After losing the toss, Kolkata Knight Riders restricted Sunrisers Hyderabad to a below par total of 142 runs with Umesh Yadav taking three wickets. For the hosts, Eoin Morgan top scored with 51 off 43.
The 143-run target proved little too less daunting with KKR skipper Gautam Gambhir in such sublime form. His unbeaten 90 came off 60 balls, and it was his second fifty of the season, in third match.
KOLKATA KNIGHT RIDERS' INNINGS
Over 18.2 || Score 146/2 (Gambhir 90; Pandey 11); Target 143
Gautam Gambhir hit a four off the second ball to complete the chase. Convincing win.
Over 18 || Score 142/2 (Gambhir 86; Pandey 11); Target 143
Huge over for KKR as Gautam Gambhir showed his hitting prowess after playing a prolonged waiting game. 14 runs from Mustafizur Rahman's last over. His figures: 4-0-29-1.
The over included a four and six, besides four singles. KKR now need a single, and they have 12 balls.
Over 17 || Score 128/2 (Gambhir 74; Pandey 9); Target 143
Final over for Bhuvi and a good one. Five runs from it, thanks to five singles.
His figures: 4-0-29-0. A bad day in office for the India pacer.
KKR need another 15 runs.
Over 16 || Score 123/2 (Gambhir 72; Pandey 6); Target 143
Another productive over for KKR with skipper Gautam Gambhir in charge. The left-handed opener once again hit back-to-back fours.
11 runs from Barinder Sran's last over. His figures: 4-0-31-0.
KKR need another 20 runs from 24 runs when the play resumes after the break.
Over 15 || Score 112/2 (Gambhir 63; Pandey 6); Target 143
After losing two wickets, KKR skipper Gautam Gambhir took the matters into his own hands and hit two more fours, off successive balls of the bowling of Ashish Reddy.
The over went for 12 runs as KKR inched ever more closely to the target.
Over 14 || Score 100/2 (Gambhir 53; Pandey 3); Target 143
Then probably the ball of the tournament. Mustafizur Rahman uprooted Andre Russell's middle stump with an unplayable delivery. A perfect yorker, and the big West Indian is floored. What a sight.
WICKET: Andre Russell b Mustafizur Rahman 2 (5b)
That happened off the fourth ball of the over. Manish Pandey is the new man.
Over 13 || Score 93/1 (Gambhir 50; Russell 1); Target 143
The much-needed wicket for SunRisers Hyderabad. Ashish Reddy removed Robin Uthappa, trapped LBW. Umpire took some time, but a correct one.
WICKET: Robin Uthappa lbw b Ashish Reddy 38 (34b)
That happened off the third ball of the over. A wicket and two runs from it. Andre Russell is the new man. Also Gautam Gambhir reached his second fifty of the season, with a single off the first ball of the over. He took 41 balls to reach it.
Over 12 || Score 91/0 (Uthappa 38; Gambhir 49); Target 143
Mustafizur Rahman returned for his second over, and what an over from the Bangladeshi bowler. Five runs to stall the run rate. A wide, and four singles.
But it still is KKR's match to lose. They need need another 52 runs from 48 balls.
Over 11 || Score 86/0 (Uthappa 36; Gambhir 47); Target 143
First real big over for KKR as Gautam Gambhir chaged the gear at Played at Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium, Uppal, Hyderabad.
The skipper hit Karn Sharma for three successive fours, off the second, third and four deliveries of the over. 14 runs from the over. Gambhir three shy from yet another IPL fifty.
Over 10 || Score 72/0 (Uthappa 35; Gambhir 34); Target 143
Having laid the foundation, KKR openers have started going after Sunrisers bowlers. In the last two overs, the visitors have score 22 runs, 11 apiece.
In search of a wicket, David Warner brought back Bhuvi into the attack. But to no avail. Same with Moises Henriques' case too, as Gautam Gambhir and Robin Uthappa milked the bowlers with singles and occasional fours.
KKR need another 71 runs from 60 balls.
Over 8 || Score 50/0 (Uthappa 25; Gambhir 24); Target 143
Double bowling change for the fielding team as David Warner introduced Moises Henriques. The right-arm fast medium bowler leaked eight runs in his first over, before the time-out.
The over started with a dot ball to Robin Uthappa, the a single. Gautam Gambhir took a 2 off the third ball, then hit a four through mid-wicket region.
A single and a dot ball to end the over. KKR need another 93 runs from 12 over, and all wickets at hand.
Over 7 || Score 42/0 (Uthappa 24; Gambhir 17); Target 143
KKR scored 14 more runs in the last two overs, even as Barinder Sran bowled completed third of his allotted four overs. In his third over, and sixth of the innings, Sran conceded eight runs, which included a four from the blade of Gautam Gambhir.
In the next over, David Warner introduced spinner Karn Sharma. Six runs from it.
In this period, bulk of the scoring is done by Gambhir.
Over 5 || Score 28/0 (Uthappa 21; Gambhir 6); Target 143
Sensation from Bangladesh Mustafizur Rahman has had his first over of the match. The left-handed seamer conceded three runs.
The over started with two singles, then a dot ball followed before another single coming from Robin Uthappa's blade. Then a brief hiatus as physio attending to the KKR opener. Energy sapping heat taking toll on players.
