Khaleel Ahmed scalped three wickets, conceding 34 runs, as SRH disallowed KKR to cash in on a bright start. @BCCI

Boom, bust and flicker. That’s how Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) innings panned out as the visitors, after put in to bat, scored 159/8 against Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) in the 38th match of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2019 at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium in Hyderabad on Sunday.

KKR were off to a flying start as Sunil Narine, alongside Chris Lynn, went bonkers at the top. While Lynn did go big, it was the left-hander who was severe on the SRH bowlers. However, Khaleel Ahmed brought in some calm after a brisk start as he dismissed Narine and Shubman Gill in quick succession to stem the flow of runs.

Nitish Rana, KKR’s highest run-getter in their previous game against Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB), was the next man to get out as Bhuvneshwar Kumar struck in the eighth over. While KKR skipper Dinesh Karthik survived on the first ball he faced as Vijay Shankar missed a direct hit, he could not last long and got run-out in the ninth over, with Vijay putting in a fine effort in the field and KKR, from 42/0 in 2.3 overs were reduced to 73/4 in 8.2 overs.

Fortunately for KKR, Rinku Singh, who was brought into the playing XI, stitched a 51-run partnership with Lynn as the two rebuild the innings, with the Indian youngster scoring 30 off 25 balls. The partnership was broken in the 16th over when Sandeep Sharma dismissed Rinku. (IPL 2019, SRH vs KKR: FOLLOW LATEST UPDATES)

Lynn meanwhile went on to register his ninth IPL fifty. However, he departed soon after as Khaleel scalped his third wicket of the evening. Lynn’s fall put onus on Andre Russell as KKR seek a fighting total from where they can still eek out a win.

While the big-hitting West Indian took on Bhuvneshwar, his innings was cut short after he was dismissed for 15 by the Indian pacer in the 19th over as KKR failed to cash in on brisk opening start and were restricted to 159.

Brief scores: Kolkata Knight Riders 159/8 (Chris Lynn 51, Rinku Singh 30; Khaleel Ahmed 3/33) vs Sunrisers Hyderabad