SRH vs KKR preview: Morgan and Co look to fix batting issues against struggling Sunrisers
KKR 163/5 after 20 overs
SRH 163/6 after 20 overs
KKR win in the Super Over!
7.56 pm: What a match for Lockie Ferguson – 4-0-15-3 during the regulation over and then 2/2 in the Super Over. Stunning stuff! KKR now have 10 points and stay in 4th place in the points table.
KKR 3/0 after 0.4 balls (Morgan 1, Karthik 0)
Kolkata Knight Riders have beaten Sunrisers Hyderabad in the Super Over all thanks to Lockie Ferguson and some cool heads. What a win!
SRH 2/2 after 0.3 overs (Bairstow 0)
WICKET! Ferguson sends back Samad! That is the Super Over. Done and dusted. What bowling!!! KKR need 3 runs to win this. What a match for the Kiwi fast bowler! 2/2 is the joint-lowest Super Over score in IPL equalling KXIP against DC earlier in the season
SRH 0/1 after 0.1 overs (Bairstow 0)
WICKET! First ball of the Super Over, Ferguson sends back Warner with a beauty. That hit the top of off! SRH 0/1
Warner, Bairstow coming out to bat for SRH in the Super Over. Ferguson with the ball for KKR.
SRH 163/6 after 20 overs (Warner 47, Rashid 1)
And we are going to have a Super Over!!! A half-fit Russell somehow manages to get through that. He started off with a no-ball and then Warner hit a few fours. It came down to SRH needing 2 runs off 1 ball to win. They only got a leg-bye. What drama!
Russell to bowl the last over.
SRH 146/6 after 19 overs (Warner 33, Samad 23)
WICKET! Samad has been caught brilliantly on the boundary line by Ferguson, who relayed the ball to Gill then. Sunrisers Hyderabad need 18 runs in 6 balls.
Abdul Samad c Shubman Gill b Shivam Mavi 23(15)
SRH 134/5 after 18 overs (Warner 28, Samad 16)
Sunrisers Hyderabad need 30 runs in 12 balls. KKR likely to go with Mavi and Russell for the last two. Or will they try Kuldeep?
SRH 127/5 after 17 overs (Warner 24, Samad 13)
Sunrisers Hyderabad need 37 runs in 18 balls. One big over from Lockie Ferguson to come. But a chance for SRH to capitalise on the others.
SRH 117/5 after 16 overs (Warner 19, Samad 8)
Sunrisers Hyderabad need 47 runs in 24 balls. Warner will know his side needs one big over and they need it now. Russell seemed to be getting ready to come back on the field.
SRH 109/5 after 15.2 overs (Warner 19)
WICKET! Shankar falls. Cummins finally gets a wicket again. For SRH, this is going to be all about Warner now. Rashid can use the long handle well too.
Shankar c Shubman Gill b Cummins 7(10)
SRH 109/4 after 15 overs (Warner 19, Shankar 7)
Warner has picked up the pace well but Sunrisers Hyderabad need 55 runs in 30 balls. One nice big over will go a long way towards easing the nerves.
Russell seems to have injured his foot or his hamstring. He is going off the field for now. Will he come back in time to bowl?
SRH 100/4 after 14 overs (Warner 15, Shankar 3)
Sunrisers Hyderabad need 64 runs in 36 balls. In control by IPL standards but one of the two batsmen in the middle will have to play a blinder.
SRH 89/4 after 13 overs (Warner 9, Shankar 2)
SRH in a spot of bother. They will need a blast, similar to what KKR had done, to even get close. Of course, Warner can do that and so can Shankar. But batting hasn’t been easy.
SRH 82/4 after 11.3 overs (Warner 4)
YORKED! What a ball by Lockie Ferguson. Pandey had no answer to that! It tailed in a little and it was fast!
Manish Pandey b Ferguson 6(7)
SRH 80/3 after 11 overs (Warner 4, Pandey 5)
Kuldeep into the attack and he starts off well – just six runs off his first over. Good time for him to come in to bowl. SRH will be looking to rebuild just about now.
