straight fours in the 16th which ended on a costly note for the pacer, giving away 10 runs, ending his spell with three wickets and 33 runs conceded.
The next by Kumar went for 13 points. Natrajan took the ball in the 18th with the responsibility of stopping the running flow in the death overs. The duo brought their stand to 50 points on 36 balls. The very next ball was broken by Billings for a six to help Knight Rider break through the 150-point mark.
Bhuvaneshwar was back in bowling on the 19th and he got the breakthrough for SRH by firing Billings for 34 of 29, ending the 63 point position between the pair.
Finally, KKR finished at 177/6 in their 20 overs, thanks to Russell’s explosive assault on Washington Sundar, hitting him for three sixes. Russell finished at 49*, while Sunil Narine at 1*.
Umran Malik was the bowlers’ choice for SRH, finishing with 3/33 in four overs. Kumar, Jansen and Natarajan each got a wicket.
Short scores:Kolkata Knight Riders 177/6 (Andre Russell 49*, Sam Billings 34, Umran Malik 3/33) v Sunrisers Hyderabad 123/8 (Aiden Markram 32, Shashank Singh 11; Andre Russell 3/22).
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