IPL 2019 Match Report: M2 – KKR vs SRH: Sunrisers Hyderabad’s much-famed bowling attack had their reputations tattered at the hands of Andre Russell, who in a period of two overs, smacked four sixes and three fours and took Kolkata Knight Riders to a 6-wicket win in their opening encounter of Indian Premier League 2019.
KKR needed 53 runs in the last three overs with Russell batting on 9 off 7 balls, already troubled by Bhuvneshwar Kumar’s variations – yorker, slower one and a mix of both wide outside the off stump.
The 17th over yielded only 6 runs but when he came on to bowl his next over, Russell thrashed him for 21 and brought down the equation to 13 off the last over. Shubhman Gill hit two long sixes in the last over off Shakib Al Hasan to help KKR overhaul the total with 1 ball to spare.
While his assault may have lasted only for two overs, Russell powered away to a 19-ball 49.
At this point, Sunrisers were set for a score close to 200, but two things happened. Prasidh Krishna, Lockie Ferguson and Russell found some swing with the old ball, and the pitch also slowed down. Sunrisers struggled to find any power in the final few overs except for Vijay Shankar, who struck 40 off 24 balls to keep Sunrisers par or just above. There was a period when 31 came off 25 during this spell of bowling. Russell walked away with two wickets, but the other two did an important job too.
Knight Riders struggle at the top
Neither Narine nor Kuldeep bowled out his quota. It was possibly because of the late swing Knight Riders had found, but in Narine’s case it was also an injured finger when fielding. Consequently he didn’t even open the innings. Out came Chris Lynn and Nitish Rana. It wasn’t a surprise to see Sunrisers deploy Shakib Al Hasan against Lynn. It wasn’t a surprise either that it brought about the dismissal within six balls.
Rashid squeezes Knight Riders further
In the next few overs, apart from a floodlight failure, Rashid sparkled. He got rid of the settle Nitish Rana a ball after the floodlight break, and bowled out at the end of the 16th over with figures of 4-0-26-1. Bhuvneshwar Kumar, the captain in Kane Williamson’s absence, had two overs left still, and there were 58 runs to defend. Two new batsmen were at the wicket. The likelihood of their winning was above 90% now.
Kolkata Knight Riders 183 for 4 (Rana 68, Russell 49*, Uthappa 35, Rashid 1-26) beat Sunrisers Hyderabad 181 for 3 (Warner 85, Vijay 40*, Bairstow 39, Russell 2-32) by six wickets