Kolkata Knight Riders left a big loss against Sunrisers Hyderabad in match 61 of IPL 2022 on Saturday (May 14) at MCA, Pune.
Among the poor performances for Hyderabad was their captain Kane Williamson.
Williamson scored just 9 of 17 balls, which continued his bad show in the tournament. And he was very poor as a captain too. Kane forgot to keep a pacer for the final over and threw the ball to off-spinner Washington Sundar when Andre Russell was on strike. Russell beat 20 of it over and took the total to 177/6 on 20 overs.
With this loss, SRH has now lost 5 matches on trot. They had started the season with 3 losses back to back but revived the campaign with 5 straight wins. But their playoff hopes are getting thinner for each match now.
SRH fans praised Williamson for his poor performance in the game and the tournament. Check the reactions below:
Kabane toh khel lia kr Kane Williamson _# IPL2022
– 3rd Judge (@drsoperator) 14 May 2022
Kane Williamson won all matches for the opponents
– kashyap (@KashyapSuraaj) 14 May 2022
Thanks to Kane Williamson who hit so well and made such a good captaincy decision as bowling a spinner in the 20th over.
– Arun (@ManUtdSZN) 14 May 2022
These are my questions @SunRisers
– Rakeeb Noordeen (@RkbSaji) 14 May 2022
@SunRisers Kane Williamson should bear the losses.
Does he feel responsible for losses.
Truly in search of Williamson, you lost David Warner.
– Akshay_Official __ (@ImAkshaychary) 14 May 2022
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.
– IndianPremierLeague (@IPL) 14 May 2022
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 for 5. KKR added 58 runs in the last five overs, mainly due to Russell when he hit three sixes of three completions thrown by off-break bowler Washington Sundar (0/40 on 4 overs) .
With PTI inputs