SRH 70/3 after 9.2 overs (Warner 0)
WICKET! Chakravarthy gets the big wicket, sends Bairstow (36) back. This will hurt SRH. Another set batsman back in hut. Bairstow couldn’t clear Russell at long-off.
Bairstow c Russell b Chakravarthy 36 (28)
SRH 70/2 after 8.4 overs (Bairstow 36)
WICKET! Garg doesn’t last long. Foxed by Ferguson’s slower one.
Priyam Garg b Ferguson 4(7)
SRH 68/1 after 8 overs (Bairstow 35, Garg 1)
Bairstow keeps the boundaries running but by promoting Garg up the order, SRH will not have the experience of Warner to bank on at the death. It does make their middle order stronger.
SRH 57/1 after 6.1 overs (Bairstow 28)
WICKET! Williamson has done his job and is dismissed on the first ball after the break after scoring 29 off 19.
Williamson c Nitish Rana b Ferguson 29(19)
SRH 57/0 after 6 overs (Bairstow 28, Williamson 29)
Superb Powerplay for SRH. They need 107 runs in 84 balls with 10 wickets in hand. The injured Williamson has been magnificent but how will he approach the innings now? Maybe a few more big shots are the order of the day.
SRH 46/0 after 5 overs (Bairstow 24, Williamson 22)
Sunrisers Hyderabad need 118 runs in 90 balls. Bairstow and Williamson continue to find the boundaries with a fair degree of ease.
SRH 35/0 after 4 overs (Bairstow 20, Williamson 15)
Three fours in Russell’s first over. Bairstow and Williamson taking the attack to the West Indian.
SRH 22/0 after 3 overs (Bairstow 12, Williamson 10)
Chakravarthy into the attack and Bairstow smashes him for two fours. SRH are up and running in a hurry. Williamson might just have been pushed up the order so that SRH are not a batsman short later. In the Powerplay overs, he can take advantage of the field restrictions.
SRH 12/0 after 2 overs (Bairstow 3, Williamson 9)
Williamson clearly struggling with a hamstring injury but that means he just might want to keep his running to a minimum and keep going for the big shots.
SRH 2/0 after 1 over (Bairstow 2, Williamson 0)
Super over from Cummins, he gave nothing away except for the two off the last ball.
Williamson and Bairstow to open the innings for SRH today. Warner gets a break from the opener’s slot.
KKR 163/5 after 20 overs (Karthik 29)
WICKET! Morgan falls off the last ball but KKR have managed to reach a par total thanks to the 58-run stand between the skipper and Karthik. It took them just 30 balls.
Morgan c Manish Pandey b Basil Thampi 34(23)
KKR 147/4 after 19 overs (Morgan 18, Karthik 29)
Karthik’s making this count. He’s got 29 off 14 balls and that six off Natarajan’s last ball was one to see. Lovely timing.
KKR 133/4 after 18 overs (Morgan 16, Karthik 18)
Karthik is playing a lovely little cameo here. He is finding the gaps and the boundaries. One lovely six off Sandeep showing just how dangerous he can be in the finisher role.
KKR 121/4 after 17 overs (Morgan 14, Karthik 8)
Slow and steady. KKR will hope that a big over or two will give them a fighting chance.
KKR 111/4 after 16 overs (Morgan 9, Karthik 3)
With Russell gone, KKR’s task has become even tougher but once upon a time, Karthik made his name as a finisher.
KKR 105/4 after 15 overs (Morgan 6)
WICKET! Russell (9) finds the man on the boundary line. Straight to him. Wicket for Natarajan. The West Indian just hasn’t been able to catch a break this year.
Russell c Shankar b T Natarajan 9(11)
KKR 88/3 after 12.1 overs (Russell 0)
WICKET! Now Rana (29) is gone. Garg with another running catch – not as difficult as the one to send back Gill but good stuff. Shankar gets the wicket. The set batsmen are gone. KKR are in trouble.
Nitish Rana c Priyam Garg b Shankar 29(20)
KKR 87/2 after 11.4 overs (Rana 29)
Gill’s slow crawl ends. He is out after scoring 36 off 27 balls. Lovely running catch by Garg. Wicket for Rashid.
