Indian Premier League, 2020

Kolkata Knight Riders vs Sunrisers Hyderabad - Match 8

Venue: Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi

Date & Time: 26 September 2020

Kolkata Knight Riders 145/3

RR: 8.05 | Kolkata Knight Riders beat Sunrisers Hyderabad by 7 wickets

FULL SCORECARD

Batsman R B 4s 6s
Shubman Gill not out not out 706252
Sunil Narine c David Warner (C) & b Khaleel Ahmedc David Warner (C) & b Khaleel Ahmed0200
Nitish Rana c Wriddhiman Saha & b T Natarajanc Wriddhiman Saha & b T Natarajan261360
Dinesh Karthik lbw Rashid Khanlbw Rashid Khan0300
Eoin Morgan not out not out 422932
Andre Russell
Pat Cummins
Shivam Mavi
Kuldeep Yadav
Kamlesh Nagarkoti
Varun Chakravarthy
Extras 7 (b 0, lb 2, w 4, nb 1)
Total 145 (3 Wkts, 18.0 Ov)
Fall of Wickets
6-1 (Sunil Narine,1.2), 43-2 (Nitish Rana,4.4), 53-3 (Dinesh Karthik,6.2),
BowlingO M R WEcon
Bhuvneshwar Kumar3 0 29 0 9.67
Khaleel Ahmed3 0 28 1 9.33
T Natarajan3 0 27 1 9.00
Rashid Khan4 0 25 1 6.25
Mohammad Nabi4 0 23 0 5.75
Abhishek Sharma1 0 11 0 11.00
David Warner 0 0 0 0 0
Jonny Bairstow 0 0 0 0 0
Manish Pandey0 0 0 0 0
Priyam Garg0 0 0 0 0
Wriddhiman Saha0 0 0 0 0

That's all from the this game! Kolkata achieve their first victory of the tournament and it has come in convincing manner. They would hope to continue in their upcoming games as well. Hyderabad, on the other hand, have registered their second consecutive loss and they need to improve. The action now shifts to Sharjah for the clash between Rajasthan and Punjab which will be played on 27th September, 2020 at 1800 local (1400 GMT). Join us for that. Until then, cheers and take care.

Shubman Gill, Man of the Match, says the ball was not spinning a lot and it is easier to hit down the ground. Mentions he enjoys hitting the biggies and he has practiced a lot and it is coming off. Further adds it was really important for his side to win, they bowled well and they needed to back it up with a good performance with the bat. Says Morgan was batting really well and they were trying to anticipate what the bowlers were bowling and play accordingly. Ends by saying that he wanted to stay there till the end and take his side over the line.

Dinesh Karthik, the Kolkata skipper, says he is very pleased with the win. Adds that they have been working hard and they deserve it. On him bowling 7 bowlers, he says that is the privilege of having so many all-rounders. Mentions he was quite emotional to see Nagarkoti play. Further adds he has gone through a lot and he is pleased the team backed him up, the management backed him and he wants Nagarkoti to do better. Credits Gill for the way he played and he wants him to continue to play like that. Ends by saying that he will stick to batting at 4 and he agrees that he needs to up his game and do well in the next game.

Eoin Morgan is in for a chat. He says that it is good to get the first win of the tournament and get the momentum. Says that they did a good job of restricting the likes of Warner and Bairstow at the start. States that he did not have to tell much to Gill and he is a beautiful player to watch and is eager to bat with him again. Says that the pitches here are a bit different and it will change given the conditions here in the UAE.

David Warner, the Hyderabad skipper, says that he felt the decision to bat first was correct and they failed to accelerate towards the end. States that there was movement here and there. Says that it got a bit harder to bat in the middle overs. Goes on to say extra 30-40 runs would have been great. Adds that they need to go harder at the top and try to push as hard as they can. Says that they played many dot balls which is not great. When asked about Manish Pandey who walked off the field, Warner is hopeful that Pandey has just a cramp and it is not a serious injury.

Hyderabad did not bowl that bad! They just did not have enough runs to play with. They did manage to take a couple of wickets in the Powerplay but they leaked quite a few runs. Rashid started off brilliantly but could not keep it going. Nabi was a touch disappointing with the ball. They needed a wicket from him but he failed to get the breakthrough. Their bowlers did give it their all but they can't be blamed to be honest.

