Indian Premier League, 2021

Kolkata Knight Riders vs Sunrisers Hyderabad - Match 49

Venue: Dubai International Cricket Stadium, Dubai

Date & Time: 03 October 2021

Kolkata Knight Riders 119/4

RR: 6.05 | Kolkata Knight Riders beat Sunrisers Hyderabad by 6 wickets

FULL SCORECARD

Batsman R B 4s 6s
Shubman Gill c Jason Holder & b Siddarth Kaulc Jason Holder & b Siddarth Kaul5751100
Venkatesh Iyer c Kane Williamson (C) & b Jason Holderc Kane Williamson (C) & b Jason Holder81400
Rahul Tripathi c Abhishek Sharma & b Rashid Khanc Abhishek Sharma & b Rashid Khan7610
Nitish Rana c Wriddhiman Saha (W) & b Jason Holderc Wriddhiman Saha (W) & b Jason Holder253330
Dinesh Karthik not out not out 181230
Eoin Morgan not out not out 2200
Shakib Al Hasan
Sunil Narine
Shivam Mavi
Tim Southee
Varun Chakravarthy
Extras 2 (b 0, lb 0, w 2, nb 0)
Total 119 (4 Wkts, 19.4 Ov)
Fall of Wickets
23-1 (Venkatesh Iyer,4.4), 38-2 (Rahul Tripathi,6.4), 93-3 (Shubman Gill,16.3), 106-4 (Nitish Rana,18),
BowlingO M R WEcon
Bhuvneshwar Kumar4 0 20 0 5.00
Jason Holder4 0 32 2 8.00
Umran Malik4 0 27 0 6.75
Rashid Khan4 0 23 1 5.75
Siddarth Kaul3.4 0 17 1 5.00
Jason Roy0 0 0 0 0
Wriddhiman Saha 0 0 0 0 0
Kane Williamson 0 0 0 0 0
Priyam Garg0 0 0 0 0
Abdul Samad0 0 0 0 0
Abhishek Sharma0 0 0 0 0

Right then. That is all we have from this clash! The next game will be between the two teams who are sitting pretty at the top of the table. Chennai will face Delhi on 4th October at 6 pm Local (2 pm GMT). See you there. Till then, take care and goodbye!

Shubhman Gill, the Player of the match, says that they were looking to keep wickets in hand early in the innings. Adds that hitting spinners on that wicket was not easy and he was targetting the shorter boundary. Says that he did not have many runs under his belt and it was important for him to not throw away his wicket and put the opposition ahead. Adds that he is used to playing on wickets where there is very low bounce as wrists come into play on those wickets.

Eoin Morgan, the skipper of Kolkata, says that the wicket was slower than it was in their last game. Adds that they bowled and fielded really well and it is a vast improvement from their last game. Says that Shakib Al Hasan is a huge player and he had a big impact in this game. Further adds that they are focused on playing good cricket and that has brought confidence in the dressing room.

Dinesh Karthik is up for a chat. He says that it was a great game of cricket. Adds that he went out and got lucky to get that first boundary. Tells that they did not want to take the game too deep and wanted to take risks in the middle. Credits Nitish Rana for playing second fiddle to Shubhman Gill. Signs off by saying fingers crossed as they are hoping to make it to the playoffs.

Kane Williamson, the captain of Hyderabad, is up for a chat. He says, they should’ve added a few more runs on the board. Their bowlers did well to stem up the run flow. Mentions things can change quickly in the Indian T20 League. Also says, they could not get off to a great start and missed a few partnerships in the middle. Informs, Malik has got a lot of pace, he is quite special. It was an amazing time for him to get a run in today’s game. Adds that they are out of the contention this season, so maybe the young lads will get some chances. Mentions, as a unit they can aim to put up good performances.

