Kolkata: Welcome to the live coverage of the match between Kolkata Knight Riders and Sunrisers Hyderabad which is being held at Eden Gardens, Kolkata.
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Umesh concedes 14 from his over before Russell who bowls with an injured left arm seals the win for KKR. he got the wicket of Praveen kumar.
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Karn clears the rope for a six. Good try by Manish there at long-off but he can't take a catch. next ball is hammered for another one. karn then gets another six. Oh, what a flurry here. He goes for another hit but manages two this time. A wide follows. Next ball Karn finally gets out. Bhuvi is the next man in. 21 runs and a wicket from the over.
Karn Sharma c Suryakumar Yadav b J Botha 32(20)
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Hogg has bowled so well. Three spinners have been brilliant so far. The SRH tail haven't found a way to read the bowlers here. Four runs come from the over.
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Hogg bowls a good ovcr and gets the wicket of Henriques. All but over for SRH now. Botha then bowls and concedes just four runs.
Henriques c M Pandey b B Hogg 41(33)
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Chawla continues and six runs come from the over. This is terrific here from KKR. They have got on top of SRH.
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Yadav comes back to bowl and Henriques takes a single before Karn Sharma gets a run. Banged in short and SRH get another run. KKR are all over SRH here at home. A ball goes in the air and it falls short of Surya. A yorker to end the over.
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Chawla is bowling superbly here. The KKR spinners barring Pathan have tied down SRH. Chawla, Hogg and Botha are responding well and bowling as a good combination. Vihari gets stumped by Uthappa and Chawla grabs his wicket. Bipul comes in and he needs to get a move on straightaway. The asking rate has climbed up. Three runs come from the over. A run out is being referred. Bipul is out. Double breakthrough here.
Bipul Sharma run out 1 (2)
Vihari st Uthappa b Chawla 6 (12)
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Hogg bowls and Vihari fails to read the first ball before getting a run. Henriques goes for a wild hit and misses. Uthappa removes the stumps and there is a call for a stumping. He is given not out. A run is taken next. Vihari defends the next ball. Good bowling this from Hogg. A single finishes the over.
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Chawla bowls and Henriques gets started with a single. A dot follows before Vihari gets a run. An inside edge sees Henriques get another run. A dot ball follows. This is good stuff from Chawla. Vihari runs a single and keeps strike.
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Doeschate replaces Yusuf. Looks like he could bowl the two overs quota of Russell. Morgan hits straight to Gambhir and runs and the throw comes in well. Doeschate collects it and he is run out. What a breakthrough for KKR. Russell meanwhile is back to the ground. Good news this. Vihari is the new man in. Doeschate gives a wide, he will look to get this over done well. Henriques meanwhile needs to gain control and bat well.
Eoin Morgan run out 5(11)
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Problem for KKR here is who will finish Russell's overs. He bowled one and Yusuf then got hammered for 19. Two overs still need to be bowled. Anyways Chawla comes in and starts off well. He doesn't allow Morgan anything. A run is taken next. Two more follow. Good over this.
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Yusuf comes in and and he will be bowling Russell's overs. Nineteen runs come from it with two huge sixes and a four. Henriques has taken Eden by surprise.
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Hogg comes into bowl. Two singles come from the first two balls. Henriques works the ball well and gets a run. Dhawan then gets caught by Pandey. Big wicket for KKR. Five runs come from Botha's over next, with Morgan and henriques at the crease.
Dhawan c M Pandey b B Hogg 15(15)
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Botha comes into bowl and Henriques works the ball and gets a single. Dhwan defends the next three balls. KKR's spinners will be the key here. Russell might not bowl anymore. A single is taken next. Henriques runs the ball down to long-on and keeps strike.
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Dhawan drives and gets a four. He is the main man of SRH. KKR need to control this game. Three dot balls follow. Dhawan flicks and gets another four. Russell tries his best but can't prevent the boundary. He looks to have injured himself. Big blow for KKR here. A dot follows.