A very comfortable win for Kolkata! They were dominant right throughout the game! First, they kept Hyderabad down to a low total courtesy a good bowling effort by all their bowlers. Then, they chased it down with ease on the back of a thumping fifty from Gill and a solid knock from Morgan. Both together stitched a stand of above 90. Yes, they were in a spot of bother at 53 for 3 but the two played beautifully and took their side over the line.

17.6
4
T Natarajan to E Morgan, FOUR! There's the victory for Kolkata! Full toss on off, Morgan creams the drive through mid off for a boundary. KOLKATA WIN BY 7 WICKETS.
17.5
6
T Natarajan to E Morgan, SIX! Cracker of a shot from Eoin Morgan! Just 2 needed now! Short ball on off, Morgan waits for it and then pulls it over the deep mid-wicket region for a maximum.
17.4
1
T Natarajan to S Gill, That would have been a four! Good length ball on middle, Gill drives it crisply but it hits the stumps at the other end. A single taken as the ball rolls to mid off.
17.4
0
T Natarajan to S Gill, WIDE! Too high! Short ball around middle, Gill ducks under it. Wide signalled.

There is a slight delay in play as Shubman Gill wants a change of grip of his bat.

17.3
0
T Natarajan to S Gill, Full ball on off, Gill makes room and looks to drive but does not time it well. It goes straight to cover.
17.2
1
T Natarajan to E Morgan, Full on middle, Morgan works it to the leg side for a single. 10 more needed.
17.1
1
T Natarajan to S Gill, Good length ball on the pads, Gill works it to deep mid-wicket. Gill wants the second but Morgan says no.
16.6
1
A Sharma to S Gill, Ends the over with a single! Flighted on off, Gill pushes it down to long off for a single.
16.5
1
A Sharma to E Morgan, Sharma bowls a flat delivery on middle, Morgan punches it to long on for a single.
16.4
1
A Sharma to S Gill, Outside off, punched to deep cover for a single.
16.3
1
A Sharma to E Morgan, Short on middle, Morgan makes room and then cuts it to deep point for a single.
16.2
1
A Sharma to S Gill, Flatter on middle, Gill tucks it to deep square leg for a single. Good batting from the youngster.
16.1
6
A Sharma to S Gill, SIX! Excellent use of the feet! Kolkata are cruising here! Tossed up on middle, Gill dances down the track and lifts it over the bowler's head for a maximum.
15.6
4
R Khan to E Morgan, FOUR! Finds the gap and the boundary! Rashid is done and he concedes a four off his last ball! Flighted on middle, Morgan bends and sweeps it in front of square on the leg side for a boundary. 23 needed only now.
15.5
1
R Khan to S Gill, Tossed up on off, Gill pushes it to long off for a single.
15.4
1
R Khan to E Morgan, Loopy ball on middle, Morgan plays the reverse sweep but finds the fielder at short fine leg and a fumble allows the single.
15.3
1
R Khan to S Gill, Flatter on middle, pushed to long on for a single.
15.2
0
R Khan to S Gill, Short and outside off, Gill cuts but finds the fielder at point.
15.1
0
R Khan to S Gill, Well fielded! Flighted ball outside off, Gill drives it to cover where Warner dives and makes a good stop.

DRINKS! Kolkata's game to lose now! This partnership has taken them to the brink of victory and it's yet not done. The two would want to be there till the end. Hyderabad need more than a couple of wickets if they are to get back in this game. They have one over from Rashid and he is probably the only one who can turn this around.

14.6
6
B Kumar to E Morgan, SIX! First signs of aggression from Eoin Morgan! He loves playing that shot and he has nailed this! Full ball outside off, Morgan thrashes it over the deep cover region for a maximum. Kolkata are doing it easily at the moment. They need 30 from 5 overs.
14.5
1
B Kumar to S Gill, On a length on the pads, Shubman flicks it to deep square leg and crosses over for a single.
14.4
2
B Kumar to S Gill, A fumble! Full ball on middle, Gill flicks it to deep mid-wicket where the fielder misfields, allowing the batters to pick up a couple.
14.3
1
B Kumar to E Morgan, Low full toss outside off, Morgan looks to drive but it takes the inner half and rolls to long on. A single taken.
14.2
1
B Kumar to S Gill, Full ball on middle, Shubman pushes it to long on and gives Morgan the strike with a single. 50-run stand comes up between the two.
14.1
0
B Kumar to S Gill, Length ball on off, Gill pushes it to cover.

Bhuvneshwar Kumar is back! He needs to take a wicket for his side.

