Chennai: Opener Nitish Rana (80) and Rahul Tripathi (53) hit fluent half-centuries to script Kolkata Knight Riders’ a snug 10-run win in opposition to Sunrisers Hyderabad of their Indian Premier League match, right here on Sunday.
SRH’s Rashid Khan (2/24) was but once more at his greatest, asking powerful inquiries to the KKR batsmen however most of his bowling colleagues proved ineffective on a sluggish but first rate batting wicket.
Hyderabad misplaced skipper David Warner (3) and Wriddhiman Saha (7) early and have been all the time enjoying a catch-up sport regardless of Jonny Bairstow’s preventing half-century. They may handle 177 for 5 ultimately.
Warner was dropped on nought by Pat Cummins within the first over bowled by Harbhajan Singh however he couldn’t make good use of the life and have become a sufferer of pacer Prasidh Krishna whereas Saha was cleaned up by Shakib Al Hasan.
Jonny Bairstow (55) and Manish Pandey (61 not out) fashioned a partnership at a gentle run fee. Australian pacer Cummins broke their 92-run stand when he had Bairstow caught at backward level by Rana. SRH wanted 70 off the final 5 overs.
Mohammed Nabi (14) was hit on his neck by Krishna however the Afghan responded with a cracking six. He went after a slower one however solely to be caught by Eoin Morgan.
The 19-year-old Abdul Samad, who hails from Jammu and Kashmir, creamed off two sixes and a 4 off Cummins within the penultimate over to maintain SRH in hunt. Requiring 22 runs from the final over, KKR’s Andre Russell held his nerves to disclaim SRH a win.
Earlier, left-handed opener Rana struck the ball arduous and clear to offer his aspect a assured begin after they have been requested to take first strike.
His strokes on the off-side — the drives and cuts – have been of highest high quality and a deal with to the attention.
Neither Bhuvneshwar Kumar nor T Natarajan may cease Rana from hitting boundaries at the same time as Subhman Gill was quiet initially. Sandeep Sharma was hit for 3 boundaries in a row by him.
Gill opened up his arms to hit a large straight six off Natarajan to make it even higher for KKR.
Nonetheless, the run-flow was affected when ever-reliable Rashid bought the ball in his arms. He additionally supplied the breakthrough when he deceived Gill with a incorrect’un to search out the stumps.
Rana although saved going robust, finishing his half-century with a six off Vijay Shankar after surviving an LBW attraction off Rashid. He bought the choice overturned, taking the DRS name.
Rana’s six-hitting continued after getting his fifty as he punished Natarajan and Sandeep once more.
His colleague on the different finish Rahul Tripathi additionally stroked confidently and fluently. He smashed a large six off Bhuvneshwar after which adopted it up with a cheeky 4 within the third-man area.
He accomplished his fifty with one other boundary off Bhuvneshwar however was dismissed by Natarajan quickly after when he top-edged a ball.
Rashid too despatched again harmful Andre Russell (5) again.
Mohammed Nabi (2/32) removed Rana and Eoin Morgan (2) off successive balls within the 18th over.