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Shakib's all-round effort takes SRH to a comfortable victory over KKR

Sun Risers Hyderabad (139-5) finally broke their losing streak of 6 matches at the Eden Gardens as they trounced Kolkata Knight Riders (138-8) by 5 wickets on their home ground.


Interestingly, the team winning the toss has won 9 games out of 10 in IPL 2018. So, when Kane Williamson won the toss, it did not come as surprise when he invited Dinesh Karthik & Co. to bat first.

KKR experimented with their batting order and swapped the positions of Sunil Narine (9) and Robin Uthappa. The move to send Uthappa (3) at the top of the order did not work as he was dismissed by Bhuvneshwar Kumar in the 3rd over.

After two failures, Chris Lynn (49) let everyone know why he is rated so highly as he scored at a quick clip but fell just one run short of a much deserved half century. After his departure, it was only Captain Dinesh Karthik (29) who succeeded in making a substantial contribution to KKR’s total.

SRH bowlers impressed yet again with their disciplined bowling. Along with Royal Challengers Bangalore, SRH are one team which has only used 5 bowlers in the 3 matches that they have played till now. However unlike RCB who have struggled with their bowling options, SRH bowlers have done exceedingly well each time they have taken the field in this season.

In this match as well, all SRH bowlers complemented each other well with Aussie pacer Billy Stanlake (4-21-2, MoM), Bhuvneshwar Kumar (4-26-3) and Shakib al Hasan (4-21-2) doing most of the damage.

A 138-run total would always prove to be too less to keep KKR in the game but to their credit, Kolkata bowlers fought it out and took the match till the 20th over. Mystery spinner Sunil Narine scalped both SRH openers – Shikhar Dhawan (7) and Wriddhiman Saha (24, SR: 160) – within the Powerplay overs to keep the KKR fans interested.

However, a flowing fifty from skipper Kane Williamson took the match away from Kolkata as he showed one and all that he is a much underrated T20 batsman. After a good bowling performance, Shakib al Hasan (27) came back to impress with the bat as well.

But it was a slam-bang cameo by Yusuf Pathan (17*, SR: 242) which ended the SRH innings with an impact. Pathan was released by KKR in the auctions and the Baroda batsman took this encounter as an opportunity to make a statement to his erstwhile team.

For KKR, Suil Narine (4-17-2) again proved to be the pick of the bowlers. Mitchell Johnson (3-30-1), Piyush Chawla (4-20-1) and Kuldeep Yadav (4-23-1) also chipped in with a wicket each.

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