The second game between Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) and Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) of the Indian Premier League (IPL) turned out to be the most entertaining one, where KKR did an awesome job. Andre Russell played a stunning inning and anchored the game towards the end and took KKR over the line. Earlier, SRH opener David Warner played an equally good inning where he scored 85 runs and took his side to 181/3 in 20 overs. Vijay Shankar played a cameo and helped SRH to end on a high note.
However, KKR too didn’t get a flying start and lost their opener, Chris Lynn, very cheaply. Nitish Rana walked into open the batting in the absence of regular opener Sunil Narine. Rana scored a half-century and gave the hope of winning the game. However, it was Andre Russell who smashed 53 runs in 18 balls and handed over a convincing win to Kolkata and started the campaign with a victory in the season.
Let’s have a look at the Hits and Flops from this encounter.
David Warner (SRH)
Having made a comeback in the IPL, SRH opener and former captain David Warner showed the world why he is considered as one of the great batsmen in the world. He smashed the KKR bowling lineup in style and scored 53-ball 85 runs. His blistering innings featured nine boundaries and three over-boundaries. Warner put up a 118-run opening stand with debutant Jonny Bairstow and helped SRH to put up a huge total of 181.
Vijay Shankar (SRH)
Indian all-rounder Vijay Shankar played another crucial inning for SRH at Eden Gardens. He gave SRH the flourishing end in the death overs and scored 40 runs in 24 balls, including two fours and as many sixes. His cameo in the last couple of overs took SRH to 181/3 and gave KKR a huge score to chase.
Andre Russell (KKR)
The West Indian all-rounder has shown his worth once again and at the same time he didn’t let down his franchise. He has been in a good form in the last season too. However, this season started with a bang for him. First, he picked two wickets with the ball, including David Warner, who was looking dangerous was trying to take SRH over 200-run. Later, Russell’s heroic knock led them to success. His match-winning knock of 49 runs came in just 19 balls including four towering sixes and as many boundaries. He was the man won the game for KKR from a sure-shot defeat.
Nitish Rana (KKR)
KKR’s middle-order batsmen Nitish Rana came to open the batting with Chris Lynn in the absence of Sunil Narine and scored a stable 68 runs. He held KKR’s inning at the other end after Chris Lynn’s early dismissal and put up an 80-run second-wicket partnership with Robin Uthappa. Rana’s 68 runs included 8 boundaries and 3 sixes.
Sunil Narine (KKR)
The mystery spinner of Kolkata Knight Riders, Sunil Narine’s campaign didn’t start at a high note at Eden Gardens. He was not looking comfortable in the middle and gave some free balls to batsmen. He bowled only three overs where he conceded 29 runs. While fielding at covers, he got hurt on his hand and went off the field, which let him not to open the batting with Chris Lynn.
Chris Lynn (KKR)
While chasing 182 runs, KKR was needed a flying start. But they lost Australia opener Chris Lynn very cheaply to Shakib Al Hasan. He was looking for big shots from the beginning and Bhuvneshwar Kumar’s swing bowling troubled him a lot. Lynn (7) tried to clear the in-field in Shakib’s over after a towering six but dismissed after two balls later in the same over.
Bhuvneshwar Kumar (SRH)
The stand-in captain of SRH, Bhuvneshwar Kumar was not in a good form with the ball. He came to bowl in the crucial penultimate over of the match where he conceded 21 runs. Because of this, KKR was needed 13 off 6 balls. He was captaining Sunrisers Hyderabad for the very first time as the regular captain Kane Williamson was not there in the game but failed to win the game in his debut match as a captain. He went wicketless and ended his spell conceding 37 runs (4-0-37-0).