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KKR vs SRH IPL Match 2, Highlights: Superman Russell fires KKR to thrilling win

Kolkata Knight Riders vs Sunrisers Hyderabad As It Happened: Catch all the highlights from the 2nd match of the IPL between KKR vs SRH.

By HT Correspondent | Mar 24, 2019 20:16 IST

Highlights: Kolkata Knight Riders defeated Sunrisers Hyderabad by six wickets to make a winning start to their IPL campaign at Eden Gardens in Kolkata on Sunday. Comeback-man David Warner struck 85 off 53 balls and shared a 118-run stand for the first wicket with wicket-keeper batsman Jonny Bairstow (39). Vijay Shankar contributed unbeaten 40 in Sunrisers’ total. Andre Russell played a whirlwind unbeaten knock of 49-runs to script his side’s dramatic win after Nitish Rana scored 68 at top of the batting order. (Full scorecard)


KKR vs SRH, Highlights:

19:56 hrs IST

Hold your breath, lie down, then wake up

Delhi Capitals are batting first against Mumbai Indians.

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19:54 hrs IST

What just happened?

49 off 19 balls, Andre Russell walked in, struggled, did not connect, was scrapping along and then came Siddarth Kaul. Russell blazed away, he stood tall, muscled, bludgeoned SRH all over the park. Improbable, this was a heist and KKR have pulled off an absolute stunning run chase. KKR win by 6 wickets

19:35 hrs IST

Rana departs

Length ball, spinning back in, traps Rana in front, he does not opt for a review, this is big break for SRH. KKR are now under pressure. Top innings by Rana comes to an end

19:17 hrs IST

Getting tricky for KKR

The asking rate has increased rather exponentially for KKR and with Rashid Khan having an over up his sleeve, it is not going to get easy for KKR

19:09 hrs IST

50 for Rana

The young man is holding fort perfectly for KKR, he has peeled off a half-century and needs to bat right through for this match to turn KKR’s way

19:05 hrs IST

Karthik dismissed

Slower ball on a length, Karthik is bamboozled, he chips it to cover and Bhuvneshwar takes a simple catch. KKR are slipping away as SRH surge with these timely wickets

18:55 hrs IST

Uthappa bowled

Full and straight, Uthappa charges down the track, yorks himself in the process, and the ball slips under the bat and smashes the stumps. Kaul is ecstatic, SRH takes control

18:51 hrs IST

Rana keeps going

The left-hander has been in good form all through the season and has carried it here today. He will hold the key on this surface and needs to carry this innings deep

18:44 hrs IST

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18:35 hrs IST

Unlucky Rashid

Yusuf Pathan drops an absolute sitter at long off and then Nitish Rana swipes one across the line, outside edge flies over David Warner at first slip. On the money, from ball one, but no luck for Rashid. 50 partnership up between Uthappa and Rana

18:28 hrs IST

End of the powerplay

47 runs after the powerplay with the loss of Chris Lynn. KKR will be happy with their progress so far, but now with Rashid Khan slated to be introduced into the attack, this could be the tricky phase in the game, perhaps decisive too

18:16 hrs IST

Rana counter-attacks

Length ball, Sandeep is looking for swing, but is picked away by Nitish Rana easily. And then an outside edge flies past short third man, great over after that early Lynn dismissal

18:07 hrs IST

Lynn departs

The danger man Chris Lynn has to take the long walk back. He chips down the track, Shakib pulls back the length, and then defeats hoick of Lynn, leading edge taken and Rashid Khan takes a comfortable catch at cover

18:00 hrs IST

Bhuvi with the new ball

Lovely ball, length ball angled in, it shapes back in and bounces over the stumps. Great ball to get things rolling. Lynn holds the key for KKR in this chase. There is no Sunil Narine today, Nitish Rana has walked out to open the innings

17:45 hrs IST

SRH end with 181

A scamper to make his ground and Shankar has finished unbeaten with 40. He has finished off the innings perfectly, an innings which took off courtesy David Warner and Jonny Bairstow. Warner was in the groove and found all the rhythm as SRH end with 181. It could well be a par score on the surface.

17:29 hrs IST

Russell takes care of Yusuf P

Slower ball, fullish on a length, Yusuf is bamboozled, he wants to swing it away, but is beaten by the lack of pace, the ball sneaks between bat and pad and dislodges the stumps. KKR making a solid solid comeback

17:19 hrs IST

Warner departs

Fullish ball, angled away, Warner slaps it away in the air and Robin Uthappa has taken a very sharp catch at cover. A stunning innings comes to an end, SRH are well on their way to post a really big score on this surface. KKR need to picking up wickets

17:14 hrs IST

Shankar looking good

It has been an impressive start to this innings by Vijay Shankar, keeping the scoreboard ticking over and not keeping David Warner off strike for a long time

17:04 hrs IST

Chawla strikes

That was another flat ball from Chawla, Bairstow makes room and wants to biff it over covers, misses it and the ball smashes the off stump. Crowd finds its voice and KKR have their 1st wicket, finally. But the platform has been set for the visitors

16:59 hrs IST

Pacy, pricey from Lockie

That over was sharp, he really has bowled the heavy ball, but luck is not favouring him at the moment. Karthik has dropped a catch, an under-edge gets Bairstow a boundary, SRH roar along

16:56 hrs IST

Most 50+ scores in IPL:

40 D Warner

38 V Kohli

36 G Gambhir/ S Raina

35 Rohit Sharma

32 S Dhawan

16:51 hrs IST

Warner flying along

Wow, this is so hitting by the opener. He has rocked the show so far and is showing no signs of stopping, SRH are galloping along. Ominous signs for the home side, Karthik is looking around for options

