Batting first, SRH finished with 142/4 (20).
KKR 145/3 in 18 overs (Gill 70, Morgan 42) – KKR WIN BY 7 WICKETS!
After 17 overs, KKR are 131/3 (Gill 68, Morgan 31)
SIX! Shubman Gill steps out to Abhishek Sharma and hits it straight back. KKR are almost there.
After 16 overs, KKR are 120/3 (Gill 59, Morgan 29)
Morgan sweeps Rashid for four! The Afghan leg-spinner finishes with figures of 1/25.
Stat alert: In T20 leagues around the world in the last three years, the team winning the toss has chosen to chase 83% of the time.
After 15 overs, KKR are 113/3 (Gill 57, Morgan 24)
Shot! Bhuvneshwar Kumar pitches it full and wide, Eoin Morgan takes his front leg out of the way and drives it over covers for six. That was some shot! Morgan and Shubman Gill have now added 60 runs for the 4th wicket. KKR are cruising, they need 30 runs off 30 balls.
After 14 overs, KKR are 102/3 (Gill 53, Morgan 17)
Mohammad Nabi finishes with figures of 0/23 from his 4 overs. KKR need 41 off 36.
After 13 overs, KKR are 97/3 (Gill 51, Morgan 15)
FIFTY for Shubman Gill! This has been a superb knock from the youngster, he has been in complete control. KKR would want to bat till the end and take them home.
After 12 overs, KKR are 89/3 (Gill 45, Morgan 13)
After 11 overs, KKR are 80/3 (Gill 40, Morgan 12)
Gill sweeps Rashid for four, 8 runs come from that over. KKR need 63 off 54.
After 10 overs, KKR are 72/3 (Gill 34, Morgan 10)
Another tidy over by Nabi. The Afghan spinners are doing a decent job at the moment but SRH need wickets. KKR don’t need to rush.
After 9 overs, KKR are 67/3 (Gill 31, Morgan 8)
Eoin Morgan brings out the reverse-sweep and picks up four. But another good over by Rashid Khan, seven runs from it. Time for a strategic timeout.
After 8 overs, KKR are 60/3 (Gill 29, Morgan 3)
Mohammad Nabi joins the attack and concedes just five runs in his first over.
After 7 overs, KKR are 55/3 (Gill 26, Morgan 1)
Eoin Morgan joins Shubman Gill at the crease. Top over by Rashid Khan, a wicket and just three runs from it.
After 6.2 overs, KKR are 53/3 – DK departs!
WICKET! Rashid Khan has struck in his first over! A wonderful googly and Dinesh Karthik is trapped LBW. KKR lose their review as the skipper is out for a duck!
After 6 overs, KKR are 52/2 (Gill 24, Karthik 0)
Two blazing square-cuts for four by Shubman Gill. Another expensive over by Khaleel Ahmed.
After 5 overs, KKR are 43/2 (Gill 15, Karthik 0)
Skipper Dinesh Karthik has joined Shubman Gill at the crease. KKR will feel the pressure if they lose another wicket here.
After 4.4 overs, KKR 43/2 – Rana is gone!
WICKET! Nitish Rana was looking dangerous but he has edged one off T Natarajan. The left-hander departs for 26 off 13.
After 4 overs, KKR 38/1 (Gill 14, Rana 22): Big over! Nitish Rana hits Khaleel Ahmed for three consecutive fours. An important push for KKR. The Sunrisers would want a couple of more wickets soon.
After 3 overs, KKR 24/1 (Gill 13, Rana 10): Rana gets off the mark with a classy punch past point for four. Gets beaten next ball, then plays another brilliant punch. This one through cover, again for four. Gill gets in a tangle to a bouncer from Bhuvi but kept it down. Turned out to be a no-ball! Rana caught off a free hit.
After 2 overs, KKR 12/1 (Gill 12, Rana 0) : Oh Gill, what a shot. Down the track to the left-arm quick, lofted over mid-on for a six. Still a good over for SRH.
After 1.2 overs, KKR 6/1 - Narine gone! Ideal start for SRH. They really needed an early wicket (or three) to have a chance. Khaleel is pumped as Narine top edges one high. Warner with a good call and a good catch. We have seen those dropped this season.
Khaleel for his first over in this IPL...
After 1 over, KKR 6/0 (Gill 6, Narine 0) : A nice start by Gill, fittingly with Bishop on air: one of his biggest fans, if you could say that. A classy cover drive for two followed by an elegant flick for four.
9.33 pm: Gill and Narine in the middle as openers. Bhuvi with the ball. One gets the feeling this could be a straightforward chase but SRH have shown they can defend low scores in the past.
9.28 pm: SRH’s batting lineup is, to be brutally honest, is looking way below average at the moment. They need Warner, Bairstow or Manish to hit centuries every game at this rate.
SRH FINISH WITH 142/4 IN 20 OVERS
After 19.2 overs, SRH are 138/4 – Saha is out!
WICKET! Wriddhiman Saha is run-out and has to walk back for 30 off 31. Should be scoring a lot more at No 4 having faced so many deliveries.
After 19 overs, SRH are 133/3 (Saha 30, Nabi 6)
Superb over by Shivam Mavi, just six runs from it. Wriddhiman Saha hasn’t really got going despite being at the crease for a while now.
After 18 overs, SRH are 127/3 (Saha 30, Nabi 1)
After 17.4 overs, SRH are 121/3 – Manish Pandey departs!
