May 26, 2016
By MI Media
Sunrisers Hyderabad were facing the two-time champs Kolkata Knight Riders, to move one step closer to the finals. The two teams were facing each other for the second time in a matter of just three days. KKR who got the better of SRH in their previous encounter, won the toss and chose to bowl first.
Gautam Gambhir was bang on with his tactics as he employed spin in the power play to tie down the openers. The move was fruitful as KKR managed to send back Shikhar Dhawan early in the innings. SRH then displayed caution aggression and they were subdued in the powerplay. SRH set a platform with a partnership of 59 runs between David Warner and Moises Henriques. Kuldeep Yadav dismissed the two batsmen off consecutive deliveries to get the momentum back with KKR. Deepak Hooda and Yuvraj Singh put a partnership of 49 runs for the 4th wicket which came to an end when Hooda got out going for an unnecessary run. Yadav struck once again to send Ben Cutting back. Yuvraj smashed 44 off 30 balls to take SRH towards a competitive total and lost his wicket in the end. Bipul Sharma hit some meaty blows to propel SRH to a total of 162 runs.
KKR lost Robin Uthappa pretty early in the innings, which didn't give them much leeway to attack. Colin Munro and Gambhir had a decent stand in the middle and most of them coming the hard way in the form of ones and twos. With the boundaries not coming in and the pressure building up Munro perished while taking a quick single. The captain couldn't stay much longer at the crease as he got out after the time out. It felt that Yusuf Pathan would come to the rescue once again, but he too got out leaving KKR at 69/4 around the halfway mark. Manish Pandey and Suryakumar Yadav kept the hopes alive in KKR camp. They too got out trying to up the ante as the SRH duo of Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Mustafizur Rahman bowled superbly in the death overs. They didn't let KKR get away with anything and handed them a 22 run defeat.