Shubman Gill played a patient knock as Kolkata Knight Riders chased down Sunrisers Hyderabad's 115/8 with two balls to spare in their IPL 2021 match. Catch highlights
Kane Williamson won the toss and opted to bat first. But Sunrisers Hyderabad could manage only 115/8 with Tim Southee. Shivam Mavi and Varun Chakaravarthy claiming two wickets each. Williamson top-scored for Hyderabad with 26 off 21. SRH, already out of playoff contention, fought back with early wickets even as Kolkata Knight Riders opener Shubman Gill hit a fluent fifty (57 off 51). Nitish Rana gave him support in the middle overs with a patient knock of 25 off 33. Dinesh Karthik then finished off with a 12-ball 18. Jason Holder took two wickets for SRH.
The win helped the Eoin Morgan-led side keep their playoff hopes alive. KKR now have 10 points from 12 matches and they are one of the four teams fighting for the lone playoff spot left. Earlier in the day, Royal Challengers Bangalore defeated Punjab Kings to join Chennai Super Kings and Delhi Capitals in the 'knock-outs'. Check updated standings HERE.
Siddarth Kaul with the last over. A dot to Dinesh Karthik. 3 off 5. Misfield at square leg but only a single. 2 off 4. Eoin Morgan takes a single off the third. Scores level. And DK hits the winning run, one bounce and over the rope to deep mid-wicket. KKR win by 6 wickets. KKR - 119/4 (19.4); SRH - 115/8 (20).
Bhuvneshwar Kumar leaks seven runs, including a four off the third ball. Kolkata need 3 in 6 balls. KKR - 113/4 (19)
Still a glimmer of hope for Hyderabad? Jason Holder returns for his final over and gets the wicket of Nitish Rana (25 off 33), caught behind. Kolkata need 10 in 12. KKR - 106/4 (18)
Siddarth Kaul on with his third over. He gets the big wicket of Shubman Gill (57 off 51), caught by Jason Holder. Dinesh Karthik is the new man.
Rashid Khan completes his spell, for figures of 1/23. Kolkata need 24 runs in 24 balls. The third-wicket stand between Shubman Gill (57 off 49) and Nitish Rana (18 off 27) is now worth 50+. KKR - 92/2 (16).
Shubman Gill (48 off 38) two away from another IPL 50. He hits Umran Malik for back-to-back fours to start the 13th over. Kolkata need another 44 in 42 balls. KKR - 72/2 (13)
Umran Malik continues. He's generating some pace. Two runs, including a wide. In the previous over, Siddarth Kaul conceded two singles. 21 runs and two wickets in the last five overs. KKR - 42/2 (9).
Rashid Khan strikes first over. Rahul Tripathi (7 off 6), caught by a diving Abhishek Sharma at mid-wicket. KKR - 38/2 (6.4)
Bhuvneshwar Kumar on with his third over. Nine runs from it, including two fours -- off the first ball by Rahul Tripathi and off the fourth by Shubman Gill. KKR - 36/1 (6)
Jason Holder on with his second over. Rare failure for Venkatesh Iyer (8 off 14). Skier and caught by Kane Williamson. KKR - 23/1 (4.4)
Umran Malik with his first over. Shubman Gill welcomes him to IPL with a four, through cover. 10 from the over. KKR 21/0 (4)
Bhuvneshwar Kumar with the first over. Only two singles. Shubman Gill (1 off 5) and Venkatesh Iyer (1 off 1) are the openers for Kolkata. Target 116.
Shakib Al Hasan on with his first over. And Kane Williamson (26 off 21) is gone. Run out. Direct hit from Shakib at the bowler's end. Abhishek Sharma is the new man for Hyderabad. SRH - 39/2 (7).
36 runs and three wickets in the last five overs. It pretty much reflects Hyderabad's form this season. Two wickets each for Tim Southee, Shivam Mavi and Varun Chakaravarthy. Shakib Al Hasan, playing his first in the UAE leg, also impressed with figures of 1/20. Sunil Narine was wicketless but conceded only 20 from his four overs. For Hyderabad, skipper Kane Williamson top-scored with 26 off 21. Abdul Samad (25 off 18) and Priyam Garg (21 off 31) looked good but didn't last long enough to trouble a disciplined Kolkata attack.
