KKR go top of the table with a win against the defending champions
Chasing a par-score of 172, Sunrisers Hyderabad fell 17 runs short, giving KKR their third win of the season.
Cricingif takes a look at some of the talking points of the game.
After going ahead with the same overseas players for the first two games, SRH tempered with their combination; first bringing in Ben Cutting for Moises Henriques and then preferring Cutting over Kane Williamson for today’s game despite an ordinary show from West Australian. Williamson has warmed the bench for four consecutive games and given the current batting concerns, he is a must for the defending champions if they are to replicate their performances from the last season.
Cutting fails to deliver with the bat
Since the start of the previous IPL season, Bhuvneshwar Kumar has picked 20 wickets in the last 5 overs of the innings – most among all the bowlers. He was perhaps the only highlight for SRH today as he claimed two important wickets in the death overs of the innings.
Pandey picks out long off
Kumar castles de Grandhomme
Chris Woakes has had a mixed start to his debut IPL season. Although he has chipped in with 4 wickets in as many games, his batting contributions have not been enough to merit a selection over IPL veteran Shakib Al Hassan. With the current form KKR is in, Woakes seems to be the only weak link in the side and KKR management will need to look into the aspect.
KKR’s all three victories have been comprehensive this season. Two of their win had come courtesy an onslaught from the top order. But in today’s game, their middle-order delivered at the right time, which shows the overall batting prowess of KKR. While Robin Uthappa and Manish Pandey played important knocks, a murky Yusuf Pathan also delivered for his side with a useful cameo towards the end of the innings.
Uthappa launches Henriques over midwicket
Uthappa lauches Bipul into the stands
Manish Pandey tees off