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IPL 2016 – KKR vs SRH: Gambhir Powers KKR To Eight-wicket Victory Over SRH

By on April 16, 2016

Kolkata Knight Riders 146 for 2 (Gambhir 90*, Uthappa 38) beat Sunrisers Hyderabad 142 for 7 (Morgan 51, Ojha 37, Umesh 3-28) by eight wickets…

Gautam Gambhir and Robin Uthappa set the platform with a 92-run opening stand as Kolkata Knight Riders registered a comfortable eight-wicket victory over Sunrisers Hyderabad in the eighth game of the Indian Premier League season nine on Saturday. Skipper Gambhir continued his purple patch with the bat as he took his side home with ten balls left, scoring an unbeaten 90 off 60 balls which included a six and 13 fours.

KKR came back strongly from their defeat against Mumbai Indians, by six wickets, in their previous match to seal their second win of the season in three games and jumped to second in the points table. While, the Hyderabad suffered their second successive defeats in as many games to remain glued at the bottom of the standings early in the season.

Chasing a modest 143-run target, Gambhir started the KKR innings steadily with Uthappa (38), almost sneaking a boundary every over to take the team to 36 for no loss after the six Powerplay overs. Then they reached fifty without any problem in the eighth over and made it 72 without loss in ten overs, before Gambhir increased the momentum. Gambhir smacked three back-to-back fours off spinner Karn Sharma to score 14 runs in the 11th over, best in the KKR innings.

IPL 2016 - KKR vs SRH: Gambhir

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Soon after Gambhir completed his fifty off 41 balls, Ashish Reddy dismissed Uthappa to give Hyderabad their first break in the 13th over. Uthappa played a perfect foil to Gambhir’s innings as he scored 38 off 34 balls, hitting a six and three fours. In the next over, Mustafizur Rahman bowled a perfect yorker to clean up Andre Russell for two and reduced Kolkata to 97/2 in 13.4 overs. But it was too little too late for the Hyderabad as Gambhir cantered Kolkata home by smashing 40 runs off his final 19 balls.

Earlier, Umesh Yadav started the bowling attack with Morne Morkel for Kolkata and established an upper hand in the first half of the Hyderabad innings, before Eoin Morgan and Naman Ojha stitched a 67-run stand to take the score to 142/7 in 20 overs. Kolkata bowlers struck three wickets in the last three overs to keep the total below 150-mark even though Hyderabad scored 79 runs in the final eight overs. For Kolkata, Yadav finished with a figure of three for 28 in four overs, whereas Morkel took two for 35 in his four.

Morkel bowled a dramatic first over, in which Piyush Chawla took a catch of David Warner only to find out that it was a front-foot no ball, providing the Hyderabad skipper an early reprieve. But Morkel came back to dismiss Shikhar Dhawan, for six, in the third over before Yadav bowled two wicket-taking overs. Yadav first sent back Warner (13) in the fourth over with an off-cutter, which deceived the Australian who gave away a low catch to Suryakumar Yadav at extra cover. Yadav followed that up with the wicket of Moises Henriques in his next over.

Three wickets inside Powerplay overs stopped Hyderabad batsmen to break free early in the innings and the cautious approach means the runs dried up for them. From 36/3 in six overs, they stuttered to 63/4 in 12, that’s 27 runs in 36 balls as the trio of Shakib Al Hasan, Andre Russell and Sunil Narine putting the squeeze.

After the fall of Deepak Hooda (6) in the tenth over to Russell, which left Hyderabad to 50/4, Morgan and Ojha took some time to rebuild the innings before the former began to change the gear in the 13th over bowled by Narine. Morgan hit two back-to-back fours as they scored 10 off it, and followed that with 13 more in the next over bowled by Chawla with Ojha and Morgan hitting a boundaries each in it. Ojha smacked the first six of the innings in the next over, 15th, off Narine as the surge continued.

Ojha hit second six in the 16th over bowled by Morkel as he took Hyderabad over 100-run mark and completed a fifty-run stand with Morgan for the fifth wicket. Morgan joined with a six in the next over as the duo take the total to 115/4 in 17 overs, scoring 52 in the last five overs. Morkel made Ojha his second victim in the next over, but it took combined efforts of Russell and Chawla to take the catch at long-on. Ojha played an important innings of 37 off 28 balls, hitting two sixes and two fours.

Morgan completed his fifty off 41 balls with the help of two maximums and three fours, but couldn’t go much further losing his wicket in the penultimate over to Yadav for 51 off 43 balls.

Source: Times Of India

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