Shubman Gill c Priyam Garg b Rashid Khan 36(37)
KKR 80/1 after 11 overs (Gill 36, Rana 21)
Gill is back at a run-a-ball. Rana is trying to play the big shots but he hasn’t been able to really get away either.
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KKR 77/1 after 10 overs (Gill 35, Rana 19)
Two loose deliveries from Rashid Khan and both were hammered for four by Rana. 13 runs off the over for KKR. Can they make this base count in the back 10?
KKR 64/1 after 9 overs (Gill 32, Rana 9)
Rana got a four in the over and he is capable of hitting some big shots. KKR need to insert some momentum into their innings.
KKR 57/1 after 8 overs (Gill 31, Rana 3)
Gill’s SR for this season is 117 and he is still going at the same rate. He needs to do more. Much more.
KKR 53/1 after 7 overs (Gill 30, Rana 0)
Steady, steady... a bit too steady though. Gill now has a start though and he needs to make it count. Let the big hitters bat around him.
KKR 48/1 after 6 overs (Gill 25)
WICKET! A hit on the elbow distracted Tripathi and he missed one from Natarajan and is walking back after making 23. KKR remain the only side not to have a 50+ opening stand so far in IPL 2020.
Tripathi b T Natarajan 23(16)
KKR 42/0 after 5 overs (Tripathi 22, Gill 20)
4-4-4 off the first three balls of the Thampi over and they all came off Gill’s bat. KKR need him to get going.
KKR 28/0 after 4 overs (Tripathi 21, Gill 7)
Finally, a big over for KKR courtesy a six and a four from Tripathi. He is certainly showing more initiative than Gill.
T Natarajan is brought into the attack for the 4th over.
KKR 15/0 after 3 overs (Tripathi 10, Gill 5)
KKR have once again got off to a slow start. Tripathi or Gill, at least one of them needs to go for it.
KKR 12/0 after 2 overs (Tripathi 9, Gill 2)
It says no loss but it should have been one in the wickets column for Thampi. Rashid Khan drops a straightforward chance – maybe he lost it somewhere along the way. Good waist height too. Gill survives.
KKR 6/0 after 1 over (Tripathi 5, Gill 1)
Steady start by SRH. But KKR needed to find some momentum early in the innings, they can’t always leave it for the lower order.
Rahul Tripathi and Shubman Gill are out in the middle for KKR. Gill needs to do something about his SR, which is just 117 this season. Sandeep Sharma has the new ball.
3.09 pm: Two changes for SRH too. Basil Thampi gets his first game this season, Abdul Samad gets another game.
SRH playing XI: David Warner (c), Jonny Bairstow (wk), Manish Pandey, Kane Williamson, Priyam Garg, Vijay Shankar, Abdul Samad, Rashid Khan, Sandeep Sharma, T Natarajan, Basil Thampi
3.07 pm: Two changes in the KKR team. Narine is not yet fully fit. Ferguson and Kuldeep come into the team.
KKR playing XI: Rahul Tripathi, Shubman Gill, Nitish Rana, Dinesh Karthik (wk), Eoin Morgan (c), Andre Russell, Pat Cummins, Shivam Mavi, Kuldeep Yadav, Lockie Ferguson, Varun Chakravarthy
3.02 pm: SRH win the toss and Warner decides his team will have a bowl first.
2.47 pm: Kolkata Knight Riders’ West Indian spinner Sunil Narine was on Sunday cleared by the Indian Premier League’s suspect bowling action committee after being reported last week. Narine was reported for a suspect action during his team’s clash against Kings XI Punjab last Saturday and another such instance could have led him to being barred from bowling in the league. But, in a relief for the player as well as for his franchise, the IPL committee found his bowling action to be clean.
KKR are still in the top four of IPL points table while SRH occupy the fifth spot on the points table with just three wins from eight outings.
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A new captain at the helm, Kolkata Knight Riders would look to sort out their batting woes and strive for consistency when they face Sunrisers Hyderabad in an intriguing mid-table Indian Premier League clash in Abu Dhabi.