Hyderabad registered their second win in IPL 2015 © IANS
Hyderabad registered their second win in IPL 2015 © IANS

Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) pipped the Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) in a rain-affected 19th match of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2015 tournament, at the ACA VDCA Stadium in Hyderabad on Wednesday, by 16 runs via Duckworth-Lewis (D/L) Method. With this win, SRH moved up one place to the fifth spot in the IPL 2015 Points Table.

Chasing a revised target of 118 to win, KKR managed only 101 for four off their allotted 12 overs. CRICKET BLOG: Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) vs Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) in IPL 2015 match 19

Kolkata were off to a flying start, which was also supported by sloppy work by Sunrisers Hyderabad fielders. The third ball of KKR’s chase saw Robin Uthappa getting a lifeline as KL Rahul attempted a catch in the slips which was not his. Again, in the third over, Gautam Gambhir was spilled by Praveen Kumar at deep fine leg. CRICKET SCORECARD AND COMMENTARY: Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) vs Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) in IPL 2015 match 19

Both Uthappa and Gambhir tried making most of the reprieves by going for their big strokes. While the right-handed Uthappa got runs, Sunrisers were lucky to see the back of Gambhir when Praveen removed him for four off eight balls on the fourth ball of the fourth over.

But this was after Uthappa had already hit the right-arm seamer for a boundary and a six on the first two deliveries of the over. The initial stages of the innings saw Uthappa doing the bulk of the scoring, but Manish Pandey too chipped in.

Pandey warmed up with a massive six over midwicket of Moises Henriques, but one ball later, the bowler took the revenge as he got Uthappa caught at short third man to jolt the Knight Riders once again.

The dismissal of Uthappa did not deter the Kolkata Knight Riders as Pandey slammed two consecutive fours off Dale Steyn in the seventh over, and in the next over, Andre Russell chimed in with two back to back sixes. While one was a massive hit on to the big screen, the second was unbelievably flat as the ball travelled past the ropes.

Russell tried looking for big hits but Ravi Bopara had him caught at long on off the penultimate ball of the ninth over. Steyn finally had something to cheer about as he took a clean catch.

The wicket of Russell and the 10th over from Bhuvneshwar Kumar — wherein Kolkata managed only five runs — perhaps dashed all hopes of their win as SRH bowlers since then were magnificent. Some good bowling towards the end overs and wickets halted KKR’s chase, and Sunrisers prevailed by 16 runs via the Duckworth-Lewis (D/L) Method.

Brief scores:

Sunrisers Hyderabad 178 for 4 in 20 overs (David Warner 91, Shikhar Dhawan 54; Morne Morkel 2 for 31) beat Kolkata Knight Riders 101 for 4 in 12 overs (Robin Uthappa 34, Manish Pandey 33; Bhuvneshwar Kumar 1 for 24) b 16 runs via D/L Method.

Man of the Match: David Warner

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