Kane Williamson to the fore. The Sunrisers skipper takes on Shivam Mavi. A four of the first ball, then forces a diving Shakib Al Hasan to stop a crunched shot at cover. Another four, through cover, off the third. A couple, another four, another beauty through cover. And another one, to the third man. 18 from the over. SRH - 35/2 (6).
Shivam Mavi gets his first. Jason Roy (10 off 13), caught by Tim Southee at mid-on. Priyam Garg is the new man. SRH - 16/2 (3.4)
Tim Southee continues. Jason Roy hits the second and third balls for fours. Eight from the over. In the previous over, Shivam Mavi leaked just two as he managed to tie down new man, Kane Williamson. SRH - 14/1 (3)
Tim Southee with the new ball. Jason Roy takes the first strike. Wriddhiman Saha is his opening partner. And Saha (1 off 1) is walking. LBW. Deadly swing. SRH - 1/1 (0.2)
In Sharjah, Royal Challengers Bangalore defended 164/7 to beat Punjab Kings by six runs. Meaning, Virat Kohli & have taken a playoff spot.
And the big news is, Shakib Al Hasan returns. The star all-rounder gets his first match of the UAE leg. He replaces Tim Seifert, who made his IPL debut in the last match.
Here are the playing XIs
KKR: Shubman Gill, Venkatesh Iyer, Rahul Tripathi, Nitish Rana, Eoin Morgan (c), Shakib Al Hasan, Dinesh Karthik (wk), Sunil Narine, Shivam Mavi, Tim Southee, Varun Chakaravarthy
SRH: Jason Roy, Wriddhiman Saha (wk), Kane Williamson(c), Priyam Garg, Abhishek Sharma, Abdul Samad, Jason Holder, Rashid Khan, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Umran Malik, Siddarth Kaul.
Sunrisers Hyderabad win the toss and will bat first against Kolkata Knight Riders.
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Here are the squads for tonight's match in Dubai
Kolkata Knight Riders: Venkatesh Iyer, Shubman Gill, Rahul Tripathi, Nitish Rana, Eoin Morgan (c), Dinesh Karthik (wk), Tim Seifert, Sunil Narine, Shivam Mavi, Tim Southee, Varun Chakaravarthy, Vaibhav Arora, Kamlesh Nagarkoti, Rinku Singh, Lockie Ferguson, Prasidh Krishna, Andre Russell, Sandeep Warrier, Sheldon Jackson, Gurkeerat Singh Mann, Pawan Negi, Karun Nair, Ben Cutting, Shakib Al Hasan, Harbhajan Singh.
Sunrisers Hyderabad: Jason Roy, Wriddhiman Saha (wk), Kane Williamson (c), Priyam Garg, Abhishek Sharma, Abdul Samad, Jason Holder, Rashid Khan, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Siddarth Kaul, Sandeep Sharma, Shreevats Goswami, Manish Pandey, Kedar Jadhav, Mohammad Nabi, Shahbaz Nadeem, Virat Singh, Basil Thampi, Jagadeesha Suchith, Khaleel Ahmed, David Warner, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Umran Malik.
Will Sunrisers Hyderabad play party-poopers? With virtually no chance to make the IPL 2021 playoffs, Sunrisers Hyderabad, who have just two wins from 11 matches, can easily upset Kolkata Knight Riders' calculations in Dubai this evening. SRH ran Chennai Super Kings close in their last match and KKR are coming off a five-wicket defeat against Punjab Kings. KKR have the best run-rate among the four teams bunched together at 10 points each after 12 matches. A win today will put KKR in good stead. KKR's biggest worry has been their inconsistent batting. Venkatesh Iyer, 193 runs in five matches, has been brilliant at the top but Shubman Gill, with an average of 19.9, has been much below par. And if you add skipper Eoin Morgan and Dinesh Karthik's poor run, KKR have to lift themselves in the business end of the league stage. KKR have a couple of injury issues with Andre Russell and Lockie Ferguson doubtful. If they can fix the second all-rounder's spot, then KKR will add depth to their middle-order batting. Shakib Al Hasan is a handy option to explore. Following live crickets cores of KKR vs SRH here.
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