Kolkata Off The Mark With Inspiring Victory
Kolkata Knight Riders registered their first victory of this season IPL as they beat Sunrisers Hyderabad by 7 wickets yesterday (Sunday) at the Abu Dhabi stadium, UAE.
Match Scorecard: KKR vs SRH
Batting first, Sunrisers Hyderabad scored 142 runs on board for the loss of 4 wickets. Manish Pandey was the top scorer for Hyderabad as he made 51 runs off 38 balls and also added 62 runs in partnering with Wriddhiman Saha in the third wicket.
Pandey-Saha partnership carried the total to 121 in 18 overs but they failed to pace up the innings in the middle and eventually, Sunrisers had to settle for a low total to defend. Aussie pacer Pat Cummins was the most successful bowler for Kolkata as he finished his spell with 4-0-19-1.
In chase, Kolkata lost 3 wickets for 53 runs within 7 overs, and at that point, the match was evenly poised for a thrilling finish but an unbeaten 92*-run stand between opener Shubman Gill and Eoin Morgan propelled Kolkata to the victory with two overs to spare.
Player of the match-winner, Shubman Gill was played a vital role in this match, anchoring the innings till the end and also allowed Morgan to free his arms to keep up the scoreboard moving. Gill contributed 70* off 62 balls, while Eoin Morgan was even more aggressive in his approach as he made 42* off 29 balls, featuring 2 huge sixes.
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