16:47 hrs IST

50 for David Warner

Short, wide on off stump, Warner rises and cuts it up and over, past third man and there is his 50. It has been a stunning innings, like he never went away. Massive shot in the arm for SRH in the very first game of the season

16:42 hrs IST

Karthik looking for 1st wicket

KKR skipper is ringing in changes, Kuldeep and now Andre Russell, this pitch is showing signs of slowing down and hence, changes in pace will come to the fore. The openers have to now buckle down and take this innings as deep as possible

16:40 hrs IST

Highest score by SRH in Eden

This is the highest score by SRH at Eden Gardens in the IPL (1st 6 overs)

16:31 hrs IST

End of powerplay

SRH have dominated proceedings in the powerplay, the openers have looked brilliant and now Dinesh Karthik has to rely on his spinners to bring his side back into the contest

16:27 hrs IST

Warner looking good

Well, the left-hander has looked very good so far, picking gaps perfectly and taking the scoreboard along at a fair clip. KKR need their first wicket as a platform has already been set for the rest of the batting order to follow

16:20 hrs IST

Bairstow survives

Another accurate googly by Piyush Chawla, Bairstow does not pick it, is hit on the pads, umpire gives him out, Bairstow reviews, there is a faint edge and he survives

16:14 hrs IST

Review wasted

That was a googly which pitched well outside the leg stump, Warner is hit on the pads, but Chawla wants to go for a review and well, they have lost it early on in the piece

16:07 hrs IST

8 runs off this over

It was very erratic from the young bowler, getting the ball to shape but no control at all and has been taken for 8 runs. Well, he was warned too in that over for a beamer, but the over is done

16:02 hrs IST

Prasidh Krishna with the new ball

He is getting the ball to shape back in, but has not found the right line, clipped away neatly by Warner to get the innings rolling. This outfield has always been rapid, SRH on the board

15:59 hrs IST

Out walk the players

Shakib is ringing the bell to kickstart the proceedings. Umpires walk out, followed by the players. The stadium is already full. KKR players in a huddle.

15:48 hrs IST


Lockie Ferguson makes his debut for Kolkata Knight Riders and Jonny Bairstow makes his debut for Sunrisers Hyderabad.

15:34 hrs IST

KKR bowl first

Kolkata Knight Riders have won the toss and have opted to field

Dinesh Karthik: We are looking to bowl first. The wicket will play pretty even throughout, so we want to chase. We have some good memories on this ground. We are looking forward to put up a good performance for the crowd. We didn’t make it to the finals last year but it was a good effort by us. It’s important we take one game at a time, as it’s a long tournament.

15:29 hrs IST

Pitch report

This wicket is a bit two paced and spin will play a big part. The average first innings average score at Eden Gardens is 175 and that would be a good score, reckons Michael Clarke in his pitch report.

15:20 hrs IST

Sayan - Captain fantastic Dinesh Karthik

Dinesh Karthik has won more than 50% of his matches as captain of the side last season. Not only is he a good leader but also a reliable batsman in the middle-order who knows how to pace his innings depending upon the situations.

15:20 hrs IST

Manish - Vijay Shankar, the man to watch out for

Vijay Shankar, after his impressive performances with the Indian team, would hope for a stellar show this season to seal his spot in the World Cup squad.

David Warner is back and this is the season which can convince the Australian selectors to include him in the World Cup playing XI.

15:09 hrs IST

Sayan- West Indian power to take care of things

All-rounders Sunil Narine and Andre Russell form a lethal duo for KKR as both possess the power to send the ball miles into the stand and take wickets for their team as well. Narine and Russell scored runs at a strike rate of 189.89 and 184.79 respectively which was the best last season (minimum 150 runs).

15:07 hrs IST

Manish - Bowling attack

Hyderabad bowling attack have defended more low totals than any other side in the league. They have retained their core, Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Rashid Khan are the gun bowlers in the side, but the backup options in Siddarth Kaul, Billy Stanlake, Khaleel Ahmed and Shakib Al Hasan make this attack a perfectly rounded one.

14:54 hrs IST

Sayan - KKR spinners

The spin trio - Kuldeep, Narine, Chawla on an Eden Gardens surface will have all the answers to almost anything thrown at them. Dinesh Karthik has also shown that he can handle them perfectly and for the side, their importance is immense

14:53 hrs IST

Manish - SRH’s foreign crew

Kane Williamson and David Warner will be the key men at the top of the order for the side. Also, Rashid Khan and Shakib al Hasan in the middle order render an almost impregnable look to the side. The side has acquired such effective players and have also managed to retain the core, the perfect balance heading into the match

14:49 hrs IST

Sayan hits right back

Ahh, there is no worry. KKR do not even need the young bright batsmen, they have Sunil Narine and Chris Lynn at the top of the order and before you blink, a platform would have been set for the side. So bring on the bowlers, the openers for KKR will take care of them

14:45 hrs IST

Manish fires the warning

For SRH, they have the bowlers, and against KKR, which has a young batting order, the bowlers can run rampant and wink the opposition out without even a blink.

14:24 hrs IST

Hello and welcome

The IPL juggernaut has started and the games will keep chugging along. After CSK’s comprehensive win against RCB yesterday, it is the turn of KKR to host SRH in Eden Gardens and both sides would want to get off the blocks pretty quickly.

My name is Manish Pathak, cricket correspondent at Hindustan Times and I will present my case for SRH and why I feel they should win the clash. Our fellow cricket correspondent and the Kolkata man, Sayan Ghosh will put forward his views as to why KKR will walk away with the win