IPL 2017, Highlights: Robin Uthappa, spinners guide KKR to 17-run win vs SRH
Highlights, IPL 2017, Kolkata Knight Riders vs Sunrisers Hyderabad: Robin Uthappa’s well-compiled 68-run knock and an excellent show from spinners Sunil Narine and Kuldeep Yadav guided KKR to a 17-run win over SRH at the Eden Gardens. Get full score of KKR vs SRH hereipl 2017 Updated: Apr 15, 2017 20:19 IST
Kolkata Knight Riders defeated Sunrisers Hyderabad by 17 runs to register their third win in 2017 Indian Premier League. After being asked to bat, KKR rode on Robin Uthappa’s 18th fifty and Manish Pandey’s gritty 46 to post 172/6. In reply, David Warner and Shikhar Dhawan got SRH off to a steady start but once Sunil Narine and Kuldeep Yadav arrived, their middle-order found it difficult to get going. Yuvraj Singh and Ben Cutting hit some lusty blows but it wasn’t enough, as they eventually lost by 17 runs. Get full score of Kolkata Knight Riders vs Sunrisers Hyderabad here. (SCORECARD | STANDINGS | STREAMING INFO)
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Uthappa (Man of the Match): “Finally, after years of hard work I’ve settled in the new technique. I had an overhaul a few years ago and I’m feeling like my old self to go after the bowlers and have faith in myself. I like it at No. 3 because the team needs me there. I like the fact that I have responsibility on my shoulders.”
Gambhir: “A quality side would win from any situation because the toss is not in your hand. The wicket started gripping and when we saw Rashid bowl we knew Sunil and Kuldeep would come into play so we thought we were on par. It’s a very good sign that Robin, Manish, Yusuf, all the guys are hitting the ball well. If we have spinners to bowl eight overs after the Powerplay, it’s a luxury especially with Kuldeep spinning the ball both days.”
19:34 hrs IST: And it’s over. KKR beat SRH by 17 runs to register their third win in IPL 2017. With this loss, SRH continue their Eden duck.
19:30 hrs IST: Consecutive boundaries from Bipul but it’s too late now.
19:27 hrs IST: Two runs off the last ball for Ojha. SRH need 30 off 6 balls.
19:25 hrs IST: SIX! Length ball from Woakes, Bipul gives himself some room and dispatches it over long-on. SRH need 35 off 10.
19:23 hrs IST: Tidy over from Boult. Just three off it. SRH require 41 off 12. Tough task.
19:20 hrs IST: OUT! Big wicket for KKR. Cutting departs for 15(10). First wicket for Boult. SRH need 44 off 17.
19:17 hrs IST: SIX! Can’t bowl there. Fullish delivery from Woakes and Cutting hits it straight over the bowler’s head.
19:14 hrs IST: Woakes again.
19:11 hrs IST: Outstanding over from Narine. Just three runs off it. He ends with figures of 4-0-18-1. SRH require 57 off 24 balls. It’s time-out.
19:07 hrs IST: WICKET! Yuvraj c (R Dhawan) b Woakes 26(16). SRH need 61 off 31 balls.
19:03 hrs IST: FOUR! Touch short from Woakes and Cutting pulls it over mid-wicket for his first boundary.
19:00 hrs IST: SIX! Off-cutter from Woakes and Yuvraj dispatches it over extra cover for a maximum. Moves to 25.
18:55 hrs IST: Expensive over from Umesh. 15 runs off it. SRH require 78 off 42 balls. Yuvraj holds the key for them here.
18:51 hrs IST: SIX! That’s a biggie from Yuvraj. Stand and deliver. Overpitched from Umesh and the southpaw hammers it over long-off.
18:44 hrs IST: OUT! Moises Henriques c & b Henriques 13 (10)
18:38 hrs IST: OUT! Warner c Woakes b Kuldeep 26(30).
18:35 hrs IST: SRH need 120 off 66 balls. Strategic time-out. Required rate is close to 11. SRH in desperate need of boundaries.
18:30 hrs IST: SRH are 48/1 after 8 overs. Warner 23*, Henriques 0*
18:25 hrs IST: OUT!The Big Fish departs. Dhawan c de Grandhomme b Pathan 23(22).
18:22 hrs IST: Single for Warner. Moves to 20. SRH are 45/0 after 6 overs.
