Kolkata Knight Riders 180 for 4 (Gambhir 53, Kallis 41) beat Sunrisers Hyderabad 132 for 7 (NLTC Perera 36, P Patel 27) by 48 runs.
Defending Champion Kolkata Knight Riders beats Sunrisers Hyderabad by 48 runs in Pepsi Indian Premier League, in Kolkata.
This is second victory for KKR and second defeat for Sunrisers Hyderabad.
Gautam Gambhir has been declared Man of the Match for his brilliant knock of 53 runs on . Gautam scored 53 runs on just 45 balls.Kolkata Knight Riders won the toss and chose to bat first.KKR decision was proved right when their batting line brutally thrashed bowling attack of Sunrisers Hyderabad.
MS Bisla (28 runs off 24 balls ) and Gautam Gambhir (53 off 45) provided a strong and consolidated platform for KKR on which Eoin Morgan (47) and Jacques Kallis (41) scored a huge score 0f 180 for Sunrisers Hyderabad.
KKR lost first wicket at 59 and second on 102.Third wicket was lost at 169 and fourth one at 180.This is enough to tell how brutal their batting attack against Sunrisers Hyderabad was.
180 proved too much for Sunrisers .Sunrisers Hyderabad bowling attack was weak and batsman followed their bowler’s performance as an example. PA Patel(27) and CL White(34) tried to defy KKR lethal bowling attack but they could not face it for longer period.
Captain KC Sangakkara could score only 2 runs and later on Sunriser Hyderabad batting collapsed easily. Only NLTC Perera scored 36 runs.Kallis sent him back to pavilion.
Sunriser Hyderabad was losing wickets with regular interval. Sunriser Hyderabad lost first wicket at 57 and second on 68.
Later on Sangakkara accepted that 180 was a big score to chase. He was expecting good knock from CL White.
Captain Sangakkara: “We brought it back pretty well after the first six overs, but lost a bit of momentum. We were outplayed by a better side. If we had limited them to about 160, we were never really in the chase from the start. We thought in the Powerplay, having White on the top would help him get a big one for us. We’ve got good hitting power in White, Reddy and Perera. The rest of us have to rotate the strike.”
Kallis has contributed with bowling also.He took 3 crucial wickets of NLTC Perera,PA Patel and CL White.
Gambhir praised Kallis and Morgan for their contribution in the victory.
Gambhir said “It was a good wicket to bat on, the way Morgan and Jacques batted it was fantastic. We were thinking of 160 at one stage, but to get 180 is great. Morgan has been an incredible batsman; we wanted to give him more time. We wanted someone to complement Sunil, the way Senanayake and Sunil bowled, it’s great for us. We got the right pick to bowl in tandem with Sunil. When you’re in good nick, you’ve got to take the team along.”
Gautam Gambhir has been declared Man of the Match.