Two dot balls to Gautam Gambhir to end the over.
Over 4 || Score 25/0 (Uthappa 19; Gambhir 5); Target 143
Good bowling from both Bhuvi and Barinder. They have completed two overs each, conceding 13 and 12 runs respectively.
In the last two overs, KKR scored 12 runs, six apiece. They need another 118 runs from 16 overs.
Over 2 || Score 13/0 (Uthappa 8; Gambhir 4); Target 143
Barinder Sran shared the new ball with Bhuvneshwar Kumar. Good start from the 23-year-old left-arm medium pacer to concede six runs.
The over started with a wide, then Robin Uthappa followed it up with a single. Then three dot balls to Gautam Gambhir. KKR skipper played an effective pull shot to spoil Barinder's effort with a four. A dot to finish the over.
Over 1 || Score 7/0 (Uthappa 7; Gambhir 0); Target 143
Bhuvneshwar Kumar started the defence, with a 2 to Robin Uthappa. A dot ball followed, than Uthappa got the first four of the innings. A good looking slice shot which went past the fielder at backward point.
A single then KKR skipper Gautam Gambhir ate up the remaining two balls for naught.
Over 20 | Score 142/7
Russell bowled the last over. Superb stuff from the all-rounder, conceding just 7 runs.
A Ashish Reddy run out 13 (8b)
Over 19 | Score 135/6
Umesh came back into the attack. The Indian pacer got the all-important wicket of Morgan on his fourth ball. Ashish Reddy clobbered the last delivery for a six.
E Morgan c Shakib Al Hasan b U Yadav 51 (43b)
Over 18 | Score 125/5
Morkel continued. Good over from the South African was ruined by Morgan with a six off the last ball. However, he did pick up the wicket of Ojha.
N Ojha c Chawla b Morkel 37 (28b)
Over 17 | Score 115/4
Shakib continued. After a tight first five deliveries, the left-arm spinner was tonked for a six over long-off on the last ball.
Over 16 | Score 105/4
Morkel was brought back into the attack. Ojha clobbered the fifth ball for a massive six over third man. Super batting from the Indian wicketkeeper-batsman.
Over 15 | Score 94/4
Narine completed his quota. Ojha hit the first six off the match with a slog sweep over the midwicket boundary. The off-spinner's figures read: 4-0-26-0
Over 14 | Score 86/4
Piyush Chawla bowled the 14th over. SRH picked up boundaries off the first and last ball of the leg-spinner. The home side is finally gaining some momentum.
Over 13 | Score 73/4
Narine bowled his third over. SRH finally got a move on, as Morgan scored back-to-back boundaries off the West Indian. Need a lot more of this.
Over 12 | Score 63/4
Russell bowled his third over. Naman Ojha guided the fourth ball to the third man region to score his first boundary.
Over 11 | Score 55/4
Narine continued. SRH batsmen are struggling to get him away. Excellent stuff from the off-spinner.
Over 10 | Score 52/4
Russell continued. The dangerous Deepak Hooda was dismissed by the West Indies. Wickets continue to fall at regular intervals for the home side. KKR in control.
D Hooda c UT Yadav b Russell 6 (11b)
Over 9 | Score 48/3
Narine bowled the 8th over. The off-spinner bowled a decent first over in his new bowling action. 5 runs came off it.
Over 8 | Score 43/3
Russell was introduced in to the attack. The all-rounder bowled a tidy first over. Just 2 runs came off it.
Over 7 | Score 41/3
Shakib Al Hasan continued. Another excellent over from the Bangladeshi as he gave away only 5 runs.
Over 6 | Score 36/3
Umesh bowled the sixth over. The pacer bagged his second wicket of the match, trapping Henriques LBW.
M Henriques lbw b U Yadav 6 (9b)
Over 5 | Score 30/2
Shakib Al Hasan bowled the fifth over. The left-arm spinner conceded just 4 runs.
Over 4 | Score 26/2
Umesh continued. The Indian pacer got the important wicket of SRH skipper Warner. Two new batsmen - Morgan and Henriques - now at the crease.
D Warner c S Yadav b U Yadav 13 (12b)
Over 3 | Score 19/1
Morkel bowled the third over. The South African sent Dhawan back in to the hut for 6.
S Dhawan c Uthappa b Morkel 6 (7b)
Over 2 | Score 14/0
Umesh Yadav bowled the second over. Decent start by the Indian pacer, conceding just 5 runs.
Over 1 | Score 9/0
Morkel bowled the first over. SRH skipper Warner crunched the fourth balls through the covers for a boundary. Good start by the home team.
Toss and team news
SRH won the toss and elected to bat first.
KKR XI: G Gambhir (C), R Uthappa (W), M Pandey, S Al Hasan, A Russell, Y Pathan, S Yadav, P Chawla, U Yadav, S Narine, M Morkel
SRH XI: D Warner (C), S Dhawan, M Henriques, D Hooda, E Morgan, A Reddy, N Ojha (W), K Sharma, B Kumar, M Rahman, B Sran
Gautam Gambhir's boys going through the paces in Hyderabad...
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New Delhi: Eyeing their first win of the season, Sunrisers Hyderabad would be looking to put up an improved show in their home ground where they lock horns with Kolkata Knight Riders, who would also be keen to get back to winning ways in the Indian Premier League here on Saturday.