18:20 hrs IST: FOUR! Switch-hit! Warner goes down on one knee and sweeps (as a right-hander) it over backward point.
18:18 hrs IST: Kuldeep Yadav now. Spin from both ends.
18:17 hrs IST: Seven runs off Narine’s first. SRH are 39/0 after 5 overs.
18:14 hrs IST: Warner on fire now. Just what SRH want here, a blistering start. They are 32/0 after 4 overs.
18:09 hrs IST: Dhawan being the aggressor here. Smashes two boundaries in Umesh’s second over. SRH ar 19/0.
18:05 hrs IST: Single off the last ball for Dhawan. SRH are 10/2 after 2 overs.
18:03 hrs IST: FOUR! Width on offer, Dhawan gets a thick edge that flies over the slip region for boundary.
18:01 hrs IST: SRH are 5/0. Warner 2*, Dhawan 1*
17:57 hrs IST: Warner to take strike. Umesh to bowl the first over for KKR.
17:56 hrs IST: Welcome back!
17:42 hrs IST: That’s the end of first innings. KKR finish on 172/6. We’ll back in a short while.
17:38 hrs IST: SIX! Length ball from Bhuvi and Pathan smacks it over long-on.
17:37 hrs IST: Bhuvi to bowl the final over.
17:36 hrs IST: WICKET! SK Yadav c Ojha b Nehra 4(3). KKR are 163/5 after 19 overs.
17:35 hrs IST: FOUR! Much needed. Attempted yorker from Nehra and SK Yadav flicks it over square leg.
17:32 hrs IST: Nehra to bowl the penultimate over.
17:30 hrs IST: OUT!Pandey c Warner b Bhuvi 46(35). KKR are 154/4 after 18 overs.
17:25 hrs IST: Solid from cutting. No margin of error (in the last four deliveries). KKR are 150/3 after 17 overs.
17:23 hrs IST: FOUR! He’s in some form. Moves to 43. His shot selection has been really good.
17:21 hrs IST: Fuller length from Cutting, Pandey goes back and hits a flat maximum for long-off.
17:18 hrs IST: FOUR! First boundary for Pathan. KKR are 136/3 after 16 overs. Pandey 33*, Pathan 5*. Second strategic time-out.
17:16 hrs IST: SIX! Flighted delivery from Bipul, Pandey dances down the track and smashes it into the long-on stands.
17:15 hrs IST: KKR are 124/3 after 15 overs. Anything around 180 would be tough to chase.
17:12 hrs IST: Yusuf Pathan now.
17:11 hrs IST: WICKET! Cutting takes his first scalp. Uthappa departs for a well-compiled 68. Rashid Khan does the rest at mid-wicket. KKR are 117/3 after 14.2 overs.
17:08 hrs IST: KKR are 117/2 after 14 overs. Uthappa 68*, Pandey 20*, Rashid 1/29.
17:04 hrs IST: Pandey joins the party now. His first boundary and he moves to 18. KKR are 108/2 after 13 overs.
17:02 hrs IST: Consecutive boundaries from Uthappa. The three-figure mark is well within his reach now.
16:57 hrs IST: Seven off Rashid’s third. KKR are 94/2 after 12 overs. Uthappa 52*, Pandey 13*
16:54 hrs IST: FOUR! That’s fifty for Uthappa. His 18th in IPL. What an innings from the Karnataka lad!
16:52 hrs IST: Both Uthappa and Pandey have started to accelerate. Need of the hour for KKR!
16:48 hrs IST: Single for Uthappa. He moves to 37. KKR are 75/2 after 10 overs.
16:47 hrs IST: SIX! Too short from Bipul, Uthappa backs away (has enough time for the same) and smacks it over wide long-on.
16:44 hrs IST: KKR are 67/2 after 9 overs. Strategic time-out.
16:43 hrs IST: FIVE WIDES! Terrible bowling from Henriques. Can’t give away these free runs.
16:41 hrs IST: SIX! Shortish length from Henriques, Uthappa gets into position early and launches it over mid-wicket.
16:39 hrs IST: Uthappa and Pandey dealing more in singles and doubles.
16:35 hrs IST: Seven runs off Cutting’s second. KKR are 47/2 after 7 overs. The hosts needs a big innings from someone.
16:31 hrs IST: Dot ball to finish off from Rashid. KKR are 40/2 after 6 overs.
