IPL 2022, Kolkata Knight Riders vs Sunrisers Hyderabad Highlights: KKR ‘stay alive’ on paper after 54-run win against SRH | Cricket News – Times of India

PUNE: Andre Russell’s versatile brilliance theoretically kept the Kolkata Knight Riders in contention for a playoff spot when they recorded a comprehensive 54-run victory over Sunriser’s Hyderabad in an IPL match that must be won on Saturday.
It was Russell’s undefeated 49 of 28 balls that took KKR to 177 for six on 20 overs after being down and out on 94 for 5.
In response, SRH was never in the hunt when they huffed and puffed themselves to 123 for 8 against a collective bowling effort from Shreya Iyer’s men with the flamboyant Jamaican who finished with the best numbers 3 for 22.

Umesh Yadav (1/19 on 4 overs), Tim Southee (2/23 on 4 overs), Varun Chakravarthy (1/25 on 4 overs) and Sunil Narine (1/34 on 4 overs) – all stuck to their guns respective game plans with almost perfect executions over after over.
KKR now has 12 points in 13 matches with a net turnover of +0.160 and moved to sixth place.

With the Rajasthan Royals (14 from 12) and RCB (14 from 13 games) having the chance to rise, it is unlikely that even one victory will suffice for the Shah Rukh Khan-owned franchise that played its 13th “first XI” combination. in as many matches.
For Sunrisers, 10 points in 12 games with a dismal NRR of -0,270 means that even two big wins and 14 points may not be enough after five straight losses.
Although he is a sentimental favorite among Indian cricket lovers, many of SRH’s bad batting can be attributed to skipper Kane Williamson’s nightmare-like season which has yielded only 208 runs in 12 matches with an average of less than 19 and a strike rate of 92.85.
Williamson (9 of 17 balls) has been SRH’s weakest link this season and his failure at the top of the order has been one of the biggest reasons for their weakness.
It was a trial for Williamson until Russell threw one on the stumps to end his misery. Rahul Tripathi (9 of 1 balls) also looked scratched even when Abhishek Sharma (43 of 28 balls) attacked Sunil Narine and hit him in two sixes.
It was Tim Southee’s brilliant reflex catch that ended Tripathi’s innings.
Halfway through, SRH was not in a particularly comfortable position with 66 for two and even the statistics of teams that hunted (highest successful hunt at 170) at Gahunje Stadium did not paint a completely pink picture.
Once Abhishek was dismissed by Varun Chakaravarthy (1/25) and Narine took a nice return catch to dismiss SRH’s big jump Nicholas Pooran (2), there was not much resistance from the rest of the beats.
Earlier, Umran Malik was back on his trail after some forgettable excursions when he ran through KKR’s highest order, but Russell along with Sam Billings (34 of 29 balls) added 63 runs for the sixth wicket to give the overall a semblance of respectability. after KKR had problems with 94 against 5.
KKR added 58 runs in the last five overs, mostly thanks to Russell when he hit three sixes of three full throws by off-break bowler Washington Sundar (0/40 on 4 overs).

Malik (3/33 on 4 overs), who had gone for 120-odd runs in his last 10 overs (over 3 games) and it was too wicketless, was back in his element when he bowled fast and straight to get rid of Nitish Rana (26 of 16 balls), Ajinkya Rahane (28 of 23 balls) and skipper Shreyas Iyer (15 of 9 balls) in their first two overs to hit back KKR.
He got good support from T Natarajan (1/43), who nailed the blockhole deliveries with perfection and got rid of Rinku Singh (5).
Venkatesh Iyer’s “second season blues” continued when he hacked one from Marco Jansen (1/30 on 4 overs) on the stumps.
As for Rahane, he has well over his IPL sale date and even three sixes could not hide the fact that he played many dot balls and once he started cramping it became even harder to rotate the strike.
He was finally out when he hit hard on a wide rising delivery and Shashank Singh at the sweeper’s protective fence maintained perfect body balance in the side position to hook on to the hook.
Russell and Billings then took the attack back to the opposition camp with some major blows after an initial period of fighting.
While the Jamaican had three fours and four sixes to his name, Billings hit three fours and a max.

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