WICKET! SRH get the breakthrough as Andre Russell strikes in his first over. The umpires checked whether the full-toss was waist high and he’s given out. Simple caught-and-bowled for the West Indies pacer. The end of a good knock by Pandey. Mohammad Nabi is the new man.
After 17 overs, SRH are 118/2 (Pandey 50, Saha 24)
FIFTY for Manish Pandey. He has been impressive tonight but SRH need him to finish big now. Pat Cummins finishes his spell with figures of 1/19 from 4 overs. Top stuff from the Aussie.
After 16 overs, SRH are 110/2 (Pandey 44, Saha 22)
Varun Chakravarthy finishes with excellent figures of 1/25 from his 4 overs. Saha breaks the shackles and whacks the last ball for six. SRH really need to get going now.
After 15 overs, SRH are 99/2 (Pandey 40, Saha 15)
That’s the end of Sunil Narine’s spell. He returns with figures of 0/31 from his 4 overs.
After 14 overs, SRH are 93/2 (Pandey 37, Saha 13)
Top shot from Pandey. Pitched full by Nagarkoti and the right-hander leans forward to drive it between covers and mid-off for four. SRH need to kick-on now.
After 13 overs, SRH are 82/2 (Pandey 32, Saha 7)
After 12 overs, SRH are 76/2 (Pandey 27, Saha 6)
After 11 overs, SRH are 68/2 (Pandey 21, Saha 4)
Kamlesh Nagarkoti, who impressed one and all with his pace and skill at the 2018 U-19 World Cup, bowls a good first over on his return after being sidelined due to injury for a long, long time.
After 10 overs, SRH are 61/2 (Pandey 19, Saha 1)
Fantastic over from Varun Chakravarthy, the big wicket of Warner and just two runs from it.
After 9.1 overs, SRH are 59/2 – Warner is gone!
WICKET! Varun Chakravarthy gets the big fish as David Warner departs! That was such a soft dismissal. Varun tossed it up and Warner hit it straight back to him. The SRH skipper walks back for 36 off 30.
After 9 overs, SRH are 59/1 (Warner 36, Pandey 18)
Six! Manish Pandey steps out and deposits it over deep mid-wicket. Kuldeep tossed it up and the right-hander was out of his crease in a flash. Time for a strategic timeout.
After 8 overs, SRH are 49/1 (Warner 34, Pandey 10)
Another good over for KKR, this time by Varun Chakravarthy, just four runs from it.
After 7 overs, SRH are 45/1 (Warner 31, Pandey 9)
Kuldeep Yadav joins the attack and concedes just five runs in his first over. This is an important season for the left-arm spinner. He was far from his best last year.
After 6 overs, SRH are 40/1 (Warner 27, Pandey 8)
That’s the end of the powerplay. Seems neither team has gotten ahead at this point.
After 5 overs, SRH are 33/1 (Warner 21, Pandey 7)
Shot! Manish Pandey gets off the mark with a pull for six. Shivam Mavi drops it short and gets the treatment. Pandey is an important player for SRH. He needs to be consistent in the middle-order.
After 4 overs, SRH are 24/1 – Bairstow is gone for 5!
WICKET! An absolute peach of a delivery from Pat Cummins! Jonny Bairstow was given out caught the previous ball but was saved by DRS. Cummins then ran in and knocked-back the stumps to get the job done. Raw pace from the Aussie, the ball went straight through Bairstow to crash into the stumps.
After 3 overs, SRH are 22/0 (Warner 18, Bairstow 4)
Warner gets going! Superb batting from the Aussie. Narine tosses it up and gets hit for a six over long-on, he then drops it short and is pulled for four. Great intent from Warner so far.
After 2 overs, SRH are 8/0 (Warner 6, Bairstow 2)
Top over from Pat Cummins! He was expensive against Mumbai Indians in the last game but has found his range right away this time around. Just two runs from that over.
After 1 over, SRH are 6/0 (Warner 5, Bairstow 1)
Good start from Sunil Narine. No boundary in the first over. The West Indies spinner keeps it tight as the SRH openers deal in singles and doubles.
7.21 pm: Both KKR and SRH have made a number of changes to their playing XIs. Both teams are looking for their first win. David Warner and Co will bat first. We’re minutes away from the first ball in Abu Dhabi!
7.12 pm: The captains at the toss –
Dinesh Karthik: “We are kind of okay with bowling first. We have Nagarkoti and Varun coming in for Sandeep and Nikhil.”
David Warner: “I don’t think too much is going to change throughout the course of this game. Nabi comes in for Marsh, Saha comes in for Vijay Shankar, who has tweaked his back a bit and Sandeep Sharma misses out as Khaleel comes in.”
7.02 pm: TOSS – David Warner has won the toss and SRH will bat first! In the last 6 games, captains elected to bowl first and ended up losing.
6.52 pm: It’s SRH opener Jonny Bairstow’s birthday today! Will he power the men in orange to a win tonight?
6.50 pm: Pitch report by JP Duminy and Ian Bishop – “There’s a nice green covering on the surface. Will that encourage the teams to go for an extra pacer or batter? Al in all, it’s a beautiful surface.”
Kolkata Knight Riders and Sunrisers Hyderabad will be seeking their first win of Indian Premier League 2020 when the two teams clash at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi on Saturday.
While KKR went down to Mumbai Indians in their opener, SRH suffered a defeat at the hands of Royal Challengers Bangalore in their first game.
KKR have the head-to-head advantage but this is a new seasons and SRH won’t give too much thought to the past.
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