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Dhawan times well and gets a four off Russell's first ball. A single is taken off the next ball. Henriques defends the ball before slams one for four. Nine runs come from the over.
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Yadav starts with a wide. Warner then slams a four before getting bowled. The ball had beaten the edge and hit the wicket. Ojha comes in and another wide comes. Yadav then bowls close to the stumps and gets Ojha cleaned up.
N Ojha b U Yadav 0(3)
Warner b U Yadav 4(3)
SRH need 168 runs to win from 20 overs.
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Chawla gets an inside edge and gets a run. A short ball and pathan goes for the pull but it gets his edge and falls safely. Chawla gets a run next. Pathan then smashes a ball for a four. A short ball and Pathan pulls it for another four. A yorker and the batsmen get two runs.
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Steyn comes to bowl and Chawla flicks one to the boundary. A run is taken next and 150 come up. Pathan smashes one but gets only a single. A slower ball and Chawla steers it towards third man for a single. Another slower one and Pathan gets a single.
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Bhuvneshwar gives away a run to Pathan. Botha then hits a six. Next ball he gets bowled. Surya comes into bat and gets a brace straightaway. He then gets a boundary in the leg side. A reverse sweep is hit and the ball gets the edge and he is out.
Suryakumar Yadav c Henriques b Bhuvneshwar 6 (3)
J Botha b Bhuvneshwar 12(6)
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Henriques continues and Pathan hits the first ball for a four. A quick run is taken next. Botha then goes to cut and it gets his edge. A run is taken. An inside edge off the last ball and Pathan gets three runs.
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Henriques saves a certain boundary at point region. Pathan then hits an drive for a four through long-off. A wide follows next. SRH will be happy that their bowlers have done well and have given them a solid platform. A quick run is taken and the fielder misses the stumps with a direct throw. A swing from Botha and he misses the ball. A pull shot that takes an inside edge and runs to the boundary.
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Henriques comes to bowl and Ten Doeschate gets a brace. A run follows before two dots are bowled. Ten Doeschate then gets out. A LBW decision given by the umpire.
Ryan ten Doeschate lbw b Henriques 8(7)
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First two balls are conceded for two singles towards the sweeper cover region. Pandey then runs terribly where there wasn't any. He gets run-out. SRH will be ecstatic. Pathan is the new batsman in. A run comes from the last ball.
M Pandey run out 33(26)
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Ryan ten Doeschate comes into bat and Karn bowls. Pandey hits a huge six ovcr long-off. He waits for the ball and cuts it for four. Pandey flicks it to deep mid-wicket for a run. Doeschate gets off the mark. Two quick runs come from the last ball.
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Morgan saves a six and pulls back the ball. Russell then goes out caught by Morgan off Bipul's over. KKR have lost their way here.
A Russell c Eoin Morgan b Bipul Sharma 1(3)
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Last four overs have produced just 22 runs. KKR need a move on from here. Karn will be happy that singles are coming. Uthappa gives some room and cuts but gets a run. A mix-up next comes running between the wickets but the batsman is safe. Warner then takes a beauty of a catch. Uthappa departs. Four runs and a wicket from the over.
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Bipul concedes a run to Pandey. Two dots follow and Pandey then gets a leading edge and it falls safe. Four runs come from the over.
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Two dot balls from Karn before Steyn fields well to save two runs. Uthappa then gets a single. Pandey keeps strike with a run.
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Karn Sharma comes in and well he gets the wicket of Gambhir. The batsman had gone for a slog sweep and is caught. Five runs come from the over. Bipul then comes to bowl and Pandey hits a huge six. Eight come from this one.
G Gambhir c Morgan b Sharma 31 (23b)
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Henriques comes in and Uthappa gets a run. Gambhir then belts down the ground and gets a four. Four leg byes follow suit.