13.6
1
M Nabi to S Gill, Flatter on middle, Shubman punches it to long on off the back foot for a single.
13.5
0
M Nabi to S Gill, On middle, Gill tucks it to mid-wicket.
13.4
1
M Nabi to E Morgan, Loopy ball on middle, Eoin works it to the leg side for a single.
13.4
0
M Nabi to E Morgan, WIDE! Nabi dishes this down the leg side, Morgan looks to work it on the leg side but misses. Wide given.
13.3
0
M Nabi to E Morgan, Down the leg side, Morgan looks to flick but it goes off his pads to the keeper.
13.2
1
M Nabi to S Gill, Flatter on middle, Gill punches it to long on for a single.
13.1
1
M Nabi to E Morgan, Low full toss on middle, Morgan drives it wide of long off. Morgan wants the couple but he slips and shouts a loud no. Only a single.
12.6
0
T Natarajan to S Gill, On off, pushed to cover.
12.5
1
T Natarajan to E Morgan, Short ball on off, Morgan pulls it to deep square leg for a single.
12.4
1
T Natarajan to S Gill, Length ball on middle, Gill pushes it past the bowler and takes a single.
12.3
4
T Natarajan to S Gill, FOUR! Beautifully timed from Gill! He reaches 50 in just 42 balls and he is taking Kolkata home! He knows that the job is not done yet and needs to stay out there! Good length ball outside off, Gill cuts it through point for a boundary.
12.2
1
T Natarajan to E Morgan, Very full ball on the pads, Morgan flicks it to deep mid-wicket for a single.
12.1
1
T Natarajan to S Gill, Good length ball on off, Gill pushes it to long off for a single.

T Natarajan is back on.

11.6
1
M Nabi to S Gill, Now gently works it on the leg side and takes one. Another good over. 54 needed in 48.

Match number 8 of the Indian T20 League sees Kolkata go up against Hyderabad. The former suffered a devastating loss in their first game while the latter snatched a defeat from the jaws of victory. Both the teams are strong enough to make a comeback and not be bogged down for a long period. Kolkata were defeated by 49 runs by Mumbai and have to perform a lot better than what they did. First their bowling was poor with no one really making a mark. Their most expensive buy in the auction, Pat Cummins had a bad day at the office as he was smashed all over the park. Dinesh Karthik though has shown support for the Australian pacer and has said that he should come good in the upcoming games. The batting lacked power and even the big guns like Andre Russell and Eoin Morgan could not do the job for Kolkata. But, they will not press the alarm bells after just one loss. Hyderabad, on the other hand, were cruising in their game against Bangalore before they collapsed and ended up losing the game. The fears of what would happen if the top order does not do too well came true with focus on that middle order. Warner fell early while Bairstow went at a crucial time and the game was gone. They faced injury issues as well as Mitchell Marsh walked off and has been ruled out of the tournament too. His replacement, Jason Holder, will not be available for this game though as he will be undergoing his mandatory quarantine. Kane Williamson is injured as well and it will be interesting to see if he finds a place in the playing XI, if fit or will Mohammad Nabi get a look-in. They will hope that they put in a complete performance and get their first win on the board. Kolkata might be rusty but they still hold the aces to win.

Kolkata Knight Riders Team Squad -Eoin Morgan,Nitish Rana,Rahul Tripathi,Rinku Singh,Shubman Gill,Siddhesh Lad,Andre Russell,Chris Green,Manimaran Siddharth,Sunil Narine,Dinesh Karthik,Nikhil Naik,Tom Banton,Ali Khan,Kamlesh Nagarkoti,Kuldeep Yadav,Lockie Ferguson,Pat Cummins,Prasidh Krishna,Sandeep Warrier,Shivam Mavi,Varun Chakravarthy

Sunrisers Hyderabad Team Squad -Abdul Samad,Abhishek Sharma,Bavanaka Sandeep,David Warner,Kane Williamson,Manish Pandey,Priyam Garg,Virat Singh,Fabian Allen,Jason Holder,Mohammad Nabi,Sanjay Yadav,Vijay Shankar,Jonny Bairstow,Shreevats Goswami,Wriddhiman Saha,Basil Thampi,Bhuvneshwar Kumar,Billy Stanlake,Khaleel Ahmed,Rashid Khan,Sandeep Sharma,Shahbaz Nadeem,Siddarth Kaul,T Natarajan