Hyderabad did not have the biggest of targets on the board and it was always going to be difficult to defend it. Jason Holder got a wicket at the top and Rashid Khan took an early wicket. But Shubman Gill and Nitish Rana put on a good stand in the middle overs. Siddarth Kaul sent back Gill and Jason Holder dismissed Nitish Rana but the game was done by then. If they had a bigger score on the board, their bowling would have given Kolkata a tougher fight. Umran Malik was very impressive as he bowled quite fast and made things difficult for the batters. His figures of 0/27 do not do justice to his performance in this game.

A really good show by Kolkata. They did lose Venkatesh Iyer early but Shubman Gill played a brilliant knock to make sure that there were no further hiccups. He fell after getting his fifty and Nitish Rana fell after laboring to 25 runs but the job on hand was almost done by then. Eoin Morgan and Dinesh Karthik finished things off after that. But they would be disappointed that they did not finish the game earlier and took it in the final over.

Two points for Kolkata and they move closer to a playoff birth! There is one spot up for grabs and there are currently 4 teams battling out for it. So, this game and these two points mean a lot to Kolkata. Hyderabad, on the other, were once again let down by their batting.

19.4
4
Siddarth Kaul to Dinesh Karthik, FOUR! SMASHED! That is it! Kolkata win the match by 6 wickets! Kaul bangs it into the deck, around off. Dinesh Karthik stays back and pulls it over mid-wicket to seal the game with a boundary!
19.3
1
Siddarth Kaul to Eoin Morgan, Slower ball, on a length, outside off. Eoin Morgan cuts it to sweeper cover to take a run! Kolkata are just 1 run away now!
19.2
1
Siddarth Kaul to Dinesh Karthik, Length ball, on middle. Dinesh Karthik turns it to square leg for a run. Eoin Morgan looks for the second run but is sent back by Karthik.
19.1
0
Siddarth Kaul to Dinesh Karthik, Full ball, on off. Dinesh Karthik hits it hard but finds Kane Williamson at mid off.

Siddarth Kaul comes back on to bowl the final over. 

18.6
1
Bhuvneshwar Kumar to Dinesh Karthik, A yorker, outside off. Dinesh Karthik digs it out to point and takes a quick run! Just 3 runs needed now!
18.5
1
Bhuvneshwar Kumar to Eoin Morgan, In the air, but just short of the fine leg fielder! Short ball, down leg. Eoin Morgan looks to pull but he gets a top edge and the ball goes to Umran Malik on the bounce! A single taken!
18.4
1
Bhuvneshwar Kumar to Dinesh Karthik, Length ball, on middle. Dinesh Karthik chips it to long on for a run.
18.3
4
Bhuvneshwar Kumar to Dinesh Karthik, FOUR! That will release some pressure off Kolkata! Back of a length, outside off. Dinesh Karthik hangs back and cuts it past point for a boundary.
18.2
0
Bhuvneshwar Kumar to Dinesh Karthik, Another dot! Good-length ball, on off. Dinesh Karthik skips down and pushes it to cover!
18.1
0
Bhuvneshwar Kumar to Dinesh Karthik, Length ball, on off. Dinesh Karthik blocks it out.

Eoin Morgan walks out now. Also, a bowling change for Hyderabad. Bhuvneshwar Kumar comes back into the attack to bowl the penultimate over.

17.6
0
Jason Holder to Nitish Rana, OUT! TAKEN! Nitish Rana's struggle at the crease comes to an end! Holder serves a slower ball, on a length, outside off. Rana looks to heave it away over deep mid-wicket but it goes off the top edge and the ball lobs up in the air towards the left of the batter. Wriddhiman Saha calls for it and runs forward to take the catch.
17.5
0
Jason Holder to Nitish Rana, A yorker, around off. Nitish Rana squeezes it out back to the bowler.
17.4
4
Jason Holder to Nitish Rana, FOUR! In the air, but just past the deep mid-wicket fielder! Back of a length, around off. Nitish Rana pulls hard but does not middle it and the ball goes past Rashid Khan there and goes into the fence. It crashes into the robot camera there and the lens is smashed!
17.3
1
Jason Holder to Dinesh Karthik, Slower ball, shorter in length, around leg. Dinesh Karthik swivels and works it to fine leg for one.
17.2
1
Jason Holder to Nitish Rana, Short ball, outside off. Nitish Rana cuts it deep point and takes a run.
17.1
1
Jason Holder to Dinesh Karthik, Short ball, around off. Dinesh Karthik pulls it to deep square leg for a single.