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Steyn continues and Uthappa hits it through to covers for a run. Gambhir then gets on to the act and hits a boundary. Two dot ball follows. The next one is smashed for four. What a cover drive! A defensive shot ends the over.
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Praveen Kumar to to bowl now and well hits the first two balls towards the fine leg boundary for successive fours. An appeal for a LBW is there in the over but the batsmen scamper for a single. Gambhir then gets a single down the leg side. Good over this 11 runs come from it.
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Gambhir starts off well and hits one through square-leg for four. The next ball is hit straight to point fielder. Another four from Gautam. He then takes a single. KKR are off to a good start and the team will need the duo. Uthappa comes forward and defends from the crease. He keeps the strike after a single off the last ball.
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Good first over from Bhuvneshwar Kumar. Six runs come from that. Steyn bowls next and he has a huge appeal against Gambhir for a caught behind. The umpire isn't interested. Uthappa drives one through covers for four.
SRH won the toss and have decided to bowl first.
SRH: David Warner (capt), Shikhar Dhawan, Naman Ojha, Moises Henriques, Eoin Morgan, Hanuma Vihari, Bipul Sharma, K Sharma, D Steyn, B Kumar, P Kumar
KKR XI: R Uthappa, G Gambhir, M Pandey, R ten Doeschate, Y Pathan, S Yadav, A Russell, P Chawla, J Botha, B Hogg, U Yadav
Preview: Kolkata Knight Riders will have the psychological edge over Sunrisers Hyderabad but the defending champions will be wary of the visiting side's resurgence when they clash in an IPL cricket match at the Eden Gardens here on Monday.
Posting three wins in four games, including one against KKR in a rain-marred encounter in the first leg, the Orange Army have jumped to fifth behind the Purple Brigade with one match in hand.
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It's been a mixed bag for KKR, on the other hand, as they are still striving to be consistent in the backdrop of a controversy surrounding Sunil Narine's bowling action as they have slipped to fourth place.
Both the teams land here having played yesterday. While KKR lost in Bangalore defending 112 from 10 overs in a last over finish, SRH handed Chennai Super Kings a second successive thrashing in their first match in Hyderabad this season.
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When they take the field, KKR will be aware they have a psychological edge over SRH, having defeated them thrice in five meetings but on form the Hyderabad outfit will be ahead.
On the field, it will boil down to a battle between their batting firepower led by David Warner against the KKR bowlers, especially the slower ones who would look to revel in home conditions.
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Much of their success is attributed to David Warner who has led from the front after being named skipper ahead of the season.
The explosive opener has been in sublime form with five half-centuries in eight matches, and four of them in winning causes as he boasts of the maximum 50s (21) in IPL.
Warner's 91 from 64 balls in their first leg fixture had given SRH a 16-run victory in the first leg and KKR can consider half the battle won if they get the left-hander cheaply.
To address the threat, KKR may bring in ace South African speedster Morne Morkel who has had some success against the Aussie.
The South African has dismissed the opener six times in International cricket and twice in the IPL, including in the first leg, and it would be interesting to see whether Gambhir brings in Morkel who has not played the last three matches.
Having returned to winning ways after securing a handsome win over CSK here, KKR have hit the slump once again going down to RCB for their fourth loss.
KKR are slated to play three matches at home beginning with SRH tomorrow before they conclude with two away games and it's imperative for Gambhir's men to make the three count in order to make the playoffs.
In their last outing here, SRH were thrashed by KKR and the visitors will also be keen to settle scores. On current form, SRH look fresh after notching the highest total of this IPL -- 192/7 against CSK last night.
The inclusion of Moises Henriques and Eoin Morgan has been good for the team and their formidable batting will be their main strength.
SRH have also found the right mix of Indian players with the likes of Ashish Reddy and Naman Ojha doing their jobs impressively.
However, it's their spin bowling resources which may be a cause for concern as their main tweaker Karn Sharma will have to bring out his best, while it remains to be seen whether they will bring in Pervez Rasool who has just played one match this season.