The Sunrisers Hyderabad after losing their first two matches have registered their third consecutive victory against the Kolkata Knight Riders. The Orange Army won the toss and put their opposition into bat. KKR posted a competitive 175 thanks to powerful knocks by Nitish Rana who scored 54 and Andre Russell who hit 49 off 25 balls.
T Natarajan and Umran Malik were the picks of the bowlers as they combined scalped five wickets. In the second innings, after losing Abhishek Sharma early, Kane Williamson and Rahul Tripathi stabilized the ship. But as Williamson departed, it was the Tripathi show. While batting with Aiden Markam, the Pune-born player scored 71 of 37 balls and won the Player of the Match. Markam then finished the game with a fifty of his own as he ended with 68 not out.
Changes in the Points Table
After the twenty-fifth match of the IPL, the Sunrisers Hyderabad are seventh on the table with six points from five games. They also have a net run rate of -0.196. Whereas the Kolkata Knight Riders are fourth on the table with six points from six games with a net run rate of +0.223.
In the Saturday doubleheader, five-time champions Mumbai Indians will face the debutants Lucknow Super Giants at MCA stadium in Pune. Both teams enter this game after losing their previous games. Whereas in the second match of the day, Royal Challengers Bangalore go head to head against Delhi Capitals. RCB lost their previous match against Chennai Super Kings while DC defeated Kolkata Knight Riders by 44 runs.
What do the captains say?
KKR captain Shreyas Iyer talked about how Rahul Tripathi was the deciding factor in the game. He was quoted saying, “Feel drained. I thought it was a good total. Rahul Tripathi didn't allow us to settle down. Credit to the pace with which they played. Their bowlers also didn't know where it was going. We put on a great batting effort. Was a bad day with the ball.”
SRH captain Kane Williamson was elated with the team’s third consecutive victory. He said, “It was a step up again. It was important to take early wickets with the ball against KKR. A little bit of dew came in which was helpful for us. The death bowling was great too. Rahul Tripathi was amazing and so was Aiden Markram, although in different roles.”
“Marco, with his bounce and pace, was a big part of our attack with Bhuvneshwar, who swings the ball. It is just about getting the fields right for Malik. He touches 150ks on every ball and has been nicked off for fours. But he has been patient. There are many little things we can work on, and the guys are working on them. We're seeing the improvement.”