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IPL-2023: Kolkata Knight Riders beat SRH by 5 runs in Hyderabad

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Kolkata Knight Riders beat SRH by 5 runs in Hyderabad. In the 47th match of the IPL held at the Hyderabad Uppal venue on Thursday, Kolkata Knight Riders performed exceptionally well at the crucial time and won the match.

It wasn’t their best performance, but Kolkata Knight Riders held their nerve at a critical stage in the game to secure a thrilling come-from-behind win over Sunrisers Hyderabad, on Thursday – their fourth win of the season. Different players played their parts at different times to hand SRH their sixth loss of the season, in Hyderabad.

SRH take early control

Electing to bat, Kolkata Knight Riders were put on the backfoot in the second over itself, with Marco Jansen striking twice – dismissing Rahmanullah Gurbaz for a first-ball duck and following it up by removing Venkatesh Iyer. The hosts added one more to the tally in the Powerplay when Kartik Tyagi, who was largely erratic, getting lucky with Jason Roy edging a swipe to short third.

Steadying through the middle

Much of KKR’s early damage was controlled and consolidated by Rinku Singh, Nitish Rana and Andre Russell through the middle overs. Rinku was the first one to get going with Rana struggling for timing on a pitch that was holding up a bit. However, in the 10th over, Rana also broke free, smashing Kartik for a boundary and following up with two sixes off successive deliveries to help the visitors to a fairly strong position at the halfway mark of their innings – at 90 for 3.

Markram ended Rana’s stay soon enough when he induced a top edge with his offbreak and dived forward to complete a return catch. However, that was to have little impact on KKR’s momentum as Russell imposed himself early by drilling the offspinner for a six straight down the ground.

Rinku’s innings took backstage once Russell came to the crease, and through his brief but brisk 15-ball 24 powered KKR to 127 for 4 by the end of the 14th over.

SRH strike back

Andre Russell’s stay ended in the 15th over when he looked to deposit Mayank Markande’s wide delivery out of the ground, only to top edge it to backward point. The harder KKR tried to go big, the faster they failed. Wickets kept tumbling at regular intervals through the late overs, with T Natarajan being especially effective bowling the last and the third last over, eventually restricting the visitors to 171 for 9.

Momentum swings again

This time in favour of KKR. Mayank Agarwal and Abhishek Sharma got off to a fairly quick start, with Abhishek Sharma chipping the first ball of the innings over the infield on the offside for a boundary. Mayank Agarwal also joined in quickly. A bit of intent and a bit of error on the part of KKR’s fairly inexperienced new-ball duo of Harshit Rana and Vaibhav Arora allowed the openers to add 29 runs in only 2.5 overs before Mayank was undone by Rana’s pace and bounce and gloved one to the ‘keeper.

That began the slide of SRH’s innings. Abhishek was foxed by Shardul Thakur’s slower length delivery and ended up holing out to backward square leg. The out-of-form Rahul Tripathi joined the aggressive act soon, welcoming Russell into the attack with a 4, 6 and 4. His innings was, however, cut short when he ramped the pacer to the fine leg fielder. Soon after the powerplay, Anukul Roy had Harry Brook trapped leg-before for a fourth-ball duck and had SRH reduced to 54 for 4. Despite a quick start, SRH were in a spot of bother.

With a desperate need for a partnership, the South African duo of Markram and Klaasen stitched a 70-run stand in 7.5 overs. While the captain was struggling to get his timing going, Klaasen looked at ease on a fairly challenging surface. After a slow start, he went after Anukul, smashing the spinner for two sixes in the 11th over. Markram who had managed only 11 runs in his first 22 balls then cut Chakravarthy for two boundaries to give his innings a push.

By the time Klaasen fell mistiming a heave to deep midwicket in the 15th over, SRH were well placed, needing 48 runs from 35 balls. By the time Markram was dismissed a couple of overs later, the equation had come down to 27 from 19, with Abdul Samad and Marco Jansen still in the middle.

However, a fantastic catch by Gurbaz behind the wicket ended Jansen’s stay and despite a fine boundary by Bhuvneshwar Kumar through the cover region, SRH who were left needing 9 runs in the last over could manage only three against Chakravarthy – who was operating with a fairly wet ball.

Scores: Kolkata Knight Riders 171/9 in 20 overs (Rinku Singh 46, Nitish Rana 42; Marco Jansen 2-24, T Natarajan 2-30) beat Sunrisers Hyderabad 166/8 in 20 overs (Aiden Markram 41, Heinrich Klaasen 36; Shardul Thakur 2-23, Vaibhav Arora 2-32) by 5 runs

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