16:29 hrs IST: Manish Pandey in.
16:28 hrs IST: WICKET! Rashid gets Gambhir. Straight ball from the leggie, Gambhir gives himself room and misses the cut shot.
16:27 hrs IST: SIX! Googly from Rashid, Uthappa gets down on one knee and slaps it over long-on for a maximum.
16:26 hrs IST: Rashid Khan from the other end.
16:25 hrs IST: Costly over from Cutting. 13 runs off it. KKR need more of these. They are 33/1 after 5 overs.
16:21 hrs IST: Cutting - the first change in bowling.
16:20 hrs IST: Again a comeback from the left-arm seamer. Just two runs off his next five balls. KKR are 20/1 after 4 overs.
16:17 hrs IST: FOUR! Full and wide from Nehra and Gambhir powers it in the gap between cover and extra cover.
16:15 hrs IST: Single off the last ball for Gambhir. KKR are 14/1 after 3 overs. Nehra to continue.
16:14 hrs IST: THREE-RUNS! Length ball from Bhuvi and Uthappa flicks it through mid-wicket to get off the mark.
16:13 hrs IST: Uthappa is the next man in.
16:12 hrs IST: OUT! Beautiful from Bhuvi. An inswinger from around the wicket and Narine - ‘The Pinch-hitter’ - has no answer to it.
16:10 hrs IST: Brilliant from Nehra. Just two runs off his next four balls. KKR are 9/0 after 2 overs.
16:07 hrs IST: FOUR! Good length delivery from Nehra, Narine stays in the crease and flat-bats it past the bowler for a boundary.
16:05 hrs IST: Nehra now.
16:04 hrs IST: Tidy start from Bhuvi. KKR are 3/0 after first over.
16:00 hrs IST: Straightaway some shape for Bhuvi. Inswinger, Narine pushes it towards mid-wicket for a single.
15:58 hrs IST: Time for live action. Gambhir and Narine top open for KKR. Bhuvi to bowl the first over. SRH will look to break the Eden duck.
15:48 hrs IST: That’s awe-inspiring!
15:42 hrs IST: Warner and Bhuvi will play their 50th game for SRH today.
15:37 hrs IST: So Kuldeep Yadav comes in for leggie Piyush Chawla. For SRH, Moises Henriques, who missed the MI game due to illness, is back. He replaces Mustafizur while Bipul Sharma is in for Vijay Shankar.
15:33 hrs IST: Here are the playing XI of both teams:
KKR: Gautam Gambhir(c), Sunil Narine, Robin Uthappa(wk), Manish Pandey, Yusuf Pathan, Suryakumar Yadav, Colin de Grandhomme, Chris Woakes, Kuldeep Yadav, Trent Boult, Umesh Yadav
SRH: Shikhar Dhawan, David Warner(c), Moises Henriques, Deepak Hooda, Yuvraj Singh, Naman Ojha(wk), Ben Cutting, Rashid Khan, Bipul Sharma, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Ashish Nehra
15:31 hrs IST: Sunrisers Hyderabad skipper David Warner wins the toss and opts to field.
15:25 hrs IST: Toss in five minutes!
15:20 hrs IST: A warm welcome to Super Saturday between Kolkata Knight Riders and Sunrisers Hyderabad. Both teams have started off well in the competition but Sunrisers Hyderabad would be aiming to overcome their Eden jinx.
It will be the 10th match between the two teams in Indian Premier League T20. Kolkata Knight Riders have won six and lost three in nine previous matches played against Sunrisers Hyderabad.
KKR skipper Gautam Gambhir needs just one fifty plus innings to become the second Indian after Virat Kohli and fifth batsman overall to make 50 or more fifty plus scores in Twenty-20 cricket.
The KKR vs SRH contest should see an exciting contest between bat and ball. The Eden Gardens wicket has lifted the energy levels of the fast bowlers and both teams have enough arsenal to fire at each other.
For KKR, Umesh Yadav is now bowling better than he has in a long while. Trent Boult has sprayed it occasionally but Colin de Grandhomme hit the ground running on Thursday, claiming Kings XI Punjab batting star Hashim Amla and conceding only one in his maiden over.
Sunrisers Hyderabad too come well-stocked in the pace department. Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Mustafizur Rahman would walk into any IPL team. Then, there’s Ashish Nehra with international experience of nearly 16 years in his craft.