Wrestling injuries and form, Kolkata Knight Riders storm their way into the playoffs

 

Sunrisers Hyderabad suffered their 3rd defeat on the trot as Kolkata Knight Riders beat them by 5 wickets with 2 balls to spare.

When KKR reached the target, there were just two balls remaining. This may give one an illusion that this was a very closely fought match. However, the reality is that the match was effectively sealed in KKR’s favour way earlier.

66 for 1 at the end of the Powerplay overs, KKR were cruising along towards the total. They just kept knocking around singles and doubles in the end. Also, they lost a couple of wickets which took the match till the final over.

The reason behind this flying start was spinner Sunil Narine, wait! it would be only fair to call him an all-rounder now. Narine just went from ball one and before the famed SRH bowling line up could try to pull things back, he was already 29 off 10 balls.

Chris Lynn (55) too, for a change, went hard at the bowlers from the beginning. However, he slowed down as the innings progressed. Coming at one down, Robin Uthappa (45) just carried forward the momentum, while Dinesh Karthik was back in his new role of a finisher. DK scored almost run-a-ball 26 to take KKR home with 2 balls to spare.

Earlier, Sunrisers Hyderabd put up a total of 172 batting first. The way Shikhar Dhawan (50) and keeper-batsman Shreevats Goswami (35) started the proceedings, SRH were looking good for a 200-run score.

However, after good hands from Kane Williamson (36) and Manish Pandey (25), no other Hyderabad batsman could come to the party.

Young KKR pacer Prasidh Krishna bowled magnificently, picking up 4 wickets while giving away just 30 runs. He was a contender for the Man of the Match; however, it was Chris Lynn who clinched the award.

With this win, KKR stormed their way to the Playoffs, ending at the No. 3 spot on the points table.

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