Jason Holder comes back into the attack.

16.6
1
Siddarth Kaul to Dinesh Karthik, Back of a length, on middle. Dinesh Karthik pulls it towards deep mid-wicket for a run.
16.5
4
Siddarth Kaul to Dinesh Karthik, FOUR! WOW! Dinesh Karthik announces himself by playing a cracking shot! Length ball, around off. Karthik prods and drives it back past the bowler and into the long off fence.
16.4
1
Siddarth Kaul to Nitish Rana, Back of a length, outside off. Nitish Rana guides it to third man for a run.

Who will bat now? Dinesh Karthik it is.

16.3
0
Siddarth Kaul to Shubman Gill, OUT! TAKEN! Shubman Gill's innings comes to an end as Siddarth Kaul strikes for Hyderabad! He serves a slower ball, fuller in length, on middle. Shubman Gill looks to flick it but he gets a leading edge and the ball loops up in the air towards Jason Holder at long on who gulps it down!
16.2
0
Siddarth Kaul to Shubman Gill, Full length and on off. Gill defends it to cover.
16.1
1
Siddarth Kaul to Nitish Rana, A length ball, on off. Rana flicks it over mid-wicket for a run.
15.6
1
Rashid Khan to Nitish Rana, In the air, SAFE! Loopy ball, on off. Rana lifts it towards long on. The ball meets the fielder in the deep on a bounce. They take one.
15.5
4
Rashid Khan to Nitish Rana, FOUR! Nicely played. Down the ground. Full and on middle. Rana drives it down the ground. The ball races away to the boundary at long on.
15.4
1
Rashid Khan to Shubman Gill, Touch short and on middle. Gill pulls it to deep square leg for a single.
15.3
0
Rashid Khan to Shubman Gill, Floated, full and on middle. Gill defends it on the leg side.
15.2
0
Rashid Khan to Shubman Gill, Full and on off. Gill blocks it back to the bowler.
15.1
2
Rashid Khan to Shubman Gill, Quicker and on the pads. Gill flicks it to deep square leg. The batters collect a brace before the fielder cuts it out.

Strategic Time-Out! This looks like a walk in the park for Kolkata now. Gill is batting really well while Rana is taking his time to get runs. Hyderabad need a miracle at this stage to get back in the game.

14.6
0
Umran Malik to Nitish Rana, A length ball, on off. Rana hangs back and defends it out. 5 runs coming off it. Gill is turing the game around at the moment. 
14.5
1
Umran Malik to Shubman Gill, Full length and on off. Gill nudges it to mid-wicket for a single.
14.4
4
Umran Malik to Shubman Gill, FOUR! Gill continues his good run in the Indian T20 League. He reaches his FIFTY in some style. A length ball, on off. Gill hangs back and gets on top of the bounce. He pulls it through mid-wicket for a boundary. 
14.3
0
Umran Malik to Shubman Gill, A length ball, on off. Gill comes across and tucks it to mid-wicket.
14.2
1
Umran Malik to Nitish Rana, A length ball, outside off. Rana pushes it to cover for a single.
14.1
0
Umran Malik to Nitish Rana, Good length, angled into the batter, on middle and leg. Rana looks to flick it away. The ball takes the inner half and lands in front of the batter.
13.6
0
Rashid Khan to Shubman Gill, Darted on the pads. Gill flicks it to square leg. 
13.5
0
Rashid Khan to Shubman Gill, On off, Gill hangs back and blocks it out.
13.4
1
Rashid Khan to Nitish Rana, Floated, full and on off. Rana pushes it through cover for a run.