Abu Dhabi: Younger Shubman Gill drove, pulled and minimize with authority in an unbeaten 62-ball 70 as Kolkata Knight Riders overwhelmed Sunrisers Hyderabad by seven wickets within the Indian Premier League right here on Saturday.
Gill and Eoin Morgan (42 not out in 29 balls) complemented a disciplined bowling effort, serving to the Knight Riders open their account with a convincing win.
The 21-year-old opener anchored the chase completely as Morgan counterattacked to seal the difficulty in KKR’s favour with two overs to spare, after their opening recreation debacle.
Opting to bat, Sunrisers Hyderabad by no means received going after Pat Cummins (1/19) and rookie spinner Varun Chakravarthy (1/25) eliminated the opening pair of Jonny Bairstow and David Warner respectively, and had been restricted to a below-par 142/4.
After an explosive begin by KKR, the bowling-heavy SRH did make some inroads with Khalil Ahmed and T Natarajan dismissing Sunil Narine (0) and Nitish Rana (26 off 13).
Rashid Khan received into the act straightway, trapping KKR skipper Dinesh Karthik for a duck.
However a relaxed and composed Gill was in full management of his innings and paced it brilliantly on technique to his fifth IPL fifty.
Reigning World Cup-winning skipper Morgan performed the right supporting function earlier than becoming a member of the get together by smacking Bhuvneshwar Kumar for an enormous six within the 15th over.
Earlier, KKR seemed extra intent and aggressive with their strategy, having introduced in Narine and Cummins up entrance with the brand new ball.
Having drawn flak for bowling quick towards Mumbai Indians, the IPL’s most-expensive abroad purchase Cummins well altered his size and bowled Jonny Bairstow with an absolute ripper to present KKR the primary breakthrough.
In his second-coming, architect-turned-spinner Chakravarthy dismissed a well-set Warner (36 off 30) in a mushy method for his maiden IPL wicket, giving KKR the massive breakthrough.
The Australian left-hander, who received out cheaply towards Royal Challengers Bangalore, seemed to make a mark with some clear hits, however a lapse in focus did him in and he spooned a easy catch to Chakravarthy.
The 2 wickets meant that SRH couldn’t step up the momentum and on the midway mark, at 61 for 2, the run-rate was simply above six.
Manish Pandey returned to type at No. 3 with a 38-ball 51 and together with Wriddhiman Saha (30 off 31 balls), tried to restore the harm however the duo had been dismissed on the dying and SRH lacked the of entirety to accept a seemingly below-par complete.
In hindsight, sending Saha forward of Mohammad Nabi seemed like a tactical blunder because the Indian wicketkeeper wasted numerous deliveries in making 30 off 31.